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Gifted & Talented program

Students identified as academically gifted and talented are offered the opportunity to learn in an enriched environment to ensure they reach their full potential.

Students in the Gifted & Talented program take part in specialist lessons in creativity, critical thinking and philosophy, focused around the student’s interests and needs. They are also given the opportunity to work with university and industry mentors in areas of interest and expertise to further build on their knowledge and skills. There are many different competitions and special programs throughout the School year students can take part in individually and as teams, such as:

  • FIRST LEGO League
  • The Perth Philosothon
  • World Scholar’s Cup
  • WA Debating League
  • Rookie Debating Competition  
  • Spelling Bee
  • Maths Olympiad
  • Academic All-Stars
  • Murdoch Biotechnology Internship
  • Choose Your Own Adventure 
  • RoboCup Junior
  • Tournament of Minds
  • Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition by CPA Australia
  • OZCLO Australian Computational Linguistics
  • Physics
  • Future Problem-Solving Scenario Writing
  • Gifted & Talented Study Day

 

Learning Enrichment

St Stephen’s School is a fully inclusive mainstream School. Within the classroom, teachers provide reasonable adjustments and differentiate for the abilities of their students. A variety of teaching strategies and methods of assessment are used to create inclusive learning environments and enable equity of access to education for all students.

A small number of children face obstacles to general learning progress, identified through screening and teacher observations. The Learning Enrichment department supports these children in the following ways;

  • St Stephen’ School is committed to the principle of early intervention and, as such, emphasis is placed on identifying at-risk learners in Early Childhood. Research suggests that the earlier intervention can be applied, the less likely the child will experience learning gaps at an older school age. In the Primary School setting, it may be appropriate to provide targeted literacy and numeracy intervention to these students for a limited period.
  • In senior years, the focus shifts towards accommodation, especially for those students with diagnosed disabilities.
  • The relevant Team may develop a documented plan that includes adjustments to the Teaching and Learning environment, with the aim to support the specific needs of a student and to help them achieve their potential.
  • The Team works in partnership with staff, families, health professionals and external agencies with the joint purpose to obtain the best possible outcomes for the student.