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Newman Selective Program

Holy Spirit School is currently undergoing the accreditation process that is involved in becoming a Newman Selective School.  A Newman team has been formed among the staff. The role of this Newman team is to drive development of the program within the school and give staff a deeper understanding of how to identify and respond to the needs of gifted and talented students and cater to their needs. 

Newman, rather than being a program, is a philosophy at Holy Spirit School which provides students with the opportunity to reach their potential and develop and nurture a love of learning.  We at Holy Spirit School facilitate this in a variety of ways, including a variety of interest based groups across the school, in-class differentiation and links with the community.

At Holy Spirit school we conduct a variety of testing to identify students who may be gifted.  This information, together with regular in-class assessment, is tracked and monitored and used to develop authentic, invigorating learning programs that engage students across a variety of abilities.  A variety of nomination processes are also in place at Holy Spirit School including teacher, parent, peer and self nomination processes.

Teachers at Holy Spirit School are experts in providing  all learners with a curriculum that is differentiated in pace, depth and complexity depending on their needs and are constantly undergoing professional learning to develop further in this area.  

The Newman principles not only benefit students identified as gifted, but all students.