Specialised programs are offered to students who demonstrate high level skills and abilities in their area of interest. We value every student’s contribution to our school, and seek to have each individual student exit our school feeling that they have been challenged, nurtured and influenced by our community that values life-long learning.
These programs are available to students in Years 7-9 with talents in the areas of sport and academic. Students apply for a place in the Summit program when enrolling in Year 7. The Summit Programs offer additional excursions, guest speakers and a curriculum with learning experiences suited to the needs of more capable students. A laptop is integral to the academic program.
STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Enterprise, the Arts and Mathematics) education and skills development play an important role in our educational vision for the future. Fostering education in these areas ensures that today’s students can generate and test new ideas and contribute to the scientific developments and innovations of tomorrow. Increasing society’s capacity in this area will also contribute to job creation and provide solutions to social concerns such as medical, environmental and engineering breakthroughs. Authentic learning is an important foundation of the STEAM Academy and is enhanced by links with industry and tertiary partners; these real-life contexts will assist students with career choices.
The Spark - Our specialised Makerspace offers students unique
learning experiences by providing industry standard manufacturing tools. It is a space open to students during, before and after class time to create, design and build their own projects. 3D printers, 3D Scanner , CNC milling machines, laser cutter, soldering stations, robotics kits and Virtual Reality development tools are just some of the technologies available for use in The Spark, transforming learning from a traditional theoretical approach to an innovative, interactive experience while students learn 21st century skills.
Summit Sport is about developing an attitude and
mindset to do the extra that others
choose not to. Students will participate in a wide variety of physical performance activities designed to promote improvement of specific physical / mental capacities and attributes, test and improve personal fitness levels, build team work and communication skills. Physical performance activities will utilise facilities within the school and the local community in order to provide exciting challenges for students. Key theoretical concepts relating to exercise science, biomechanics, sports psychology and sports nutrition will be incorporated into the physical performance activities to promote understanding about why things are done in specific ways to optimise peak performance.
Academic Summit studies seeks to maximize the deep learning opportunities for students and accelerate their learning. Students will be supported and encouraged to participate in a variety of extra-curricular challenges to test their skills against their peers and gain experience in applying their knowledge and skills in new and different settings. Learning experiences will continually promote leadership, self-confidence and problem solving.
Our Dance Summit program focuses on students developing and refining student's skills in various styles of dance. This is part of their curriculum learning as students develop skills in choreography, performance and dance appreciation. We also focus on building skills such as teamwork, confidence in the classroom and offer support across their whole timetable. We understand that starting high school can be a change to a young persons' life and The Arts nurture and support this transition. Our Dance Excellence Summit students are also provided with a plethora of outside opportunities to perform which are included in the program. Our dance students have had great success this year. Every performance we have entered into competition last year have received an award or placing. This is a testament to the success of our students and growing program. Our highlights include 1st place Contemporary and 2nd place Jazz at Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge (BPAC) and receiving a 1st place, four 2nd and two 3rd place awards at Granite Belt Performing Art Challenge (GBPAC) in last year. We were also runners up at the Titans Dance Competition.
Merrimac SHS Dance Excellence Summit are exclusively affiliated with the Australasian Dance Associate (ADA). This is an exciting opportunity as students will learn a Jazz syllabus and complete levelled examinations to further their dance training beyond the classroom. We are the only school in Australia to be offering this opportunity. This sets our program apart from every one else, so you can ensure your student is receiving the best possible education.
Other specialist programs
Girls' Rugby League
This program has been developed in association with the NRL to provide girls who are passionate about playing Rugby League and wish to develop skills and knowledge that would allow them to pursue a career in playing, coaching and management within the sport of Rugby League. Students gain skills and knowledge in areas of fitness training, training program design, coaching and refereeing qualifications as well as qualifications in First Aid and Sports Medicine by the time they complete Year 12.