Beyond our Classroom
Other Activities

Mercy Catholic College students are given the opportunity to participate in a number of different activities.

Maths Club

The objective of the club is twofold; to explore the many varied fields in the world of mathematics but also provide girls with assistance and guidance. Students have an opportunity to ask Mathematics teachers as well as senior students queries and questions about the work they are covering in class. Other activities can involve looking at mathematics in the real world with unusual solutions. These problems are explored from a mathematical perspective and ongoing assistance can be provided to consolidate and/or extend the girls current knowledge.

Date:  Wednesdays

Time: 1:35pm to 2:05pm (lunchtime)

Location: A4

Entry Requirements: Open to all students

Club Convener: Mathematics Teacher

Homework Club and Study Club

Both the Homework and Study Clubs provide a quiet space where students can come to focus on their academic studies in an open and supportive environment. They can use the time to complete homework, conduct research, prepare for assessments or seek assistance with any concepts that require additional explanation. There is a teacher and some senior students in attendance who can provide guidance to those participants who would like to improve their organisational and time management skills, understanding of course content or to discuss academic topics of interest to them. Students can come to these Clubs as it suits their schedule and individual needs and can stay for the entire time or a portion thereof.

Homework Club

Date: Thursday

Time: 3.20pm-4.30pm (after school)

Location: Library

Study Club

Date: Wednesday

Time: 8am-8.40am (before school)

Location: A7

Entry Requirements: Open to all students

Club Convenor: Fiona Munro

Mercy Book Club

The Lunchtime Book Club meets once a week and provides students with a friendly and supportive environment in which they can share and engage in lively discussion surrounding their love of literature. In addition to this, students develop confidence in speaking in front of a group, and are required to engage in reflection and critical thinking regarding their reading experiences. Open to any interested student who would like to attend.

Date: Every Tuesday

Time: 1:35pm to 2:05pm (lunchtime)

Location: D1

Club Convener: Siobhan Betts

Mercy Catholic College Pius Book Club

The Mercy Catholic College Pius Book Club meets on a regular basis after College alternating between our College Resource Centre and the St Pius College Library. After reading a set novel, students meet in small mixed groups to engage in discussion on their experiences, enjoyment and impressions formed from reading a shared novel. Guest speakers are invited to speak with students where possible.

Date: Two to three times a term

Time: 3:30pm to 3:40pm

Location: Alternates between Mercy Catholic Resource Centre and St Pius College Library

Entry Requirements: Open to students in Years 9-12. Students are required to return a signed permission note from their parents to attend.

Club Convener: Siobhan Betts

Walking Club

Walking Club meets once a week on Thursday lunchtime at 1:30pm where staff and students embark on a walk around the leafy suburb of Chatswood to Beauchamp Oval. Students have found the Walking Club to be a good stress release and concentration booster. Aside from the many physical health benefits such as a fun form of exercise, students also enjoy the social activity of chatting while they walk and socialise with peers.

Date: Every Thursday (weather permitting)

Time: 1:30pm to 2:05pm (lunchtime)

Location: Meet at the top gates at the beginning of lunch and return to the College before the end of lunch.

Entry Requirements: Open to all students, however, each student must return a signed permission note (valid for one school year) from their parents/care givers before participating.

Club Conveners: Viviana Oliver and Yamini Tailor

Boot Camp

Boot camp is a fitness session aimed at improving the strength, endurance, wellbeing, cardiovascular health and core stability of all participants.

Date: Every Friday morning

Time: 8am – 8:30am

Location: Flexible learning space

Entry Requirements: Open to all students. Optional / non-compulsory attendance though regular attendance is encouraged to ensure the best possible health outcomes. Correct sports uniform is to be worn during the sessions.

Club Convener: Mark Cuttler

Mercy Action Group (MAG)

The Mercy Action Group (MAG) provides opportunities for students who are passionate about Mercy and Justice in the World. MAG girls are invited to meet every week to learn about and take action on an issue or topic of importance. Students who attend develop their confidence and skills in leadership and communication, advocating for areas of interest, working together towards enacting social change. For more information click here.

Date:  Tuesdays

Time: Day 2 12:57pm to 1:30pm Day 7 1:35pm to 2:05pm (lunchtime)

Location: C29 or the Flex

Entry Requirements: Open to all students

Club Convener: Miss Charisse Gange (Youth Ministry Coordinator

Debating & Public Speaking

Both speaking experiences develop skills in reasoning and persuasion and provide unique opportunities for students in terms of academic, emotional and social growth.

Debaters and public speakers develop the ability to think critically and articulate their views about philosophical, ethical and moral issues and current affairs. Debating also boosts teamwork, listening and research skills.

The Mercy Catholic College Inter-House Debating competition is a fun opportunity for students in Years 7 and 8. It encourages broad participation and extends the friendly, competitive spirit between Houses. This competition is held in Term 4.

Selected teams participate in the Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA) debating competition in Terms 1 and 2, and the Macquarie Cup Debating Championship held through the year.

In Public Speaking, students participate in the Catholic Schools Debating Association competition in Term 1, and have the opportunity to enter other competitions.

Convener: Rachel Morgan and Michelle Brandwood

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

Designed to help build self-esteem, the programme has enabled Mercy Catholic students (ages 14+) to become more confident, interactive members of the community.

Recognised and highly valued by employers and community organisations, the benefits gained from attainment of a Duke of Edinburgh Award are many. Each year the Bronze Award is offered to our Year 9 students with many moving on to complete the Silver and Gold Award during their senior years.

The Duke of Edinburgh compulsory registration fee are as follows:

Bronze: $140*
Silver: $150*
Gold: $170*
+   Annual Affiliation fee *
+   Hike fee *

This covers insurance and access to the mandatory Online Record Book.

Involvement of dedicated Mercy Catholic College staff ensure that costs are kept to a minimum however an additional fee is charged for hikes and equipment.

Students may speak with Ms Dorey or Mrs Kellendonk regarding the programme, College requirements and associated fees.

For further Award information students and parents are advised to visit the Duke of Edinburgh website:

Bronze Award
Silver Award
Gold Award

*2020 costs. Prices may vary.