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ASPIRE Academic

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

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.

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The ASPIRE Academy of Mathematics and Science 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 ASPIRE Academy of Mathematics and Science program is to develop well-balanced students who possess clear goals for their futures and the drive and capabilities to reach their personal potential.
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.
The ASPIRE Chinese Program (offered to students since 2016; previously our Chinese Immersion program started in 2005) presents students the unique opportunity to deepen and extend the complexity of their acquisition of Chinese language through the middle years of their schooling.

With Chinese/Australian relations continually strengthening, both in terms of trade and tourism, a knowledge of the Chinese language will open a world of opportunity, culturally and professionally, for students lucky enough to be a part of this exciting program.
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Last reviewed 18 March 2022
Last updated 18 March 2022