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PURSUIT - Excellence Program

PURSUIT is designed to provide learning experiences that enhance higher order thinking. PURSUIT students engage in learning opportunities that take them beyond the classroom and prepare them for higher education, work, and engagement in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Highly capable students are stimulated with challenging rea I world extension and enhancement opportunities; delivered in collaboration with partner universities and organisations. PURSUIT activities typically include field excursions, community events, specialist workshops, seminars, competitions, guest speakers/presenters and camps.

Our mission is to pursue learning excellence beyond the core curriculum, to create change makers of the future. Our students will change the world: one innovation at a time.

For more information on the PURSUIT program, please browse the links in the right side menu.

Applications for the 2019 PURSUIT program open on December 13, 2018 and close January 18, 2019. Please complete the application and submit it, along with the required documentation to

Italian Immersion Signature Program

North Lakes State College Italian Immersion Signature Program aims to challenge and extend those students who have demonstrated an outstanding academic capability and aptitude for languages.

Students will have the opportunity to work in a class of like minded, devoted and committed students learning core curriculum subjects in the Italian language.

The Italian Immersion program is a three year program commencing in Year 7. The Year 7 Program is designed to gradually introduce students to lessons undertaken in Italian. In Year 8 and Year 9, Maths, Science, Humanities and Italian language will be taught in Italian with qualified and dedicated native speaking teachers. All other subjects are delivered in English.

Many community members are already aware of the benefits of learning another language. Second language acquisition/second language learning develops an understanding of how languages work, leading to improved literacy skills, including English literacy.  It helps students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. 

The program inspires interest in and respect for other people, their ideas and ways of thinking.  Consequently, it enhances employment and career prospects; contributes to social cohesiveness through better communication and understanding and contributes to economic, diplomatic and strategic development.

For further details, contact
HOD - Languages and ICT
Karen Britton
Ph: 07 3482 5555    Email:

Dance Signature Program

As part of North Lakes State College’s Signature Programs, we offer a highly successful extension dance program from Year 1 to Year 12 for students who are considering a career in the dance industry.

Entry into this signature program is through audition only in the beginning weeks of the school year. Three troupes run within the College: Lil Kicks (Year 1 to Year 3), Mid Kicks (Year 4 to Year 6) and Kicks (Year 7 to Year 12). These troupes perform at various competitions and events throughout the year ranging from eisteddfods to the North Lakes State College Arts and Culture Awards evening. The troupes have demonstrated excellence in their practice winning a multitude of awards since their inception in 2005. Within the troupes the students learn from qualified dance teachers with only a small fee to cover costumes, make-up and eisteddfod fees. Students require and also need to purchase a team uniform, tracksuit, dance accessories and shoes.

Goal of Program

  • To continue in the training development of North Lakes State College dance students to provide them with tools necessary to forge a career in Dance.
  • To further develop the performance skills of dance students through a variety of opportunities such as: eisteddfods, Dance Camp (Year 8 to Year 12), choreographic development, mentoring for younger students, and other performance opportunities for various community and schooling events.
  • To provide intensive specialised dance training for dance students and assist them in the understanding of how to improve and develop as a dancer.

Eligibility Criteria

Entry via audition showing:

  • Demonstration of outstanding behaviour and understanding of Prep to Year 12 culture in all College (school) life.
  • Evidence of high level of motivation and commitment to Dance through attendance, participation, personal philosophy and performance.
  • Commitment to academic studies.
  • High level of dance technique, spatial perception and communication / performance skills.
For further details, contact
HOD - The Arts,
Leisa Cooper
Ph: 07 3482 5686        Email: