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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 would like to invite students to engage in a 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 in which students can engage 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 1 below. 

Registration for Term 1 activities has now closed. Information on how to register for Term 2 programs will become available towards the end of Term 1. 

During Term 1, all Year 7 students will participate in our Peer Support Program. The following Term 1 programs are on offer to students in Year 8 to 12.

1. RACQ – Driver IQ: Learner (L) Program

       Suitability:              Year 11 students
       Cost:                      Free
       Date:                      Monday 10 February
       Time:                      2:45pm – 3:45pm
       Venue:                   BSHS

The Learner (L) Program explores the phases of learning to drive and provides real-world approaches to improve the quality of and access to driving lessons. Students will discover practical information and strategies to assist them in passing their practical driving test and unpack what it means to be a good mate in the passenger seat, brainstorming tangible strategies to do so.

For more information, please visit the RACQ website.

2. RACQ – Driver IQ: Provisional (P) Program

       Suitability:             Year 12 students
       Cost:                      Free
       Date:                      Monday 10 February
       Time:                      2:45pm – 3:45pm
       Venue:                   BSHS

By creating awareness about the ongoing driver journey and associated responsibilities, this program aims to empower provisional drivers to survive and thrive in this phase. Students will explore practical, real-world strategies for dealing with passengers as drivers and discuss the crash triangle. The differences between breakdowns and accidents will be examined and tangible strategies for what to do in such events will be unpacked.

For more information, please visit the RACQ website.

3. RACQ – Cash IQ: The Money Whisperer

       Suitability:             Year 11 students
       Cost:                      Free
       Date:                      Monday 2 March
       Time:                      2:45pm – 3:45pm
       Venue:                   BSHS

This program provides opportunities for students to explore their relationship with their Money Whisperer and the impact this has on their financial control. Using interactive technology, students will evaluate some of their current financial behaviours, what it means to be a conscious spender and the role their 'inner voice' (the Money Whisperer) may be playing. Strategies for managing their Money Whisperer will be explored to empower students to make positive financial decisions which consider the bigger picture of their lives.

For more information, please visit the RACQ website.

4. RACQ – Cash IQ: Cut the Cord

       Suitability:             Year 12 students
       Cost:                      Free
       Date:                      Monday 2 March
       Time:                      2:45pm – 3:45pm
       Venue:                   BSHS

This program explores the connection between financial control, personal relationships and goals as students are introduced to the Golden Triangle of Happiness. Modern society presents numerous challenges to maintain balance, so students will work through interactive financial dilemmas to evaluate the impact of their choices on their happiness. Throughout the session, students are involved in developing strategies to empower them to exhibit positive financial behaviours to make responsible financial decisions now and into their future.

For more information, please visit the RACQ website.

5. Engineering with QUT 

       Suitability:             Year 8, 9 and 10 students
       Cost:                      Free
       Date:                      Monday 10 February, 17 February and 24 February
       Time:                     2:45pm – 4:00pm
       Venue:                   BSHS

Students will engage in three workshops, all of which discuss problems created from a lack of resources in developing countries due to social and economic constraints. The need for creating appropriate, sustainable, and cost-effective technological solutions is explored.

Workshops include: Water filter, Prosthetic Leg, and Appropriate Housing (floating houses).

6. UQ Idea Hub

       Suitability:             Year 8, 9 and 10 students
       Cost:                      $80 per student
       Date:                      Commencing Monday 10 February for seven consecutive weeks
       Time:                     2:30pm – 4:00pm
       Venue:                   BSHS

The workshops give 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.

7. OzCLO Training

Problem solving/Analytical thinking in preparation for the OzCLO competition

       Suitability:             Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students
       Cost:                      $15 per student
       Date:                      10 February– 2 March (4 sessions);
       Time:                      2:45pm – 4:00pm
       Venue:                   BSHS

The program is designed to provide coaching sessions for the students who plan on competing in the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad on Wednesday 4 March 2020. Each year, students from Year 9 to 12 take part in the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad in March. Students participate in teams to solve problems in languages of which they have no knowledge. They analyse the patterns in languages to be able to understand and reproduce that language in new situations. The skills of de-coding and analysis are critical to success in the competition.

If you are interested in trying your skills, you can access problems (and answers) from past competitions on the OzCLO website:

8. Peers for Academic Success

       Suitability:              Year 10, 11 and 12 students who require assistance with English skills.
       Cost:                      Free
       Date:                      Monday 10 February– each Monday of the school year
       Time:                      2:30pm – 3:30pm
       Venue:                   BSHS

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

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

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

9. Religious Instruction

       Suitability:             All students
       Cost:                      Free
       Date:                      Commences Monday 10 February – each Monday of the school year
       Time:                      2:30pm – 3:00pm
       Venue:                   BSHS

The program explores questions about life and faith within different streams of faith. You will sign up to explore one stream.

Streams available:

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

If you have any questions in relation to the Monday Afternoon Enrichment Program, please contact Ms Rebecca Johnson via email –