Learning Philosophy

Mercy Regional College aims to support each student in their learning journey as they strive for personal excellence and achievement. We encourage students to seek knowledge, nurture curiosity and develop a love of learning.

Our curriculum is guided by the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority (VCAA) in conjunction with the Australian Curriculum.

Years 7 & 8

The Junior School curriculum is a uniform, yet broad program that enables students to experience a variety of subjects and make informed decisions about their future pathways. 

Years 9 & 10

The Middle School curriculum allows our students to individualise their learning. All students at this level enjoy a balanced learning experience through a combination of core subjects and electives. 

Students in Year 9 have the opportunity to choose a number of elective subjects according to their interests and passions alongside their balanced learning program. Students in Year 10 continue with elective choice, Mathematics choice and are able to accelerate their learning through the choice of a VCE or VET subject as part of their elective program. 

Years 11 & 12

The Senior School offers VCE and VCAL learning pathways inclusive of VCE and VET subject offerings, as well as access to School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships. In Year 11, many students study one Unit 3/4 sequence to develop their confidence and skills as they approach their final school year. The College facilitates face to face learning in the widest range of VCE subject offerings in the region and also directly supports students choosing to study a subject by Virtual School Victoria. As part of the Corangamite Trade Training Cluster the College facilitates a growing number of subjects inclusive of Allied Health Assistance; Hospitality: Kitchen Operations; Building and Construction; Furnishing and in 2022 Information, Digital Media and Technology. Mercy students can also access other VET studies through the CTTC, SWTAFE and VET from other education providers.


Mercy Regional College operates on a ten day timetable, with six 50-minute periods per day. These periods are often taught as doubles to allow more time for hands-on subjects.

Homework & Study

Homework is beneficial when it is specific, has a purpose, and reinforces learning. It can help students practice skills learned in class and develop further understanding of key concepts. We strongly encourage reading as a priority – class texts and wider reading for interest and enjoyment.

Students can expect some regular homework. Making effective use of class time is the best strategy to keep up-to-date with school work. Parents can monitor class, assessment and homework tasks via PAM (Parent Access Module) online. We encourage communication between parents and teachers, via a note in the student’s diary or email.

The time students need to complete tasks at home varies, but should not be excessive. Extended assignments or project work can be daunting for some students. Staff are very happy to support students with this when needed. No prescribed holiday homework is expected at Years 7-10, however reading of English texts is highly encouraged. Text details are regularly communicated through school newsletters and emails.

Examples of homework & study tasks:

  • Reading (15-30 minutes per night is suggested)
  • Maths Online tasks (1 hour per week)
  • French – 15 minutes of vocabulary work per week
  • Preparing for a test with revision notes or practice questions
  • Finishing off a task not completed in class
  • Catching up on work missed while absent
  • Watching the news or a documentary
  • Reading newspapers and magazines