Think Bright

Special Interest in Creative and Critical Thinking

There is a focus on creative and critical thinking in the Think Bright program to enrich the learning experience of students who have demonstrated initiative, leadership and problem-solving skills, and an interest in rigorous learning.

The program seeks to extend higher order thinking and entrepreneurial skills through personalized, collaborative and challenge based learning strategies. Teachers embrace inquiry approaches to learning, and deliver a dynamic interdisciplinary program. Students are in the same class for English, HASS, Mathematics and Science from Year 8 to Year 10. In addition, they study specialised subjects at each year level that focus on innovation and resilience.
Students may apply for the Think Bright program by completing the application form. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview.



Maj-Lis Borgen-Smith
Coordinator Challenge Based Teaching and Learning


Denise Hoskin
Principal’s Secretary

Phone:  8375 8200

Think Bright Student Application Form

A Brief History

The Think Bright Program began with one Year 8 class in 2014 and now incorporates classes from Years 8 to 10. Teachers are specially selected to teach in the program, undertake action research and are committed to implementing the best of current proven teaching and learning methodologies.

This is now a flagship program that models effective teaching and learning across the whole school curriculum.

Student Commitment

It is expected that all successful applicants in the Think Bright program will:

  • Intend to study up to SACE Stage 2 (Year 12)
  • Commit to graduate from the Think Bright program at the end of Year 10
  • Be an ambassador for the Think Bright program through commitment to the whole school curriculum and to school values
  • Participate in Think Bright extension activities such as the Academy Conference and the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day program

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Curriculum content is aligned to the Australian Curriculum requirements. Interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning occur as part of the program. The focus is on creativity and critical thinking across the curriculum. The pedagogy is aligned to the SA Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) and embraces the positive psychology of the PERMA model (positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment).

Teachers embrace inquiry and challenge-based approaches to learning. The challenge-based learning model supports and encourages students to be curious, creative and connected. Think Bright classes and teachers undertake product-oriented projects to develop more innovative ways of exploring the world. This approach supports the development of new ideas and ways of gathering data for ongoing assessment and learning. Other purpose-designed co-curricular activities that stretch and enrich student learning are an integral part of the program.

Students develop intercultural understanding and global citizenship skills through our work with teachers and students at the Stockholm Science and Innovation School, the academically rigorous Lillestøm Vidergående School in Oslo and the Lillehammer Centre for Flexible Learning in Norway.

Structure of the Curriculum

The program runs from Year 8 to 10. Students are in the same class for English, Humanities (History and/or Geography) and Science, and Mathematics (Year 8 and 9). In addition, they study specialised subjects at each year level with a special focus on innovation and resilience.  Students are placed across houses and home-groups.

  • Year 8 Think Bright students are in the same class for English, History and Geography, Mathematics and Science. The specialised semester unit is in Design and Technology (F1 in Schools focus).
  • Year 9 Think Bright students are in the same class for English, History, Mathematics and Science. The specialised semester unit the Challenge-Based Project, is a student-centred collaborative unit that focuses on innovation and allows students to develop a growth mindset.
  • Year 10 Think Bright students are in the same class for English, History and Science. The specialised semester unit is STEAM, a Fab-Lab program that fuses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to explore a sustainable future for our world.

Benefits Available to Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Right of entry to Brighton Secondary School from out of zone.
  • The opportunity to study their core and specialised subjects with students who have similar interests and abilities.
  • Additional extra-curricular activities to extend creative and critical thinking skills.
  • The opportunity of working with specially selected and qualified staff in a vibrant action research environment.
  • Student initiative through Challenge Based Learning and STEAM programs, with our Learning Laneways and annual Maker Faire providing the opportunity for students to showcase product and performance based learning.
  • The Bright Centre is a world class facility for technology which supports and extends student creativity in all areas of the Think Bright.


The Think Bright students are based in the Bright Centre, which is designed for world-class learning. Students move to other areas of the school for choice subjects.



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