Applications Open: 15th of March, 2021.
Applications Close: 14th of May, 2021.
Entrance Exam: 19th of June, 2021.
Costs: $40 application fee (Payments can be made directly to the finance manager after application has been made – contact details will be sent once an application has been sent)
Please contact Belinda Irving for additional information.
Practice Entrance Exams: Should applicants wish to prepare for the High Achiever Entrance Exam they may want to go to the following website and complete the select entry exams provided by the Department of Education: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/learning/Pages/selective-entry-practice.aspx
The High Achiever Program at Fountain Gate Secondary College is designed to enable high achieving students to maximise and fulfil their academic potential in a stimulating and supportive setting.
Students in this program work in an engaging and rigorous environment alongside others of similar abilities and interests. They have the opportunity to work both collaboratively and independently on academic and community projects.
The aim of the High Achiever Program is for students to:> Develop complex and critical thinking skills
- Enhance their ability to work with abstract and challenging course material
- Become effective problem solvers
- Extend their analytic and creative skills
- Successfully work as independent and cooperative learners
- Create pathways to success for their future study and career aspirations.
SUPPORT AND FUTURE PATHWAYS
Students in the program are supported and carefully monitored by the Assistant Principal, the High Achiever and Extension Coordinator and a team of teachers to ensure that their specific needs are being catered for.
Students also take part in an additional program where they focus on interpersonal development and explore their own passions. Throughout this program, students develop an array of mindfulness strategies and learn about the power of setting goals and personal reflection; while also delving deep into their own passions, by researching and presenting on topics of interest and creating meaningful passion projects.
Students are provided with the chance to explore future pathways and career opportunities while completing goal-setting and study enhancement programs. During Year 10, students have the opportunity to study some VCE subjects and can complete choice subjects that cater to their individual needs and interests.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACHIEVEMENTS
Students in this program have the opportunity to excel both inside and outside of the classroom environment. Our students have taken part or been recipients of:
ICAS MATHEMATICS AND ENGLISH COMPETITIONS:
Five students from our Year 7 and 8 High Achiever Program were awarded with High Distinction Certificates, as they placed in the top 1% of all international participants in the Mathematics and English ICAS examination.
AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION:
Students in our High Achiever Program received both Distinction and High Distinction Awards in the Australian Maths Trust’s Olympiad and enrichment programs.
GIRLS IN STEMM:
Nikita I, from the High Achiever Program, was selected to attend the exclusive Girl Power in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) program run by Melbourne School of Engineering and Melbourne School of Information.
KWONG LEE DOW YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM:
Rachel Keeble, from the Year 10 High Achiever class, was awarded with the prestigious academic enrichment program and scholarship.
Students in the High Achiever Program have been members of the Rugby Academy at Fountain Gate who have won multiple State Championships.
HUMANITIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
High Achiever classes have had the opportunity to compete in the Humanities World Championships. In 2020, the HAP students ranked 11th in the world and 1st in our category.
EMERGING SCIENCE VICTORIA PROGRAM:
Seven of our promising High Achiever students seized on an elite learning opportunity offered by the John Monash Science School, by completing an area of Science and Mathematics of their choice.
PREMIER’S SPIRIT OF ANZAC AWARD:
High Achiever, Brianna Murgana was the recipient of the regional Spirit of ANZAC prize and joins the ranks of numerous HAP students who have won the prize previously.
Students who aspire to enter the High Achiever Program are required to provide a copy of their most recent NAPLAN results and school report, and sit a selection examination. The selection examination involves a series of tests that focus on students’ English, Mathematics and Reasoning skills.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview where they are expected to present a portfolio of their work and achievements.
THE PORTFOLIO MAY INCLUDE:
- Recent school reports
- Certificates and awards
- Recent examples of writing, tests, assignments and artwork
- Other relevant material to support the application