Enrichment Program

School aims:

  • To identify gifted students in the school population.
  • To provide opportunities for gifted students to realise their potential through the development of relevant talents.
  • To provide opportunities for gifted students to demonstrate their talents.
  • To celebrate the achievements of talented students.

Support for Gifted & Talented Students:

  • Special Classes

Two special classes have been formed, a Stage 2 class (for Year 3 and 4 students) and a Stage 3 class (Year 5 and 6). Students gain places in these classes by sitting structured tests.

  • Class

Appropriate ability grouping, particularly in literacy and numeracy is a strategy employed by all teachers from Kinder to Year 6. Teachers will consider “pre-learning”, that is what the child may already know, and provide appropriate learning activities.

  • School

Special programs provided to enable students from across the school to experience opportunities that they may not otherwise be able to. For example students may be selected to participate in sporting teams, debating teams, cultural activities such as band, choir or other performance opportunities.

  • District

District based extension opportunities.

  • Other

Referral to Gifted and Talented Vacation Programs at University of NSW and the University of NSW (GERRIC)

English

Reading – Students significantly beyond the level of their peers may be more appropriately engaged in reading chapter books, etc.

Writing – Publishing of student work in newsletter.

Entry in district, regional or state writing competitions.

Talking & Listening– Class, grade and stage presentations, speeches and debates.

Mathematics

Working Mathematically – If a student has demonstrated pre-learning opportunities should be provided for the application of the relevant skill or knowledge in a problem solving situation.

Creative Arts – Band Program

Music Festival

School Musicals

Percussion Group

Choirs

PD/ Health/PE – School representative sporting teams.

Zone and regional representative teams.

Student Learning Contracts

A learning contract involves the student and teacher entering into an agreement to undertake and complete specified activities within a given time. This can be organised on a group or individual basis.

Contract activities may be used with the whole class, groups or individual children. A clear timeline should be established and progress monitored at appropriate intervals. Once the system has been established the students may select the order in which they complete tasks.

Parental Involvement:

It is vitally important, for the ongoing achievement of the gifted student, that their parents recognise their child’s special needs. If parents consider their child may be gifted they may refer their child to the Learning Support Team (LST) at any time.

Parents will be involved in the development of individual learning plans to encourage support at home. Parents will also be informed of opportunities for extension in the district and beyond.

Acceleration:

The acceleration of the students, that is, their promotion beyond the peer cohort, is a controversial issue and must be considered carefully taking into account not only the students ability on one or more key learning areas but most importantly their social and intrapersonal skills and self esteem.

When a child is referred to the LST and it is requested that acceleration be considered the committee will:

  • gather all relevant data on student performance,
  • refer the student to the school counsellor for appropriate assessment,
  • develop a long term plan and consider issues that may arise during the rest of the child’s school career,
  • consider the child’s wishes as well as the parents,
  • submit a recommendation, regarding the acceleration of the child, to the principal,
  • the principal will advise the parents, in writing of the school’s recommendation,
  • the principal will discuss the recommendation with the child’s parents and a final decision will be made.