Ignite: Academic Enrichment

At Grace Lutheran College, we recognise that all students have gifts and talents and require stimulating and challenging experiences to help develop these to the fullest.

Our Academic Enrichment Department assists by identifying students who are intellectually gifted, devising relevant programmes, liaising with parents/guardians and teachers, and establishing mentoring arrangements.

The identification process for gifted and talented students includes the Middle Years Ability Test (MYAT), which all students complete upon entry to the College. Additional sources of information are also used to identify students including the Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices Plus assessment, external assessments, teacher, parent or student nomination, standardised tests such as ICAS and NAPLAN, teacher observations and academic results.

All students at the College benefit from curriculum-based programmes developed for core classes due to the differentiated nature of classwork and assessment that students undertake. Focus on Higher-Order Thinking Skills is a fundamental component to classes that aids in allowing all students to stretch to their potential. A focus on these skills is also necessary for being a servant leader in the world.

Additional programs available to gifted and talented students include:

  • Accelerated, compacted learning for students who are gifted and talented in Mathematics, commencing in Year 7, Semester 2.
  • Subject-based and year level acceleration where appropriate.
  • The Bright Minds Festival where Year 7 students are able to select the focus area of their choice and participate in engaging workshops, whilst mentoring like-minded students from our feeder primary schools.
  • The opportunity to participate in the Independent Schools Queensland Days of Excellence. Students have the opportunity to participate in workshops ranging from Stop Motion Animation to Critical Thinking in Mathematics and Forensic Chemistry to Composing.
  • A variety of challenging and creative subject electives are offered in Middle School and continue into the Senior School with unique offerings such as Extension Science available in Year 10 and Extension English and Music Extension in Year 12.
  • Extracurricular enrichment offerings such as Maths Club, Chess Club and Debating allow students to engage in academic pursuits outside of the school curriculum.
  • Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to pursue subjects offered externally from universities such as University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, University of the Sunshine Coast, and University of Southern Queensland.