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High Potential and Gifted Education




The High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) Policy for BWSC Woy Woy acknowledges the commitment to high quality educational outcomes for all high potential and gifted learners.

In addition, this HPGE policy recognises the following:

·         every student is entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities that meet their specific learning needs and abilities

·         students can be encouraged and supported in the optimisation of growth across all domains of potential: intellectual, creative, social-emotional, and physical

·         high potential and gifted students are a diverse group with a broad range of levels of intellectual potential and require different types of educational adjustments and provisions

·         staff provide talent development opportunities including differentiated teaching and learning practices

·         a range of data will be used to identify high potential and gifted students

·         the school will work in partnership with parents/carers to support their children and address underachievement

·         all staff are supported with sufficient knowledge and training to provide quality teaching and gifted and talented programs and initiatives

·         the school collaborates with parents and community regarding their child’s ability and aptitude.

BWSC Woy Woy HPGE policy acknowledges the Department of Education’s High Potential and Gifted Education Policy (2019) and the Department’s adaptation of Gagne’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent 2.0 (2009, Appendix A).

The policy is linked to the school plan’s strategic directions. It is an evolving policy that will be implemented, evaluated and revised as part of the school reporting cycle.

Further support can be found at the Department of Education’s HPGE website.


These definitions reflect the distinction between ability and performance and recognise other factors in the development of a person's giftedness into talents.

Gifted students are those whose potential significantly exceeds that of students of the same age in one or more domains.

Talent development is the process by which a student's potential is developed into high achievement in a specific domain or field of endeavour. Talent emerges from ability as a consequence of the student’s learning experience.

High potential students are those whose potential exceeds that of students of the same age in one or more domains.


Applications for our Year 10 HPGE program for 2022 will close Friday 29th October 3pm

Our High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) program runs from Year 10 to Year 11 and is focused on extension and enrichment, to enable students’ potential and giftedness to be transformed into talent and high performance.

Students will experience effective evidence-based talent development programs including differentiated learning activities in the classroom and additional enrichment and extracurricular activities. Students have the opportunity to explore their own unique passions and have a level of autonomy over what they learn and how they learn it. Each student co-designs an individual plan with the HPGE coordinator to ensure they reach their full potential.

Students are expected to take part in the various challenges and academic competitions organised by subject faculties. Students may have the opportunity to participate in advanced learning pathways and acceleration.

How does my child apply for the HPGE program?

HPGE applications for 2022 will open on Monday 11th October 2021

Call Rhiannon Maher LasT 4341 1600 for information pack

Parents/carers and students are recommended to look at all of the questions on the form before submitting the application. Parents/carers and students may wish to draft their responses before submitting them.

Applications involve:

Online Student and Parent/Carer questionnaire to be completed by 29th October 2021. In the questionnaire, students are to upload a short video that addresses the topic of "My Future". The video needs to be an MP4 file or .mov file format and should be between 1 min 30 sec and 2 minutes.

Other files to be uploaded by parents/carers are:

  • Year 9 semester 1 and 2 report
  • NAPLAN results

While copies of these documents are accepted for the HPGE application, original documents will be required later if the student is offered a formal enrolment at our school.

Correspondence will be sent to invite applicants to attend an interview by Friday 5th November 2021.

Interviews will be held in the week starting Monday 15th November 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 22 November 2021.

What happens in the interview?

At the interview, your child will be asked a series of questions related to themselves, their hobbies and their school work.  They will present three samples of their best work from Year 9.  The work samples should be from a range of areas and include at least one piece of extended writing.