All primary schools run special programs that enhance and extend children’s learning.
The Primary Extension and Challenge program (PEAC) provides opportunities for talented students in Years 5 and 6 to:
- socially interact with other gifted and talented children
- enjoy an intellectually rigorous and challenging program
- interact with practising experts
- develop higher order process skills and in-depth investigation skills
- work on open-ended activities which encourage choice and negotiation
- undergo self/peer evaluation and reflection of performance.
Programs that start in earlier years also operate in some areas. Selection is completed in Year 4 and is based on results from assessment tests, teacher and parent nominations, and other relevant information.
Students learn alongside their intellectual peers at PEAC centres on a part time basis (usually one morning or afternoon each week) during school and also online for country students.
Schools in local areas may also get together to run extension programs for students in areas such as art, technology and languages.
Many PEAC students go on to apply for entry into Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs and attend one of 17 select secondary schools to study with gifted peers.
Talk to your teacher(s) or principal about your child’s suitability for a PEAC program and how to apply.
One of the unique and highly regarded programs for students in public schools is the instrumental music program which is run in schools through Specialist Instrumental Music Schools Services.
Selection into this program is based on musical aptitude testing and other criteria, and if your child is selected, this outstanding program will take your child’s love of music to the next level. They will receive free instrumental tuition and the opportunity to participate in a range of music enrichment activities.
The teaching standard is extremely high. As well as having a passion for music, instrumental teachers are qualified musicians and registered teachers. They work with more than 400 primary and secondary schools across Western Australia, teaching students from Years 3 to 12.
Classes are generally scheduled in school time. Students are taught in small groups, usually on the same instrument, and go on to join mixed instrumental groups and bands when they are considered ready by their instrumental music teachers.
Instruments generally offered in primary school include brass (trumpet, trombone and baritone), classical guitar, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, violin and viola. Students can continue the program in secondary schools.
Further information about this program is located on the Swimming and Water Safety website.