Specialist Learning

At NCC we value the aspirations and success of every child – that is why we run numerous specialist learning programs

Our specialist learning programs include Learning Enrichment Support, Learning Extension Extra Curricular Offerings, In-class Teacher-led Extensions, Year Advancement and Early University Access.


Learning Enrichment

The NCC Learning Enrichment Centre assists students with acknowledged special needs from Prep to Year 12. This support is offered in a variety of ways depending on the student’s level of need, the school resources and places available.

Students may be referred for Learning Enrichment at enrolment, at any time by parents, or when teachers identify difficulties.

A comprehensive consultation process, including learning difficulty assessment, is worked through before students are provided with specialised support. The process involves parents, teachers, the Learning Enrichment teachers and teacher aides.


Learning Extension

We understand that all children have unique gifts, and the initiatives implemented in the Learning Extension program have been tailored in a way that allows all students to be involved.

Nambour Christian College also provides opportunities for our more able students to be enriched and extended through a variety of activities and competitions, often involving other Sunshine Coast schools.

This is what we offer:
  • English – Debating; Public Speaking; Poetry & Literacy Competitions; 3-day Writers on the Coast
  • Science – Rio Tinto Science Competition; Siemens Science School; UNSW; Science Week
  • Mathematics – UNSW Mathematics Competition; Sunshine Coast Mathematics Competition
  • Creative & Performing Arts – Senior Music Extension; Bezalel Arts Festival; College Musical
  • Humanities – Youth Challenges (Ryebuck Media) Years 9-11; United Nations Association of Australia Year 11; Asia Wise Comp; Australian Geography Competition
  • Industrial Technology & Design – Guitar Making; Cooroy and Brisbane Wood Shows, Toy construction for NCC early learners
  • Business Studies – ASX Competition
  • Physical Education – Accreditation in First Aid; Bronze Medallion; Sport’s Coaching & Administration
  • General – Days of Excellence; Chess Competitions & Workshops; ‘Tournament of the Minds’ and ‘OPTI-Minds’ Challenge

Meliora Enrichment Program

Meliora means for the pursuit of better. This program is designed to cater for gifted and talented students in Middle School.

Objectives:
  • To offer an enrichment program that seeks to broaden our students’ experience by offering new and different contexts for learning.
  • To provide the opportunity for like-minded students to work together on challenging learning experiences that may not be offered elsewhere in the regular curriculum.
Process:
  • Applications to be submitted to the Head of Middle School by November 30th
  • Students, parents and teachers can nominate students to apply
  • There is a limit on available places – applications will be reviewed to determine participants on a year-by-year basis
Format:
  • One Challenge Day per term (offsite – whole day – whole group)
  • Engage in challenging and innovative project-based learning one lesson per week – withdrawn from classes on a rotational basis (year level grouping)
  • Delivered by our Meliora Coordinator.

In-class Teacher-led Extensions

Teachers also extend students in the regular classroom by varying assignment topics and expectations and by allowing students to research topics in their personal interest areas.


Year Advancement

Students who display giftedness are encouraged to fully develop their potential and may be accelerated to higher year levels if deemed appropriate.


Early University Access

There is also the opportunity for senior students to take part in a ‘Headstart’ or ‘Start Uni Now’ course through the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) or Central Queensland University (CQU).

These courses are designed to prepare students for the expectations required at University to help make the transition a smooth process. At USC, if a student successfully completes 2 semesters of study, it will grant them entry to the University at the end of Year 12.

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