Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series

Nominate high-ability students to register for a new series of high-quality, funded extension activities

Registrations are now open for the new Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, which provides extension activities across the curriculum for high-ability students from Prep to Year 12.

The Department is partnering with more than 20 expert education and not-for-profit organisations, universities, tech schools, teacher associations, and science and mathematics specialist centres to deliver the series.

Up to 100,000 Victorian government school students will have the opportunity to participate in the series from Term 3, 2020, until Term 4, 2022. 

Activities will be delivered during school hours, after school, on weekends and during school holidays.

All activities within the series will:

  • be free for participating schools and students, however, schools may need to meet the cost of student transport if required
  • run for at least 90 minutes and in group formats
  • cover one or more learning areas of the Victorian curriculum.

Identifying and nominating high-ability students

For the purposes of the series, high ability refers to students who are performing or capable of performing a year or more ahead of the expected level of the curriculum.

Students deemed by their school to be high ability can be nominated to participate by teachers. Teachers are asked to use their professional judgement in making this assessment.

If you have students in your classroom who would benefit from participating in activities within the series, you should discuss this with your school's high-ability practice leader. If your school is yet to nominate a high-ability practice leader, you should speak to your school principal.

Activities available

Activities for Terms 3 and 4 are now available for registration on the Arc event hub

These include virtual incursions, webinars, virtual excursions, lectures and online tutorials.

Activities will be added and expanded on an ongoing basis.

Visit the Arc event hub
Register for Terms 3 and 4 activities

Registering students

The process for registering students differs for activities during school hours and out-of-school hours.

Activities delivered out of school hours

Schools will refer students to participate in activities. Parents and carers will be responsible for registering students in these activities and will liaise directly with the activity provider to organise attendance.

Find out more

Visit the Student Excellence Program intranet page
Find out more about the Student Excellence Program (you will need to log in using your eduMail user ID and password)