The Junior School offers a wide range of opportunities in the classroom, as well as specific withdrawal programmes for students performing well above curriculum expectations. St Mary’s prides itself on delivering a differentiated curriculum in all year levels.

Programmes

ACE (Academic Centre for Enrichment) Programmes are flexible and are determined by student and cohort needs. The following programmes have been delivered in the past:
•   Robotics and Electronics
•   Mathematical Problem-Solving
•   Critical Thinking
•   Philosophy
•   Scientific Inquiry
•   Passion and Research Projects
•   Engineering
•   Books and Beyond
•   Unlock It

Click here to download the ACE brochure.

Aims of the ACE Programme

Events and Competitions

St Mary’s students participate in a variety of events and competitions throughout the year, including:

•   Synergy Schools Solar Challenge 
•   National History Challenge
•   Science IQ 
•   Art and Philosophy Day
•   STEAMing Ahead Challenge  
•   Have Sum Fun 
•   Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
•   Tim Winton Award for Young Writers 
•   Science Talent Search 
•   RoboCup Challenge
•   Cluedunnit Kids Competition
•   Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Eating Up Science

A new ACE initiative, its aim is to further engage students in the wonders of science, in particular, where the work place meets science on a daily basis. Guest speakers have included Professor O’Brian, who was a member of one of the teams involved in the Apollo moon landing missions, Mr Tom Ridsdill, who spoke about artificial intelligence, and Kristen Bedbrook, who spoke about some of her stories working as a veterinarian.