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Gifted Education

At St Pius X High School, our approach to Gifted Education is founded in research and actively incorporates proven aspects of well-established curriculum models. We believe in educating the whole child, promoting social and emotional wellbeing as well as academic advancement in a safe and supportive learning environment.

St Pius X High School has been a Gifted Education Lead (GEL) school within the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese since 2017. Selected to be part of the pilot group involved in the implementation of a diocese-wide approach to Gifted Education, St Pius X High School has since established a multi-faceted approach to catering for gifted students.

At St Pius X High School, our approach to Gifted Education primarily focuses on:

- a progressive, integrated, differentiated curriculum that allows gifted students to access academically rigorous programs, as well as enrichment opportunities that foster talent development and,

- the social and emotional well-being of gifted students in relation to their peers, with a formal approach established within the school timetable, and access to a range of relevant resources.

 

Gifted students are catered for within the school in a range of learning contexts. These include:

  • graded and accelerated classes that ensure fully differentiated programming in a stimulating learning environment,
  • mixed-ability classes that promote rigorous instruction whilst allowing gifted students to access the same curriculum as their peers, and
  • a range of extra-curricular and enrichment programs and opportunities that promote talent development in both academic and non-academic domains.

Additionally, gifted students at St Pius X High School can also participate in the Virtual Academy. This online learning program caters for highly gifted students. The Virtual Academy supports students in Stages 3 and 4 (scholastic year groups 5, 6, 7 and 8) who are working on extended or advanced curriculum outcomes. It provides curriculum differentiation, extension, and enrichment options for identified students. The Virtual Academy includes online, team and individual work, face-to-face and project-based learning with online mentoring support.

St Pius X also has a Gifted Education Mentor (GEM) teacher, who assists teachers with collating and analysing data, identifying the strengths and needs of gifted students and providing appropriate strategies to meet their needs. The GEM regularly provides professional development for staff to ensure a consistent and deliberate approach to gifted education is maintained across the school.

St Pius X High School’s commitment to educating the whole child is reflected in our well-established pastoral program.

For more information regarding our integrated approach to gifted education, please see the attached document: Gifted Education at St Pius X High School- an Integrated Approach