Gifted and Talented


SPARKS is a program run at St Simon Peter School to cater for those children who have been identified as being academically more able or as having the potential to be so. The program has been running since 1999 and is twofold in its approach.

Withdrawal component

Children who have been identified as being in the top 10% of their year level are invited to attend the withdrawal classes. The children are withdrawn from class for 2 hours per week. They work on topics, projects and research of their choice as well as learning research and thinking skills that will allow them to become independent learners. Participation in this component also allows the children to mix with others of like ability.

In-class component

Children will be given the opportunity to work on learning activities that are commensurate with their academic ability. This means that not all children in any one class will be working on the same material at any one time.