St Patrick’s Primary School is a Gifted Education Lead School in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Our focus is on identifying gifted learners and assisting with the process of developing talent by providing specific opportunities for learning, training and practice. We have high expectations for all students, with an increased focus on gifted learners and their needs.

Our school’s Gifted Education Mentor (GEM) and Gifted Education Committee assist teachers with collating and analysing data, identifying the strengths and needs of students and providing appropriate strategies to meet their needs. Gains in gifted education include implementing a multi-criterion approach to identify our gifted learners, adopting the cluster-grouping model across year 1 to 6 and using pre-assessment data to inform teaching and learning and flexible group organisation in Mathematics and English. 

Reflecting on Gagné’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent, our staff recognise the critical role we have in developing our gifted students to reach their full potential. In response to this, our school-wide focus is to provide quality differentiated learning opportunities that offers challenges to all our students. 

Gifted Education is a priority in the system and is providing exciting opportunities for students in our school and we look forward to working with all the schools in the diocese during this exciting era of learning.

Read more about Gifted Education in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle here.