Programs of Excellence


Caloundra State High School offers Programs of Excellence in academic and sporting pursuits and Arts Extension Programs in Dance and Music 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.

All programs require a significant commitment  of time and effort outside of school hours.  Each program has a participation fee which must be paid upon receiving invoice early in 2021. Entry to all programs is by application.

Important dates for 2021 enrolments

Year 7 Scholarship applications open:  Friday 21st February 2020
Year 7 Scholarship applications close: Friday 13th March 2020
Year 7 Horizons applications close:
Round 1: Friday 13th March 2020
(major intake)
Round 2: Friday 14th August 2020
(subject to availability)
Year 8 Horizons applications close:
Round 1: Friday 14th August 2020
(subject to availability)
Year 7 Volleyball, Rugby League & Surf Programs of Excellence applications close:
Round 1: Friday 13th March 2020
Round 2: Friday 11th September 2020
Year 7 Volleyball and Rugby League Try-out sessions:
Round 1: Thursday 3rd September 2020 (3.15-5.00pm)
Round 2: Wednesday 16th September 2020 (Year 6 High School Experience Day)
Year 7 Surf Excellence Trials:

Date: TBA - applicants will be invited to a beach trial session to be held after school in September

Applications to be submitted on or prior to this date.

Year 7 Arts Extension Programs: Applications close:-
Round 1: Friday 13th March 2020
Round 2: Friday 11th September 2020
Round 1: Wednesday 5th August 2020 (MAD Workshop Day)
Round 2: Wednesday 16th September 2020 (Year 6 High School Experience Day)

Details about each program of excellence are as follows:

Horizons Academic Excellence

The Horizon Program (Years 7 & 8) nurtures and develops academically-talented students to extend and maximise their potential. Students work within the Australian Curriculum, with a focus on 21st Century skills such as complex thinking, digital literacy, innovation and teamwork.  Students are also involved in extracurricular activities within the local community to help nurture their passion for learning, allowing like-minded students to work together and be constantly challenged.

Volleyball Excellence

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.  Students conduct coaching clinics and mini volleyball tournaments for our local primary school students using our cutting-edge facilities. Partnering with Volleyball Queensland gives Caloundra State High School students the opportunity to play at an elite level in state and national events.

Rugby League Excellence

The Caloundra State High School Rugby League Program is open to students in Years 7-12 and is designed to develop and enhance our students in both technical ability and sportsmanship. The program uses Rugby League as a tool to develop respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, leadership and teamwork. Students have the opportunity to represent Caloundra State High School in local and state competitions. Partnership with Sunshine Coast Falcons and the Caloundra RSL provides students with many opportunities including elite coaching and future pathways. Year 11 & 12 students will complete a Certificate II in Sport & Recreation that contributes to their Queensland Certificate of Education.

Surf Excellence

With Kings, Moffat and Dicky Beach all in close proximity and the help of our local partners Silky Surf, this program provides experienced surfers in Years 7-12 with the opportunity to hone their technical skills and broaden their knowledge of beach environments along with practical aspects, such as board making and repair and surf survival skills. Students have the opportunity to represent Caloundra State High School in local and state competitions.

Last reviewed 23 June 2020
Last updated 23 June 2020