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Gifted & Talented and Learning Support

Gifted and Talented Program

The goal of both the Gifted and Talented Program and of Learning Support in the Junior School is to help every child realise their potential.

Academically gifted students are catered for in a variety of ways. Programs are differentiated in the classroom with English and Maths classes ability grouped across grades. The Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator works in mainstream classrooms with the teacher to provide an inquiry based collaborative experience for the students within these subject areas. The Learning Quest program covers HSIE and Science topics and involves children in individual research activities. Students may also participate in the Maths Olympiad and competitions such as da Vinci Decathlon and Gateway 8.

Penrith Anglican College holds its annual Enrichment Day (PACED) for gifted and talented students in September. Courses are especially tailored for Years 1 – 6 in science, art, music, creative writing and drama and are designed to challenge students in their thinking and learning.

Learning Support Services

Learning Support in the Junior School is part of a P-12 RTI (Response to Intervention) framework based on Macquarie University intervention programs. Students who need assistance with acquisition of literacy skills may participate in the Reading Tutor and Macqlit programs. These follow on from Pre Lit and Minilit which operate in P-2. Disability Provisions are also organized for exams.

Two teachers work collaboratively in a year 3 and year 4 classroom in both English and Maths to offer intensive assistance to students with learning needs.

Students also receive assistance from Learning Support Aides in mainstream classes. Learning Support staff regularly liaise with classroom teachers and parents so that each student is given the opportunity to achieve their best educational outcome.