Gifted and Talented

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Gifted and Talented

The MCK motto on Gifted Education is “tailoring the Curriculum to meet the needs of the students, as every classroom has students with a wide range of abilities”..…

"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people…"
Thomas Jefferson…..

Therefore a whole school approach has been adopted to cater for the needs of G & T students. The Gifted P/G at MCK based on the CEO Position Paper adopting the Principles of the Gagne Differentiated Model Of Giftedness ‘ DMGT 2.0” . The Gagne Model “ differentiates between natural abilities ( gifts or aptitudes ) and systematically developed skills( talents)”


In the light of our Vision and according to the Statement released in 2009 our College is enlivened by students who:

  • Always strive to do their best academically and in all fields of endeavour
  • Have a capacity to critically reflect in order to deepen their understanding.


Challenge classes exist in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Students are selected for Challenge Class on the basis of Diagnostic Testing, teacher recommendations and in- school performance, outstanding achievement & demonstrating creative & critical thinking skills.


Withdrawal of small group classes in Years 7-10 two periods a cycle.

Units of work studied include:

  • Developing An Ethical Framework/Sydney Jewish Museum
  • The Jason Project/ Resilient Planet
  • Ecological Footprint
  • Investigating Individual Learning Styles
  • Tournament of Minds Short & Long Term Challenges
  • Tony Ryan Mind Links strategies
  • A Unit On Giftedness
  • Maths Olympiad
  • Euler Maths Competition
  • Chemical Dropout
  • Development of Critical/creative thinking skills.


Ability grouping enables top classes to work at a faster pace, explore content at greater depth and utilise (H.O.T.S) higher order thinking skills and e-learning.

  • Mathematics (Year 8-12) ability grouped Mathematics classes at all levels. Differentiated Curriculum.
  • Science : Year 9 & 10 a top class & remaining are mixed ability.


  • UNSW Business Studies.
  • Australian Informatics.
  • Dorethea Mackellar Poetry.
  • UNSW Economics .
  • UNSW English.
  • UNSW Writing.
  • UNSW Geography.
  • Maths Olympiad
  • Euler Mathematics.
  • West Pac Mathematics
  • Australasian Computer Skills.
  • S.M.H. Short Story Competition
  • Siemens Science


A variety of enrichment/extension activities are offered & students are encouraged to engage in the activies that hold their interests and develop their talents.

  • Language Extension Classes.
  • MCC Rep Sport Teams
  • Debating/Public Speaking
  • Tournament of Minds.
  • School Band, Choir & Instrumental Programme
  • Drama Performance
  • Performing Arts Showcase Night
  • School Talent Quests
  • Chess
  • Marist Leadership
  • College Musical
  • Robotics
  • Model Car Racing Club


Programmes are advertised/promoted and students encouraged to attend. Some staff members run these specialised p/g’s for Gifted students.


Tiered Assessment Tasks are differentiated assessment Tasks developed based on level of students needs. Tasks are designed to provide a better instructional match between students and their individual needs.

Assessments can be tiered by:

  • Challenge
  • Complexity
  • Resources
  • Outcome
  • Process
  • Product


Selected students are I.Q. tested to determine their level of Giftedness enabling staff to tailor curriculum to their needs.


Gifted students are diverse in their levels of Giftedness & their levels of abilities therefore the differentiated Curriculum offers learning styles to enable the student to learn in mixed ability, self contained gifted classrooms & small tutorial groups with like minded peers.

Teachers at MCK offer a range of Learning Models to cater for the needs of students.

  • Blooms Taxonomy
  • Maker Model
  • William’s Model
  • Higher Order Thinking
  • Gardner’s Eight ways of Thinking & Learning.



All members of staff at MCK are encouraged to develop expertise in Gifted Ed.
The Mini- Certificate of Gifted Education was conducted by CEO in conjunction with GERRIC at the College in 2009 with 20 staff completing the Course.
A number of staff undertaking the COGE ( Certificate of Gifted Ed ) through UNSW & GERRIC.
MCK is an active member of GASTA ( Gifted & Talented Secondary Teachers Assoc. )
Teachers have access to appropriate professional development & are encouraged & supported in attendance at In-Service Courses, lectures & Conferences On Gifted Ed.