Elisabeth Murdoch College

Specialist Programs

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Nurturing Students’ Passions

Elisabeth Murdoch College is proud to offer a diverse set of pathways to cater to every aspiration. We strive to meet the learning needs and passions of every student and create a supportive environment where everyone feels safe, connected and a sense of belonging.

Our four Middle School Specialist Programs provide an insight into our unique approach to support students to transform their interests and passions into learning and career pathways in preparation for senior school.

These programs are:

  • Leaders in Sport – sporting pathways
  • The Murdoch Program – academic excellence
  • Performing Arts Collective – performing arts
  • THRIVE Aspirant Leaders – leadership development

These four specialist programs extend our regular curriculum, creating an environment where students can challenge each other, take risks and develop the behaviours and leadership skills that will support their continued learning well beyond secondary school.

Through these programs students will develop unique bonds and friendships as they support each other’s success and drive performance. Students often learn at a faster rate, engage with more challenging speciality content and demonstrate learning in authentic community-based activities.

Programs for Year 7 2024

Applications for Year 7 2024 specialist programs will open in TERM 3 2023.

Information regarding our specialist programs can be found in our “Nurturing Students Passions” booklet - Download Booklet

Dates and application process will be as follows (dates are subject to change):


 Tuesday 22nd August  

Applications open for specialist programs online via the EMC website.

Students will fill out application form online and submit the following documents:

  • 2023 Semester one grade six report
  • 2022 Grade five Naplan results
  • Letter of aspiration from the student as to why they believe they want to be a part of their chosen specialist program.
  • A letter from an organisation showing the students commitment/leadership/ongoing engagement with them.  This is NOT a letter from a grade six teacher, it can be from scout group, football coach, netball coach, dance studio, community club etc.
 Friday 3rd September  Applications close at 4pm.
 Tuesday 12th September Testing at Elisabeth Murdoch College for all specialist program applicants for 2024.