Free after hours online masterclasses for Year 12 ATAR students  

Eight Gold Coast state high schools have joined forces to deliver free after hours online masterclasses to this year’s Year 12 ATAR students.

The pilot project, Beyond the School Gates, gives students studying mathematics methods, chemistry or physics access high-level academic virtual tutoring. The students meet with subject experts weekly over a nine-month period.

An initiative of the Gold Coast Secondary Principals’ Alliance, the project is jointly funded by Study Gold Coast’s ‘Education Vision Project Fund’. Griffith University’s Science On The Go Team is a project partner and will deliver free consolidation workshops during the June-July school holidays.

Students have access to the region’s best educators

Gold Coast Secondary Principals’ Alliance president Sharon Schultz says the Beyond the School Gates project is aimed at ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed.

She says students will have access to the “very best educators the Gold Coast has to offer”.

“By sharing the expertise of teachers from across our schools … [we are also] increasing our collective ability to provide expert targeted student support,” Schultz says.

The first of the six-week blocks commenced on February 7. The second and third terms will offer additional online workshops over six weeks. The sessions are recorded, giving students access to the resource at any time. Further, the recordings will serve as a resource for future students.

About the online workshops

According to Griffith University’s program lead for STEM Education, Professor Richard John, the online workshops will help alleviate some of the challenging Year 12 students are facing. He highlighted the recent introduction of the state-wide external exams as one such challenge.

“This project perfectly complements [Griffith’s] ‘Academic Bootcamps’ program, held in the September holidays each year,” professor John says.

He says the Academic Bootcamps program has gained an excellent reputation for successfully assisting students with the Queensland external exams in STEM-related subjects.

The workshops will be available to Year 12 students from the following schools:

  • Coombabah State High School
  • Ormeau Woods State High School
  • Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School
  • Pimpama Secondary College
  • Queensland Academies of Health Sciences
  • Robina State High School
  • Southport State High School
  • Varsity College

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Written by Angela Sutherland

After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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