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Excellence programs

Buderim Mountain State School is a large primary school with over 1,000 students. To ensure we meet the needs of all of our students as individuals, and to prepare them as best we can for their futures, we are proud to offer a diverse range of excellence and extension programs within the school.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM):
Buderim Mountain State School has implemented a school STEM program, as part of the new digital technology curriculum of 2020 focused on coding and writing algorithms. Every class from Prep to Year 6 participates in the program twice a term for half a day. This provides an opportunity for even the youngest children to delve into subject matters that will play a significant role in their future education and lives. In the sessions, students learn to program robots, write electronic gaming programs and are exposed to a variety of different electronic devices. 
Language Studies:
As part of the Australian Curriculum for languages other than English, Buderim Mountain State School students learn Japanese from a specialised teacher. Students from Years 5-6  attend the lessons.
Extension Programs:
To extend the capabilities of students recognised as learning above and beyond their current year curriculum, and connect them with other like-minded children, the Aspire excellence program provides an opportunity to investigate and learn at a capacity best suited to their individual needs.
Throughout the school year, there are three Aspire programs in the areas of Mathematics, English and Science, for students in Years 1-6. The program is supplementary to their lessons and extends on their current curriculum, occurring during school hours outside of their regular classroom lessons.
Children who participate in the Aspire program participate in inter-school competitions such as the Readers Cup, the Mooloolaba Rotary creative writing competition, the Optiminds creative Sustainability Challenge, Sunshine Coast Mathematics Tournament and the Sunshine Coast Robotics Competition.

Please confirm whether I should be calling this the Mooloolaba Rotary creative writing competition….or the Voice on the Coast Youth Literature Festival (hyperlink goes to the later)
Aspire Excellence:
For our highest achieving students, we provide an annual accelerated learning opportunity in the form of an intensive two-day coding and computer programming course. The course aims to extend elite students further and prepare them from a young age for their higher education and the modern workforce.
Solid Pathways:
Solid Pathways is an academic extension program for high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 4-6. Selected students participate in weekly online lessons aligned to the national curriculum with a focus on critical and creative thinking, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture.