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Horizon program

Horizon is Marsden's talent development program for academically high performing students in years 9 and 10. The Horizon program aims to stimulate higher order learning by exploring contemporary, relevant issues within a multi-disciplinary framework.

Students will experience an innovative approach to learning instruction that focuses on key skills for success on the modern world know as the five C's:

  • Collaboration
  • Creative thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Citizenship skills
The Horizon program incorporates the following subjects:
  • English
  • Science
  • HSIE - History and Geography

Students follow the same curriculum as their year level, with tasks that demand higher order thinking skills, and will be expected to produce work of exceptional depth and complexity.

As a part of the Horizon program, students are given the opportunity to: 

  • Set S.M.A.R.T goals at the beginning of each term and review them with teachers at the end of each term

  • Play an active role in the creation of their personalised learning plans 

  • Participate in the HPGE retreat camp off site for three days

  • Complete an enrichment project in Semester 2 two develop their creative and critical thinking skills 

  • Participate in extracurricular excursions: 

    • Year 9: Urban Challenge

    • Year 10: University visits


Students must apply for each year of the program - i.e. in Year 8 for the Year 9 program and in Year 9 for the Year 10 program. For more information on the Horizon program and to apply for the 2023 program, please review the HPGE 2023 Program Information and Application Form (PDF 2.8MB)

The closing date for 2023 Horizon applications for existing Marsden students is Wednesday 31 August. Students new to Marsden High School after this date may be invited to apply for the Horizon program if places are available.

Information on the 2024 Horizon program, including application forms, will be available in June 2023.