The Wellington Secondary College High Flyers Program provides students with access to challenging and engaging curriculum designed to prepare students for 21st century learning: critical thinking and problem solving; creativity; communication and collaboration, and metacognition.

Our holistic approach to student learning is guided by the principles of:

  • Mastery
  • Autonomy, and
  • Purpose

The High Flyers Program is a three-year program (Years 7-9) in core subjects which develops students’ ability to develop knowledge, skills and competencies which prepare them for their journey into the global community as self-actualised, lifelong learners.

In 2023 teachers of the Program will continue to focus on the explicit development of learning dispositions based on the works of Lee Crockett, Tony Wagner, George Couros and Carol Dweck.

Students’ educational experiences will empowered them to work beside and with their teachers and their peers, cooperatively and independently, using an innovative and growth mindset in a contemporary learning environment.

Years 7 and 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 Chinese
  • 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.

Year 9

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.

High Flyers Selection Process for Year 7 in 2023

Initial testing for the 2023 Wellington Secondary College High Flyers Program will be held at the College on Saturday July 30, 2022 between 8:30am and 11:45am.

This test result has no bearing on student enrolments at the College, however it will be used to determine placement in the High Flyers Program for those students who are enrolled.

This test will include a general academic test and a short piece of written prose.

  • Test results will be used to shortlist candidates.  You will be contacted if your child is shortlisted.   
  • Selection may consist of a panel interview led by the Principal.  Other supporting evidence may be required such as primary school reports, teacher recommendations and a written student piece.

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