Special Interest Programs

Second Round Application Process

Are you scientifically minded? Do you dream of mathematical equations? Maybe you love languages and would like to immerse yourself in Italian? Or you enjoy being outdoors on the water and would like to take your class while rowing on the Torrens? If this sounds like you, we still have space in our 2022 special interest programs.

STEM Programs

In 2022 Norwood Morialta High School will be offering the Accelerated STEM program for new Year 8 students and introducing the STEM Enrichment program for new Year 7 students. Please read more information below…

STEM Enrichment Program

The STEM Enrichment Program is available to 2022 Year 7 students and supports learners to complete their middle schooling with a strong focus on inquiry and integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning. Online Application Form here.

Accelerated STEM Program (2022 Year 8)

This program supports students with a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to complete their middle schooling in 2 years. The program has a focus on inquiry and integrated, authentic STEM learning across all subjects. Online Application Form here.

Italian Immersion Program

Students undertake an integrated program in Italian and Humanities where they learn Italian through Humanities. They develop a high level of competence in the language and gain a deeper understanding of culture. Students will have an opportunity to study Stage 1 Italian in Year 10. Online Application Form here.

Rowing Program

Students with an aptitude for rowing have an opportunity to develop their skills, compete in regattas and excel in the sport. Successful students who gain entry to the Special Interest Rowing Program will commit themselves to rowing competition for a minimum of three seasons. Online Application Form here.

Special Interest Programs – Round Two Application Process for 2022

Second round applications for our special interest programs for year 7 and 8 entry in 2022 close 4.00pm Monday 25 October.

STEM Enrichment Program

The STEM Enrichment Program is available to 2022 Year 7 students and supports learners to complete their middle schooling with a strong focus on inquiry and integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning. Through enrichment of STEM learning, students will gain a deeper understanding of concepts across Science, Mathematics and Technology and experience opportunities for application of knowledge and skill to real world problems.

The program seeks to develop futures-orientated capabilities, promote entrepreneurial opportunities and extend creative, higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. Teachers embrace challenge-based learning approaches that promote inquiry, collaboration and connections with the local and global communities.

Features of the STEM Enrichment Program:

  • Motivated, high-achieving students are able to work with their intellectual and social peers in the same STEM class
  • Students participating in the STEM Enrichment Program will undertake a range of subjects together that are all underpinned by a connection through STEM and interdisciplinary learning. There is a strong focus on problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking
  • Students engage in learning that develops an entrepreneurial mindset, with a strong focus on new ways of thinking, entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and perspectives
  • Students engage with industry partners to develop a greater awareness of career pathways in STEM and Entrepreneurialism
  • The school has a proud tradition of academic excellence and graduates achieve outstanding results in high-end STEM subjects.

Student Commitment

It is expected that students involved in the STEM Enrichment Program will:

  • Engage and commit for the three years
  • Intend completing SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) at Norwood Morialta High School
  • Intend studying Mathematics, Science and/or Technology subjects in senior years
  • Participate in national competitions, STEM related extension activities and excursions
  • Contribute to the school’s wider co-curricular activities and leadership programs
  • Uphold the school’s values and actively promote the program to the wider school community.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

The STEM Enrichment Program is aligned to the Australian Curriculum requirements and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years framework. All subjects reflect interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on three STEM pathways including: aeronautics, environmental science and sustainability, computer science and engineering, as well as integrating authentic industry and community links.

The selected STEM Enrichment Program students are placed together in a designated class and engage in all classes together except Languages and the Arts, where they will be able to make subject choices. Students may apply to study the Italian immersion Program as well as the STEM Enrichment Program.

Student will be supported by a dedicated STEM teacher who provides mentoring to meet individual student’s needs.  Teachers are specially selected to teach in this program, undertake action research and are committed to implementing contemporary and innovative teaching and learning practices. The program and learning experiences are enhanced by our partnerships with local industry and academic partners.

An overview of the STEM Enrichment Program curriculum includes:

Curriculum Areas
Science
STEM (Technology with STEM focus)
Mathematics
English
Humanities
Language Choice*
Arts
PE

*Students will be able to choose from Chinese, German, Greek, Italian, Italian Immersion or Japanese

The STEM Enrichment Program provides opportunities for students to personalise their learning pathways after completion of the 3 year program. Students will have the option to continue their STEM studies through the following pathways. Student progress and engagement is closely monitored. The school will develop an individual education plan for each student in consultation with students, parents and teachers. Learning experiences will be personalised which may involve further tailored enrichment, extension or acceleration to another year level for one or more subjects.

