Newman Selective Gifted Education Program

What is the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program?

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) initiated the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program in 2011 as a response to ensuring educational equity was achieved for gifted learners in both Catholic Primary and Secondary schools.

Newman Selective schools provide high quality professional learning for staff and an authentically rigorous program for gifted learners within a nurturing Catholic environment, thus enhancing the whole-person. They offer a wide range of opportunities that cater for a variety of gifted learners and supports students’ social and emotional wellbeing.

Key Program Elements;

  • There are 39 Newman Selective schools across the Sydney Archdiocese supporting students from Kindergarten to Year 12

  • The program is facilitated by staff who have dedicated training in the field of gifted education

  • Academics and psychologists specialising in gifted education contribute to the development and delivery of the program

  • Students are assessed across a range of gifted domains in order to access the program and their progress comprehensively evaluated

  • Students can participate in various programs such as creative arts, coding and computational skills, rich literature experiences, STEM initiatives and robotics

  • Newman Selective Symposiums are held annually to celebrate student achievement

  • To sustain a high quality educational program, all Newman Selective schools undergo a comprehensive accreditation process every three years

St Michael's Catholic Primary School, Lane Cove is seeking accreditation this year to become a Newman Selective Gifted Education school.

The Newman Gifted Program at St Michael’s, Lane Cove caters for students who have been identified as potentially gifted. The Program offers students academic rigor, creative and critical thinking experiences and enrichment opportunities within a Catholic educational environment.


The Newman Gifted Program is designed to challenge and engage the student’s learning through compacting the curriculum and designing authentic enrichment programs. The Newman teachers are provided pedagogical support attending Gifted Education courses, engaging in professional readings and attend regular meetings with a focus of gifted learning in our professional learning community at St Michael’s, Lane Cove.

Newman Symposium

Each year the school hosts a Newman Symposium to showcase and celebrate the students enrichment projects across all learning.