It is our goal at Templestowe Park to cater for the individual needs of all students. This includes students that are performing above the expected level. We are proud of the rich learning experiences we offer all students and the wide opportunities that our learning programs provide. To accommodate our many highly able students we offer extensive opportunities to them to be engaged, challenged and extended in their learning.
Gifted and Talented education is a passion of mine. I have completed a Certificate of Gifted Education from the UNSW and I also ran a Gifted and Talented program for five years before taking on school leadership. What I do know about highly able students is that they are highly able all day everyday; not just for the times we can provided extension programs. This is why our teachers are continually assessing the performance of all students in the classroom and providing differentiated learning and extension for our talented students. As well as our differentiated classroom practices I want to give you a quick taste of some of our enrichment programs that we offer at TPPS.
GATEWays – Highly able students from Grade 1 – 6 take part in these extension sessions on exciting areas of interest.
Maths Olympiad – Our high achieving Grade 5/6 students participate in this problem solving event and compete against the greatest young mathematicians in Australia.
Maths Talent Quest (MTQ) – Our Foundation, Grade 1 and Grade 3 students participate in this open-ended mathematical investigation competition. Our best projects are entered into the statewide competition. Stay tuned for details about our MTQ exhibition.
Science Talent Search (STS) – Our Grade 2, 4 and 6 students participate in the Science Victoria STS. They have been working hard on their projects over the last few weeks and these will be on display at our Expo during Education Week. Our very best entries will be entered into the statewide competition. Natalia C and Emma P from Grade 6 took out the top prize in this competition in 2015 when they created a computer game about the water cycle.
Debating – Our top public speakers from Grades 4, 5 and 6 will be invited to attend a workshop provided by the Debaters Association of Victoria. Teams will then be selected from the Grade 5 and 6 students to represent Templestowe Park in the Primary School State-wide Tournament.
Coding Club – New in 2016, the coding club is for students in upper primary to learn how to code. This provides our students a start on their journey to learn how to create computer software, apps, games and websites.
UNSW ICAS – Students from Grades 3 to 6 take part in these tests to challenge and measure themselves against students from across Australia. We have had outstanding success in this competition, with Libby B (Grade 6) achieving the highest English score in Victoria in 2015.
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Writing – Talented writers from Grades 1 to 6 are invited to enter their creative poetry in the famous competition.
TPTV – Our Grades 5 and 6 students are provided the opportunity to write, direct, produce and edit their very own TV show in our specially designed studio. While it is in its infancy at the moment, stay tuned for our big launch in Term 3.
As you can see we are strongly committed to providing challenging learning opportunities for our highly able students. With the leadership of Mrs McCumber (Gifted & Talented Coordinator) we plan to provide even more innovative and exciting challenges in the future.