Our Curriculum - Enrichment

Victorian High-Ability Program (VHAP)

The Victorian High Ability Program focuses students on tasks that stimulate critical thinking, problem solving and creativity – enriching their understanding of English and Mathematics.The program does not focus on accelerating students through core Victorian Curriculum content, instead students will be pushed out of their learning comfort zone to become critical thinkers. Over 10 sessions, students will attend on 55-minute online session per week with a teacher using Virtual Schools Victoria. Outside of the allocated time, students will complete further activities.

Student Selection

Only students who have been selected by the Department of Education and Training are able to participate in the program. As part of the selection process, the Department will analyse student achievement data to assess student readiness and ability to participate in this program. Selected students will only be offered a place in up to one course each term. This is to balance the load on students of additional course work outside of core subjects and to minimise the impact of missing more than ten regular classes per term.

Students will be invited to participate across multiple years if they are deemed eligible. However, students will only be able to participate in Mathematics or English once in primary and once in secondary.

Maths Olympiad
The APSMO Maths Olympiad is a competition for students in years 5 and 6 of primary schools from around Australia and New Zealand (It may also be suitable for high achieving Year 4 students). It is intended to challenge participants' maths problem solving abilities.

 Main aims of the Program

  • Introduce students to important mathematical concepts
  • Teach major strategies and develop flexibility for problem solving
  • Foster creativity and ingenuity and strengthen intuition
  • Stimulate enthusiasm and enjoyment of mathematics
  • Provide for the satisfaction, joy and thrill of meeting challenges

Participants partake in 5 separate contests, one per month from May to September. Students complete a series of difficult maths-based questions using nothing but their brain and their problem-solving skills!