Inspire

Applied Technology Team at the Tournament of MindsINSPIRE students at the  Parliamentary DebateMaths Engineering Team at the Tournament of the Minds

Click on this link to access the 2017 INSPIRE online application form

The Inspire Program for our Gifted and Talented Students

The Inspire Program is offered to cater for the individual needs of our gifted and talented students. Inspire is embedded across all areas of excellence in the school, including academic, creative, sporting and leadership pursuits. A student may be extended in either one or more subject area and options for accelerated learning are also available.

Inspire Selection Process

The selection process involves a multifaceted approach and includes the following:

  • Primary school recommendations and/or involvement in primary school G&T programs
  • Parental-questionnaire for year 7 students and parental recommendations for yrs 8, 9 and 10
  • Secondary school teacher recommendation (academic excellence within their teaching subject, and /or identification of underachievers (sleepers)
  • Academic excellence in all subjects
  • OLSAT/NAPLAN, other psycho metric diagnosis

Upon successful entry, Inspire students are granted genuine extension opportunities as an enriched alternative to the mainstream assessment criteria. These tasks are carefully designed in conjunction with both an expert teacher and the school's gifted and talented coordinator, specifically for the interests of the student.

Inspire students are also extended both culturally and socially through philosophy classes held regularly with their peers. These lessons support deep thinking and offer a wonderful opportunity to meet other like-minded students.

Competitions, Special Programs, Guest Lecturers and Excursions

Whilst it is the policy of the school to ensure that all students can participate in subject specific competitions and special programs it is expected that Inspire students who have chosen a particular Inspire subject must participate in any competitions and or special programs if available. This includes competitions such as National Botanical Gardens photography competition, Young Chefs, Battle of the Bands, History, Geography and English Competitions, ANZAC competition, short Story, Poetry, Maths Enrichment, Rio Tinto Science Competition, etc. It also includes special programs like the Da Vinci Decathlon, Tournament of the Minds, The Science VLA (Virtual Learning Academy) program and the Jason Project.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the school's Gifted & Talented Coordinator, Dr John Chisholm on 62057000 or via email at john.chisholm@ed.act.edu.au

Related Links:

Subject Choice expectations for INSPIRE

INSPIRE  application for 2017

Philosophy Study Group - Learning to Be Better Thinkers (as published in the Canberra Times)