At Beacon Hill students are encouraged to participate in a
wide range of
enrichment programs.

Gifted and Talented Programs

At Beacon Hill students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of enrichment programs.
These include, but are not limited to:

  • district and area debating
  • public speaking competitions
  • chess club
  • band
  • chamber orchestra
  • choir
  • dance groups
  • drama
  • Maths Olympiad
  • Balgowlah Extension classes
  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). University NSW awards medals to top scoring students in English, mathematics, science, spelling, writing and computer.
  • sport trials and competitions for individuals and teams
  • Young Scientist Awards
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Involvement in these programs may be suited to particular age groups and available spaces.

All classes have students who benefit from extension work in a number of key learning areas. Our professional teachers cater for all students in a variety of ways, including specialised groups within the class and/or grade and enrichment classes which are created when there are enough children to form a multi-aged or composite class.

Science Week Competition

To celebrate Science Week, Year 1 held a paper plane throwing competition. The idea behind it was for the children to think about what factors are involved in getting a paper plane (or a bird or real plane), to go through the air for the longest time and distance. The children were given two minutes to make a paper plane. All children entered the contest and the top 6 finalists from each class then competed in the grand final event, which was held in the MPC.

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Young Scientist Awards

Young Scientist, Alex Douglas in 1J, has been working extremely hard for the past 5 months on a scientific investigation project to submit into the Young Scientist Awards. Alex visited the University of Sydney to submit his project titled ‘Magnaphysical Electricity’. Alex initially thought, ‘I wonder if I could jump on the trampoline at night and capture the energy in the trampoline springs to light up a light bulb’. After a lot of hard work, dedication and determination Alex was able to light up the light bulb.

Throughout the project, he has made some predictions, collected background information, conducted various fair tests, accurately recorded data and made some valid conclusions about his findings. Alex worked with Julie Currie, a scientist at the University of Newcastle to develop his understanding of magnetic energy.

We wish Alex all the very best with his entry into the Young Scientist Awards.

Our Young Writers Shine at Council Chambers!

Young Writers’ Awards at Warringah Council Chambers

Special congratulations to Fraser Saunders of Year 3 who won the Year 3/4 category this year with his beautifully illustrated story - Rainbow and to Harrison Woods of Year 1 who received a Highly Commended award in the Year 1/2 category for his story The Messiest Boy in the World