Benefits for Students

Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the STEM Enrichment STEM Program
  • The opportunity to study subjects with students who have similar interests and abilities
  • The opportunity to be mentored by specially selected and qualified staff in a vibrant learning environment. Each student is mentored and receives an individualised learning plan
  • The opportunity to be involved in Entrepreneurial initiative such as Australian Business Week and Shark Tank
  • Be supported to develop an improved understanding and appreciation of STEM
  • Engagement in a range of STEM competitions, activities and clubs to extend creative, problem-solving skills
  • Completion of secondary schooling through a personalised pathway.

The STEM Enrichment STEM Program fee is an additional $50 annually for all three years of the program.

Second Round Selection Process:

Interested applicants are required to participate in a selection process that includes:
Submission of the Online Application form with support documentation by 4.00pm Monday 25 October 2021. This online application includes:

  • The Student Introduction form
  • A parent supporting statement
  • Year 5 (and 6) school reports
  • Certificates where appropriate, including:
    • Achievement in state and national competitions (e.g. UNSW, Westpac, etc)
    • NAPLAN results, PAT M, PAT R and/or PAT S results
    • Any other relevant certificates or media presentations (e.g. photos, videos, slideshow) to support the application.

Contact Information
Chris Felstead or Jacqui van Ruiten
T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)

Accelerated STEM

The Accelerated STEM Program supports students to complete their middle schooling in two years with a strong focus on inquiry and integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning.

The program seeks to develop futures-orientated capabilities and extend creative, higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. Teachers embrace challenge-based learning approaches that promote inquiry, collaboration and connections with the local and global communities.

Features of the Accelerated STEM Program:

  • Students will have the opportunity to complete their secondary education in at least four years
  • Motivated, high-achieving students are able to work with their intellectual and social peers in the same STEM class
  • Students participating in the Accelerated STEM class will undertake a range of subjects together that are all underpinned by a connection through STEM and interdisciplinary learning. There is a strong focus on problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking
  • The school has a proud tradition of academic excellence and graduates achieve outstanding results in high-end STEM subjects.

Student Commitment

It is expected that students involved in the Accelerated STEM Program will:

  • Engage and commit for the two years
  • Intend completing SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) at Norwood Morialta High School
  • Intend studying senior Mathematics, Science and/or Technology subjects
  • Participate in national competitions, STEM related extension activities and excursions
  • Contribute to the school’s wider co-curricular activities and leadership programs
  • Uphold the school’s values and actively promote the program to the wider school community.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

The Accelerated STEM Program is aligned to the Australian Curriculum requirements and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years framework. All subjects reflect interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on three STEM pathways including: aeronautics, environmental science and sustainability, computer science and engineering, as well as integrating authentic industry and community links.

The selected Accelerated STEM students are placed together in a designated class and engage in all classes together except Languages, where they will be able to choose from the 5 languages offered at Norwood Morialta High School. They have a STEM trained teacher allocated to provide mentoring to meet individual student’s needs.  Teachers are specially selected to teach in this program, undertake action research and are committed to implementing the best of current proven teaching and learning methodologies. The program and learning experiences are enhanced by our partnerships with local industry and academic partners.

An overview of the Accelerated STEM interdisciplinary curriculum includes:

STEM 1 (Year 1) STEM 2 (Year 2)
Science Science
STEM (Technology with STEM focus) STEM (Technology with STEM focus)
Mathematics Mathematics
English English
Humanities Humanities (Environmental focus)
Language Choice* Language Choice*
PE/STEAM (Multimedia/Design/CAD) PE/STEAM (Multimedia/Design/CAD)
The Year 10 IBMYP Personal Project and Stage One Personal Learning Plan will be undertaken in extended PLG time and off-line with the support of teacher mentors.

