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 Secondary ASPIRE programs

The Varsity College Secondary School is built upon the demands of an evolving global community. Our purpose is to provide students with a supportive, personalised learning environment tailored to the needs of each and every student. Through quality teaching practices, Varsity College delivers a rigorous and relevant curriculum providing opportunities for students to design, lead and work collaboratively in their learning.

A culture of high expectation is fostered through the development of positive relationships between student, teacher, parent and community. We believe that it is through this vision that all Varsity students will grow to be independent and motivated learners, prepared for the demands of senior study.

'Aspire' means to seek, aim, desire and hope. The basis to which students achieve their full potential may be influenced by our world class programs. We appreciate that every student has unique gifts and interests. Our innovative curriculum provides the opportunity for students who excel in academic, cultural or sporting endeavours to advance their skills through our ASPIRE programs.

Academic

The ASPIRE Academic Excellence programs were created to give like-minded students with similar passions the opportunity to collaborate in the areas of Mathematics, Science, English, Social Science and Chinese Immersion. Specific extra-curricular opportunities were embedded in the development of the ASPIRE Academic program to allow interested students to broaden and enhance their experiences through partnerships with universities and professionals in their chosen fields.

Academy of Maths Science (AMS@VC)

The ASPIRE AMS@VC program ensures that the full extent of the core curriculum is explored by students to a deeper and richer level than standard curriculum. A high expectations class environment with increased learning pace allows time for lateral extension of topics. This broadens student experiences and depth of understanding in both Mathematics and Science. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively and present their findings in a safe and mentally nourishing environment. The program offers opportunities for students to participate in competitions as well as experience Mathematics and Science in real-life contexts through curriculum specific excursions and hands on activities. The aim of the AMS@VC program is to develop well-balanced students who possess clear goals for their futures and the drive and capabilities to reach their personal potential.

English Social Science Academy (ESSA)

The English Social Sciences Academy (ESSA) helps students to develop a personal commitment to their education. This teaching and learning environment captivates students in deliberate, multi-sensory learning experiences to ensure deep and rich engagement not only with their learning, but with their peers and teacher. The English and Social Science curriculums allow students to hone their investigative research skills, immerse themselves in extended creative writing, learn the power of persuasion and master the vital skills of public speaking. The ESSA course also encourages students to use their imaginations and to set achievable goals for growth, both in the academic and personal wellbeing spheres. Varsity College encourages students to believe that effort leads to success – ESSA aims to reinforce this fundamental value, leading to a life-long love of learning.

Chinese Immersion

The ASPIRE Chinese Immersion program offers an extended program of language study that will accelerate students' language acquisition and provide them with a relevant and meaningful level of Chinese for their future career paths. In addition to a deeper and richer curriculum, ASPIRE Chinese Immersion provides extra-curricular experiences and authentic learning environments in our Confucius classroom which enrich students' language learning whilst developing their cultural and linguistic experience far beyond that of a mainstream program. Chinese is a power language for the global employment market: through this program, students will be at the forefront of innovative Chinese Immersion to best prepare them with the language of the future.

Cultural

The ASPIRE Cultural program caters for students from Year 7 who have a passion and specific interest in one or more arts disciplines: Drama, Music, Visual Art and Media/Film.

The program provides opportunities for students to engage in developing explicit skills in their chosen arts discipline and cultivate their higher order thinking. ASPIRE Cultural students will also participate in workshops with professional artists, theatre and/or gallery trips, exhibitions, eisteddfods and/or competitions.

To be accepted into the ASPIRE Cultural program an application and audition process will be undertaken specific to each of the arts disciplines.

Years 7 and 8 creative arts electives

  • Aspire Drama
    • Focuses on developing skills for making and responding to works of art created using human movement and voice as the primary means of communication (Drama).
    • Aspire Drama students develop their skills of drama (acting, devising, directing and scriptwriting) and build their understanding of the dramatic languages required for further study in Drama.
  • Aspire Music
    • Focuses on developing skills for making and responding to works of art created using sound as the primary means of communication (Music).
    • Aspire Music students develop performance, composition and their theory and aural skills that lead into musicology skills required further music study.
  • Aspire Visual Design
    • Focuses on developing skills for making and responding to works of art created using imagery and objects as the primary means of communication (Art and Media).
    • Aspire Visual Design students develop their skills across 2D, 3D and digital art mediums with a specific focus on using visual language to articulate ideas and meaning through artworks.

Years 9 and 10 creative arts electives

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Multimedia/Film and Television
  • Music

In addition to the extension of skills within the curriculum, ASPIRE Cultural students will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the Creative Arts Co-Curricular, Extra-Curricular opportunities.

Sporting

 

ASPIRE Sporting Excellence programs provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to develop towards 'elite' levels within a range of sporting arenas including athlete development, basketball, football, AFL (Australian Football League) and rowing.

Our elite sport coaches and specialised strength and conditioning coaches provide targeted support to encourage students in reaching their full potential, whilst promoting academic success.

Football

 


The ASPIRE Football program aims to provide students an unparalleled opportunity to develop towards 'elite' levels within both futsal and soccer, through superior coaching opportunities and specialised strength and conditioning. Targeted support is provided to encourage students in reaching their full potential as athletes.

The ASPIRE Football program is conducted as an extra-curricular activity to allow students to access all academic opportunities available at the college, whist providing students with the opportunity to develop their sporting ability.

The program focuses on providing a sequentially developed program for students over Years 7 to 12, closely linked to the 'Building Blocks' phases of the Football Federation Australia's (FAA) national curriculum.

Rowing

 

Varsity College has a proud history of being among a small number of Independent Public Schools to offer the sport of rowing. Ideally located on Lake Orr, the ASPIRE Rowing program provides athletes the opportunity to be involved in a sport otherwise not accessible to other schools.

The ASPIRE Rowing program takes part in several weekend based regattas throughout the school calendar year, starting with the Gold Coast Regional All Schools Rowing Association regattas.

Varsity College ASPIRE Rowing is a proud partner with Griffith University Rowing. The partnership provides opportunities for athletes to access State and National pathways in Term 4 each year.

The ASPIRE Rowing program is conducted as an extra-curricular activity to allow students to access all academic opportunities available at the college, whist providing students with the opportunity to develop their sporting ability.

AFL

 


The ASPIRE AFL program commenced its first year of operations in 2017 with the explicit purpose to identify, support and build 'elite' AFL players. The program utilises highly qualified specialists and select partnerships to enhance coaching and player opportunities.

The ASPIRE AFL program is conducted as an extra-curricular activity to allow students to access all academic opportunities available at the college, whist providing students with the opportunity to develop their sporting ability.

The program focuses on providing a sequentially developed program for students in Years 7 to 12.

​​​​Basketball​

 


The ASPIRE Basketball program aims to provide students an unparalleled opportunity to develop towards an 'elite' level in basketball, through exclusive coaching opportunities and specialised strength and conditioning. 

Targeted support is provided to encourage students to reach their full potential as athletes, whilst promoting academic success and instilling Varsity College's champions of character values.​

Athlete Development

 


The ASPIRE Athlete Development program aims to provide students an unparalleled opportunity to develop towards 'elite' levels within their chosen sport. Through a challenging yet rewarding program aimed at developing fitter, faster, stronger and smarter athletes, the ASPIRE program provides specialised strength and conditioning training and education.

The ASPIRE Athlete Development program enhances students' athletic potential, supplementing athletes with professional coaching and training within their chosen sport and exposing athletes to a multi-faceted approach to professional sport. The program offers targeted support to encourage students in reaching their full potential as athletes, whilst promoting academic success and instilling Varsity College's champions of character values.