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Monday Afternoon Enrichment Program

At Brisbane State High School, we are committed to developing young people to achieve their potential intellectually, personally and socially. We love learning, knowledge and curiosity and we encourage students to engage in our Monday Afternoon Enrichment Program.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Trigger curiosity while maintaining students' love of learning through further engagement, challenge and quality offerings
  • Nurture activities beyond the classroom through specialist activities, mentor activities, tutorials and collaboration with outside agencies
  • Cater to diversity through multiple offerings specifically targeted at fostering rich learning experiences
  • Encourage experimental inquiry, innovation, entrepreneurial and thinking skills
  • Promote and enhance global citizenship
  • Provide a connection to the real world, industry, school and local community
  • Support students in working collaboratively alongside their peers and to become self-regulated learners
  • Foster the individual needs of our learners through offerings which lie outside the curriculum challenging and supporting students personally, socially and emotionally

Program Details

Each term, we offer different learning experiences for students to engage in through external providers. The places in these programs are limited and there is a small fee to participate in some programs. Please check the program offerings for Term 4 below. To confirm your child's place in a program, please complete a consent form and make payment (if applicable) to B Block Student Services by Friday 20 September (please note that programs may reach capacity prior to this date). Payments can be made in cash or by credit card.

Please note, only eligible students can register for a program (please check the program suitability) and places are not confirmed until a completed consent form and payment (if applicable) is received by B Block Student Services.

Term 4 Program Offerings

1.      Performance Poetry with The Red Room

Students will have an incredibly rare opportunity to work with a local poet in residence, Anisa Nandaula. Anisa is a nationally renowned slam poet, a published author and a winner of the Queensland Poetry Slam. Her work explores identity and politics, and she advocates heavily for the voices of young people to be heard through performance poetry. These workshop sessions will focus on both written and performance poetry. Students will respond intertextually to artwork and poetry by creating and performing their own poems.

As part of the residency, Anisa will take students through a construction and editing process, culminating in student work being published on the Red Room website.

Suitability:  Year 10, 11 and 12 students, however exceptions can be made for highly interested students in the Junior years who demonstrate skill in written or performance poetry, or song writing and performance. 

2.      Leadership – Lions Youth of the Year Program

The program focuses on developing the leadership skills of Year 11 aspiring leaders. This life-skills training program develops techniques required in an adult world to achieve goals and pursue a career in a chosen field. Students will develop self-confidence and an increased awareness of the importance of presentations and public speaking. As part of the program, students will prepare for and attend an interview where they will deliver a five-minute speech on a subject of their choosing and respond to two impromptu questions. Local winners will have the opportunity to proceed to the finals. For more information, please visit

Suitability:  Year 11 students interested in leadership

3.      Law with the University of Queensland

Delivered by the Pro-Bono Law Team at The University of Queensland, the sessions will focus on refugee law, humanitarian law, law and domestic violence and everyday law. The University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre's Law Outreach and Education program involves academic staff and law students researching, writing and delivering lessons and seminars to the community.  Our law students present legal material in a way that makes the law accessible to people and promotes greater understanding of laws designed to protect vulnerable families and individuals. In addition to inspiring participants to take an interest in the law, the seminars build people's knowledge of nationally and internationally significant issues, enabling them to better appreciate the information made available to the public through the government, media and other organisations.

Suitability:   Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 students

4.      Idea Hub with The University of Queensland

The workshops gives a comprehensive understanding on the different steps involved in the entrepreneurship journey: from the entrepreneur's trait and personality, to the customer discovery, product development, business modelling, pitching and storytelling and basic revenue/costing models. This workshop is very suitable for students with an advanced interest/understanding in entrepreneurship, ideally with business ideas in a developing stage.

Suitability:  Years 8, 9, 10, 11 students

5.      Acting with TAFE Qld

Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of acting through working with our specialist teachers in our Southbank rehearsal facilities. Through the study of monologues, duologues and plays, students will develop their physical and intellectual understanding of the body as an instrument of expression and power for acting and stage performance. This program is suitable for any Year 11 and 12 student interesting in acting, including students who participated in the Term 2 program with TAFE QLD.

 Suitability:  Year 11 and 12 students

 6.      Visual Arts with TAFE Qld

Students will be introduced to mould-making and casting in our sculpture studio. Students will explore casting by using existing production moulds, creating two-piece latex and plater moulds, and experimenting with finishing and display techniques. Students will develop an understanding of the potential of moulding and casting as a three-dimensional visual art activity.

Suitability:  Year 11 and 12 students

7.      Photography with TAFE Qld

Students will create a digital portfolio they will be able to use for further studies to increase their career opportunities.

Suitability:  Years 10, 11, 12 students

8.      Graphic Design with TAFE Qld

Students will work collaboratively to select a Cultural Theme for the 'Cinema-graph' and storyboard each stage of the process. Students will learn how to capture stills using a DSLR and edit within Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop to create the cinema-graph. They will also have the opportunity to add a voice over or create sound affects to support their work.

Suitability:  Years 7, 8, 9 students

9.      Cyber Security with TAFE Qld

Introduction to the world of Cyber Security – incorporating a Cisco introductory program through the Netacad portal (Cisco Cyber Ops), classroom activities and the chance to sit a final theory exam (optional) at the end to achieve a Cisco Netacad certificate!

Suitability:  Years 8, 9, 10, 11 students

10.   Peers for Academic Success

Peer mentoring – supporting students in essential English skills in the State High community.

Students assist with method in the question and writing up math and science reports and assessments. They offer a course on academic integrity and mentor students on transitioning to through Senior School. An emphasis is placed in independent learning, study skills and time management.

This program is suitable for Year 10, 11 and 12 students who require assistance with English skills.

Please note, if you register to receive support, you will be contacted by Ms Jan Holland to discuss your eligibility and level of support required.

11.   Religious Instruction

The program explores questions about life and faith within different streams of faith.

Streams of faith available:

  • Christian – Catholic
  • Christian – Inter church (Anglican, Baptist, Church of Christ, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Uniting, Presbyterian)
  • Buddhist

Suitability:  The program is suitable for any student wishing to explore religion. You will sign up to explore one stream of faith.

A reminder that registrations for these programs will close on Friday 20 September. Please refer to the email sent to all students and parents/guardians on Wednesday 11 September.  For further details, please refer to the email or click here for Term 4 program information.

If you have any questions about the Monday Afternoon Enrichment Program, please contact Mrs Rebecca Johnson, Head of Partnerships and Transitions –