*Students will be able to choose from Chinese, German, Greek, Italian and Japanese

Pathways beyond the Accelerated STEM Program

The school supports students to personalise their learning pathways after completion of the first 2 years of the program. Students will have the option to continue their STEM studies through the following pathways:

Pathway Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Traditional Year 10 SACE Stage 1 SACE Stage
STEM X Year 10 and Stage 1 STEM Subjects (Sciences, Mathematics and Digital Technology) SACE Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects

 

SACE Stage 2 and Headstart (Application based University courses)

 

Accelerated SACE Stage 1 SACE Stage 2
Flexi SACE Stage 1 SACE Stage 2 (3 Subjects) SACE Stage 2 (3 Subjects)
IBDP Accelerated Year 1 of the DP Year 2 of the DP
IBDP Flexi SACE stage 1 Year 1 of the DP Year 2 of the DP

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous and academic programme that is completed over two years, traditionally in the final years of high school (years 11 and 12). It is a programme designed to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, where students study six subjects across five subject groups. There is an opportunity to study two science subjects as part of the DP, but students are also expected to study a second language and subjects from English and Humanities learning areas as well. More information about the IBDP can be found on our school website. STEM students could choose to commence the IBDP in year 3 or start in the SACE to develop a stronger foundation before commencing the IBDP in year 4.

NMHS has a strong focus on internationalism and recognises that STEM industries depend on language and ethical, social and cultural understanding of global issues. STEM students may have an opportunity to engage in international STEM learning experiences both virtually and in person. The Accelerated STEM Program is further enhanced through participation of the school’s diverse enrichment programs and national competitions. Please view the school’s extensive range of extra-curricular activities.

Benefits for Students

Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the Accelerated STEM Program
  • The opportunity to study subjects with students who have similar interests and abilities
  • The opportunity to be mentored by specially selected and qualified staff in a vibrant learning environment. Each student is mentored and receives an individualised learning plan.
  • Be supported to develop an improved understanding, self-efficacy and appreciation of STEM
  • Engagement in a range of STEM competitions, activities and clubs to extend creative and critical thinking skills
  • Completion of secondary schooling in four years or through a personalised pathway.

The Accelerated STEM program fee is an additional $50 annually (in STEM 1 and STEM 2).

Second round selection Process:

Interested applicants are required to participate in a selection process that includes:
Submission of the Online Application form with support documentation by 4.00pm Monday 25 October 2021. This online application includes:

  • The Student Introduction form
  • A parent supporting statement
  • Year 6 (and 7) school reports
  • Certificates where appropriate, including:
    • Achievement in state and national competitions (e.g. UNSW, Westpac, etc)
    • NAPLAN results, PAT M, PAT R and/or PAT S results
    • Any other relevant certificates or media presentations (e.g. photos, videos, slideshow) to support the application.

Contact Information
Chris Felstead or Jacqui van Ruiten
T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)

Italian Immersion

The Italian Immersion Program highlights Norwood Morialta High School’s strong commitment to internationalism by recognizing the importance of language learning in developing global citizens. The Italian Immersion Program supports students in Years 8 and 9 to develop both high levels of language proficiency and intercultural understanding, whilst offering students a unique and explicit approach to exploring concepts and content in the Humanities program.

Features of the Immersion Italian Program:

In the Immersion Program students study an Italian course as well as learning Humanities through Italian as an integrated program in Years 8 and 9. During their Italian language classes they learn new vocabulary and grammar that will facilitate their understanding of the Humanities course. It is anticipated that these students will then study SACE Stage 1 Italian in year 10.

Student Commitment

Prospective students must be motivated with a desire to excel and be challenged. The students need to be able to work and respond well in challenging learning environments, enjoy taking risks, have strong problem-solving skills and be open to new ideas. It is also essential that prospective students have strong literacy skills.

It is not a prerequisite that students have studied Italian at primary school or are of Italian background.

Students are expected to commit to the full two-year program.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

The Immersion Program seeks to challenge students through an integrated Language and Humanities program, promoting communication, collaboration and connections with local and global communities. As part of the authentic teaching and learning experience, students from this program will also have the opportunity to visit our sister-city school in Italy.

The Italian Immersion Program is aligned to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum requirements.

Students selected for this program are placed together in the same Italian and Humanities classes. The students study 5 lessons of Italian and 5 lessons of Humanities a week, as is the case with all the year 8 and year 9 students at NMHS.

