North Lakes State College is one of the most innovative colleges in Queensland. At the same time it is one of the largest, with almost 3,000 students, also because teaching starts here in the first year of school. The college, with it‘s new university style buildings, is spread over two neighbouring campuses in the north of Brisbane and is not far away from the beaches of the Sunshine Coast. On the other hand, there are frequent, fast public transport connections to downtown Brisbane.
North Lakes State College focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects and the performing arts, especially dance and music. Here and in other areas, there are a number of excellence programs for dedicated students.
Participants in the PURSUIT Excellence Program primarily take part in learning opportunities that take place outside the classroom and are conducted in cooperation with partner universities or organizations. PURSUIT activities typically include excursions, specialist workshops, seminars, competitions or lectures by guest speakers.
As part of the Dance Signature Program, students learn from qualified dance teachers after they have qualified for the program through auditions. The ensembles, which are graded according to age, perform at various competitions and events throughout the year and have received numerous awards.
In keeping with the size of the school, there is a wide range of different sports activities on offer. The most athletically gifted students excel in the excellence programs for basketball, rugby and golf.
An integral part of the Science Institute at North Lakes State College is robotics. The older students from Year 7 onwards can join the Roboclub and become part of the competition group. They will also become familiar with design and programming concepts. The Roboclub at North Lakes State College is the most successful extracurricular robotics program in Queensland.
By the way, the 12th year traditionally goes to the annual school camp in Kinka Beach on the Great Barrier Reef.