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Gifted and Talented Programme

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

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 challenge1

To prepare for academic competitions, the Aquila group meets before school each week to prepare submissions, to work on challenging problem solving and creative thinking, and to develop team strategies where they are needed.

Boys in the Aquila Programme are consistently challenged to aim higher. They are supported in their academic learning to look ahead at opportunities they may have in a future world for creativity, innovation and problem solving.