The Newman Selective Gifted Education Program at the College caters for students who have been identified as potentially gifted. The Newman Selective Gifted Education Program offers students academic rigor, creative and critical thinking experiences and enrichment opportunities within a Catholic educational environment in the Marist tradition.

At the College we are called to “Nurture student’s love of learning through a Catholic pedagogy that fosters the development of the intellect, moral knowledge, understanding and reasoning in a relational, social and cultural context.”    The Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic Schools, November 2014

WHY IS IT CALLED THE NEWMAN SELECTIVE GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM?

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) embraced academic rigor and diversity through truth, intellect, and creativity. At Oxford University Cardinal Newman challenged mediocrity and paved the way for students who felt they did not fit into mainstream classrooms. Based on academic research for academically gifted students, Sydney Catholic Schools developed the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program and now there are 48 schools that are involved in the provision of gifted education for their students.

 

CURRICULUM

The Newman Selective Gifted Education Program is designed to challenge and engage the student’s learning through compacting the curriculum and designing authentic extension and enrichment programs. The most important factor is that the teacher identifies and responds to the unique learning needs of students in their classroom through tracking data and listening to student voice. The teachers are provided pedagogical support participating in Gifted Education courses such as GEO 1 and 2 and attend regular meetings with a focus of gifted learning as a key facet of our professional learning community.

Students selected in the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program will follow the same curriculum as outlined by the NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) as their peers. Gifted students require appropriate pace, complexity, depth, and breadth in their curriculum. Gifted students tend to move through the curriculum more quickly than their age peers and repetition of content or a slower pace may hinder their academic potential. Based on student mastery they may finish the teaching program earlier than other classes allowing time to delve deeper into topics. These enrichment activities are designed using gifted pedagogy models and are catered to the student’s interests and passions to engage and challenge their learning.

 

NEWMAN SELECTIVE GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM

Each year the College hosts a Newman Symposium to showcase and celebrate the student’s enrichment projects. The Newman Symposium occurs in Term 4 each year.

 

IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION INTO THE NEWMAN SELECTIVE GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM

Our school Identification Process is based on  Francoys Gagné’s definition of giftedness and talent and his Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent.

Giftedness: “The potential to perform at a level significantly beyond what might be expected from one’s age peers in any area of human ability. A person may be gifted in one or more of the domains.”  The top 10% of age peers.

Talent: “Achievement at a level significantly beyond what might be expected from age-peers in fields such as the arts, technology, academic pursuits, athletics, sports, and social action.”  The top 10% of age peers.

We use a variety of data sources to help identify potentially gifted students to cluster in like ability classes. These sources include both objective and subjective measures to provide a clear profile of each student’s strengths and areas we need to improve and extend.

 

Identification Process for Incoming Year 7 2021 Students:

August 2019

An information letter and Parent Nomination Form is sent to parents of all students who have been enrolled to the College in Year 5

20 September 2019                    

Parents return the Parent Nomination Form

Term 1 2020

Newman Selective Higher Ability Assessment

Term 2 2020

Newman Selection Panel Identification and Selection Meeting for First Round Offers

Term 2 2020

First Round Offers: Parents informed of their child’s selection into the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program

October 2020

Student Portfolio for Second Round offers and Transition information

October 2020

Allwell Placement Test

December 2020                  

Second Round Offers: Parents informed of their child’s selection into the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program

 

Identification Process for Current Students enrolled at the College:

Ongoing       

  • Parent Nomination Form
  • Parent Meeting/Conversation
  • Student Nomination Form
  • Teacher Nomination Form
  • Screening using data including: AGAT (General Ability Test), PAT (Progressive Achievement Test), NAPLAN, and school-based assessment.      
  • Portfolio of work or work sample validated by a teacher

 

The Newman Selective Gifted Education Program classes are not fixed and placement can be fluid in case of pastoral or academic reasons. The wellbeing of every student is our highest priority.

ENQUIRIES

Carolyn O’Brien
Newman Selective Gifted Education Program Facilitator
Director of Diverse Learning
carolyn.obrien@syd.catholic.edu.au

Phone: 9957 5000