Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

The GATE program at St Peter’s School acknowledges the definitions used by Françoys Gagne’ when he states that GIFTEDNESS designates the possession and use of outstanding natural abilities, called aptitudes, in at least one ability domain, to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers. And that TALENT designates the outstanding mastery of systematically developed abilities, called competencies (knowledge and skills), in at least one field of human activity to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers who are or have been active in that field.

As such, the St Peter’s School GATE program aims to assist development of intellectual gifts, into talents by:

  • appropriate identification using diagnostic testing, particularly from year 4- 6
  • provision for early identification
  • provision of external opportunities when possible and appropriate
  • individual support where appropriate and possible
  • inclusion of students in relevant competitions and experiences external to St Peter’s Primary School
  • provision of well-planned extension (class withdrawal) programs that can include the development of a variety of skills including:
    • independent working skills
    • higher order thinking skills
    • research skills
    • self-regulation
    • problem solving skills
    • self-confidence and
    • understanding intrinsic motivation