Developed with the wellbeing of students in mind, the program seeks to shape academic talent into strength awareness and ultimately, mastery. The program emulates global best practice by drawing on the literature and investigative practices of noted leaders in the field of gifted and talented education and offers academic extension, enrichment and acceleration to high performing and high potential students from Year 5 to Year 12.

Honours classes are delivered by specialist teachers and provide opportunities for problem-based enquiry and investigation, curiosity, interest and thought in an environment of like-minded scholars.

Interested students are invited to apply for entry into the program, with suitability determined by a number of factors, including academic performance and ranking, and also academic potential as evidenced by qualities such as conscientiousness, deliberate practice, love of learning, will power and grit. Academic scholarship recipients are automatically considered for entry into the Honours Program.

The Program

The BBC Honours Program seeks to stimulate curiosity, interest and thought in an environment of like-minded scholars.

Junior School
Middle School
Senior School
  • Designed to extend students who are high achievers in most of their subjects
  • Classes complete compacted year level curriculum with extension
  • Focus on enrichment, extension and problem-based enquiry
  • Identified students offered acceleration opportunities in Mathematics
  • Students will be expected to represent the College in academic co-curricular activities such as DaVinci Decathon, Readers Cup and Future Problem Solvers
  • Classroom teacher(s) and the Gifted and Talented Coordinator will mentor students to achieve their personal excellence goals
  • Designed to extend students who are high achievers in most of their subjects who are performing, or have the potential to perform, in the top 15 percent of the state
  • Enrichment classes will be offered in English, Mathematics, Science and multidisciplinary subjects such as STEM and Humanities/Arts
  • Identified students offered acceleration opportunities in Mathematics
  • Students will be expected to represent the College in academic co-curricular activities such as Future Problem Solvers, DaVinci Decathon and Readers Cup
  • Students will be guided by a Senior School Student Academic Mentor under the guidance of the Middle School Curriculum Coordinator and Gifted and Talented Coordinator to establish personal excellence goals
  • Bespoke program tailored to the individual strengths of top performing students
  • Identified students will be encouraged to select extension and acceleration courses in English and Mathematics. Students will continue to be challenged in these demanding subjects and during Year 12 will have the opportunity to study the higher-level English and Literature Extension and Music Extension
  • Students will be mentored by a Senior Academic Staff Coach and Gifted and Talented Coordinator to establish personal excellence goals
  • Opportunities for tertiary study at partner universities (for potential university credit), participating in UCAT study groups, and practical experiences with industry connections
  • Access to Honours Society super curriculum offerings and mentoring with Old Collegians