Magnum Opus Program

At Cranbourne West Secondary College, we aim to develop student’s critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and general capabilities to ultimately meet their personal goals.

We strive to create independent and global learners whilst importantly creating a pathway to meet student career aspirations. Magnum Opus – meaning “great work” in Latin – is a program to meet the needs of high achieving students. This program offers a challenging curriculum program with extension and extra-curricular activities. The program aims to shape students to believe in themselves through the display of resilience, self-regulation and self-discipline. We aim to cater for a broad range of student abilities and to provide pathways for students to achieve post-school success. We achieve this through high quality learning programs that challenge each individual student according to their own skills, needs and interests.

The Magnum Opus Program aims to accelerate the learning of participants to enable them to engage in post compulsory school options at an earlier rate than would be usual. It will be usual practice for a student undertaking this program to complete one or two unit 3/4 VCE sequences as a Year 11 student. Students enrolled into this program must be prepared to take risks, be independent and meet personal goals. Students should be working at least 12 months ahead of expected levels. Well rounded students are best suited to this program as acceleration will be occurring across all learning areas.

Please read the attached ‘Magnum Opus Handbook 2025′  to find out more about the typical classroom features, Curriculum Program and Year 7, 8 and 9 application/selection process.

To apply for the Magnum Opus program there is a three-step process: application, testing and final outcome.

Magnum Opus for 2025 Application Timeline Date
Applications Open Monday 22nd July 2024
Applications Close Friday 9th August 2024
Testing Saturday 17th August 2024
Outcome (emailed to families) Friday 6th September 2024

Please note: Selection for Year 7 students will be based on an online application process and testing. For Year 8 and 9 students this will be based on their Year 7 NAPLAN results, in class results and/or including an interview by a panel at the College.

The application process is managed entirely via Google Forms and the testing phase will be conducted at the College.

The following items need to be attached as part of the application;

  • Student letter explaining why they would be an ideal candidate for the program
  • Most recent NAPLAN results (Grade 5) if applicable
  • Certificates/Major Awards

Please use the Google link below to apply:

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to call Crystal Stanar at the College on 9770 7200 or via email