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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 form available from Dr Tom Lewis.

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 that 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 – we run two annual competitions, and field a team to play inter-schools;

– a stock market simulation game

– drone program – we have a squadron of 24 drones which we use in a number of ways

– trebuchet – we built two operational medieval machines recently, and tested them in competition.

What will the Programme involve?

The programme aims to provide minimal disruption to the students concerned, and will not provide extra work for them. Rather, a Homeform arranged as a 7-12 cohort, supervised by male and female teacher-co-ordinators operates, and a programme of visiting speakers, intellectual activities, and educational assistance is conducted. This also embraces enrichment sessions outside timetabled classes in Mathematics, English, and Science. These sessions can  accelerate student achievement in the normal timetabled subjects. ​

Further Information

Please contact the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, Dr Tom Lewis, at: tom.lewis@nt.catholic.edu.au or via post to: P.O. Box 2608 Palmerston, NT 0831.