Mercedes offers a wide range of support programmes that seek to develop and encourage the potential of each student.

Special Programmes

At Mercedes College, there are a range of programmes that seek to develop and encourage the potential of each student. These programmes aim to provide experiences and support for those students who have been identified as having specific needs and requiring individual attention.

Gifted and Talented Programme
The programme provides experiences that develop the intellectual, creative, social and emotional abilities of gifted and talented children through enrichment, extension and acceleration.

Special Needs Programme
This broad programme includes a range of strategies including curriculum and assessment modification for teachers to address the needs of students with specific learning difficulties.

Student Mentoring Programme
The Student Mentoring Programme is a student-centred programme that provides individual support for students from Reception to Year 12 through positive parent, Senior student and community participation.

Study Extension Programme
The Study Extension Programme (STEP) has been in operation for the past 20 years at Mercedes College. It has evolved over that time to offer an approach to learning that endeavours to challenge students both academically and on a personal level.

Self-confidence, understanding others, organising time, setting objectives, working together, asking questions and helping those less fortunate are just a few of the needs that have the potential to make a difference to one’s life that the programme attempts to address.

Study Skills Programme
Senior School students who require assistance with the management of their time or coordinating assessment tasks may be recommended for the after school hours Study Skills Programme.

International Students

English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language (ESL) support is provided to students in the Senior School via a structured language development programme offered for two lessons per week.

Off-line support is provided by all subject teachers after school and via a specialist workshop conducted in Term 3. Resources for students are developed and ongoing, individual learning support is provided as required.

Language Development
International Students who have English as a second language, are provided assistance in Language Development classes in Year 10.

For further details on Specialised Learning Programmes available for International Students, please click here.