Our Lady of Mercy College is a Catholic school for girls in the inner northern metropolitan area of Melbourne. It has a school population of approximately 1,100 students in years 7–12. Based on research findings, the school identified the need to offer an alternative learning program at year 9. Students completed an inquiry-based research project during a term, which requires them to interact with the school's community. At the end of the project they are required to present their findings to an audience including teachers and their parents/carers.