Gifted and Talented
Semester 1 has been a busy one for the Gifted and Talented Department. Students have competed in extra-curricular programs, such as the Da Vinci Decathlon and Future Problem Solving program, new mentoring programs have been introduced to enrich learning for talented students, and pull-out programs for Year 7 and 8 higher ability students have commenced.
Our Da Vinci teams traveled to Knox Grammar School on 23 and 24 May, competing each day against over 65 teams from all over Sydney. The day culminated with much success for our students, and the Year 7 team was especially excited, especially with their outstanding results in Mathematics and Engineering! The results include:
- Overall 9th place for our Year 7 team, with First Place in Mathematics, Second Place in Engineering, Eighth Place in Code Breaking and Twelfth Place in Ideation;
- Our Year 8 team achieving First Place in Art and Poetry, Thirteenth Place in English, Fourteenth Place in Creative Producers and Fifteenth Place in General Knowledge;
- Our Year 9 team achieved Ninth Place in English and Tenth Place in Engineering;
- and our Year 10 team positioned Sixth Place for Ideation and Ninth Place for Creative Producers.
Seven Future Problem Solving teams have been training for the recent practice problem for the last two terms, and recently completed this problem in two and a half hours. The girls worked furiously to finish all of the six steps in the creative problem solving process, deciphering a future scene about Genetic Engineering and determining an action plan to alleviate any challenges that might be posed due to its implementation. They are looking forward to the competitive problem in Term 3 on Medical Technology where they will complete the six steps in two hours. It’s a challenging program, promoting a growth mindset towards learning.
Two mentoring programs have been initiated this semester, including the Creative Wrighting classes for Years 7-10 with Stella Prize nominated author, Fiona Wright – the spelling is not an error! – and Maths Mentoring for invited Year 7s with Kevin Wang, with whom a partnership has been formed through Mathematicians in Schools. These two programs are enriching the learning for talented writers and mathematicians in the school.
Finally, there are a number of Year 7 and 8 students engaging in philosophical conversations through the forum of a community of inquiry, considering ideas such as the nature of truth, something which is especially relevant in our supposed post-truth world today. Additionally, there is a group of students who are pursuing individual interests in the Personal Independent Project.
It has been a time of productive learning and enrichment for many students involved in these activities, and we look forward to more in the coming semester.
Nicole Sabbadin (Ms)
Gifted and Talented Coordinator