Cultural

There are many exciting opportunities for students interested in pursuing their passion in the area of Arts and Culture.  Whether speaking alongside politicians and government representatives at the John Curtin Memorial breakfast, or walking down the red carpet to see who takes out the coveted House Film Award; there is something for everyone.

APEX Fashion Awards
Imagine walking down the runway with your fashion design at the National APEX Fashion Awards in Sydney.  Students studying Textiles or Material, Design and Technology in Years 10, 11 and 12 have the opportunity to be a part of this exciting event.  Successful WA entrants at the APEX Australia Teenage Fashion Awards travel to Sydney to participate in the national competition later in the year.

DramaDance Fest
The House DramaDance Festival is a popular activity for students at Mercedes to be involved in.  Using a theme of their choice, senior students and producers audition students from Years 7 to 11, to produce a performance incorporating different styles of dance with drama to tell a story.  House DramaDance combines with House Choir to perform at the Performing Arts Festival held at the Concert Hall at the end of Term 1.  The winners of the competition receive the coveted House DramaDance Fest Shield. 

Dance  Liturgical Dance at selected College Masses and in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival gives talented dancers a chance to shine.   

Drama
The Performing Arts Centre is the focus of many lively drama productions throughout the year.  Taking part in College productions allows students from Year 7 to Year 12 to develop their technical skills in all aspects of theatre production.  The school production is a highlight of the College calendar and showcases the outstanding talents of our young actors, and those of the technical and support crew.  The Year 12 Drama Performance and Year 10 Showcase are other events where Drama students perform for an audience.  Year 11 and 12 Drama students also have the opportunity to travel to Sydney for intensive NIDA drama workshops with professional actors and directors.

Media
Be a part of this exciting environment and learn all there is to know about media, in state of the art facilities.  A fully equipped radio station, run by students in the MCfm Radio Club, delivers broadcasts and musical entertainment throughout the year for special events.  The AVID industry-standard editing suites allow students to develop and enhance their production skills in the ICUMC film club.  The House Film Festival sees students walk the red carpet as they vie to take out the House Film Award and other awards including Best Director and Best Actress.  For Year 11 and 12 media students  a trip to Queensland’s Bond University provides a wonderful opportunity for students to participate in intensive workshops.  A photography club enables budding photographers a chance to hone their skills and capture great moments of student life.

Languages
Language tours to France occur every three years while the Italian study tour takes place every two years.  These provide an opportunity for language students from Year 10 to 12 to improve their French or Italian, while immersed in the culture.  Senior students are able to apply for exchange opportunities through the WAATI/Intercultura and NACEL programs that occur during the Christmas holidays.  A variety of competitions are open to Language students including the Alliance Francaise, Dante Alighieri and the Australian Language Certificate.

Music
Music plays an important role in the life of Mercedes College.  Students from Years 7 to 12 are offered instrumental music tuition in orchestral and concert band instruments, as well as piano, voice, percussion and drum kit.  Students involved in this program participate in the College’s ensembles including Orchestra, Concert Band, Choral Groups, Percussion, String and Wind Ensembles and a range of other chamber ensembles.  Festivals, eisteddfods and external examinations help raise their level of confidence and engender a sense of pride in their playing.  The Annual Music Showcase provides an opportunity to showcase the extraordinary talents of our musicians and voice students, while the House Choir competition at the Performing Arts Festival is an event for all our young women to shine.  

Public Speaking
Each year students in Year 10 to 12 have the opportunity to participate in a number of public speaking competitions.   Mercedes has an outstanding record of success in this area.  Frequently, Mercedes competitors make it through to semi-finals and grand-finals and we have had a number of State winners.  The competitions we regularly enter are: The Lions Youth of the Year Quest, Rostrum Public Speaking Competition, Rotary Four Way Test, APEX Effective Speaking and the Plain Speaking Award.

Speech
The speech program at Mercedes is one steeped in history and in more recent years, a touch of fame.  The movie ‘The King’s Speech’ is about speech therapist Lionel Logue.  Mr Logue was once an elocution teacher at Mercedes College (formerly known as Our Lady’s College).  Today, Speech remains a popular subject for students wishing to improve their confidence in public speaking.  Students gain confident presentation skills, often working through drama, poetry and prose sections.  This is reinforced by Trinity College, London and Australian Music Board Examinations held each year.

Design and Visual Arts
Students express their creative talents in Visual Arts at the College in a variety of ways including being involved in community related projects and innovative College projects to celebrate events throughout the year.  

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