Our differentiated programs provide support and challenges for students with a wide variety of abilities and interests within the classroom. In addition to the opportunities outlined below, students undertake enrichment and extension within their classrooms with the class teachers and additional teachers who support students.
The Imagine… Program is Cornish College’s Enrichment, Enhancement and Extension Program. It brings together a variety of enrichment opportunities for students outside the classroom and across the school. For further information please contact Ms Diane Koutsakis by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of our commitment to developing thinking and problem solving skills in Mathematics, we enter teams of Primary students in the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO www.apsmo.info).
GATEWAYS is an organisation that conducts a variety of workshops for primary students with interests and abilities in a variety of areas. Cornish College teachers nominate students for specialised Gateways programs throughout the school year. There are also programs that are parent nominated and holiday programs.
Students may enter the Science Talent Search as an individual or as a group of two. They may choose to do one of a variety of entries including games, scientific posters, creative writing, experimental research and working models to explore a scientific concept. Each year has a theme and investigations are done at home with teacher guidance.
The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students, giving students a chance to be an historian, research world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots.
The primary debating program offers interested Year 5 and 6 students the opportunity to explore this means of expression and learn formal debating protocols.
The secondary debating and public speaking program offers students the opportunity to formally present their argument on a variety of issues. It helps promote confidence, improves public presentation, encourages logical and critical thinking and social awareness.
Students participate in the Southern Independent Schools (SIS) Public Speaking competition. Cornish College’s SIS Public Speaking team competed in April 2018 and took the championship trophy for the second year running. Our team consisted of Years 8 to 10 students and they delivered sophisticated and passionate speeches on topics including ‘Reality TV is not reality’ and ‘Democracy is an illusion’.
Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program, where teams of primary and secondary students are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines: Applied Technology, Language Literature, Maths Engineering and Social Sciences. Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.
The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics and Chess, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Philosophy, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge. In May 2017, students in Year 7 participated in the Regional final and finished a strong 5th out of 16 teams overall.
The Australian Geography Competition is a competition for Australian secondary school students, assessing their geographical knowledge and skills. The Competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence.
Aurecon is a global consulting, engineering, management and specialist technical services firm and runs an annual school bridge building competition involving Year 8 and 9 students in Australia, to raise awareness of the engineering profession among students.
The SIS Write A Book In A Day Competition promotes literacy and extends highly able students. Working as a team, students are encouraged to demonstrate their love of literature and use their skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity. Their challenge is to complete an 8,000 to12,000 word novella in one day.
The ASX Sharemarket Game gives students the opportunity to learn more about the share market and how it works. In the Game, students can buy and sell shares in 200 nominated companies listed on the ASX. The Game simulates real share market conditions and develops students’ knowledge of the share market, experience what it is like to buy and sell shares, test their investment strategies and win some great prizes.
The John Button School Prize awards $2,500 for the best essay on a subject concerning Australia’s future by a Victorian student in Years 10 to 12. It also awards $2,000 to the student’s school and both student and school receive a commemorative plaque. Essays submitted for the School Prize will discuss Australian politics or policy. They might address such topics as Australia’s population, climate change, reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, water, asylum seekers, education, health, the state of the arts — big ideas for Australia’s future. Two students from Cornish College will be submitting their essays for this esteemed competition.