Ashfield Boys High School

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Emailashfieldbo-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Gifted and talented program

Our gifted and talented program aims to develop the particular academic talents of every boy. A core aim of the GAT program is to ensure students leave school as well-rounded men with the leadership skills to be a success. All GAT students negotiate a personal improvement plan twice a year in consultation with their parents. This plan is monitored and academic progress is tracked by the GAT coordinator.

Program objectives

The GAT program has three main aims:

  1. To identify, develop and extend a student's particular talent or area of giftedness through a differentiated curriculum and individually tailored experiences.
  2. To ensure that GAT students exit school as well rounded individuals who excel in areas outside their area of giftedness.
  3. To develop the leadership, emotional and social capabilities necessary for GAT students to excel in the 21st Century.

Entry requirements and application can be found on our Application page.

To get a quick overview of the program, see our Gifted and talented program flyer.

Philosophy

Individualised planning

The GAT program provides students with the opportunity to extend and challenge their abilities across all areas of the curriculum. Many students who have been identified as gifted in a certain area need specialist programming to further develop their skills in a balanced manner. The Ashfield Boys High School GAT program provides students with the opportunity to experience a challenging curriculum at a greater depth.

Students are placed in a GAT class in year 7 and 8 with a differentiated curriculum. Individualised planning is a core feature of the GAT program at Ashfield Boys High School. Students and parents meet twice a year with the GAT Coordinator to develop an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), personal goals and success indicators. Progress on this ILP is continually monitored.

Building social intelligence and community awareness

Gifted children often show greater perceptiveness and sensitivity to the needs of others and the environment. The Ashfield Boys High School GAT program aims to encourage students to grapple with wider global issues along with solving challenging questions.

In order to develop social intelligence and community awareness students will be required to work closely with others to complete cross-curricular projects. GAT students will be actively encouraged to pursue leadership and personal development opportunities, particularly in areas about which they feel strongly.

Teaching and learning 

Learning is differentiated to extend and challenge the abilities of all students. GAT students are further challenged with cross-curricular programs designed to refine existing skills and enrich teamwork, independent learning, and self-management and time-management skills.

Learning programs incorporate a range of written, oral and expressive tasks to extend the gifts and talents of individuals. As part of this holistic approach, students will be required to work both individually and as part of a team. Students will be provided with learning experiences which promote higher order cognition, analysis and critical thinking.

GAT students will be supported in using a variety of technologies to investigate areas of study and present learning products in a sophisticated manner.

Parental involvement

During Year 7 and 8, weekly team meetings will be held by the GAT team teachers to ensure a holistic approach to student learning is being achieved. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the team teachers at various stages during the school year. A formal parent and student interview to develop an ILP is held twice a year with the GAT coordinator.

During Year 9 to 12, students continue their mentoring program with their GAT team teachers where learning plans are further developed and monitored. Parents will be formally invited to attend bi-annual plan review mentoring meetings. Parents will also be provided with a documented update of students' progress on their bi-annual plan review.

Program outline

Acceleration

Acceleration is available for appropriate students in consultation with the principal.

Acceleration must be carefully planned and take students' emotional and social development into account.

Identification

Identification process requires a formal application that includes applicable supporting documentation.

The process identifies academic, physical, leadership and creative gifts and talents in prospective students. A formal interview will be offered based on the application.

Differentiated curriculum

Learning is differentiated to extend and challenge the abilities of all students. GAT students are further challenged with cross-curricular programs designed to refine existing skills and enrich teamwork, independent learning, and self-management and time-management skills.

Modified learning environment

Learning programs incorporate a range of written, oral and expressive tasks to provide extension and challenge. As part of a holistic approach, students will be required to work both individually and as part of a team.

Students will be provided with learning experiences which promote higher order thinking and analysis skills.

GAT students will be supported in using a variety of technologies to investigate and present learning products in a sophisticated manner.

Assessment and reporting

Assessment and reporting reflects the differentiated curriculum. The year 9 and 10 mentoring program will utilise each student's assessment in order to further develop their learning programs. Parents will be formally invited to attend the annual plan review mentoring meetings. Parents will be provided with a documented update of students' progress on their annual plan review.

Enrichment and extension

ABHS offers opportunities for student development across all years and all subject areas.

The ABHS GAT program offers differentiation and further extensive opportunities for gifted and talented students according to their interests, abilities and identified areas of talent.

These opportunities include participation in academic competitions at State, National and International levels. Other opportunities include leadership development through programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, White Ribbon ambassadorship, SRC, volunteering as well as other community based projects.

ABHS provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Students have the opportunity to extend and challenge themselves through the creative and performing arts. We offer and extra-curricular opportunities in Drama, Music, Visual and Creative Arts, Industrial Technology, Theatre sports, Schools Spectacular, a range of debating competitions and public speaking opportunities. The school has an extensive band and musical tuition program including a stage band, concert band, vocal group, percussion ensemble and training band.

Sport programs at ABHS include a range of competitive grade as well as recreational sport. ABHS holds swimming and athletics carnivals and also participates in representative cross carnivals, the CHS and knock-out competitions. Grade sports offered at the school include basketball, cricket, futsal, oz tag, volleyball during the summer season and rugby union, football, tennis, lawn bowls and badminton during the winter season.

Professional learning

Support for staff members is ongoing and they access professional development in gifted and talented education.

Program outline by year

Year 7 and 8

  • ABHS uses a team format for year 7 and 8 where students are grouped full time in a dedicated GAT class.
  • There will be one class dedicated to the GAT program.
  • Teachers from this team will monitor students' progress and mentor them accordingly throughout their entire time at ABHS. 
  • Parents are given the opportunity to be actively involved in formal student planning meetings annually.
  • Every student develops an individualised learning plan in consultation with teachers and parents.

Year 9 and 10

  • GAT students continue their mentoring program with the GAT team teachers in addition to standard classroom activities.
  • This is dedicated to maintaining and further developing their abilities and talents across all curriculum areas.
  • Core KLAs in English, Mathematics, History, Social Science and Science have a streamed class to cater for the individual needs of GAT students. 
  • Students choose two elective subjects according to their interests and aspirations.
  • Parents are given the opportunity to be actively involved in formal student planning meetings annually.
  • Every student develops an individualised learning plan in consultation with teachers and parents.

Year 11 and 12

  • Students select subjects appropriate to ability and interest.
  • Every student has a personalised learning plan based on their university course of choice.
  • GAT student learning plans are overseen by their team mentor.
  • Access to higher level HSC and extension courses as appropriate.
  • Parents are given the opportunity to be actively involved in formal student planning meetings annually.