Selective Class & Selective Streams at KMHS
Kariong Mountains High School has a multistage and multimodal approach to catering for gifted and talented students in the classroom. A class for engaged, high performing students who thrive in a collaborative, high expectation learning environment that utilises best practice contemporary teaching strategies, staff trained in our “Ready to Fly” framework for gifted and talented students and offering enrichment and acceleration to optimise student success in both mandatory and self-chosen areas of study. Graduates from our first selective classes are now in the tertiary placements of their choice – a definite indicator of the early success of this program.
Applications for the 2019 Selective Class are now closed, please contact the school if you would like information regarding the waiting list or future programs.
The selective class is for students who:
- are academically motivated
- thrive in a creative and rigorous learning environment
- have a positive and persistent approach to their studies.
As students are able to move to higher order thinking more quickly, there are increased opportunities to engage in deeper and more reflective learning, as can be experienced through more time on project based learning and extension activities than in other classes.
Stage 4 Selective Class
Students commence their learning in the Stage 4 Selective Class and undertake all of their classes as a single cohort. Although all students in NSW have to complete a mandatory curriculum, students in the selective class are generally able to progress through the curriculum at a faster rate and therefore can engage in enrichment activities, lateral approaches to topics being studied and acceleration as best meets their needs.
Stage 5 Academic Streaming
In Stage 5, students are placed into the academic stream for each of the mandatory core subjects. Placement depends on aptitude and it is possible for a student to be in one or more academic classes if they have the capability to maintain the expected high standard of learning for that class. Elective classes are unstreamed and placement depends on interest and availability as determined by student selection. Some smaller classes do run in some electives to cater for diverse learning needs.
Stage 6 Extension Courses and Individualised Instruction
In Stage 6 we offer a wide selection of courses, including the range of extension courses. The school supports students studying academically challenging courses in Years 11 and 12, through providing small class sizes for more individualised tuition, supporting staff in HSC marking experience and professional learning to provide expert guidance for HSC success, a mentoring program for Year 12, tutoring and ‘homework’ clubs.
Gifted and Talented in Leadership Skills
At Kariong Mountains High School we provide inclusive education to meet the diverse needs of all our students. This means, that those students who are gifted in other areas also have opportunities to shine and grow. As a smaller sized high school, our students have more opportunities to show leadership, participate in events and have their talents recognised as they are not just one of many in a big cohort. We build up their confidence and expertise, resulting in students flourishing in the domains of Leadership and Citizenship. Such opportunities, have led to students being pre-selected into the Macquarie University Global Leadership program each year of our HSC after our first cohort. It is a reasonable assertion to make that more students have the chance to have their talent recognised and realised, when they can stand out because they are not just one of a large crowd. Our staff know their students well, and can therefore, encourage them to stand up and flourish.
Opportunities for those talented in the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
Our CAPA program is led by staff who are successful artists and performers in their own right and our support for talented students is not dependent on selection into a specific course or class, but throughout their school career on a unique and individual level that matches their interests and passion.
Through classes, clubs, work crews, private tuition at school, entries into competitions and specifically designed courses such as Music Industry (with its partnership with the Grove Studios), students have many opportunities to demonstrate their growing skillsets outside the classroom in authentic contexts; making learning relevant.
Opportunities for those talented in Sport
The Kariong Mountains Communities have a fine tradition of active engagement in a range of sports. Our school sports program is integrated so that it can be led by PDHPE staff, thereby developing students’ skills across a range of games types, rather than just playing the game without expert guidance.
Students talented in sport have the opportunity to represent the school in a vast range of different sports in which they excel.
Free coaching in athletics is provided by a nationally accredited coach each Wednesday afternoon and the school runs a Stage 5 Rugby elective for those interested in improving their skills in this area.
There are many opportunities to participate in Sport based elective classes, lunchtime competitions and sporting teams for external competitions for those who have a passion and commitment to this field of endeavour.
The amount of time available to students to participate in enhancing their physical and healthy lifestyles is well balanced with their academic and social intelligences learning – as successful athletes usually come to the top of their sport with this in place.
Additionally, many of our top athletes are multiskilled and able to participate in a range of sporting competitions. To assist them with their school-home-sport commitments, our PDHPE staff have developed an organisational calendar to help them manage their time effectively.
Opportunities for those talented in Technology
A discrete technology course operates for all students in Stage 4. Students with a passion for technology can extend this learning through the “Robotics Group”, Makerspace (which runs 3 times a week in a specifically designed room to accommodate this learning) and electing to study the Stage 5 STEM course, which is based on Carnegie University Learning Modules. HSC courses are available for student in Stage 6.
Strategies to challenge and enrich student learning
The multimodal approach means that curriculum delivery includes a range of strategies to challenge and enrich student learning. This includes involvement in a variety of competitions, projects and co-curricular activities that should extend and enrich the whole child. We have a mentor program running from Year 10 – Year 12; in place to support students with organisation and study skills. We have a very supportive welfare structure and student wellbeing days are organised to assist with the development of confident and capable learners.
Our teachers are committed to providing learning excellence and undertake a range of professional learning activities throughout the year to engage in a culture of continuous improvement. We have a culture of rigorous self-examination and apply this to our teaching programs and practice. We understand that although students are identified as gifted and talented, they are still unique individuals and program differentiation is a standard protocol of program design.
We are committed to helping all our students to reach and exceed their potential. If you have any questions about our gifted and talented programs,
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