2021 High Achievers Selective Class
Kariong Mountains High Achievers Selective Class offers a learning advantage for academic and motivated students, plus specialisation in ‘STEAM’ focus areas (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
The entrance exam for the 2021 High Achievers Class will be held on Tuesday, August 4. Information regarding time and organisation is being sent to applicants via email. Please contact the school if you have any questions.
High Achievers Selective Class
This class is for gifted and talented students, who would benefit from taking their learning beyond the mandatory curriculum and challenge themselves and their peers to perform at their best.
Students selected for this class have demonstrated expertise and capability in literacy and numeracy, independent and team learning, and have a growth mindset about success.
The High Achievers Class is for students who:
- are academically motivated
- thrive in a creative and rigorous learning environment
- have a positive and persistent approach to their studies
- achieve sound result in the entrance exam.
If places are available, a second round intake may be offered later in the year.
Any questions regarding class placement for Year 7 students, including the High Achievers Class, please contact our office or Mrs Matthew on 4340 4026.
Ready to Soar
Student’s academic growth is strengthened and deepened when they experience a rich and challenging curriculum designed to develop deep thinking, problem solving and creativity. Students thrive and are supported in a learning environment that encourages them to do their best, give their best and soar toward success. Our ‘Ready to Soar’ framework:
Aligns personalised accelerated pathways with a student’s talents and aspirations.
As students are able to move to higher order thinking more quickly, there are increased opportunities to engage in deeper and more reflective learning, as can be experienced through more time on project-based learning and extension activities than in other classes.
Stage 4 High Achievers Class
Students commence their learning in the Stage 4 Selective Class and undertake all of their classes as a single cohort. Although all students in NSW have to complete a mandatory curriculum, students in the selective class are generally able to progress through the curriculum at a faster rate and therefore can engage in enrichment activities, lateral approaches to topics being studied and acceleration as best meets their needs.
Stage 5 Academic Streaming
In Stage 5, students are placed into the academic stream for each of the mandatory core subjects. Placement depends on aptitude and it is possible for a student to be in one or more academic classes if they have the capability to maintain the expected high standard of learning for that class. Elective classes are unstreamed and placement depends on interest and availability as determined by student selection. Some smaller classes do run in some electives to cater for diverse learning needs.
Stage 6 Extension Courses and Individualised Instruction
In Stage 6 we offer a wide selection of courses, including the range of extension courses. The school supports students studying academically challenging courses in Years 11 and 12, through providing small class sizes for more individualised tuition, supporting staff in HSC marking experience and professional learning to provide expert guidance for HSC success, a mentoring program for Year 12, tutoring and ‘homework’ clubs.
Gifted and Talented in Leadership Skills
At Kariong Mountains High School we provide inclusive education to meet the diverse needs of all our students. This means, that those students who are gifted in other areas also have opportunities to shine and grow. As a smaller sized high school, our students have more opportunities to show leadership, participate in events and have their talents recognised as they are not just one of many in a big cohort. We build up their confidence and expertise, resulting in students flourishing in the domains of Leadership and Citizenship. Such opportunities, have led to students being pre-selected into the Macquarie University Global Leadership program each year of our HSC after our first cohort. It is a reasonable assertion to make that more students have the chance to have their talent recognised and realised, when they can stand out because they are not just one of a large crowd. Our staff know their students well, and can therefore, encourage them to stand up and flourish.
Opportunities in Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
Our CAPA program is led by staff who are successful artists and performers in their own right. Support for talented students is provided throughout their school career on a unique and individual level that matches their interests and passion. Through classes, clubs, work crews, competitions and tailored courses such as Music Industry (partnering with The Grove Studios), students have many opportunities to demonstrate their growing skillsets outside the classroom in authentic contexts; making learning relevant.
Opportunities in Sport
Kariong Mountains Communities have a fine tradition of active engagement in sports. Our school sports program is integrated and led by PDHPE staff, thereby developing students’ skills across a range of games types with expert guidance. Talented students have the opportunity to represent the school in a range of different sports in which they excel. Students can also participate in sport-based elective classes, lunchtime competitions and sporting teams for external competitions.
Opportunities in Technology
A discrete technology course operates for all students in Stage 4. Students with a passion for technology can extend this learning through the “Robotics Group”, Makerspace (which runs 3 times a week in a specifically designed room to accommodate this learning) and electing to study the Stage 5 STEM course, which is based on Carnegie University Learning Modules. HSC courses are available for student in Stage 6.
Strategies to challenge and enrich student learning
The multimodal approach means that curriculum delivery includes a range of strategies to challenge and enrich student learning. This includes involvement in a variety of competitions, projects and co-curricular activities that should extend and enrich the whole child. We have a mentor program running from Year 10 – Year 12; in place to support students with organisation and study skills. We have a very supportive welfare structure and student wellbeing days are organised to assist with the development of confident and capable learners.
Our teachers are committed to providing learning excellence and undertake a range of professional learning activities throughout the year to engage in a culture of continuous improvement. We have a culture of rigorous self-examination and apply this to our teaching programs and practice. We understand that although students are identified as gifted and talented, they are still unique individuals and program differentiation is a standard protocol of program design.
We are committed to helping all our students to reach and exceed their potential. If you have any questions about our gifted and talented programs, please contact the Principal on: 4340 0246.