Brighton Secondary School is located in a popular suburb in western Adelaide, just a few hundred metres from the sea and close to shopping centres, beach cafés and libraries.
The school focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the arts and sports. Accordingly, there is a Special Interest Music Program, which enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its choirs, orchestras, performance ensembles and music activities in the classroom. The school’s own symphony orchestra almost always achieves the highest distinction at the Australian International Music Festival.
The Special Interest Volleyball Program is recognised throughout Australia as a highly successful study and development programme for elite athletes. Four of the program’s graduates have taken part in the Olympic Games.
Brighton Secondary School is also involved in the ‘F1 in Schools’ programme, an initiative to increase student interest in STEM subjects. The challenge is to design, build and race Formula 1 model cars. State-of-the-art computer software and electronically controlled tools are used to make the racing cars from balsa wood blocks and driven by CO2 “soda-flow” cylinders to reach speeds of up to 80 km. In the last ten years Brighton Secondary School has won the F1 in Schools International Championships twice.
In Term 3, students in the year 11 have the opportunity to participate in the school’s annual ski camp in the Australian Alps.