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Parramatta High School

Parramatta High School

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Gifted and Talented Students

Parramatta High School is a partially selective high school which caters for both selective and non-selective students.

The school enrols students on the basis of a bi-modal model of selective and mainstream students.

60 selective students are now enrolled in each of Years 7 to 10, starting with the first cohort of Year 7 in 2010.

At Parramatta High School we value and nurture students of all abilities. Our Gifted and Talented programs include varying classroom instruction to cater for the differing needs of our students. Strategies are developed to engage students and encourage higher order thinking skills. Staff at Parramatta High School, are continually being trained in the latest developments in Gifted and Talented Education.

In 2013 30 staff members undertook training in the GERRIC Mini Certificate of Gifted Education delivered by the University of NSW. This was an intensive two day course which covered identification of gifted and talented students as well as teaching strategies. The school is committed to ensuring that all staff complete training by the end of this year. Further information about GERRIC may be accessed through the link below.

According to the University of NSW, all Gifted and Talented programs should include familiarity of Blooms Taxonomy by teachers as well as students. This facilitates the growth of critical and analytical thinking skills, increasing student engagement and outcomes. The GAT committee is developing Bloom's Taxonomy posters for classrooms to help students gain an understanding of this educational  philosophy. The link below provides information on Bloom's Taxonomy.

Competition News

Our gifted and Talented Committee, which meets at least twice per term, oversees programs, competitions and GAT initiatives to challenge our students.

This year the following competitions and initiatives are being offered:

  • Social Justice League
  • Australian Maths Competition
  • Student Representative Council 
  • ICAS Maths Competition
  • GCL-Indonesian Integration
  • Australian Maths Olympiad
  • Environmental Initiatives
  •  Australian History Competition
  • Fundraising Activities
  • Australian Economics Competition
  • School Leadership Programs
  • Australian Computers Competition
  • Australian Business Studies Competition
  • Peer Mediation
  • Commerce Year 9 Market Day
  • Peer Tutoring (TAFE Accreditation)
  • Australian Science Competition
  • Premiers Reading Challenge
  • RACI Chemistry Quiz
  • ICAS Australian Schools English Competition
  • Rio Tinto Science Competition
  • Debating and Public Speaking
  • Tournament of Minds
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mind Marathon
  • OzCLO Linguistics Olympiad
  • Language Perfect State Competition
  •  ALC Languages Competition
  • The National Concerto Competition
  • The Sibelius Young Composers Competition
  • Gould League Competition
  • Regional Choir
  • Regional Pulse Concert
  • Regional Music Camp
  • Rock Shows
  • Before and After School Learning Centre
  • Youth Rock
  • Annual Music Night
  • GAT Music Workshop Day
  • Soirées for extra-curricular music activities
  • Castle Hill Show Quilt Competition

You may find out more about Parramatta High School's Gifted and Talented Policy here.