Supporting Gifted and Talented Students
Our students have been blessed with many different talents. It is the goal of our school to assist them to discover and develop their own God given abilities through providing a variety of creative and challenging learning experiences. Our gifted and talented program aims to support the diverse needs of gifted students.
There is no single method which on its own will cater for all the needs of gifted students. At DCC we seek to incorporate a combination of strategies to help engage and develop students. These include, differentiation and ‘in class’ enrichment activities along with a range of opportunities outside the classroom.
The philosophy behind our program is that gifted students require specific intervention if they are to maintain curiosity, creativity and motivation. They need to have opportunities for acceleration, as well as being extended in areas of the general curriculum and enriched through opportunities to participate in a wide range of learning areas. At DCC we recognize diversity of talent and the necessity to link programs with mainstream schooling. Students learn at a different pace from one another and benefit from enrichment in both breadth and depth. Our students’ needs are met through individual programs, small groups, whole class and whole school activities.
In the Classroom
• The differentiated curriculum in the classroom caters for varying individual pursuits, inquiry-based learning, open-ended tasks, pacing the speed of delivery of the curriculum, personal reflection and self-selected learning.
• The use of progress-scales in the Primary classroom are intended to assess student readiness and growth as part of the typical learning program.
• Grouping of students in a range of ways to allow students to collaborate in different contexts.
• Advanced classes offered in Maths (7-12)
• Flexibility of timetabling allows acceleration in specific subject areas (10-12)
A range of ‘specialist’ groups across the Primary and Secondary schools meet outside the normal classroom hours for specific purposes. These groups include;
• Music bands (plus individual instrumental tuition and a variety of music ensembles)
• Curiosity Club (Primary Science)
• Chess Club (includes some coaching and tournaments; 3-6)
• Maths Party (7-12)
• Lego Mindstorms Robotics (3-6)
• Drama group (3-6)
• There needs to be a balance between providing a supportive environment and differentiated curriculum within the regular classroom and allowing children of similar ability to engage with each other outside the classroom.
• The Socrates club is for students in years 3-6 who have a love of learning and an inquiring mind to meet together for a weekly small group discussion and collaborative learning.
• In Year 7, students are encouraged to apply to represent the school in the annual da Vinci tournament. Students work as a team across a range of academic and artistic disciplines.
Competitions, particularly where students compete outside the boundaries of the school, can provide students with opportunities to further develop their skills and knowledge in their areas of strength. The areas for competition include;
• Interschool athletics, swimming and other selected sports
• International and national Maths, Science, Humanities, English and Technology.
• ‘Da Vinci’ (interschool team-based tournament across a range of disciplines; year 7)
• Various band and ensemble competitions and festivals
• Inter-school Debating
• In Secondary, Creative Arts Week, over 4 days, house groups work together to plan, produce and perform a drama to meet set criteria. In addition, a talent quest and other performances run throughout the week. Students also have the opportunity to enter various competitions, including the art and film.
• In Primary, the Creative Arts Program centres around workshops which focus on many different skills, gifts and forms of creativity. The Creative Arts festival culminates in 2 nights of live creative performances and a display of static art items created by the students.
• Students may be invited to participate in periodic workshops within the school (e.g. poetry writing) as well as off-site workshops and events`1. For example, ACMI film production and seminars for senior students (10-11) in faith and philosophy and ‘Building Bridges’ (inter-faith dialogue).
Head of Student Services
Director of Teaching and Learning
Year 5-6 Socrates Program
Year 3-4 Socrates Program