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Gifted & Talented

Gifted and Talented


Update 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The following information is being provided as an update in relation to the Gifted and Talented classes in Stage 4 at The Ponds High School for 2020.

There will be no changes to Year 8 classes for this year due to Covid-19 and the disruptions it has caused to our regular processes. The classes are streamed according to ability across core classes in Year 9.

Year 7 classes will be evaluated at the end of the year based upon their effort and achievement throughout Semester Two.

Testing for Year 6 into Year 7 has already been conducted earlier in the year.


We thank you for your support with your children’s academic studies and achievement.

The Department of Education and communities has an extensive policy regarding the implementation of Gifted and Talented programs within school.

School communities have the responsibillity to:

·         Develop effective and equitable procedures for identifying gifted and talented students

·         Implement developmentally appropriate programs for gifted and talented students

·         Foster collaborative home-school partnerships to support gifted and talented students

Teachers have the responsibility to:

·         Select and implement a variety of teaching strategies for inclusion in programs for the range of gifted and talented students in their classes


At The Ponds High School we have dedicated enrichment classes for each year group as well as differentiated learning in every classroom, ensuring targeted teaching and learning activities are implemented to nurture the development of gifted and talented students.

·         Giftedness refers to potential distinctly beyond the average for the student’s age and encompasses a broad range of abilities in the intellectual, creative, socio emotional and physical domains.

·         Talent denotes achievement distinctly beyond the average for a student’s age as a result of application to training and practice.

The Ponds High School also offers a growing range of GATS activities within the school, including:

·         A wide variety of extra-curricular activities and clubs

·         Opportunities to participate in academic competitions

·         Public Speaking and Debating

·         Participation in Project Based Learning

·         STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunities

·         Professional learning for staff in the use of Gifted and Talented strategies through GERRIC (Gifted and Talented Research Resource and Information Centre)

·         Gifted and Talented student workshops focussing on problem solving and enrichment activities

·         Specialised Programs for year 7 and 8 including the Discovery Project and Genius Hour

Applications for the Year 7 Enrichment Class 2021 at The Ponds High School

·         All students will be eligible to apply for the class

·         The application forms are due to the front office with payment by 13th March 2020.

·         The class will be primarily determined through achievement in the domains of literacy and numeracy

·         Students will submit an application

·         The placement panel will consider a range of data including:

o   The Ponds High School GATS test results

o   NAPLAN data

o   Participation in external competitions

o   School enrichment programs

o   Primary school teacher recommendation

o   Previous leadership experience

o   Parental comment

o   Student comment

Students will remain in a core class for English, Mathematics, Science, HSIE, PDHPE and LOTE


About the Test

The test targets literacy and numeracy skills of students and includes problem solving activities and an extended writing task. The test is generated, administered and marked externally. The cost of this test is $50 per student.

The test will take place at The Ponds High School on 21st March 2020 at 9:30am.

Link for Application to Enrichment Class for year 7 2021

Link to GATS information brochure