Newman schools provide high-quality professional learning for staff and an authentically rigorous program for gifted learners within a nurturing Catholic environment, providing holistic support for these students.
Newman Selective Gifted Education Program schools offer a wide range of opportunities that cater for a variety of gifted learners and support students’ social and emotional needs. By focusing on gifted students’ strengths, the program supports all gifted students, including twice exceptional, Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and underachievers.
Gifted Education is the provision of a range of developmentally appropriate curriculum strategies for students who demonstrate high ability in one or more domains. These domains may include intellectual, creative, social and physical.
Sydney Catholic Schools adopts Gagné’s definition of gifted and talented and the Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (2019).
- Gifted: refers to a students’ natural ability in one or more domains, placing that student in the top 10 percent of age peers;
- Talent: refers to the performance in one or more domains that places a student in the top 10 percent of age peers.
These research-based definitions are significant in the teaching and learning of high ability students, and are at the core of Sydney Catholic Schools’ Gifted Education Policy.