Achieve: Year 9 &10

For students in the middle years of high school, we aim at developing the skills and strategies they’ll need to succeed in their studies. We also look to make clear the links between the subjects they select for their final years at school and the degrees and careers they can go onto.

Preparation for NAPLAN

Re-imaged for 2019, this adaptable micro -learning sequence (4 lessons) will support teachers of Year 9 students through literacy and numeracy based revision activities and quizzes. This structured resource package encourages increased student confidence, familiarity and achievement in NAPLAN- style tests.

In 2019, this module is facilitated by current University Student Leaders for whole Year 9 cohorts in WPO’s longitudinal partner schools across 4 weeks in Term 1 and 2.

Year: 9
Delivered: Term 1, Week 9 – 11
Term 2: Week 1 – 2
Capacity: Whole cohort

Australian Museum Science Festival

A specially designed secondary school program that brings science to life. It’s packed with hands-on activities and explosive workshops. Sessions are designed to support school curriculums and cover a wide range of scientific fields including digital science, biology, chemistry, natural environment, and more.

Year: 7,8 and 9
Delivered: Term 3, Week 4
Capacity: 50

Spectacular Science

A one-day on-campus experience run by the Faculty of Science this offers students first-hand insights into intriguing and up-to-the-minute research. Throughout the day, students participate in interactive activities across a range of disciplines that allows them to understand the relationship between their STEM studies and future careers.

Year: 8 & 9
Delivered: Term 4, Week 6
Capacity: 300


An on-campus experience day showcasing creative writing.

Year: 10
Delivered: Term 2, Week 2
Capacity: 400

Future Friday: Preparation for Senior Study

Delivered in two parts - on-campus and in-school - this workshop supports Year 10 students develop study skills and strategies for future academic success.

The on-campus experience offers workshops in senior study skills, mathematics, English and science to assist students preparation for the HSC-level study. Meanwhile, the in-school workshops, run by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work provide group-based learning activities. This enhances students’ English study skills, establish good study habits and facilitate discussion surrounding future degree and career options.

Year: 10
Delivered: On campus: Term 2, Weeks 2 – 9
In school:Term 3, Week 6 and Term 4, Week 2
Capacity: 100

Mega Maths

No matter what path a student chooses, maths will be a part of it: from predicting which latest fashion items will sell out to calculations that allow you to build bridges; and from statistics showing what people think of a business to computations that allow better understanding and fight diseases.

The on-campus day allows students to discover how studying maths is part of a huge array of disciplines and careers. Students will be inspired by how maths can open many future doors as they engage in a full day of practical workshops.

Year: 10
Delivered: Term 4, Week 6
Capacity: 150

Sydney Writers’ Festival Experience

Workshops and panel conversations allow students to experience literature through an author’s lens.

Year: 10, 11 and 12
Delivered: Term 2, Week 1
Capacity: 100