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


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.

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.

Drama – It Is Time to Shine Programme

Enrich, Encourage, Empower

The ‘It is Time to Shine’ programme offers students at Mercy Catholic College the opportunity to participate in:

Year 7 & Year 8 Drama Club

Drama Club seeks to develop confidence, self-esteem, communication skills, collaboration skills and interest in the dramatic arts in a fun, supportive and non-competitive environment. Students are encouraged to be creative, imaginative and collaborative. Skills are developed in the areas of voice, movement, improvisation, playbuilding, scene and script work. Drama Club will participate in a performance that will showcase the talent and creativity of students

Years 7 – 11 Musical Theatre Club

Musical Theatre Club focuses on developing individual confidence and consolidating the performance skills of multi-talented (singing, dancing and acting) performance students. All classes are practical and skill-based. Musical Theatre Club will participate in a performance that will showcase the talent and creativity of students.

Years 7 – 11 Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation Mindfulness

Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation is designed to enhance the wellbeing of students by exploring the breath, listening skills, mindfulness, movement, positive affirmations, guided meditations, self-belief, developing positive relationships, resilience and gratitude. The classes are practical and skill-based.

Course detail and 2020 It is Time to Shine Registration Form available here.

For further It Is Time to Shine Programme information contact Donna D’Silva

Theatre Goers Club

The Theatre Goers Club provides students with the opportunity to see performances in the evening and on weekends. Approximately two performances are offered each term which is organised by the Drama teacher.

Theatre Sports School Challenge

Students also have the opportunity to take part in Theatre Sports School Challenge in both the Intermediate and Senior Divisions. Teams of 3 – 5 students create 1, 2 and 3 minute improvised scenes live on stage. All students are invited to audition for this after College term activity.

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 2020 Co-Curricular Music Staff consists of:

  • Mr Matthew Robertson: Music Teacher, Coordinator of Co-curricular Music & Pop Choir
  • Ms Kathryn McGreal: Music Teacher, Chamber Choir & Strings
  • Ms Christine Su: Music Teacher, Liturgical Ensemble Director & Piano
  • Mr Mark Strykowski: Concert Band Director, Brass Tutor
  • Ms Patricia Amphlett: Singing Tutor
  • Mrs Valerie Dart: Violin & Viola Tutor
  • Ms Young Su Kim: Cello Tutor
  • Mr Zac Coombs: Guitar & Bass Tutor
  • Mr Mark Cropton: Clarinet & Saxophone Tutor
  • Mrs Rachel Herbert: Flute Tutor

Co-Curricular Music Programmes Offered

Concert Band Programme

A wide range of band instruments are available for study and hire.
The College Concert Band rehearses each Tuesday morning at 7.20am 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.

Band Fees:
All girls in the Concert Band will be charged an annual rate of $160.00 which will paid using the Qkr! app.

Choral Programme

The College offers two types of vocal ensemble:

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 C35. It is expected that all girls who are in the Pop Choir are committed to the weekly rehearsals, Mass and events. Pop Choir members are also expected to attend the Music Camp in May.

Chamber Choir
Membership to the Chamber Choir is by audition. Students sing a range of choral repertoire at an advanced level. This group also works towards public performances and choral competitions. Members will also attend the Music Camp. Rehearsal is Wednesday in C34morning from 7.30am.

Choir Fees:
All girls in the Choral Program will be charged an annual rate of $60.00 which will be paid via the Qkr! app. This fee will used for purchase of repertoire and competition costs.

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 Thursday morning in C35 from 7.30am – 8.30am. Any student receiving guitar or bass lessons is encouraged to join.

Small Ensemble Fees: Ensemble programs run for 8 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 2020 fee for each ensemble is $160 per semester, paid using the Qkr! app. Students joining an ensemble must complete the appropriate form, and have it signed by parents and the ensemble director. Fees are not refundable, as girls are expected to remain in their ensembles for the semester.

Music Camp

All girls in the Band, Choirs, Guitar and String Ensembles participate in an overnight Music Camp in Term 2 (May 7th & 8th). There will be an additional charge (~$240) for the camp. Further details will be given during Term 1

Private Instrumental Programme

It is the College 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
  • Saxophone
  • Guitar/Bass
  • Violin/Viola/Cello
  • Drum Kit/Percussion

Lessons Fees: Lessons are offered 1 x 30 minute lesson per week – the cost is $40. 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.

Instrument Hire

The following instruments are available for

  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Violin/Viola

Mercy College has a number of instruments available for hire. The hire rate is $170 per year and is paid via Qkr! If you wish to hire a school instrument you must first complete a hire form agreeing to take full responsibility for the instrument.School instruments are only available for hire while a student is taking lessons on that instrument from a tutor at Mercy College. School instruments are not available for hire to any student who is learning outside the College.

For any further information and enquiries please contact Matthew Robertson or (02) 9419 2890

*2020 costs. Prices may vary.

Liturgical Chapel Mass Choir

The College Liturgical Chapel Mass Choir and Band rehearses Friday, Day 5, at Lunch time in the College chapel, and represents the College every Chapel Mass (Before School at 8am, Tuesday, Day 7). Girls in the choir/band need no prior training, but volunteer to serve and participate as either a vocalist or instrumentalist. The choir sings certain parts of the Mass and leads the congregation in chosen Mass hymns. For more information or to participate please see Ms Christine Su or Miss Charisse Gange.

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