Penshurst Girls Campus

Georges River College

Telephone02 9580 3141

Extending our Talented Students

Comprehensive schools cater for the full range of learners including the gifted and talented. Whilst every learner is unique, some types of learners need particular attention.
Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and physical.
Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance. Gifted and talented students vary in terms of the nature and level of their abilities.
Gifted and talented students benefit from a number of opportunities, programs and strategies that recognise their abilities (gifts) and enhance their performance (talents).

Every faculty has a policy for talented students, and a talented program. This meets the Department of Education and Training requirements.
We foster student talent with our excellence in teaching and learning. Research shows that with learning, training and practice student gifts may become talents.
Motivation, self confidence and environment all play a significant part in developing gifts into talents, and Penshurst is the ideal learning environment.
Our structured programs are based on the latest research in gifted development.

How we extend our students
In school:

• Year 7 can sit a Gifted and Talented selection exam to be part of the Year 7 G&T class for all subjects. 

• Talented classes in all core subjects in Years 8 to 10 selected by published criteria from student assessments.

• Differentiated curriculums extend our most talented within elective classes.
• Higher Order Thinking Tasks and Assessments. Learning and assessment tasks are not simply about information, but include complex thinking; problem solving and critical evaluation, research portfolios and design tasks.

Outside school:
• Leadership opportunities such as the SRC and Leadership conferences and camps.
• Cultural pursuits for talented students in Drama and Art, Dance ensembles, Music tutorials and the Band.
• Sporting opportunities in Gym, Knockout competitions, State carnivals and Australia wide competitions.