Gifted and Talented
Gifted and Talented Programs nurture the creative side of exceptional children. Innovative and exciting programs group young people with peers of similar ability, providing them with academic and creative outlets that inspire them to achieve at a higher level.
At Wattle Grove Primary School, we provide a number of programs for students who require extension and challenge.
PRIMARY ACADEMIC CLASSES (PAC)
In 2012, a trial program commenced at Wattle Grove for gifted and talented students. It is a two year program for selected Year 6&7 students from Wattle Grove and nearby school areas. The focus is to provide a full time class to develop thinking and problem solving skills, through a range of learning strategies, to extend individual students to reach their true potential. The program has proven very effective in achieving this outcome.
MULI-AGED ACADEMIC CLASS (MAAC)
Since 2014, academically competent students attending Wattle Grove Primary School have been offered the opportunity to join a full time Multi-Aged Academic Class, focussing on addressing their particular needs and learning styles. Students at this level learn quickly and enjoy a learning environment that is engaging and challenging that encourages achievement at the highest level.
PEAC or Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) is a part-time program for public school children in Years 4, 5 and 6. Children are tested in Year 3 and are selected to participate in a range of innovative and challenging programs offered in a variety of ways. Children are withdrawn from regular class to attend PEAC programs at a local PEAC Centre.
PEAC programs offer children:
- the opportunity to socially interact with other gifted and talented children
- an intellectually rigorous and challenging program
- opportunities to interact with practising experts
- the opportunity to develop higher order process skills and in-depth investigation skills
- the opportunity to work on open-ended activities which encourage choice and negotiation
- self/peer evaluation and reflection of performance.
The Department of Education's School of Instrumental Music services over 400 primary and secondary Western Australian Government schools and at Wattle Grove talented music students are offered Modern Guitar as an option to develop and hone their music skills.
PACES - The Academic Challenge and Enrichment Studies program at Darling Range Sports College is comprised of two linked programs: PACES for students in Years 8-10, and PACES for students in Years 5-6. A number of Wattle Grove students have enjoyed attending the Primary PACES Program in recent years.