An integral aspect of the school is the Year 9 Discovery Program. Year 9 is recognised as a crucial time in the transition to adulthood and the aim of the program is to give these students space, time, and tools to undertake this journey, which is one of discovery about themselves and the world. The students take time-out from the constraints of the academic curriculum and are able to engage with and reflect on their own values, what the world is about and how they are going to contribute to it.
The Year 9 Discovery program retains the core academic subjects of English, Maths, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and Science. It enables the opportunity for challenge through camps and outdoor activities, for life skills training, fitness and nutrition, and for work experience. It also enables the inclusion of a formal rite of passage element involving parents and inspiration from alumni to help transition the students towards adulthood.
Through the program, the students learn the value of planning, develop the ability to make choices, and build a more intrinsic motivation which the School believes is helpful for their secondary studies.