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Excellence Discipline: Academic Excellence

The Academic Excellence program is targeted towards students who achieve high academic standards and are passionate about learning.  The program provides an environment that differentiates for high ability students that is exciting and highly challenging.  Academic Excellence classes currently operate in years 7, 8, 9, and 10 – all students selected for Academic Excellence remain together in one class for all core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities). Our Academic Excellence program has a strong emphasis on team work and relationship building that promotes student ownership for their learning.  All teachers of Academic Excellence programs have been trained in the AVID program (Advancement via Individual Determination) which is a university readiness program that develops students’ skills in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organisation and reading.

Superior Opportunities

The high academic standard that students achieve in the Academic Excellence classes is supported by:

  • A rigorous curriculum that extends and challenges to deepen understanding and improve key cognitive skills.
  • Virtual classrooms for every class to support at home learning.
  • A take home device allowing students access to ICT resources both at school and home.
  • Opportunities to participate in regional, state wide and national academic competitions such as UNSW ICAS competitions and UQ Wonder of Science.
  • Termly Immersion days where students across all year levels come together to develop their skills in team work, creative thinking and problem solving.
  • An annual camp that focusses on socio-emotional wellbeing, building resilience and conquering fears.

Community Partnerships

Various tertiary institutions such as University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University offer support to our students in the form of offering workshops and funding that contribute to the success of the Academic Excellence program.

The University of Queensland, in particular, has been a significant supporter by offering guaranteed entry and scholarships to past Academic Excellence students in Year 10 who are pursuing a university qualification.

Pride, Passion, Persistence and Pathway Development

The rigour of the Academic Excellence program sets students up for success in their chosen senior pathways at Year 11 and 12.  Our students are passionate about their learning and take pride in the high academic results that they achieve.   The rigour of their classes requires them to persist and give their best effort to all tasks whether they are working individually or in a team setting. Our Academic Excellence students are celebrated through our Celebrating Success, Academic Award Structures, support of scholarship attainment for post schooling as well as through provisions of termly immersion days to further develop our school values, and aspirations in our students to be tertiary educated.