Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) initiated the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program in 2011 as a response to ensuring educational equity was achieved for gifted learners in both Catholic Primary and Secondary schools.
Newman Selective schools provide high-quality professional learning for staff and an authentically rigorous program for gifted learners within a nurturing Catholic environment, thus enhancing the whole-person. They offer a wide range of opportunities that cater to a variety of gifted learners and supports students’ social and emotional wellbeing.
Key Program Elements;
- There are 39 Newman Selective schools across the Sydney Archdiocese supporting students from Kindergarten to Year 12
- The program is facilitated by staff who have dedicated training in the field of gifted education
- Academics and psychologists specialising in gifted education contribute to the development and delivery of the program
- Students are assessed across a range of gifted domains in order to access the program and their progress comprehensively evaluated
Students can participate in various programs such as creative arts, coding and computational skills, rich literature experiences, STEM initiatives and robotics
- Newman Selective Symposiums are held annually to celebrate student achievement
- To sustain a high-quality educational program, all Newman Selective schools undergo a comprehensive accreditation process every three years