From Reception, our International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum fosters creative and critical thinkers.
As Adelaide’s only Catholic co-educational IB world school from Reception to Year 12, we define success by academic achievement plus each student’s confidence, breadth of abilities and engagement to shape their future.
Set at the base of Adelaide’s foothills on some 6.5 hectares with beautiful grounds and gardens, students enjoy array of opportunities that nurture and challenge them to achieve their best, with continuity of learning provided in age and stage appropriate areas, across our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools on one campus.
Within our nurturing environment, we instil confidence and strong values so our students flourish, developing academically and socially, as we teach the Australian curriculum through the IB frameworks.
From Reception to Year 5, we introduce enquiry-based learning through our IB Primary Years Programme, and from Year 6 to Year 10 students study our IB Middle Years Programme.
“Our learning environments are designed to stimulate and develop knowledgeable, caring and compassionate young people,” said Mercedes College’s Head of Junior School, Kellie Osborn.
“The IB programme fosters opportunities for students to grow their confidence, and critical and creative thinking.
“A strong sense of community is nurtured in the Junior School with an emphasis on the pastoral care of each student and their ongoing wellbeing. Our students flourish because they believe they can succeed,” she said.
In the Junior School early childhood learning is positive, giving students the confidence and motivation for continued success. We also encourage young learners to discover, explore, play, create and express themselves.
In Middle School real-world learning takes place with multi-disciplinary knowledge a focus, together with the development of financial and entrepreneurial skills. Healthy peer relationships are also fostered through student engagement and wellbeing programmes.
Students in Years 11 and 12 choose to complete either the IB Diploma Programme or South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Students may also follow a vocational path if that’s where their interests lie, with lots of flexibility and support so that students follow the best path for them. Regardless of their choice, having studied the IB, all students are well equipped for success.