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Excellence programs

​Ormeau Woods State High School has a variety of Excellence Programs.

Aspire and school wide positive behaviour support awards

The Aspire Program is an initiative which recognizes the effort and behaviour of our students in class irrespective of their academic results.  The Ormeau Bank rewards consistent respectful behaviour for individuals and classes in line with our School Wide Positive Behaviour Support policy.

Gifted and talented program

Our Gifted and Talented Policy recognises students who are achieving, or have the potential to achieve, at a level significantly beyond their peer group.  
Opportunities include formal recognition in Education Queensland as a Gifted and Talented student and/or self contained classes, extension programs, independent learning tasks, competitions or accelerated curriculum.

Honours program


The Honours Program recognises students who have performed at exceptionally high academic levels.  The program fosters a positive work ethic, provides opportunities for students to perform at the highest levels and rewards them for their endeavours.  To be invited to participate in the Honours Program, students need to achieve and maintain high academic standards.  Throughout the year, members of the Honours Program are offered a range of opportunities to represent the school at prestigious functions and participate in extension and enrichment activities.


iDance provides the highest quality of training in Dance Excellence for Years 7 - 12 whilst students attend and complete high school.  For more information please see the below links. 

Download iDance flyer (PDF, 85 KB)

Students entering Years 7, 8 & 9:

Junior Secondary Dance Excellence Program

Students entering Years 10 & 11:




Ormeau Woods State High School is committed to providing the best opportunities for students as we prepare them for their future. Part of this is our Visual Art excellence program at Ormeau Woods State High School, the Studio of Fine Art program.

As one of OWSHS's excellence programs, Studio of Fine Art (SoFA) gives students in  Years 7 - 12 an opportunity to engage in an enriched Fine Art course in a dynamic and creative environment.

This program runs as part of the regular timetable, and exposes students from Years 7 - 12 to a wide range of visual art media in a creative and dynamic environment. Their commitment to the SoFA program is of high priority and they will be expected to maintain a high standard of effort and behavior in all their subjects to retain their position.

Download SoFA flyer (PDF, 1915 KB)

Download SoFA application form  (PDF, 536 KB)

For more information contact SoFA coordinator -



As one of OWSHS's excellence programs, TEDex gives students in Years 7 - 12 an opportunity to engage in an enriched Engineering and Design course in a dynamic technology rich environment.

Technology, Engineering and Design, by its nature, is an inquiry-based teaching strategy that promotes learning across various disciplines.

Engineering lessons and activities are designed to engage students in hands-on experiences in order to improve their understanding of fundamental concepts in a way that capaitalizes upon their design, visualization, creativity and teamwork skills.

Download TEDex application form for 2018. Applications due 6th September, 2017.

Download TEDex flyer (PDF, 1826 KB) 

For more information contact TEDex coordinator -



Ormeau Woods State High School is excited to offer current Year 6 students the opportunity to be a member of the XL7 Class in 2018. We are looking for students who have a genuine love of learning and a strong academic profile to be members of this innovative program in Year 7 at Ormeau Woods State High School. Twenty eight highly performing students will be chosen for this class; to be taught by a select group of teachers who have an interest in technology and well developed digital skills. 

Download XL flyer

Download XL7 Application Form.    ​​

  • Junior Secondary Dance Excellence Program

    Junior Secondary Dance Excellence Program

    The Junior Secondary Dance Excellence Program offered by Ormeau Woods SHS aims to develop versatile dancers who are high skilled, socially responsible and ready for entry into the Senior iDance Program (Certificate III and IV in Dance).

  • Senior (Years 10-12) Certificate III & IV in Dance

    Senior (Years 10-12) Certificate III & IV in Dance

    The Senior iDance Program aims to provide aspiring dancers with authentic training and a nationally recognised qualification whilst allowing the students to complete high school.