Sydney Catholic Schools grow holistic approach to gifted education

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The Kindergarten-to-HSC pathway for gifted students at Sydney Catholic schools has strengthened with the introduction of a selective test and other criteria for Year 6 students to enter the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program.

The Newman program was introduced in 2011 and is currently delivered at 39 primary and secondary Catholic systemic schools across Sydney to extend students identified as gifted within an academically challenging, creative and nurturing, faith-based environment.

On September 12, the Higher Ability Selective Test (HAST) will be sat by students from nine primary schools for the first time as part of the first phase of a two-year pilot initiative to streamline entry to the program.

It’s very holistic and there is a lot more parent input.

– Penina Barry

For the first time this year, parents of children in Years 5 and 6 from the pilot schools also have the opportunity to nominate their child for…

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