The aim of the differentiated program known as Newman is to provide a learning environment that extends and enriches the curriculum in a way that is more specific to the cohort.
The Newman class is available to all students who meet the selection criteria. This identification process is based on various forms such as pre-testing including Allwell Academic Assessment, data from Primary Schools, teacher nominations, parent nominations, student interest surveys and external testing. Student placement in this class is reviewed on a regular basis.
What is a Newman Selective Gifted Education Program School?
A Newman Selective Gifted Education Program School seeks to provide a whole-school gifted education program embedded across the curriculum within a nurturing Catholic environment. The program addresses the academic, social and emotional needs of gifted students, noting that these are best catered for when students are working with like-minded peers. Within Newman Selective Gifted Education Program schools, teachers trained in gifted education deliver an appropriately differentiated curriculum to ensure the diverse learning needs of gifted students are met in and beyond the classroom.
There are currently 48 Newman Selective Gifted Education Primary and Secondary schools across the Sydney Archdiocese. Pathways between our Primary and Secondary Newman Selective Gifted Education Program schools are under active development. Newman Selective Gifted Education Program schools are comprehensively reviewed via a rigorous accreditation process. This process ensures the sustainability and continuous improvement of this high quality, research based gifted education program.
The Newman Selective Gifted Education Program at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College seeks to enrich and extend students as part of a whole school pedagogy. Students identified as gifted require challenges, daily change, complexity of tasks as well as depth in their curriculum and will be placed in the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program class in Year 7 for 2019. OLSH begins it’s three year accreditation process for the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program this year.