The Gifted Education Program at Aquinas College, Menai focuses on a student centred approach to education and learning. The College’s Mission Statement challenges us as teachers, to recognise that students are at different stages of development and therefore have individual needs which must be catered for.
The Gifted Education Program at aims to provide quality learning which is:
Gagne defines giftedness as the possession of natural abilities or aptitudes at levels significantly beyond what might be expected for one’s age, in any domain of human ability. The key to Gagne’s view of giftedness is that it defines outstanding potential rather than outstanding performance.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF GIFTED LEARNERS AT AQUINAS COLLEGE
Aquinas College is continually striving to help develop a learning environment which provides not only for our students’ intellectual and academic needs but also for their social and emotional needs. The College recognises the need for thoughtful planning and sensitive accommodation of their differences.
WHAT ARE THEIR NEEDS?
Gifted students have different learning needs from those of their age peers of average ability and therefore need special educational planning to support them in developing their potential. In order to provide appropriate learning experiences for the students the College is committed to implementing a comprehensive identification program.
Aquinas College uses a variety of means to identify it’s gifted students, both subjective and objective.
The College tracks all students in Years 7-12 through a database. Each semester student information is updated to include the results of all objective testing.
The College is committed to the development of a differentiated curriculum within the school environment. This addresses the different learning styles and rates of learning of students in both mixed ability and self contained gifted classrooms. Curriculum differentiation provides a framework that is better able to address the needs of all learners in the classroom. It provides gifted students with:
TYPES OF DIFFERENTIATION
At Aquinas College a variety of strategies are used/may be used to implement curriculum differentiation. These include:
The Gifted Program provides both formative and summative assessment.
As a result of this, we at Aquinas College are committed to:
In 2018 Aquinas Catholic College is undertaking a new student information system called Compass.
Aquinas Catholic College Menai is a co-educational, Years 7-12, Catholic High school, established in 1993. The present accommodation includes the Administration Building, College library, general classrooms and the full range of specialist rooms.
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HSC subjects above state average
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