Academic Enrichment



At Grace Lutheran College, we recognise that all students have gifts and talents and require stimulating and challenging learning programs. We also recongise the unique learning and personal needs of gifted and academically talented students. 

Our Academic Enrichment Department identifies and oversees students who are:

• Intellectually gifted; or

• Demonstrate high levels of academic talent for their age within a given field or subject.

There are 3 core elements to the Academic Enrichment provided at Grace:

Academic Enrichment

Program  

Ignite Excellence Programs

& Co-Curricular Opportunities  

Bright Minds Festival

 (Year 1-6) 

Individual case management and personalised Academic Enrichment Plans for gifted students. A holistic approach that assesses individual academic, social, emotional and organisational needs.

Coordinated by Academic Enrichment Staff.

Classroom programs for students demonstrating high levels of talent in a given subject area such as English, Mathematics, Science, Dance, Music, Sport.

An annual festival for primary school aged students, incorporating a range of engaging and challenging workshops.


These 3 elements cater for the distinct and individualised needs of both gifted students and those with specific academic talent in a given subject area.

 
• The Academic Enrichment Program provides plans and provisions for gifted students that encompass their academic, social, emotional and organisational issues;
• The Ignite Excellence Programs offer specialised extension classes for highly talented students in a range of subject areas.
 


ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM


The College recognises the unique learning and personal needs of gifted students. The Academic Enrichment Program of the College incorporates dedicated staff who case manage our gifted students, partnering with the child, their teachers and their parents in order to achieve best outcomes. Our Academic Enrichment staff are experienced in supporting students with perfectionism, anxiety, twice exceptionality, organisational struggles, time management challenges and study skill needs. Individualised Academic Enrichment Plans are written for gifted students, identifying their areas of strength and growth. Co-curricular competitions and excursions are also on offer for these students. Students do not have to be in the Academic Enrichment Program to qualify for the Ignite Excellence Programs. Our Ignite Excellence Programs are for students who are demonstrating high levels of talent within particular subject areas.

IGNITE EXCELLENCE: PROGRAMS 

With specialised classes and curriculum programs designed to meet the needs of these highly able students, the Ignite Excellence Programs offer a world of opportunities for your child.

The College’s signature Ignite Excellence Programs are (follow link for detailed information brochure regarding program):

 

Literature Program: An advanced English class in Years 7 to 10 with a curriculum designed for lovers of reading and writing. Incorporating a range of rich and diverse texts, this program prepares students through Middle School to take the subject of Literature or English Extension when in Senior School. Entry to this program is by application.

Maths Program (Years 7 - 12): An advanced Mathematics class with a compacted or accelerated curriculum. There are two pathways available in this program. Pathway 2 offers the opportunity to complete Year 7, 8 and 9 Mathematics in just two years before moving onto Senior Mathematics. Pathway 1 allows for differentiated learning within the current year level of Mathematics. Entry to this program and its pathways is by application.

 

Science Program: An enriched Science class in Years 8 and 9 where students are provided with additional extension of content and/or scientific enquiry (as needed) before they move into Senior Science Subjects in Year 10.


GAME ON! Music Program: An advanced music program offering young musicians tuition in a second instrument, and a world of additional performance opportunities. Entry to this program is by application and audition.

 

Sporting G.O.A.L.S: A separate Physical Education class for high achieving sports men and women where they can receive personalized coaching for their sport of excellence. Nutrition advice, sports psychology, fitness training, goal setting and coaching are part of this amazing program. Entry to this program is by application.

 

Flexible Learning Pathway: For students performing at a state, naitonal or international level in their area of talent, who require a modified and flexible school timetable to meet thier extensive training or rehearsal commitments. Entry to this program is by application and audition.

IGNITE EXCELLENCE: OPPORTUNITIES

Robotics Program: A world of opportunities available for students who desire to both excel in the area of Robotics and to connect with industry leaders in this ever expanding field. Students are able to become involved in a range of robotics opportunities throughout Years 7 to 12 at the College.

The College also supports a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, excursions and competitions for highly able students including the National Youth Science Forum, Bond University Mooting Competitions, Vice Chancellor STEM Camps at QUT, SPARQ-Ed Science Immersion Programs, Griffith University’s Equity Program, ICAS Testing, Regional Mathematics, Literature and Science Competitions, State, National and International Robotics Competitions and more. 

Year 11 and 12 students also 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.

Dance Development Program: A co-curricula (before school) program for Years 7 and 8 students who are passionate about dance. Activities include workshops in nutrition, injury management, choreography, performance, and more. 

FLEX (Foreign Languages Excellence) Program: A Co-curricula program for Year 8 students who enjoy learning foreign languages. Students can participate in a fortnightly workshop where they can extend on and develop their language fluency whilst participating in a range of fun cultural activities. For more information on the program, click on its title above.

Information packages and application forms for the Ignite Excellence Programs can be found by clicking the links above.

For students entering Year 7, applicaitons are recommended by the end of Term 2 of the year prior to entry.

For more information, or to discuss the needs of your child, please contact the Academic Enrichment Coordinator, Mrs. Leigh-ann Forman. 

BRIGHT MINDS FESTIVAL

Bright Minds Festivals are an annual event dedicated to primary age students. Designed to inspire, engage and unite bright young minds, participants have the opportunity to register to a range of workshops and activities.

The list of workshops on offer each year is extensive and often includes flying drones, cooking candy, writing creative stories, experimenting with chemical reactions, coding robots, tennis, sports science, hands-on building tasks and more. The Bright Minds Festival strives to showcase to students that a world of opportunities exists at Grace Lutheran College – no matter what their interest or area of talent.