Learning enrichment and acceleration opportunities
Green Bay High Scholl offers a wide range of learning opportunities for Gifted and Talented Education students. These include selection for upper band classes, the Learning Enrichment Option and chances for extension within specific learning areas. Some students find themselves being accelerated up a year level while others enjoy the top academic level of work that school can provide, including Scholarship exams during their Level 3 year and participating in the Young Scholars Programme (doing a paper at the University of Auckland).
Active communication with caregivers is integral to all aspects of gifted and talented education at Green Bay High School; this communication begins with our successful transitioning of students from Year 8 into Year 9.
Upper Band Core Class Selection:
Initial placements in upper band classes are based on Year 8 testing, feedback from intermediate schools, and information from caregivers and students during enrolment. Placements in the upper band are reviewed with subject teachers at the start and end of Year 9 and 10 based on assessment results (subject specific, PAT and asTTle) as well as core teacher recommendations.
Learning Enrichment Option:
Learning Enrichment Option (LEO) is an invite-only option available at Year 9 and Year 10 for academically able students. This type of learning allows students the opportunity to review and learn about how they think and learn, and to express their ideas in increasingly intellectual ways. Interspersed with this ‘academic’ learning are a series of challenges, designed to test thought and creativity, as well as fostering social skills surrounding teamwork and competition. Overall, students successfully develop both their individual and group based learning skills.
Students pursue areas of interest, building on their capacity to use their strengths to maximise achievement. It provides opportunities for students to learn about their individual thinking behaviours and learning styles, while developing their problem solving skills. There are also opportunities for students to further develop their interpersonal skills through collaborative learning within a positive group culture. The Year 9 course leads to LEO at Year 10. This course is strictly limited in size as it seeks to develop individual philosophical and critical thinking skills in investigating authentic social issues. The Year 10 course begins by re-introducing philosophy concepts covered in brief in the Year 9 LEO course, then advances into ethical dilemmas, debate and decision-making concerning a range of topics.
Individual Education Planning:
Selected students will have individualised education plans created. In this way, student learning is further personalised to support the realisation of potential. Caregivers and students will be involved in the development of these education plans.
For more information about our Gifted and Talented Education program, please contact Sylvie Howell via email (or) phone 817-8173 ext 236.