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Academy of Ideas (POE)

​Intrepid archaeologists uncovered the gravestone of the first Sheriff of Queensland at Toowong Cemetery.​​​​​​

The Academy of Ideas is the first of its kind and is grounded in research that demonstrates that teaching critical and creative thinking has a significant impact on student cognitive development and results. The Academy of Ideas incorporates the Academic Explorers Program of extra-curricular opportunities.

In conjunction with the University of Queensland, selected students will engage in a program that allows them to work with leading academics in the fields of Philosophy, Archaeology, Problem Solving and Sustainability as well Creative Writing. 

The aims of the program include;

  • To develop a collaborative, cooperative thinking culture within our school and local area that embraces innovation and creativity.    
  • To enhance our current provision for all of our students by providing them with unique opportunities to engage in a variety of intellectually challenging academic subjects.
  • To provide our students with an additional systematic learning pathway that compliments their education.
  • To respond to the changing needs of our school community and to intellectually challenge our students.
  • Providing the opportunity for students to complete University subjects offered through the University of Queensland. This would contribute to their QCE.


Incorporated within the Academy of Ideas is the Academic Explorers Program (AEP) of extra-curricular opportunties.  The AEP is a collaboration between the Design and Technology, Humanities, Mathematics and Science departments for students in Years 7 and 8. This program is designed to extend and challenge our more inquisitive and high performing learners. It is open to all students in Year 7 and 8 who can engage with the extra rigour and demands of the various activities. This program provides the opportunity to offer hands-on, fun and authentic activities that , for practical reasons, are difficult to offer in the day-to-day program. The purpose of the AEP is to explicitly teach the 21st century skills with the expectation of enhanced general capabilities such as:


  • Improved ability to think critically
  • Enhanced creative thinking skills
  • Better communication skills
  • Effective and proficient collaboration strategies
  • Enriched personal and social development
  • Increased proficiency in the use of ICTs


Eligibility Criteria in order of consideration


  1. Comparative academic merit with all other out of catchment enrolment applicants (applicable to out-of-catchment students only).
  2. High standards of academic achievement as demonstrated on the most recent primary school report card and the Year 5 NAPLAN test.
  3. Creativity of student responses on the Academy of Ideas Application form.


Further information can be found in the Academy of Ideas Course Overview (PDF, 264KB).