At Mercy Catholic College we recognise that the needs of our students are diverse and we attempt to accommodate different learning styles, rates of learning and learning abilities.
Once a student’s needs are identified, the Learning Support Team in consultation with the class teachers and outside professionals where appropriate, ensure that the student is provided with suitable individual support to ensure equal access and participation in the curriculum.
The Learning Support team assist teachers with the development of learning strategies, ensuring that the curriculum is differentiated to cater for the various levels of need. All funded students as well as those who have a diagnosed learning difficulty/disorder have a College Adjustment Plan in place to meet their individual learning needs. Special Provisions are provided during exams for students who meet the NESA’s guidelines for Disability Provisions for the HSC.
Our Learning Support Team is made up of teachers who have qualifications in a variety of fields of Special Education. Students are supported by expert Learning Support Assistants who work with individual students in mainstream classes across a variety of subjects. The College generally does not withdraw students with additional needs from classes.
Mercy Catholic College provides a nurturing and supportive environment in which gifted and talent students can develop their potential and become self-motivated, lifelong learners.
The College, recognises giftedness as a broad concept that encompasses various abilities, including intellectual, creative, leadership, social and physical skills.
The identification of gifted and talented students is achieved in conjunction with teachers, parents, careers and the wider community.
Professional development plays a significant role in ensuring a pedagogical approach to educating gifted and talented students. Our teachers select and implement a variety of teaching strategies for inclusion in programmes, to enhance the knowledge and skills of gifted students.
At Mercy Catholic College we focus on providing curriculum differentiation, this involves intellectually challenging programmes, flexible access to technology and learning spaces, extra time to pursue interests, compacting the curriculum and accelerating individuals.
Through our gifted and talented programme students demonstrate persistence, independence, flexibility and motivation toward their studies.
We believe that students need the skills to move beyond their own perceived capacity or the assumed capacity of a cohort. Ideally, learners set goals for themselves, and reflectively make decisions about their learning choices. Students participate in classes which develop their knowledge about when and where to use particular strategies for learning or problem solving.
Tournament of Minds provides students who have a passion for learning and problem solving the opportunity to develop new skills and demonstrate their talents in a challenging and competitive environment.
Mercy Catholic College students who are involved in the six week Tournament of Minds team programme are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:
- Applied Technology
- Language Literature
- Maths Engineering
- Social Science
The programme offers students a unique, total experience, providing challenge and growth. The Tournament process provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with strategies and skills which will support future success.
BRAINways Quest challenges our gifted and talented students in problem solving.
In conjunction with Australian Catholic University and University of Queensland, BRAINways invites teams of gifted and talented students representing their Sydney schools to participate in the Quest Challenge.
Incorporating the main disciplines of Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities, the Quest Preliminary Challenge offered over two days is judged on the creativity, problem solving, team work and leadership they display.
The programme is an opportunity to demonstrate College pride in a competitive environment, the programme gives students the opportunity to challenge boundaries, to stretch their mind and to gain a greater understanding of their own capacity.