THE SEAL PROGRAM
THE SEAL PROGRAM
In 2002, the College introduced the Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Program for incoming Year 7 students. The program caters for students who have above average academic ability and a high level of commitment to their school work. Students who are suited to this program have great intellectual curiosity; a passion for learning both at and outside of school; are keen to accept a challenge; and are capable of working independently.
Students still mix with other students of their year level for sport, camps and community activities. However, when they study their academic program they are all in the same class with students of similar abilities and interests.
What do they study?
The Year 7 – 10 curriculum in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Commerce, PE, Health and Italian will be covered in three years. In their first and second years, the SEAL students will undertake Art and Technology subjects as a class in the same way as the other Year 7 and 8 students. In their third SEAL year they will select a Year 9 Art and a Technology elective each semester and combine with other students from Year 9 for these subjects.
The program is not suitable for everyone. It is demanding and rewarding. There is a higher workload. Students who are suited to this program:
- Are academically above average.
- Have a great intellectual curiosity.
- Are keen to accept a challenge and believe that they will meet it.
- Are determined, positive and capable of independent learning.
- May be “underachieving” academically or “bored” at the moment.
- Are able to concentrate on, and persevere in, solving problems and pursuing interests.
- Are prepared to apply themselves to their studies.
- Have supportive families.
The program will be closely monitored and the progress of students will be reviewed every six months. Parents will be involved in the review. Students will be able to leave the program, after due consultation, and would then join their age group in the mainstream classes.
Please refer to the SEAL booklet for information about the program, application forms and key dates.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2020
The Year 7, 8 and 9 SEAL classes are presently filled, but students can put down their interest in being considered for the program should a position become available.
The Year 10 SEAL class has available positions.
To express your interest in joining the SEAL program, simply email Karen Pain via email@example.com with your name, contact details and your current year level.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2021
In order to apply for the SEAL program in 2021, students must complete an application form and sit an entrance exam.
Students entering the SEAL program in 2021 will be selected based on a combination of the following:
- formal testing based on the University of New South Wales’ placement exams
- interviews with students and their parents/guardians
- references and consultation with their primary school teachers
The application form is in the SEAL information booklet, linked below.
SEAL 2021 APPLICATION UPDATE
In light of the current social distancing restrictions the SEAL Exam for 2021 students will be postponed to Saturday the 18th of July. The assessment will begin at 9am and will either be conducted in person at school or online, pending government decisions about whether schools will re-open in Term 3. The mode of testing will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Applications can still be submitted either in hard copy to the general office, via post, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Payment can also be organised over the phone through the general office.
The application form (3 pages) and the examination fee of $25 must be returned to the college by Monday the 4th of May, 2020.
WHEN DO I FIND OUT IF MY APPLICATION WAS SUCCESSFUL?
Families who have applied for SEAL in 2021 will be contacted in late term 3 regarding their applications as soon as the results are available. These are marked externally. Please do not contact the school with queries about your application status until this time. Families will also be notified when the selection process has been concluded.
For the information booklet, click this link: SEAL-INFORMATION-BOOKLET-FOR-2021a