At Apollo Parkways Primary School we are highly committed to the provision of programs to meet the needs of all students. We believe that the open-ended nature of our classroom programs, where children are challenged at their own level and where teachers provide differentiated learning tasks, cater well for highly able students. In addition to classroom provision we have also developed a small-group withdrawal program - The Pegasus Program - to further support the education of highly capable and talented students. In a withdrawal program such as this, children of like ability come together to engage with a particular topic and are given the opportunity to work together and explore related tasks and activities.
Additional support for Gifted and Talented Students
Each term three different Pegasus Programs are conducted for various grade groupings across the school. For each program we select a different focus, thus ensuring that the range of talents that our children demonstrate can be catered for within this specialised program. It is our intention that the change in focus will provide many children with the opportunity to participate in the various programs offered. The selection of children to participate in this program is based on teacher judgement results in the student's most resent school report, showing their performance to be twelve months or more above the expected level in the curriculum area for which the program is based on. Our students with a formal identification as ‘gifted’ are also included.
G.A.T.E.WAYS Team Challenge
The national team challenge is run by the Gifted and Talented Education Pathways (G.A.T.E.WAYS) an organisation that designs programs to cater for gifted and highly talented students. The challenge is designed to extend children’s leadership, team work and problem solving abilities through a series of original, creative and exciting scenarios. Children work in teams of four to complete four challenge scenarios and are judged on their ability to work together and respond to the scenarios. The challenge involves participation on one day at Ivanhoe Grammar School, The Ridgeway Campus. Ivanhoe. The morning consists of four practice workshops followed by four competition challenges against teams from other schools.
Our Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6 Pegasus Program during term three will prepare the teams for the challenge with practise of the challenge scenarios in preparation for the day. The challenge day is usually held at the start of term four. The students involved will participate in Pegasus with Ms Kylie Tomat every week for two 50 minute sessions throughout the term in the lead up to the day. At the conclusion of the day the top three teams will receive trophies at the presentation session and the two top teams are invited to participate in the finals. The finals are generally held in the first week of December at Box Hill High School. (Grade 3 and 4 in the morning and 5 and 6 in the afternoon).