Parents of talented children are being urged to apply for a program which last year helped fulfil the potential of many of Western Australia’s brightest students.
Applications for the Gifted and Talented program are open for children going into public school in year 8 in 2014 and there are also limited places available for students going into years 8, 9, 10 and 11 in 2013.
Education Minister Liz Constable said students participating in Gifted and Talented programs in WA public schools continued to achieve stellar results.
“Students in these schools keep scoring exceptionally well. The State’s top indigenous student, Shelley Cable, was awarded the 2011 Rob Riley Memorial Prize after she successfully completed a Gifted and Talented program at Rossmoyne Senior High School and achieved an ATAR of 99.5,” Dr Constable said.
Of the 114 public school students who achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 99 or more in 2011, 88 students attended schools with a Gifted and Talented program.
“Students who participate in Gifted and Talented programs are taught by specialist teachers, trained to meet the child’s unique learning needs,” the Minister said.
“These students get the opportunity to extend their analytical, critical and creative thinking skills with more advanced and in-depth study and each program has links with universities and industry which helps to enrich their learning experience.”
Mitchell MacKay, principal of John Curtin College of the Arts, said like-minded students who were placed together in these programs benefited from increased confidence and enhanced opportunities.
“Students who have entered our GATE programs have gone on to secure places in high end courses and enjoy successful careers in the areas which they are passionate about,” Mr MacKay said.
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