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Academic Excellence of Program - APEX

Welcome to APEX!

 

The Academic Program of Excellence (APEX) at Calamvale Community College supports the development of highly able and gifted students in selective entry classes for Years 7, 8, and 9.  Students with similar abilities and interests are taught in a single class at each year level.  The program includes students from a diverse range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including China, Taiwan, Korea and India.  This program is designed to prepare our College students' academic success by deepening their learning through a unique combination of opportunities. 

 

 

Competitions

 

Our students compete against other like-minded students from schools across Queensland and Australia in academic competitions. These include the Da Vinci Decathlon, a 10-event academic competition held in one day. Students compete in a range of learning areas, giving each individual an opportunity to shine. In 2017, our teams achieved:

  • Year 9 – 1st in Ideation
  • Year 8 – 1st in Art & Poetry
  • Year 7 – 3rd in Art & Poetry

 

Additional competitions and challenges are also offered in Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography and Languages competitions at local, State and National levels.

University Links

 

As APEX is aimed at students who are seeking a pathway to University. Students experience life and learning at Brisbane Universities as part of their course each year. This introduces them to the tertiary subjects on offer and university life, along with enhancing their learning through participating in workshops and events, in areas such as Sciences, Engineering and Ancient History.

 

Excursions and Incursions

 

Classroom learning for the College APEX students is further deepened by excursions and incursions, that are tailored to match curriculum learning. The location of Calamvale Community College allows students to access urban and rural areas with ease. Students learn about their world through visiting laboratories at the UQ Diamantina Institute to learn about cell biology, participating in a Shakespeare drama workshop with a guest company, or being involved in World Earth and Environment Day activities at UQ.

APEX Projects

 

APEX students also participate in additional projects to enhance their learning in
College curriculum areas. These projects develop student’s 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creative and critical thinking and self-management, in addition to their subject knowledge and skills. These projects may involve creating a short film from a novel study in a group or creating a prototype product in response to a challenge. curriculum areas. These projects develop student’s 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creative and critical thinking and self-management in addition to their subject knowledge and skills. These projects may involve creating a short film from a novel study in a group or creating a prototype product in response to a challenge.

Application Process

 

The application process for Year 7 APEX 2018participants has been finalised. To be placed on the waiting list for APEX classes in Years 7, 8 or 9, please fill in the Expression of Interest document and submit it with copies of the following documentation:

  • Most recent school report (achievement at a high level in academic subjects is required)
  • NAPLAN test – most recent report
  • Other supporting documentation – e.g. certificates of achievement in academic competitions, AMEB certificates, sporting achievements, participation in academic events.

 



 

N.B. – applications without complete documentation will not be considered. Overseas applicants who have not sat the NAPLAN test are exempt from this requirement. Each application will be considered on merit.

The application process for Year 7 APEX for 2019 will begin during Term 1, 2018. Please check back closer to this time for more detailed information.