Our Gifted and Talented Program

Let your gifted child soar with our many opportunities to nurture and expand their talents

Our specialist Gifted and Talented teachers work with students and their families to ensure the best complement between educational needs and curriculum offerings. This collaboration results in an educational program that identifies students’ strengths and areas of interest to maximise their engagement and provide them with real-world opportunities.

At Pittwater House, we see gifted students as those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following areas:

  • Intellectual

  • Creative

  • Social

  • Physical

Gifted and talented strategies

We help students translate their gifts into talents through support-systems such as:

  • In-class differentiated learning tasks

  • In-class extension and enrichment units of work

  • Individual learning tasks

  • Individual learning programs

  • Inter-school academic competitions and camps

  • Flexible progression—whole-grade or single-subject acceleration

  • Individual mentoring

Gifted and talented opportunities

Your high potential learner can grow their abilities through academic competitions and co-curricular activities. Pittwater House enters teams of students and individuals in a range of competitions including:

Inter-school competitions

  • The da Vinci Decathlon (Years 5 to 10)

  • GATEway 8 Challenge (Years 5 to 10)

  • Future Problem Solving Program (Years 7 and 8)

  • Mathematics days

Individual challenges

  • Mathematics olympiads

  • Informatics olympiads

  • Science competitions

Inter-school camps

In Junior School, students may be invited to participate in the G.A.T.E.WAYS Program which occurs off-site once per term.

Academic streaming for gifted and talented students

In Senior School we offer a gifted and talented stream for Maths and Science classes. Our specialist Gifted and Talented teachers liaise with class teachers and mentor students to enable them to work at a faster pace and explore higher level thinking.

Acceleration

Gifted students may accelerate in a single subject, for example, a Year 11 student could sit the HSC ahead of time in French or the visual arts.

In special cases where a student is gifted across all key learning areas and has demonstrated social maturity, they may be accelerated an entire year.

On occasion, an entire class may be accelerated in a particular subject.

Year 7 electives

All students have the opportunity to choose an elective in Year 7. Many of these are targeted to interest and extend gifted and talented students in their thinking and problem-solving skills. Students can choose from Latin, Philosophy, Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Dance and Drama. Academically gifted and talented students are encouraged to consider Latin, Philosophy and STEM in particular. Those talented in the Arts are encouraged to consider Dance and Drama.

Extension classes for Years 11 and 12

Year 11 and 12 students can choose to do Unit Extension classes on top of their required units.

In the case of Year 12 English and Maths, exceptional students can select a further unit of extension, resulting in them doing a maximum of four units in Maths and/or English. Extension 1 classes are also offered each year in French, Music and History.

Co-curricular activities

We offer a variety of academic, co-curricular activities to allow your child’s talent to blossom:

  • Latin Club
  • Chess Club

  • IT Club

  • French Club and Mandarin Club

  • HICES debating and public speaking competitions.

“We identify academically gifted and talented students through a multifaceted approach.”