Sydney Catholic schools take gifted education to next level

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Newman hopefuls (left to right) Fernando Leleai Inu-Mainuu, Jocelyn Lioe, Grace Nguyen and Kevin Lam sat the first-ever Newman Selective Higher Ability Assessment on 12 September.

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) pioneered its first-ever selective entrance test with 131 students sitting the inaugural Newman Selective Higher Ability Assessment today.

In a bid to offer their highly able students entrance into a selective gifted and talented stream in high school, SCS developed a selection test with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The assessment focused on four key skill areas including abstract, verbal and quantitative reasoning, as well as written expression.

Year 6 students who sat the test hope to gain entry in to the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program next year at one of three secondary pilot schools – All Saints Catholic College Liverpool, De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah and Our Lady of Mercy College Burraneer.

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