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Gifted and Talented Programme

Bridge buildingThe Aquila Programme is designed to nurture the academic talent of gifted students. It is an essential part of Churchie’s commitment to personalised learning and the pursuit of excellence. The programme seeks to identify our gifted young men, encourage their unique interests, enhance their potential and maintain their passion for learning. Aquila includes year-long extension programmes, short term projects, ability grouping in some subjects and entry into individual and team competitions.

The numerous extension experiences and competitions in which Churchie presently participates are:

  • State and Australasian Philosothons (philosophy)
  • Future Problem Solving
  • Literary competitions
  • Australian Brain Bee Challenge (Year 10)
  • Maths Team Challenges
  • Australian Computational Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO)
  • Science Engineering Challenges
  • Da Vinci Decathlons
  • Days of Excellence workshops
  • Gifted Student Conferences
  • Writers festivals 
  • Readers’ Cup
  • Opti-MINDS challenge
To prepare for academic competitions, the Aquilan group meets before school each week to prepare submissions, work on challenging problem solving and creative thinking and develop team strategies.

Students in the Aquila Programme are consistently challenged to aim higher. They are supported in their academic learning to look ahead at opportunities for creativity, innovation and problem solving.