Gifted and Talented Programme at MacKillop
Our Gifted and Talented Programme, known as Eagle Group, is coordinated by Dr Tom Lewis
The MacKillop Gifted and Talented Programme education is a partnership involving MacKillop Catholic College, the family and other agencies. Students are identified as being suitable for the programme due to parent nomination or student nomination, with current or previous teacher confirmation, made via a diagnostic form.
ABC Radio did a segment on MacKillop’s Gifted and Talented Programme in September 2018. The audio of that segment can be listened to here:
How will my student benefit from the Gifted and Talented Programme?
Having your student placed within a Gifted and Talented programme will likely improve their marks across their subject range. It will also prepare them to face the world beyond school, by offering them the chance to obtain more skills and abilities than are offered to the general student body.
By participating in mentally-stimulating activities, students develop their capacities in all sorts of ways. For example, recent activities include:
- Chess – annual competitions, and often an inter-school competition
- A stock market simulation game
- Drone programme – we have a squadron of 24 drones which we use in a number of ways
- Trebuchet – we built two operational medieval machines, and tested them in competition
- Solar car building – recently students were equipped with a solar panel, a gearbox, and an engine, and designed their own solar cars with recycled materials
- Virtual Reality – in 2021 the program is involved with VR in a number of ways
What will the Programme Involve?
The programme provides minimal disruption to the students of the Group, and does not provide extra work for them. Rather, a Home Form arranged as a 7-12 cohort, supervised by male and female teacher-coordinators, operates a programme of visiting speakers, intellectual activities, and educational assistance. This also embraces enrichment sessions outside timetabled classes in Mathematics, English, and Science. Such sessions can accelerate student achievement in the normal timetabled subjects.
Eagle Group students are attached to another Home Form, to which they join for assemblies, camps, and the like.
Entry is only by invitation. Please contact the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, Dr Tom Lewis, at: email@example.com or via post at PO Box 2608 Palmerston, NT 0831.
Attempting Senior Subjects from the Middle Years
Eagle Group students are often invited to tackle a subject from, for example, the Stage 1 subjects offered in Year 11. Such a program can help them alleviate stress in the senior years by obtaining early points.
The MacKillop Gifted and Talented unit fields a team in the annual local Chess tournament. If you are interested in taking part, speak to Dr. Lewis.