Gifted and Talented
Gifted And Talented At Papanui (GATAP) Philosophy
At PHS we recognize that highly able students have special needs and may require additional support and challenges to develop their potential. The key word for our programme is flexibility- we aim to differentiate learning to meet student need. Research shows that a one size fits all programme does not meet individual need. GATAP allows for individual student learning needs to be met by providing additional learning opportunities, challenges and mentoring for those students who have the potential for exceptional levels of academic performance.
These services are provided across the school through relevant teaching and learning strategies in the classroom, our Student Support centre and from our GATAP co-coordinator.
The special needs of highly academically able students fall into two areas: Learning needs and Mentoring and Support.
Academically able students are streamed into two A band classes according to their general academic ability and Literacy and Numeracy results.
There is provision for year level acceleration or multi leveling.
Students may undertake study via correspondence
Enrichment opportunities including workshops, conferences, competitions and field trips
Year 9 Students diagnostic testing in Term 1. Once these results are analysed, students who gain exceptional results are offered GATAP challenges.
Year 9 Students complete questionnaires and goals, which go into their learning profiles which are kept by the GATAP co-ordinator to help provide relevant development opportunities.
Students not placed in A band classes, may self nominate to complete any of the challenges, as we recognize that intelligence is not limited to test results or previous achievement.
GATAP students are offered a Reading Challenge aimed at increasing general knowledge and developing their understanding of the world through an Intensive Reading programme.
Students in the GATAP are offered additional challenges:
PhilSoc Afterschool Philosophy club – fortnightly in GATAP co-ordinator’s class room - B8
Academic excellence- One Endorsed with Excellence and at least Two Endorsed with Merit at year 11, 12 and 13.
The GATAP coordinator supports the emotional, intellectual and social needs of the students. She is an advocate for your child and a point of contact for families throughout their time at PHS.
The GATAP coordinator monitors progress through:
Twice yearly interviews in Year 9 and annual interviews in Years 10-13
Liaison with deans, teachers, and support staff
Organizing and facilitating events
Organizing and facilitating GATAP challenges
Working with parents
If you have any concerns about your child’s education please discuss it with the GATE co-ordinator. GATAP students’ progress is monitored through high school with a progress folder where details of interview notes and student achievements are recorded.
How do we define “gifted’?
How do we identify students for our GATAP programme?
How many are in the GATAP programme?
There are many students listed on the GATAP register who are gifted in various ways. However, only identified academically able students are offered GATAP challenges. This involves a commitment to a challenging reading and academic programne, which does not cater for all gifted students’ needs. Many students are sufficiently challenged pursuing other areas of personal ability. However, we do take an inclusive approach, and students can self nominate to undertake GATAP challenges.
What is expected of my child?
They are expected to read widely and complete annual academic goals. Your child will be presented with opportunities for enrichment and challenge, and take advantage of these as they choose. There is no pressure to attend workshops or join clubs. GATAP is relaxed and inclusive.
How will my child know what is on offer?
All students should check their school emails regularly as this is where GATAP information is provided. Most workshops, lectures, field trips and activities are advertised via email and are in the school notices.
Is there any extra cost involved?
Not for normal GATAP activities with in school. Special events and conferences may incur a cost. These will be kept to a minimum.