In High School we offer several pathways for students to be extended and enriched:
Our advanced learners are placed in the “A” class for each grade and are also given the opportunity to undertake Advanced Learning Projects (ALPs) in addition to other enrichment activities. These projects provide a very flexible approach to learning, allowing students to choose or design their own field of study and work one-on-one with a mentor to develop their skills in this area. The Advanced Learning Co-ordinator is also on hand to assist teachers with individual differentiation for certain students to excel the students at every level. Advanced students who are looking for an academic challenge may occasionally do HSC subjects ahead of their cohort. Gifted students are encouraged to apply to the Scientia Challenge run by GERRIC at UNSW. In addition, mentoring for gifted students is available and is pro-actively offered to students who benefit significantly from the individual assistance and advice.
Enrichment and Extension Opportunities exist for all students who may be interested in attempting challenging activities.
Each year, High School students have the opportunity to enter:
These are Australia-wide competitions that gives students the opportunity to try their skills at a challenging level.
The CS Lewis Advanced Learning Program is a gifted withdrawal class for students in Years 7-10. Named after CS Lewis, a renowned Christian theologian and apologist known for engaging readers in stories containing deep theological and philosophical ideals, this program aims to develop critical thinking, research and problem solving skills in its students by providing them with a differentiated and challenging learning environment that goes beyond the curriculum.
Students utilise university content intended for postgraduate research to work on an extended research project, as well as exploring subjects such as psychology and cryptography. This is a popular program with many students seeking to remain in the program each year.