Gifted & Talented
Newman College is committed to providing a challenging curriculum for all its students. In addition, we provide opportunities and support for students identified as gifted and talented. Our SHINE Program for students in Kindy to Year 10 delivers educational experiences of an appropriate depth and breadth for students identified as having exceptional academic ability.
The SHINE program is designed to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum for students to develop their aptitudes and talents.
In the SHINE program students are encouraged to solve, hypothesise, investigate problems, concepts, or topics. They are also encouraged to navigate their own learning. The purpose of this program is to enrich student’s learning.
The program is designed with the College’s four pedagogical principles in mind:
SHINE at Marcellin
In the Secondary school students are encouraged and supported to realise their full potential in a wide variety of ways. The College is committed to supporting and providing enrichment and extension opportunities for gifted and talented students.
Students are encouraged to challenge, collaborate, create, and celebrate their academic success in their coursework. There are a wide range of ways students with exceptional academic potential or talent in a particular area are supported and challenged to help them develop their gifts and talents. This includes, but is not limited to, extension classes in different disciplines commencing at different year levels. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to undertake challenging and complex learning tasks with like-minded peers with the support and guidance of a Gifted and Talented teacher.
There are a wide range of academic competitions that are offered at the College including (but not limited to): Maths, Science and the Performing Arts. In 2021 invited students will have the opportunity to participate in inter-disciplinary competitions and programs such as Future Problem Solving, Da Vinci Decathlon and TOMs.
In addition to this, the College is committed to the development and use of problem-based learning, design thinking principles and authentic learning, including immersion opportunities, to enhance the critical and creative thinking capabilities for students.
Students are invited into the various SHINE program levels using a multi-faceted identification process. This includes both subjective and objective tests and reports. Student’s progress, suitability, and readiness for the various stages of the programs is reviewed regularly.