Gifted and Talented
Emanuel School understands and supports gifted children and their parents through the rich journey that involves learning to live as gifted individuals in our world.
Students’ needs are holistically met by a community of informed staff, who are passionate about gifted education and are dedicated to working in partnership with families to provide a challenging and nurturing environment where the individual excels.
Giftedness is a unique way of being and of experiencing life. Learning programs should therefore be holistic and work towards facilitating the lifelong success of the gifted individual. Emanuel has two fully qualified co-ordinators, one responsible for the Primary School and the other for High School, as well as a number of gifted education trained staff, who oversee the curriculum for gifted and talented students throughout the School.
Programs support students academically and socially – using strategies such as wellbeing programs, mentoring and study skills – through carefully designed learning units, which assist students to identify their strengths and set goals for their areas of challenge. Most learning is done in groups of like-minded ability peers, which demands high degrees of intellectual challenge and rigour.
One of the benefits of a K-12 school is that it enables the provision of student mentors. Our student mentoring program has helped several of our profoundly gifted students to feel more closely integrated as a valued part of the community. Emanuel School strongly supports subject and/or grade acceleration where necessary, using the Iowa Acceleration Scale. Our experience with gifted students has led us to develop flexible structures, which cater for students requiring subject and/or grade acceleration.
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities incorporating high-level critical and creative thinking. These include debating, chess, Da Vinci Decathlon, ICT (Information and Computer Technology) Club, Coding Club, robotics, Evatt (Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition), team-based academic competitions, as well as subject-based extension courses and competitions, such as ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools), Maths Olympiad and the Australian Maths Competition.
Emanuel School supports the GERRIC (Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre) program based at the University of NSW, where our staff undergo post-graduate training in Gifted Education.
Our School is also an Association member of the AAEGT (Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented) and GATSTA (Gifted and Talented Secondary Teachers’ Association), and supports the GFSG (Gifted Families’ Support Group). Our staff attend and present at national and international conferences run by the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) and by the WCGTC (World Council for Gifted and Talented Children).
Quotes from students:
- “At Emanuel it’s cool to be clever.”
- “There are so many teachers and students here who really get me. I can be myself.”
- “Only at Emanuel School could the elected Head Madrichim be a choir nerd and someone who has been a complete bore on the subject of American politics since he was in Year 2.”
- “Over 16 years and for our three gifted children we have experienced well researched, caring and effective support at Emanuel School. Few schools in NSW can compare.”
- “In my opinion the gifted program at Emanuel is outstanding and a major strength of the School. The support and advice offered by the gifted and talented team to parents along the way as their children progress through the years is absolutely invaluable. The amazing teachers involved in the gifted program are always a step ahead and will do whatever it takes to keep your child stimulated, motivated and engaged in their learning throughout their schooling.”