The ASPIRE Program is based on an Inquiry Based Learning philosophy. This is a highly engaging, student centered teaching practice that fosters 21st Century Learning skills and provides opportunities for students to apply these skills through real world, personally meaningful experiences.
Our targeted learning programs focus on the holistic development of our students. We want students to excel and thrive academically, but also to have the social and emotional skills they will need to become successful life long learners and positive contributors to their community as adults.
All applications for the Year 7 ASPIRE classes of 2022 must be received by 4pm on Friday 23 April 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the selection process?
There is a 4-step selection process designed to identify students who are a good fit for the program.
Step 1: Complete and submit the online application form or the downloadable pdf form.
Step 2: Students are required to write responses to four questions as part of their application form.
Step 3: Applicants will be invited to attend an interview with our ASPIRE staff in early Term 2. At the interview, applicants will be asked to present and discuss a piece of work that demonstrates their strengths, skills and interests.
Step 4: ASPIRE staff will consult with Year 6 teachers and Primary Principals to further assess applicants’ suitability for the program.
Upon consideration of all aspects of the application process, successful applicants will receive a letter of offer a few weeks after their interview.
Please ensure you accept your offer of enrolment by the date specified on the offer letter or your place will be made available to another student on our reserve list.
How long does the program last?
ASPIRE is a two year program. Student suitability for the program is reviewed at the end of Year 7, but generally students continue in their ASPIRE class until the end of Year 8.
From Year 9, students from the ASPIRE program are given first priority for our stage 5 (Year 9 and 10) enrichment and extension programs, including our Personal Pursuit Program elective and STEM program.
Will my child need to do extra learning at home?
Our ASPIRE program is enriched by a culture of high expectations and learning excellence. The workload is greater than mainstream classes and students are expected to continue learning at home by establishing good home study practices. We encourage students to talk to their teachers early if they are feeling overwhelmed by their workload so we can make adjustments to suit their individual needs.
Do you accept late applications?
Late applications may be accepted at our Principal's discretion, but additional information will be requested from the applicant.
Do you accept applicants from outside the school's local enrolment area?
Applications for non-local enrolment are assessed on a case-by-case basis and maybe accepted at the discretion of our Principal.
What qualities do students need to thrive in the ASPIRE Program?