Accessible Page Links

Page Tools

Main page Content

Academic excellence

The Academic Program of Excellence is specifically targeted at supporting highly academic students who intend on embarking on university studies. The goal of the program is to equip students with the specific skills aimed at enhancing future studies and providing them with the opportunity to achieve their highest ATAR in order to maximise their university options. 

Over the course of the year, students will engage in philosophical inquiry to enhance their 21st Century skills. The purpose of the program is to expose students to open-ended, abstract problems to challenge their thinking and develop collaboration skills. 

Students will embed Critical and Creative Thinking skills to respond and evidence the standards of the Australian Curriculum. These include:  

  •         Reflecting on Thinking and Processes
  •         Analysing, Synthesising and Evaluating reasoning and Procedure
  •         Inquiring – Identifying, Exploring and Organising Information and Ideas
  •         Generating Ideas, possibilities and Actions

Students will work and learn through critically evaluating information and arguments, seeing patterns and connections, constructing meaningful knowledge and applying it in the real world. Initially students will collaborate to construct their knowledge and aim to think and work together with a powerful synergy of shared cognition. New knowledge created will leverage both individual and collective expertise and the quality of the shared thinking will ensure that new knowledge is highly applicable to the real world. Students will be able to articulate how they “think together” to improve results.     

(Critical Thinking: New Pedagogy for Deep Learning)

Entry requirements 


Entrance by invitation only – Nil Cost

Notification to Parents/Caregivers will be in writing. Criteria includes:
Academic GPA; Diagnostic Test Results; Student Report Card – Entering Students; Professional Judgement.  Students are monitored through Visible Tracking, TrackEd & OneSchool Student Profile. 



Academic Program of Excellence


Head of Department - Humanities:  Christina Kasper


Phone:  3820 5872