Benefits for Students

This model is based on a strong educational foundation and substantial research in the area of Immersion Education in Languages. Research has shown that students:

  • achieve relatively high levels of second language proficiency
  • improve their literacy skills
  • develop a range of learning and thinking skills, including divergent thinking and problem-solving-skills
  • attain high levels of functional proficiency in the immersion language while at the same time achieving academically
  • develop deeper intercultural understandings.

Immersion programs are common overseas and are also offered in other states of Australia. They enable students to learn the language, in this case Italian, through content, as happens in real life. It leads to a more engaging and relevant process of language acquisition for motivated students.

Selection Process

Interested applicants are required to participate in a selection process that includes submission of the Online Application form with support documentation by 4.00pm Monday 25 October 2021. This document must include:

  • the Student Self-nomination form
  • the Parent nomination form
  • school reports
  • certificates where appropriate, including:
    • achievement in state and national competitions
    • NAPLAN results, PAT M, PAT R and/or PAT S results
    • other relevant certificates or media presentations (eg photos, videos, slideshow) to support the application.

Contact Information
Helen Tooulou or Jacqui van Ruiten
T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)

Rowing

Overview

Norwood Morialta High School is committed to delivering a Special Interest Rowing Program that provides opportunities to develop student’s rowing skills, their time-management, organisation, leadership and teamwork as a valued member of our Rowing Club. Students will study rowing as part of the HPE curriculum and rowing pathway in years 7-12, including a 10 credit stage 1 course.

Features of the Special Interest Rowing Program

The Norwood Morialta High School Special Interest Rowing Program incorporates a talent identification selection process whereby students from within and outside the NMHS zone can apply to enrol at the School.

Successful students who gain entry to the Special Interest Rowing Program will need to commit to the Special Interest Rowing Program and associated activities until at least the end of Year 10. This involvement will take precedence over any other sporting/extra-curricular activity.

The Special Interest Rowing Program operates alongside the Norwood Morialta High School Rowing Club, which is open to all NMHS students as a summer sport. It is compulsory for students within the Special Interest Rowing Program to also join and participate in the Rowing Club Activities.

Facilities and Resources

The Program has access to the two Norwood Morialta High School Rowing Club boat sheds: one located on the River Torrens near Montefiore Hill Road and a shared facility at the West Lakes Regatta Course. The School has a growing fleet of boats, access to various other water training facilities and is currently constructing new fitness facilities within the Parade Campus (completed late 2022).

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Students involved in the Norwood Morialta High School Special Interest Rowing Program will undertake intensive rowing units during terms 1 and 4. During terms 2 and 3 students will experience the core PE curriculum as part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP), and/or SACE requirements.

Practical lessons include:

  • Development and application of rowing skills
    • Sculling (Singles, Double, & Quads)
    • Sweeping (Pairs, Fours, Eights)
    • Coxing
    • Coaching
  • Fitness and conditioning
  • Competition/racing strategies
  • Group dynamics/team building

Students will study the following theory-based rowing specific content:

  • Introduction to rowing
  • Principles of training
  • Leadership/teamwork
  • Health/wellbeing/resilience
  • Factors affecting performance
  • Fitness/performance analysis
  • Rowing and technology
  • Rowing History

Selection Process

Interested applicants are required to participate in a selection process that includes:

1. Submission of the Online Application Form with supporting documentation by Monday 25th October 2021. This documentation must include:

  • The student introduction, addressing questions and presented as a video, powerpoint or written Introduction.
  • The parent nomination form
  • Previous year school reports
  • Certificates where appropriate, including:
    • Achievement in state and national competitions
    • NAPLAN results, PAT M, PAT R and/or PAT S results
    • Any other relevant certificates to support the application.

2. Participation in one of the Rowing Come & Try sessions is required. Rowing sessions will take place at the Torrens as below:

Year 7 (Year 8 in 2022)

  • Tuesday 9 & 23 November – 4.00pm-6.00pm
  • Monday 13 December – 10.00am-12.00pm

Year 6 (Year 7 in 2022)

  • Sunday 14 November – 9am-11.00am
  • Saturday 11 December – 9am-11.00am

Please book via trybooking at this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BUURG

Contact Information
Ben O’Connell or Anne-Marie Thomas
T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus)
dl.0787.rowingspecialentry@schools.sa.edu.au