Newman Selective Gifted Education Program

St Mary’s Star of the Sea Primary School participates in the Newman Selective Gifted Education Primary School Program for Catholic Schools. 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.

At St. Mary’s, the Newman program is a whole school approach that embeds highly effective practices and strategies across all subject areas and grades. We aim at identifying the many gifts and talents of our students and respond by catering for their individual needs. The Newman program allows gifted students to participate in a range of different learning opportunities both in the classroom and as enrichment opportunities. Our school offers a wide range of opportunities that cater for a variety of gifted learners and supports students’ social and emotional wellbeing.

Some examples of the enrichment programs which have been offered include a group of Year 3-6 students working with author Tim Harris, Bethany Writers(a Peer Mentoring Program) an Art group, and Lego Robotics.

We believe that quality gifted education is a whole school approach - the role of the school’s leadership team, teachers, parents, students and wider community all play a valued role in developing and nurturing the child. The Newman principles not only benefit students identified as gifted but ALL our students.

Key Program Elements:

  • There are 48 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.