Beyond our Classroom
Creative Arts

The Creative Arts Faculty offers a wide range of co-curricular and enrichment opportunities at Mercy Catholic College.

Co-curricular activities also add to the life and spirit of the College and are a tangible way of connecting to the community and involving parent participation through various performance and exhibition opportunities.

Enrichment activities in Creative Arts include the opportunity to take part in numerous art competitions including the Pixel Photographic Prize, the Bishop’s Art Prize and the Mosman Youth Art Prize.

Creative Arts Co-curricular and Enrichment Activities

Dance

Mercy Catholic College offers 2 types of Dance Groups to students. Both of these Groups are provided by external suppliers and payment is made directly to the teacher.

Recreational Dance Ensemble

This Dance Group is open to Year 7-12 students who are interested in Dance and performing. Students enjoy music and movement, keep fit and healthy with friends and develop performance experience. All ability levels are welcome. All Dance Groups showcase their talents at the College’s Annual Creative Arts Showcase held in November each year. Dance is held Monday afternoons in the Flexible Learning Space.

To learn more please read Recreational Dance Flyer 2021

Competitive Dance Ensemble

The Dance performance Ensemble will offer students the opportunity to gain experience at competitions, festivals and various College based events throughout the year. Classes currently offered are Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Participation in the programme requires a full year commitment and entry is via audition. Registration and class fees apply.
N.B. Additional costs may be incurred.

You can view past dances videos below

Senior Jazz – https://vimeo.com/507355907
Junior Jazz – https://vimeo.com/507356173
Hip Hop – https://vimeo.com/507356414
Contemporary –https://vimeo.com/507356631

To learn more please read Mercy Dance Ensemble Flyer 2021

Drama

Enrich, Encourage, Empower

 Drama Club

Drama Club is a fun, supportive environment where experiences in dramatic arts help students develop confidence and self-esteem.

  • Open to students in Years 7 and 8.
  • Develop skills in voice, movement, improvisation, play building and script work.
  • Programs alternate each year.
  • Opportunity to perform for family and friends.

Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm Year 7 & 8
Thursday 3:30-4:30pm Year 7&8
Where: MCC Drama Space

Click here for course detail and Registration Form

For further information, contact Mrs Caron

Music Programmes

Any interested students are encouraged to become involved in the wide range of optional musical activities at Mercy College. Girls who are studying Elective Music in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 are expected to be involved in at least one co-curricular music group.

The 2022 Co-Curricular Music Staff consists of:

  • Ms Emma Bolton Music Teacher & Stage Band Director
  • Ms Joy Lee Music Teacher & Liturgical Ensemble Director
  • Mr Matthew Robertson Music Teacher, Co-curricular Music Coordinator & Pop Choir

Tutors:

  • Mrs Wendy Vardouniotis String Ensemble – Violin & Viola Tutor
  • Mr Joseph Zarb Guitar Ensemble – Guitar & Bass Tutor
  • Mr Mark Strykowski Concert Band Director & Brass Tutor
  • Ms Patricia Amphlett Singing Tutor
  • Ms Young Su Kim Cello Tutor
  • Mr Mark Cropton Clarinet & Saxophone Tutor
  • Mrs Judith Gee Flute Tutor
  • Mari Wakaki Piano Tutor

Co-Curricular Music Programmes Offered

Concert Band Programme

The College Concert Band rehearses each Tuesday morning at 7.30am in the Flex and represents the school at a variety of functions throughout the year. Girls in the Concert Band must be receiving lessons on their instrument (either through the College or outside the College). At Mercy, band members have access to private tuition on a variety of instruments.

Stage Band is a new ensemble which rehearses at 7.30am each Wednesday in C35. The Stage Band consists of a rhythm section (drum kit, piano, bass, guitar) and melodic section (brass, saxophone & other woodwind)

Band Fees:
The annual fee for Bands is $165, paid through Qkr! NB The fee covers both Bands, should the students commit to both Ensembles.

Choral Programme

The College offers:

Pop Choir

The Pop Choir requires a brief audition to determine students’ voice types. All students are encouraged from Years 7 – 12 to join. The Pop Choir rehearses each Monday at lunch in the Flex. It is expected that all girls who are in the Pop Choir are committed to the weekly rehearsals and school events.

Choir Fees:
The Annual Choir fee is $62

Small Ensembles Programme

  • String Ensemble: The String Ensemble rehearses every Thursday morning in C34 from 7.30am – 8.30am. Any student who plays violin, viola, cello or double bass is encouraged to join.
  • Guitar Ensemble: The Guitar Ensemble rehearses each Friday morning in C35 from 7.30am – 8.30am. Any student who plays guitar, bass or ukulele is encouraged to join.

Small Ensemble Fees:
Ensemble programs run for 9 weeks of every term. Ensemble fees cover the costs of external tutors who direct and manage the ensemble, sheet music, eisteddfod entry fees and external accompanists. The 2022 fee for each ensemble is $185 per Semester, paid using Qkr! Fees are not refundable, as girls are expected to remain in their ensembles for the Semester.

Music Camp

The planning for Music Camp is underway – details will be provided in Term 2.

Private Instrumental Programme

It is the school policy to facilitate private music lessons. All financial arrangements are made between the tutors, the students and their parents.
The following instruments are available for private tuition (subject to demand)

  • Piano
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Voice
  • Trumpet/Brass
  • Saxophone
  • Guitar/Bass
  • Violin/Viola/Cello/Double Bass

Lessons Fees:
Lessons are offered 1 x 30 minute lesson per week – the cost is $42. Accounts for private music lessons will be issued by the tutor by Week 4 of each term.
Fees must be paid within 4 weeks of receiving the account. If fees have not been paid by the end of the term, students will not be allowed to continue lessons the following term. Lessons can be recommenced once the amount owed for the previous term has been paid.
The music tutor will sometimes order music books, etc. for the students. These costs are to be met by the parents and paid directly to the music tutor. Any students entering for practical examinations pay an entrance fee directly to the tutor who will organise details with the various Examinations Boards.

Please Note:
In the event of withdrawal before the examination, fees are not refundable from the Examination Boards. Music tuition fees are non-refundable.

For any further information and enquiries please contact Matthew Robertson matthew.robertson@dbb.catholic.edu.au or (02) 9419 2890

*Prices may vary. Covid restrictions may apply

Liturgical Chapel Mass Choir

The Liturgical Mass Band participates in Mass hymns throughout the year. For more information or to participate please see Ms Joy Lee, Ms Emma Bolton or Mr Matthew Robertson.

Click here for detailed Music information and consent forms