Gifted & Talented

Students of all ability levels are catered for within class programs through differentiation of the curriculum to meet individual needs. Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following areas of ability – intellectual, creative, social and physical.

Our gifted and talented program provides these students with learning opportunities in addition to our regular class programs and curriculumEnrichment groups created in areas such as mathematics problem solving and writer’s group allow for targeted student extension.

Students also have the opportunity to develop their intellectual, creative and social abilities by participating in programs such as Night of Notables which is offered by the school.

Night of Notables

Participation in Night of Notables embodies many optimal features of gifted education. In Night of Notables, each student engages in an in-depth study of one famous or notable person over the term, researching widely and comprehensively on that person with a view to performing as that person on the Night of Notables. Night of Notables stresses independent learning, wide and deep research, superior products, personal commitment and performance and higher level thinking skills.

Chess Club

Yarrawarrah encourages students with analytical and problem solving skills to develop their knowledge of the game of chess. Chess has long been regarded as a game that benefits learning and development, especially when it is played in the primary school years. See our page on Extra Curricular activities for details on Chess Club and our involvement in local and school-wide competitions.

Opportunity Classes

Certain schools across NSW offer opportunity classes for high-achieving, academically-gifted students in Years 5 and 6. To be considered for enrolment, students must sit the opportunity class placement test in Year 4. The test is held between late July and early August and application packages must be made in May.

Selective High Schools

Selective high schools provide a challenging environment where high-achieving, academically gifted students can reach their potential. To apply for a selective high school you need to complete an application in Year 5 and students must sit the selective high school placement test in Year 6 to be considered for enrolment.

Some selective high schools accept students for entry into Years 8-12. Applications are available in June and must be made directly to your preferred school.