Gifted & Talented
Opportunities for Gifted and Talented Students
Kirrawee’s Independent Learning Centre, staffed by eight teachers and supported with cutting edge technology, provides a variety of learning opportunities for whole classes, small groups and individuals. The facility caters for the special needs of independent learners and students with specific talents, needs and interests.
Students with exceptional ability can also accelerate their academic progression. This most often occurs during the senior years in any single subject. At Kirrawee, students most often accelerate in languages. However, students have also accelerated in mathematics, engineering and computing studies. This provides opportunities for students to undertake the study of additional courses in the senior years.
Our elite athletes are also catered for. These students are able to negotiate individual patterns of study enabling them to complete the School Certificate and HSC while training and competing within Australia and overseas. State, national and world championships have been won by many talented Kirrawee sports men and women. Specialist coaching by our own PDHPE teachers and other staff nurtures much of this talent.
In the performing arts, students have many opportunities to develop their talent including selected drama, dance and music ensembles, orchestras and bands and other groups. These activities often lead to state and national recognition. Opportunities to showcase this talent include school productions, eisteddfods, concerts with world-class artists and interstate and overseas tours. Besides our school hall, our purpose-built performance space and music centre provide ideal venues for these activities. Specialist tutors assist many of our students. Talented students are also integrating multimedia technology with the performing arts. There are ample hands-on opportunities for our students to work with TV producers, film crews and other media.
Talented visual arts students attend workshops with outside tutors, attend gallery exhibitions and enter competitions. They exhibit their artwork, including photography, at school and beyond. Major works by our HSC visual arts students are regularly nominated and selected for inclusion in the Board of Studies Art Express exhibition.
Students are encouraged to explore and develop their particular talents through a comprehensive range of curriculum enrichment activities.
A full range of HSC extension courses is offered in Years 11 and 12. These include English, mathematics, languages, history and music.
In English, there are opportunities for G&T students in public speaking, debating, film-making and writing competitions. In mathematics and science there are Australian competitions, university workshops, camps, on-line activities, enrichment excursions and even wine-making! History and social science students with special interests have a variety of excursions, competitions, visits and overseas study tours from which to choose
As a Languages High School, we provide our G&T languages students with many unique opportunities through specialist tutoring, exchange programs, overseas study tours and interaction with the on-site Nihongo Tanken Centre. G&T students studying technological & applied studies and VET courses have specialised work placements to nurture their particular talents. They also enter competitions and win recognition through various award schemes.
A multi-layered ‘Student Recognition and Award Scheme’ is provided to give all students, including G&T students, public recognition through a variety of ways.
G&T students leaving at the end of Year 12 are given additional assistance in applying for scholarships and in accessing special post-school destinations.
The only limit on opportunities for gifted and talented students and for those with particular academic ability is the crowded nature of our popular school. It is a competitive process to gain access to many ensembles and other groups. Our academic classes are of maximum size, particularly those in the upper streams. Some students, and particularly new students joining our school after Year 7, do not always gain immediate access to crowded top classes or ensembles. The best we can do is to assure them that ability and performance are continually monitored and that they will have opportunities as vacancies arise. Students are not disadvantaged by placement in a middle stream class.