The St Mary's College (SMC) Excellence Program acknowledges the need for differentiated curriculum and learning opportunities for high-achieving students and provides a positive, challenging, and supportive classroom environment in order to achieve this. The Excellence Program at St Mary's College is designed to cater for the needs of the academically gifted or talented student who demonstrates above average abilities and high levels of task commitment and creativity. Through specialist curriculum, well-practiced teaching expertise, and a developed culture of high expectations, students will be stimulated, challenged and motivated towards even higher levels of achievement. Each year, one class of students is selected to participate in the program which is designed to enhance intellectual potential and development in the Middle Years. Accelerated courses involve a combination of a faster paced curriculum and more complex and abstract material which encourages students to further develop their capacity for higher level thinking.
While the Excellence Program will align with the current curriculum from Years 7 to 9 many new opportunities to extend students will be presented in the core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education. Within the classroom context, students are encouraged in their creative and divergent thinking and take part in complex individual and collaborative problem-solving activities focusing on literacy and numeracy. Extensive extra-curricular opportunities further enhance this experience by continuing to foster creativity and innovation. Students can expect to be challenged and extended across their schooling experience to allow them to reach their potential.
SMC Excellence Program 2021.pdf
SMC Excellence Program Application 2021.pdf
For further information in relation to the St Mary's College Excellence Program please contact the Middle Schooling Leader:
Phone: (07) 4190 2200