Newman Selective Gifted Program

What is the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program?

St Michael's is the only fully accredited Newman Selective Gifted Education Program Primary School in the local area. 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.

As a Newman Selective Gifted Education Program Primary School, we 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. Many of our teachers have post graduate qualifications in Gifted Education. We offer a wide range of opportunities that cater for a variety of gifted learners and support students’ social and emotional wellbeing.

Key Program Elements;

  • 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 is comprehensively evaluated. 
  • Depending on their area of giftedness, students can participate in various programs such as subject acceleration in Mathematics and English, STEM initiatives and robotics, coding and computational skills, visual arts, photography, dance and drama.
  • As well as their classroom teacher, gifted students are supported by a diverse range of parent mentors who have credible expertise in the above areas.
  • A "Symposium" is 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.