Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following areas of ability at school - intellectual, creative, social and physical.
Our gifted and talented program provides these students with learning opportunities on top of the normal curriculum.
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.
Integrated Technology and Higher Order Thinking Skills
Our of our main initiatives to help overcome rural isolation remains the integration of technology and higher order thinking skills into everyday classroom practice.
All staff members use interactive whiteboards (IWB) daily in their teaching. Warialda Public School was the first school in New England to have all classrooms installed with IWB's and to integrate this technology into everyday teaching programs.
Each student develops and maintains a yearly digital portfolio. Students and staff develop a digital year book and in 2010 all students were exposed to blue screen technology. Miss Tanya Withers coordinates our technology program and integrated approach to implementing higher order thinking activities. In 2009 and 2010, staff at Warialda Public School have worked closely with staff from Warialda High School to develop a Kindergarten to Year 12 teaching sequence.
The use of technolgy is open ended and naturally extends student learning. The teaching of higher order thinking skills is aimed at encouraging students to apply the knowledge learnt, across different disciplines, moving from lower order concepts to higher order concepts.