Gifted and Talented

As part of our school culture which encourages all students to achieve their best, the College provides a variety of initiatives which meet the learning needs of highly able students, through our Newman Selective Gifted Education Program, and other opportunities within the classroom and beyond.

Newman Selective Gifted Education Program

From 2015, De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah will be a member school of the Newman Project. This project has been developed by the Catholic Education Office, Sydney to cater for the significant learning needs of gifted and talented students.

The College has committed to:

  • Introducing a Newman stream class, based on a variety of selection criteria, designed to identify students with ability across a range of domains.
  • Differentiating curriculum and assessment to better cater to the learning needs of students selected for these classes.
  • Track, report and celebrate the achievements of these students.
  • Creating a professional learning community, made up of classroom teachers of Newman stream classes and other staff. As a part of this PLC, opportunities to learn more about the needs of gifted and talented students and develop skills in classroom practice will be encouraged.


Newman Application Form


Consistent with the Lasallian ethos and our guiding principles, we believe there is a responsibility to:

  • cater for individual differences
  • actively encourage all students to experience personal growth
  • help students achieve their potential.

Gagné’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT 2.0) helps us to understand the need for and goals of gifted and talented education (see Gagné, 2003 and Gagné, 2010). This model distinguishes between giftedness and talent:

  • Giftedness – outstanding natural abilities or aptitudes (called gifts), in at least one ability domain, to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers.
  • Talent – outstanding mastery of systematically developed competencies in at least one field of human activity to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of ‘learning peers’.

The definitions indicate two interesting features of gifted education. Firstly, we should expect to identify slightly more than 10% of students as gifted and/or talented. The reason for this figure is that some students will demonstrate ability or performance in a single domain, while others will do so across multiple domains (e.g. academic, movement, creativity, leadership or other pursuits).

This model also allows for the identification of students who are underachieving (i.e. are gifted but have yet to express their ability as talent). Gifted students who underachieve represent a key focus of gifted and talented education at De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah.

Identification of Gifted Students

We utilise multiple selection criteria to determine which students would be best suited to each gifted education program.

These criteria include:

  • School results
  • Aptitude tests e.g. AGAT testing which can include off-level testing
  • Statewide and national literacy and numeracy tests
  • Individual IQ tests
  • Competitions results (e.g. Mathematics competitions)
  • Teacher nomination
  • Parent nomination
  • Advice from primary schools

Identification is ongoing and current inclusion in a program is no guarantee of future participation. Continued involvement in any activity remains at the discretion of the principal.