Special Interest Programs

As a desirable secondary school, we are proud to offer three unique Special Interest Programs that have selection requirements.

Accelerated STEM

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. .

Career education: linking STEM learning with real-world problem solving – this illustration of practice highlights how Norwood Morialta High School designed a career education program that provided students with the opportunity to develop a range of general capabilities.

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.

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.

Special Interest Programs – Application Process for 2021

Limited placements are available and students must commit to engaging fully in these programs during middle schooling. Year 7 students, that have been allocated to NMHS wishing to apply for theses 2021 programs will need to submit an application (with copies of school reports and certificates).

For information regarding 2021 Applications, please contact Enrolments on (08) 8365 0455.

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. 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)
German* German*
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.

STEM X (Year 3) – Year 10 and Stage 1 at Senior Campus (including Stage 1 STEM and German subjects)

STEM 4 (Year 4) – Stage 1, hybrid course (with university courses) or Stage 2 at Senior Campus

*German is the second most commonly used scientific language and Germany is the third largest contributor to STEM research and development.

NMHS has a strong focus on internationalism and recognises that STEM industries depend on language and ethical, social and cultural understanding of global issues. The alignment of STEM and language is essential in strengthening STEM pathways and professions in this interconnected world. STEM students will have an opportunity to engage in international STEM learning.

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
  • Right of entry to Norwood Morialta High School for ‘out of zone’ applicants
  • 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.
  • Supported to develop an improved understanding and appreciation of STEM and Language (German)
  • Engagement in a range of STEM competitions, activities and clubs to extend creative, problem-solving skills
  • Completion of secondary schooling in four years.

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

Selection Process:

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

  1. Please note that due to COVID-19 situation NMHS has made the decision to cancel the ACER test.  Those who have already paid will be contact by the school to organise a refund.  See below process for submission of application form.
  1. Submission of the Application form with support documentation by 4.00pm Thursday 2 April 2020.

This document must include:

  • The Student Self-nomination form
  • The Parent nomination form
  • The Teacher 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.

Please forward all forms to the Accelerated STEM Special Entry Program at Norwood Morialta High School, Morialta Road West, Rostrevor, SA 5073 or alternatively email to dl.0787.stemspecialentry@schools.sa.edu.au by 4.00pm Thursday 2 April 2020

  1. Participation in the ACER test from 9.00am, Saturday 4 April 2020 at the Senior Campus.
  2. Finalisation of selection process by early Term 2.
Contact Information

Chris Felstead or Jacqui van Ruiten

T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)

Italian Immersion

The Italian Immersion Program reflects 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 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:

  1. Submission of the Application form with support documentation by 4.00pm Thursday 2 April 2020.

This document must include:

  • the Student Self-nomination form
  • the Parent nomination form
  • the Class Teacher Supporting Statement
  • school reports year 6 (and Year 7)
  • 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.

Please forward all forms to the Italian Immersion Special Entry Program at Norwood Morialta High School, Morialta Road West, Rostrevor, SA 5073 or alternatively email to dl.0787.italianspecialentry@schools.sa.edu.au by 4:00pm Thursday 2 April 2020.

  1. Finalisation of selection process by early Term 2.
Contact Information

Helen Tooulou or Jacqui van Ruiten

T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)

Rowing

Rowing Overview

As one of Adelaide’s leading public schools, Norwood Morialta High School (NMHS) is focused on delivering a Special Interest Rowing Program that will provide each student with the opportunity to achieve success. With students from Years 8 -12 actively training and representing the School, rowing is a popular summer sport that encourages teamwork and leadership in addition to developing fitness and work ethics. It is important at Norwood Morialta High School that we not only develop our rowing students as quality athletes but also as hard-working and committed students.

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. Student selection will be based on their performance during the selection trials and their academic achievement to date. The selection trials will incorporate a variety of different fitness tests including a 20-metre shuttle run and a 1000 metre ergo time trial.

Successful students who gain entry to the Special Interest Rowing Program will commit themselves to rowing competition for a minimum of three seasons. This involvement will take precedence over any other sporting/extra-curricular activity.

The Special Interest Rowing Program operates alongside the Rowing Club and all students enrolled at the School are able to join the Rowing Club and take part in the rowing as a school summer sport in Years 8 -12.

Facilities and Resources

Norwood Morialta High School Rowing Club has two boat sheds: one located on the Torrens River near Montefiore Hill Road and a shared facility at the West Lakes Regatta Course. The School has a growing fleet of boats and access to fitness facilities within the Middle Campus gymnasium and the Senior Campus weights room.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Students who are successful in gaining entry into the Norwood Morialta High School Special Interest Rowing Program will participate in intensive rowing units during terms 1 and 4. Terms 2 and 3 see students undertake the core PE curriculum under the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) and Australian Curriculum requirements.

Practical (Rowing Units)

Lessons and training sessions include:

  • Development and application of rowing skills
  • Fitness and conditioning
  • Competition/racing strategies
  • Group dynamics/team building
Theory

Students will study the following rowing specific content:

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

Rowers learn boat handling and rowing skills in both scull and sweep boats and improve their general fitness. They have opportunities to row in a number of boat classes including single sculls, double sculls, pairs, quads, fours and eights. All rowers are expected to be fully committed to the sport, as absences from training sessions and regattas and failure to maintain or improve fitness levels will impact on the rest of the team. A training camp is held on the River Murray in September and also at West Lakes in late January. Consequently, students and their parents must be aware, before joining the program, of the time, financial and physical commitments required.

For Junior and Intermediate Crews (Year 8 and 9), on-water training takes place twice a week at either the River Torrens or West Lakes. Rowers are also expected to attend scheduled fitness sessions that take place at either campus.

Competition

Rowers compete in Rowing South Australia regattas which are held most Saturdays in terms 4 and 1, mostly at West Lakes. Other regattas are held on the Torrens River in the City, at Mannum, Murray Bridge and Port Adelaide. Crew members are required to attend all regattas in which their crew is competing.

Students also have the opportunity to represent Norwood Morialta High School at the Australian Rowing Championships which are held in March at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, NSW.

Parent Involvement

The Special Interest Rowing Program prides itself on a culture of volunteerism and parental involvement. There are numerous opportunities for parental interaction and involvement both at regattas and at social activities organised by the Club. This can be either through joining the Rowing Committee, transportation of equipment, or assisting at regattas, fundraising and social events.

Selection Process

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

  1. Submission of the Application form with support documentation by 4:00pm Thursday 2 April 2020.

This document must include:

  • The student self-nomination form
  • The parent nomination form
  • The teacher supporting statement
  • Year 6 (and 7) 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.

Please forward all forms to the Rowing Special Interest Program at Norwood Morialta High School, Morialta Road West, Rostrevor, SA 5073 or alternatively email to dl.0787.rowingspecialentry@schools.sa.edu.au by 4:00pm Thursday 2 April 2020.

  1. Participation in the Fitness test from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Tuesday 7 April 2020 at the Middle Campus Gymnasium. Those students trialling will participate in a number of different tests including a 20-metre shuttle run, 1000 metre ergo time trial and some basic fitness tests.    Please wear shorts, T-shirt, shoes appropriate for running in.
  1. Finalisation of selection process by early Term 2.
Contact Information

Ben O’Connell or Anne-Marie Thomas

T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus)