The Wellington Secondary College High Flyers Program (formerly the Accelerated Program) provides students with access to challenging and engaging curriculum that is designed to prepare students for 21st century learning: complex problem solving, creative and critical thinking, collaboration and self-reflection. Our holistic approach to student learning is guided by the principles of:
Students will work with their teachers over the 3 years (Years 7 to 9) of the program in core subjects to develop knowledge, skills and competencies which will prepare them for their entry into the global community.
In 2017 our teachers of the High Flyers Program will continue to work with Canadian educator and innovator, Lee Crockett (author of Literacy is Not Enough and founder of the Global Digital Citizen Foundation) to create educational experiences for our students which will focus on individual progress. This work will also be supported by the educational philosophies of Doctor John Munro (Melbourne University) and Professor Patrick Griffin (Melbourne University), both of whom have done enormous work here and abroad with gifted education and extending students in the top quartiles of the NAPLAN bands.
Structure: Wellington Secondary College High Flyers Program -Years 7&8
- Selected students will work together in a home group for core studies in English, Science, Humanities and Mathematics. The curriculum and pedagogy for their subjects will focus on the development of higher order thinking, complex problem solving and creativity.
- All students will study French or Mandarin
- The Mathematics Program at Wellington Secondary College caters for gifted Maths students. Students from the Wellington High Flyers Program will access appropriate levels of Maths study as indicated through testing.
- All students will be expected to be involved in an instrumental music study and other co-curricular activities (Musical talent or ability or previous musical experience is not a prerequisite for selection).There will be a cost involved.
- In order to provide a rich diversity of curriculum in Years 7 and 8, students will also undertake studies in Drama, PE, Health, the Arts and Technology.
Students will continue core studies in their home group. They will also choose elective subjects that focus on extension and preparation for an enhanced pathway to VCE and beyond.
Year 10 and VCE:
These pathways could include :
- An opportunity to begin their VCE study in Year 10 in a range of subjects
- Additional VCE studies, taken over 3 years, to improve student ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).
- Tertiary enhancement (University) studies taken with VCE studies in the final year.
Pathways at this stage of the program will be determined by performance, teacher recommendations and parent/student choices.
Testing for 2018 Year 7 students has closed. Testing for 2019 Year students will be held at Wellington Secondary College in May 2018. This will include a general academic test and a short piece of written prose. Registrations for testing for the High Flyers Program must be completed online before the test date or additional fees may apply.
- Shortlisting will take place as a result of this process.
- Final selection will consist of a panel interview led by the Principal to provide consideration of other supporting evidence such as primary school reports and teacher recommendations and personal interests
- Academic Scholarship recipients will be selected after careful consideration of test results and additional information provided, on request, from Primary School teachers.