St Patrick's College Strathfield

Gifted and Talented

Students identified as being gifted or talented are those who perform, or have the potential to perform, in one or more domains at a level significantly beyond children of the same age, culture or circumstances.

The College follows Gagnès’ model of giftedness and talent which demonstrates in a practical way, the links between aptitude and achievement.

Identification is a key element to the provision of gifted and talented education. This takes place through a number of methods, including: educational attainment testing (Allwell), NAPLAN analysis, external testing, internal testing, teacher nomination and parent nomination.

Provisions for talent development are made through: integrated differentiated programs, independent study programs, curriculum compacting, subject acceleration and class ability grouping. In Mathematics a compacted curriculum is offered for suitable candidates in Stages 5 and 6 over a three year period.

Provisions external to the classroom include opportunities such as: The Australian Science Olympiads, the international Future Problem Solving Competition, academic gala days in a number of domains, the NSW da Vinci Decathlon, the study of Philosophy as an elective in Stage 5 and participation in the NSW Philosothon and more.

In the Junior School, an extension group operates for boys in both Years 5 and 6. The group is selected from a combination of standardised tests, school-based tests and teacher recommendation.