Gifted & Talented Program
The Forest High School prides itself on enriching the learning of all students, not only those who have been identified as being gifted and talented. We cater for the differing learning needs and styles of each student and have an enrichment program for all of year 7 and gifted and talented classes for years 7 – 10.
For students to gain a place in the year 7 class they must sit for our GATs test that is held during March prior to their entry into the school. Students are tested on their ability in Mathematics, English language and creative writing. The tests are marked and ranked by the University of New South Wales. Once students have gained entry into a gifted and talented class they must earn their right to remain in it.
Staff are provided with the opportunities to be professionally developed in the teaching of gifted and talented students. The Gagne model of Giftedness and Talent has been used to guide this teacher training and development.
Gagne's Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent propose that ‘the child progresses from giftedness (high potential) to talent (high performance) through the learning process, assisted by intra-personal and environmental factors. That is, gifts are innate abilities and talents are systematically developed skills’. He also maintains that students can be gifted in one subject area and not necessarily all areas. His model recognises the student who may have high ability but who may be under-achieving, de motivated or prevented from realising his or her potential by environmental, personality or physiological constraints. The teacher's task is to recognise the gifts and foster the talents.
Selective class organisation
In year 7, there is one gifted and talented class and students remain in the same class for all subjects. They are, however, integrated for welfare, social and sporting programs. In year 8, students will be placed into the gifted and talented stream depending on their results gained in year 7. Whilst in years 9 to 10 gifted and talented students remain in their gifted and talented class for the core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and PDHPE, they will be integrated in their elective subjects. Once again students must earn the right to be in the gifted and talented class.
Students in the gifted and talented classes in each of Years 7 to 10 study the core curriculum in the relevant subjects in common with their year cohort; however, this curriculum is compacted and qualitatively differentiated to allow more time for enrichment, extension, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
This year the GATS test will be held on Satudray 16th March 2013. The cost of the test is $20.00 payable on the day. Please phone the school on 9451 5111 to book a place for your child.
Within the senior school students are integrated in all subjects, although English, Mathematics, History, Music and Languages offer extension courses to cater for the gifted and talented students.