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Gifted and talented

Gifted and Talented at Carlingford High School

Carlingford High School aims to identify gifted and talented students and to maximise their learning outcomes regardless of ethnicity, cultural or socio-economic background, and includes students who are underachieving and who have disabilities.

To support the provision of the Carlingford High School Gifted and Talented Policy, Carlingford High School has implemented the following mechanisms:

  • Local students in Year 6 who have been accepted into the school with a confirmed enrolment can elect to sit for this test.¬†
  • Supporting and building the capacity of teachers to differentiate the curriculum to cater for the individual teaching and learning needs of the students through Professional Learning and Development opportunities.
  • Implementing best practice teaching and learning strategies in classes to cater to the needs of students through appropriate curriculum modifications and acceleration strategies.
  • ¬†Providing opportunities for students to develop 21st Century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical and creative thinking.
  • Teachers of the gifted and talented classes follow a common pedagogical approach based on the Maker Model and the Quality Teaching Framework, and meet regularly to collaborate, share strategies and identify team teaching opportunities.

Students are also provided with numerous enrichment opportunities:

  • Clubs operate at various times including the Science Club, Anime Club, Homework Club, Writers Club, Science Extension Club and Art Groups.
  • Extra-curricular activities such as concert band, stage band, string ensemble, vocal ensemble, junior dance ensemble, performing in our biannual school musicals, schools spectacular choir, cheerleading ensemble, drama ensemble, public speaking and Duke of Edinburgh.
  • Competitions such as the Tournament of the Minds, Da Vinci Decathlon, Model United Nations Assembly, ICAS science, maths and writing, Australian Maths Competition, debating, public speaking competitions, Brain Bee Challenge, school chess challenge, Australian History Competition, Law Society of NSW Mock Trial Competition, RACI Chemistry Quiz, Red Room Poetry Object Competition and What Matters? Competition.
  • Leadership opportunities such as Student Representative Council, assisting with primary school STEM workshops, spirit week, peer support, peer mentoring and assisting with year 6-7 transition.
  • Sporting activites such as Carlo Cup, zone cross country, athletics and swimming, girls Milo T20 cricket, volleyball squad, Knock Out basketball and volleyball, and Bennelong Cup table tennis competition.

The Policy and implementation strategies for the education of gifted and talented students (revised 2004) is available here.