Gifted and Talented
Bossley Park High School prides itself on enriching the learning of all students, not only those who have been identified as being gifted and talented. We cater for the diverse learning needs and styles of each student and have offer an enrichment program for our gifted and talented classes for years 7 – 10.
For students to gain a place in the year 7 class they must sit for our GATs test that is held during March prior to their entry into the school. Students are tested on their ability in Mathematics, English language and General Reasoning Abilities. The tests are marked and ranked by ACER – Australian Council for Educational Research. Once students have gained entry into a gifted and talented class they must earn their right to remain in it.Staff are provided with the opportunities to be professionally developed in the teaching of gifted and talented students. The Gagne model of Giftedness and Talent has been used to guide this teacher training and development.
Gagne's Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent propose that ‘the child progresses from giftedness (high potential) to talent (high performance) through the learning process, assisted by intra-personal and environmental factors. That is, gifts are innate abilities and talents are systematically developed skills’. He also maintains that students can be gifted in one subject area and not necessarily all areas. This model also recognises the student who may have high ability but who may be under-achieving or prevented from realising his or her potential by environmental, personality or physiological constraints. The teacher's task is to recognise the gifts and foster the talents.
Bossley Park High school offers a Gifted and Talented Enrichment program is the following strands:
- Core Academic (English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography)
- Music, Dance and Drama
- Visual Arts
- Talented Football; and
Academic Selective class organisation
Students in the gifted and talented classes in each of Years 7 to 10 study the core curriculum in the relevant subjects in common with their year cohort; however, this curriculum is compacted and qualitatively differentiated to allow more time for enrichment, extension, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Within the senior school students are integrated in all subjects, although we do offer an accelerated Mathematics Program for students from Yrs 9 -12.
Discipline Area Programs
GAT Application Form 2020 (154 KB)
For any information regarding the Gifted and Talented Program please contact Laura Roby HT Learning Support.