Gifted and Talented

Oakhill College is committed to empowering all learners, regardless of their ability, to serve and enrich our changing world.

All learners have a right to a challenging, fulfilling education, including students who are already operating at a high cognitive level or those gifted in certain fields.

The identification of gifted, talented and high achieving students will be accomplished using multiple and varied sources, such as:

  • Teacher nomination
  • Standardised testing
  • Self-assessment
  • Previous schooling
  • Parental recommendations

Once identified, students are monitored throughout their school life to ensure a suitable range of opportunities is provided for them. Monitoring processes include:

  • Class/subject testing
  • Allwell/Naplan standardised testing
  • Semester reports

The College will endeavour to provide gifted, talented and high achieving students with classwork that is appropriately personalised and differentiated to suit the learning needs of the individual. All staff will have access to:

  • A flow of data analysis as the students progress
  • Appropriate training for working with gifted, talented and high achieving students in an enriched and extended sense.

Students will often be grouped to provide opportunity to work with others of a similar aptitude. These groups could include:

  • Numeracy Groupings in Years 7 – 10
  • Literacy Groupings in Years 7 – 10
  • Gifted Class in Year 8
  • Applied Philosophy class in Years 9 and 10

There are many opportunities for students to access curriculum beyond the classroom, which could include:

  • Da Vinci Decathlon
  • Year 7 Australian Primary Schools Mathematics Olympiad
  • Years 8 – 10 Mathematics Enrichment Programme – Australian Mathematics Trust
  • Visual Arts Club
  • Chess Club
  • Australian History Competition
  • National History Challenge
  • ­­­­­­­­­­­Science Club/Science Fair
  • National Science Competitions

It is considered that subjects offered in Years 11 and 12 provide sufficient scope for gifted, talented and high achieving students to be continually challenged in their learning.