The Gifted and Talented Programme (GATE) encourages independent research while offering academic challenges and higher order thinking opportunities with creative thinking skills.

Gifted and Talented students have abilities and talents that require special provisions to meet their educational needs. At Holy Spirit this takes the form of an extension programme that aims to challenge students in various educational fields.

How students are identified
Students are identified for the GATE programme using the following:

  • Class work and standardised tests and Naplan tests;
  • Checklists of characteristics and behaviours common to gifted students;
  • Teacher recommendation (after looking at the above points)  and
  • Formal assessments conducted by an independent consultant.

The programme consists of a classroom withdrawal programme for up to 90 minutes per week which will give students the opportunity to develop the following areas:

  • Depth
  • Complexity
  • Abstraction
  • Higher order thinking
  • Self-directed learning
  • Open ended tasks
  • Individual purposeful learning

Students in this programme need to work with like-minded students and teachers and to this end we aim to collaborate in Inter-school projects to expose our students to others and to share ideas with them. These activities have included:

  • Academic All Stars
  • Philosothon and the
  • Poverty Project

In planning my programmes I regularly use the following tools in the hope we cater for the variety of learning types amongst the children in the GATE programme.

  • De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats
  • Goertz and Betts – The Autonomous Learner
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Multiple Intelligences

Expectations of GATE Students

  1. Children will need to come to class prepared with all their notes/USB
  2. Children will be required to do work at home – not all work can be completed in 90 mins of class time
  3. Children will need to hand in work on the due date
  4. Children will need to also work hard in their own classroom

Please be aware that if students find the GATE tasks too difficult to complete or organise, they will return to their classroom routine to focus on the core curriculum.