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Excellence programs

Caloundra State High School offers Programs of Excellence in academic and sporting pursuits that are designed to assist students in reaching their full potential. Our academic excellence programs partner with the University of the Sunshine Coast and are informed by cutting-edge educational research and practice. Our sports development programs are conducted in partnership with local and regional community sporting organisations and are led by industry professionals. As each program requires a significant commitment of time and effort, it is recommended that students only participate in one Program of Excellence so that they can experience the full benefit of the program.

Important dates for 2019 enrolments

Year 7 Scholarship applications close:  Friday 9 March 2018 ​
​Year 7 Horizons applications close:
Round 1: Friday 9 March 2018 (major intake)
Round 2: Friday 21 September 2018 (subject to availability)​
​Year 8 Horizons applications close: Round 1: Friday 21 September 2018 (subject to availability)
​Year 7 Volleyball and Rugby League Development Programs applications close:
Round 1: Friday 9 March 2018 (to be considered for a Sports Scholarship)
Round 2: Applications will be accepted up until Wednesday 5 September 
​Year 7 Volleyball and Rugby League Try-out sessions:
Round 1: Thursday 21 June 2018 (Year 6 High School Experience Day)
Round 2: Wednesday 29 August 2018 (3.15pm to 5.00pm) - Cancelled rescheduled to:
Wednesday 5 September 2018 (3.15pm to 5.00pm)
​Year 7 Surf Sports Trials:

Date: Tuesday 21st August 2018 

(Back up date: Tuesday 4th September)

Time: 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Meet at carpark at the end of Buderim Street, Currimundi.

Equipment: Bring your own surfboard, leg rope, wetsuit and towel

Applications to be submitted on or prior to this date.

​Year 7 Arts Extension Program: Applications close:-
Round 1: Friday 9 March 2018
Round 2: Friday 17 August 2018
Round 1: Thursday 21 June 2018 (Year 6 High School Experience Day) 
Round 2: Wednesday 5 September @ 3.15pm

Details about each program are as follows:


​Horizons Academic Excellence


The Horizon Program for academic excellence is a targeted program in Junior Secondary to nurture and develop students with outstanding academic ability.  In this program, students work within the Australian Curriculum and have access to a variety of higher order thinking and team-based tasks within their classes.  Students are also involved in activities outside of the curriculum within the local community to help nurture their passion for learning, allowing like-minded students to be constantly challenged.

Volleyball Development

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​​​The Volleyball Program at Caloundra State High School offers students unique and exciting experiences. The Volleyball Program runs from Years 7-10 and provides our students with an advanced understanding of the game. Strong focus is placed on the essential skills, rules, rotations and teamwork throughout practical lessons. Theoretical aspects teach our students about enhancing performance and being a coach/leader/mentor, resulting in students conducting coaching clinics and mini volleyball tournaments for our local primary school students using our state-of- the-art facilities. Partnering with Volleyball Queensland, we continue to strive for success playing in State and National level events, providing Caloundra State High School students with the opportunity to play volleyball at an elite constantly challenged.

Rugby League Development

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The Caloundra State High School Rugby League Program is designed to develop and enhance our students in both technical ability and sportsmanship. The program uses Rugby League as a tool to develop and enhance a student’s personal character, such as respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, leadership and teamwork. This course provides our students with a strong foundation for higher education or employment. We have strong industry links with the Sunshine Coast Falcons and the Caloundra RSL who provide us with many opportunities including elite coaching and future pathways. This program is open to Year 7-12 constantly challenged.

Surf Sports Development

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​​​Caloundra has access to outstanding beaches and with our Surfing Program we are able to utilise these natural resources to develop students’ abilities in surfing and knowledge of the surf environment. With Kings, Moffat and Dicky Beach all in close proximity and with the help of our local partners Silky Surf, the program provides experienced or novice surfers with the opportunity to hone their skills. Students will build their knowledge of beach environments along with practical aspects, such as board making and repair and surf survival skills. The program includes the opportunity to attain a Surf Bronze Medallion during the senior years of schooling and is open to students in Years 7-12.
  • Program Fees

    Information in regard to the fees associated with the program.

  • Rugby League Excellence

    Rugby League Excellence

    A detailed theoretical program has been developed to enhance student’s involvement in rugby league beyond that of a player only.

  • Senior Program

    Senior Program

    The Rugby League Development Program strand is designed for students who are interested in developing their skills both on and off the field.

  • Volleyball Excellence

    Volleyball Excellence

    A detailed theoretical program has been developed to enhance student’s involvement in Vollyball beyond that of a player only.