Gifted and Talented

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

Driven by the Oakhill Learning Framework, 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

All Key Learning Areas provide personalised and differentiated programs 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 enriching the learning of gifted, talented and high achieving students
  • Highly accessible, visible and transparent programmes

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

  • The banding of English, Science and Mathematics classes in Years 8 – 10
  • Applied Philosophy elective in Years 9 and 10
  • STEM elective in Years 9 and 10
  • An Accelerated Mathematics class in Years 9 – 12
  • An Accelerated Studies of Religion class in Years 10 – 11

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

  • The da Vinci Decathlon
  • The Ethics Olympiad
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival
  • The Science and Engineering Competition
  • Tournament of the Minds
  • NSW Philosophy Association Essay Prize
  • Year 7 Australian Primary Schools Mathematics Olympiad
  • Years 8 – 10 Mathematics Enrichment Programme – Australian Mathematics Trust
  • Visual Arts Club
  • Chess Club
  • Coding Club
  • Rocket Club
  • Film Making Club
  • Robotics Holiday Camps
  • Write A Book In A Day Competition
  • Australian History Competition
  • National History Challenge
  • ­­­­­­­­­­­Science Club/Science Fair
  • National Science Competitions
  • The Australian Museum Eureka Prize

In partnership with Macquarie University, students will also have access to The Big History: Connecting Knowledge Online Course which affords students an opportunity to engage in a tertiary foundational unit and the Macquarie United Nations Schools Day.

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