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As parents, we tell our kids that the world is their oyster! If they work hard, they can be whatever they want to be. Mercedes College makes sure that these childhood dreams, however big, are possible and that young adults don’t lose sight of what makes them tick.

Think back to when you were growing up and trying to map out life after Year 12. Your thought process may have been limited to your hometown or even where your parents found work and settled. But why?

For over 30 years, Mercedes College has been helping students to become globally minded, critical thinkers who are well prepared if they want, or need, to complete further study abroad. The International Baccalaureate programme gets them ready for life in an increasingly intercultural world, through independent thinking and by taking an active role in the community. This holistic approach to education encourages students to find a balance of academic success, community service, and all important personal health and wellbeing.

Mercedes first became an IB World School in 1989 and by 1997, was formally recognised as the first Asia-Pacific region school to offer the IB programme from Reception to Year 12. The college has been applauded for its educational excellence and leadership while helping students develop these important life skills across three stages — the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for Reception to Year 5; the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Years 6 to 10; and the Diploma Programme (DP) for Years 11 to 12.

Adrian Chiarolli, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning says, “The continuum of learning across the different stages of development provides diverse opportunities for students to shape who they are as learners. Their experiences and interactions prepare them to be open minded and critical thinkers in a world that is continually evolving”.


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