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Gifted and talented education

Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following areas of ability at school - intellectual, creative, social and physical.

Our gifted and talented program provides these students with learning opportunities on top of the normal curriculum.

Gifted & talented

Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following areas of ability at school - intellectual, creative, social and physical. Hunters Hill Public School adopts Gagné's (2003) Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), endorsed by the Department of Education and Communities because it is internationally recognised for its strong research base and accessibility.

How are gifted and talented students catered for?

In the classroom

Students identified as gifted will be monitored by the Learning and Support Team during their time at Hunters Hill to ensure provisions, adjustments and accommodations are in place to assist in their gifts manifesting into talent. Monitoring of students will ensure that there is a smooth transition as a student progresses through their primary school years.

Gifted students across the school are provided with differentiated provisions in our learning programs. Teachers are continually trained in curriculum differentiation and many have undertaken professional learning and development in Gifted and Talented Education to provide an appropriately-differentiated program for each child's needs across Key Learning Areas. Students may be provided with opportunities to be grouped with likeminded peers to develop their intellectual potential and support their social and emotional development.

Highly and exceptionally gifted students may require a Personal Learning Plan (PLP). This will be developed by a child’s class teacher in consultation with the Learning Support Team. A PLP includes information about a student’s previous achievements, current and future learning goals and areas for development.

HHPS employs a Teacher of Gifted and Talented Students on a part-time basis. This teacher is responsible for the delivery of the school’s program for gifted students. Gifted provisions are based on the current needs of the school population and may include: withdrawal classes in literacy and numeracy, specialised project work, in-class support, and resourcing of teachers.

Please follow this link for further information on the program and the school’s Policy for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students.

Beyond the classroom

Outside of the classroom, Hunters Hill Public School is able to provide a diverse program of enrichment opportunities including:

  • Creative Arts (Band, Choir and Dance Groups)
  • Leadership (Student Representative Council Representatives, Library Monitors, Environmental Group, Peer Support, Peer Mediation)
  • English (Public Speaking and Debating, Spelling and Writing Competitions)
  • Sport (Representation in Zone right up to National Carnivals, PSSA Opportunities and Regional Sporting Teams)
  • Mathematics (Ability-based Maths Groups, Maths Olympiad)
  • Technology (Robotics, Coding Club)
  • G.A.T.E.WAYS (External workshops for Gifted & Talented students)
  • Externally administered ICAS tests are offered to students throughout the year.

Links: Gifted Families Support Group

Australian Association for the Gifted and Talented

Opportunity classes

Certain schools across NSW offer opportunity classes for high-achieving, academically-gifted students in Years 5 and 6. To be considered for enrolment, students must sit the opportunity class placement test in Year 4. The test is held between late July and early August and application packages must be made in May.

Selective high schools

Selective high schools provide a challenging environment where high-achieving, academically gifted students can reach their potential. To apply for a selective high school you need to complete an application in Year 5 and students must sit the selective high school placement test in Year 6 to be considered for enrolment.

Some selective high schools accept students for entry into Years 8-12. Applications are available in June and must be made directly to your preferred school.