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.