Did you know?
Tasmanian Government schools offer extended learning opportunities for gifted and highly-able students.
What is a gifted student?
- Students who are gifted have the capacity for advanced development relative to their age peers in at least one ability domain (intellectual, physical, creative or social) to a degree that places them at least among the top 10% of their age peers.
- Talent refers to outstanding performance in one or more area/s of aptitude.
- Gifted students are not all the same. They vary from having a mild degree of giftedness (most common) to having a profound degree of giftedness (very rare).
- The nature of their giftedness also varies. Some students are very capable just in one area, for example, mathematics or music, while others are exceptionally creative, show outstanding leadership and are strong academic all-rounders as well.
- It is possible to have a disability at the same time as being gifted.
- Significant adjustment to the educational programme of gifted students is often necessary to develop their gifts into talents.
- Research shows that without fulfilling learning opportunities, gifted students are at risk of becoming bored and disengaged from learning.
- Principals and teachers work with school psychologists, and in some cases, tertiary education providers to ensure a gifted student is supported and fulfilled.
Extended learning opportunities available
- In the context of the Australian Curriculum, teachers extend the level of challenge of every day classroom learning tasks for students.
- Gifted students are provided with access to a range of extension and enrichment programmes; both in-class with their classmates and in an online community of other gifted students, e.g. CELO Online (Centre for Extended Learning Opportunities).
- Highly gifted students can work at a higher year level in one or more areas of the curriculum.
- Some schools offer advanced courses, e.g. the Elizabeth College Advanced Academic Diploma which ensures a supportive environment for students who wish to achieve at the highest level in their pre-tertiary studies.
- There are a variety of competitions and programmes that engage students of all ages – the Young Archies portrait painting competition, the Future Problem Solving programme, Robocup robotics, the Tasmanian Science Talent Search, MyState film festival, the What Matters writing competition, Australian Maths Trust competitions and Tournament of Minds to name a few.
Early entry into Kindergarten
- A process for applying for early entry to Kindergarten is available for young children who have been formally identified as gifted.
- If you are seeking early entry to Kindergarten for your child, talk to the principal of your local school about your intention to apply for early entry by the end of August in the year prior to enrolment.
Centre for Extended Learning Opportunities (CELO) Online Programme for Primary and Secondary students
- The broad range of extended learning opportunities provided through CELO include visual arts, literature-based discussions, problem-solving in a range of contexts, philosophy, robotics, mathematics, computer programming, blogging and initiating local action projects.
Where can I get more information?
- Talk to your child’s teacher or principal.
- The Department of Education website www.education.tas.gov.au has information including:
- Extended learning procedures for schools
- Acceleration procedures for schools
- Frequently Asked Questions about Early Entry to Kindergarten – Cross Sectoral Information for Parents
- CELO Online Programs – Department of Education Tasmanian eSchool.
- Contact the Tasmanian Association for the Gifted on 0467 528 048.