An academically selected group of 30 students, called the Gifted and Talented class for years 7 and 8, is provided with an enriched curriculum which caters to the particular needs of high performing students. The class members are extended in all subjects to encourage higher order thinking, creativity and inquiry-based learning and enjoy enriched learning opportunities according to individual student need and interest.
Students are selected using a variety of information. The selection process is:
A: Attend an information evening to find out more about the program and collect an application form.
B: Submit an expression of interest for Riverside Girls High School as part of the DET transition process.
C: Sit the test at Riverside (usually in June) and submit 3 work samples which demonstrate creativity and a talent in writing.
Extension opportunities across all classes
It is clear that there are gifted & talented students who require extension opportunities in all our classes across every year group. We therefore believe it is imperative that ALL students are extended to reach their potential. Every one of our expert teachers has completed professional learning in differentiating the curriculum to ensure our high performing students in all classes have access to an extended curriculum to meet their needs.
What are the enriched learning opportunities offered to the Gifted and Talented (GAT) class?
Students in our GAT class participate in a number of special curricular programs such as:
· Student mentors for our Primary Links program
· Murder under Microscope in Science
· Innovations course in Information and Computer Technologies (ICT)
· A ‘project based’ approach to learning that focuses on critical thinking and creativity across all subjects
Can students be moved in and out of the GAT class?
Yes, there may be small movements. Student achievement in our GAT class is reviewed during Term 4. Recommendations are also received from teachers regarding students who demonstrate exceptional talent across a variety of subjects in all Year 7 classes. This may result in students being moved for Year 8.
What happens to the GAT class after Year 8?
For Years 9-10, there is a Gifted and Talented class in each core subject. There is also the opportunity to choose special elective subjects such as Philosophy and students take part in Macquarie University’s Big History Project as part of Elective History.