Children suited to these programs should be able to perform (or have the potential to perform) well ahead of children of the same age, for example talking or reading at an advanced level.
Although student potential can vary considerably from child to child, there are general indicators that can help you identify if your child is likely to be suited to these programs.
Thinking skills – your child:
- can master a new skill with unusual speed and has a quick and accurate recall
- can remember and make connections between past and present experiences
- has a well advanced sense of humour
- is resourceful and creative, and improvises well in play.
Learning style – your child:
- has great curiosity, motivation and a desire to learn
- becomes bored or frustrated easily if not challenged
- has advanced planning skills for their age
- uses unusual or imaginative ways to do things.
Speech and language skills – your child:
- has an advanced level of language skills
- is able to understand and carry out complicated instructions for their age
- has advanced skills in reading, writing, or using numbers.
Social skills – your child:
- is sensitive to the needs or feelings of others
- may get on better with older children rather than children of their own age
- may be able to take on responsibilities usually given to considerably older children.
Visual and spatial skills – your child:
- has advanced skills with puzzles, building and construction materials, drawing, design or painting.
Gifted and talented children will do best in an environment that supports and stimulates them and fits well with their abilities and interests.
Eligibility for overseas applicants
Applications from overseas children are welcome. However the child must either be:
- an Australian or New Zealand Citizen
- a permanent residence visa holder
- a temporary visa holder with a local enrolment entitlement classification in the Enrolment of Students From Overseas Schedule
- in the process of obtaining any of the above with the reasonable expectation it will be approved prior to the school enrolment deadline for 2021.
Information for parents about eligibility for enrolment in public schools is detailed in the Department of Education’s Enrolment Policy.
If your child is offered a placement in one of the Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs, you will be required to provide evidence that they meet residency criteria in order to complete enrolment at the school.
Children enrolled as a Secondary Exchange Student are not eligible to apply or enrol in Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs.
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Children with an aptitude for learning new languages have the opportunity to develop their language skills to an advanced level.
All students applying for Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs must sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET).
Gifted and Talented scholarships
Children who will participate in a Gifted and Talented Academic Program in 2020 can apply for the Olive A Lewis Scholarship.
Key dates and application guidelines
Important information and key dates for the 2021 Gifted and Talented intake.