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 Enrichment Opportunities for Newman Selective Gifted and Talented

The Newman Program at St Patrick's College

The Newman Program was established at St Patrick’s College in 2012. We were one of the first Sydney schools to take part in what was originally a research and development program and is now a flourishing program developing across Sydney Catholic Schools.

St Patrick’s College became a fully accredited Newman school in 2015. This was an extremely rigorous process which involved external experts in Gifted education assessing the programs, policies and practices of the College with regards to gifted education. Teachers, parents and students were all interviewed regarding their experiences of the Newman Program. The College received a glowing report, stating that “the overall practice for gifted and talented education at St Patrick’s College is exemplary.”

In particular, the school was commended for:

   The in-depth understanding of principles of gifted education by staff
    The wide variety of objective and subjective strategies used in identification
   Detailed student profiles are available to all staff, including practical strategy suggestions
   Staff professional learning is informed, practical and accurate
   Feedback to students is comprehensive, explicitly growth focused and reflects an understanding of the socio-emotional needs of gifted students

The aim of the Newman Program is to support the needs of gifted and talented students at St Patrick’s College. A key component of the program is the professional development of staff. Forty-five of our current staff members have training in gifted education. This means we understand the very specific academic, social and emotional needs of gifted learners. An important way to meet the needs of gifted students is to allow them to work with like-minded students. For this reason, we provide academic grouping at the College. This takes the form of the ‘Newman’ of the ‘W’ class.

Whilst we provide a comprehensive list of enrichment activities, the core component of our Newman Program at the College is an understanding of the importance of differentiation. Classwork and assessment tasks are differentiated to meet the varied needs of our learners. The key aspects of the Newman Program at St Patrick’s College are:

   Academically selected classes
   Differentiation in ALL classes
   Pre-testing, compation and acceleration
   Flexible grouping within the classroom
   Newman extension tasks
   Cross-curricular tasks
   Enrichment program

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Enrichment Opportunities for Newman Selective Gifted and Talented

It is important that gifted students have the opportunity to work beyond the school curriculum and environment; working with like minded students and engaging in experiences which stimulate their interests and passion for learning. The following enrichment opportunities are offered to students at St Patrick’s College. Selection for each opportunity is based on a number of criteria; these include teacher nomination, self nomination, submitted pieces of work or performance in examinations/ assessment tasks.

Term 1

Academy Conferences
Junior Program
Years 7-9
Invitation only
Academy Conferences Years 10-12 
Invitation only
The Writer’s Festival Years 7-9 invitation only English

Dorothea Mackellar

All students English
Write4Fun All students English

Term 2

 Australian Geography
All students  HSIE 
STARS- Science
Thinking and Research Skills
Selected Year 9
Science students

Term 3


National History


All Students HSIE

City Of Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Dance Students Dance

Application for National

Art School - Extension Course

Years 11 Visual Arts Students Art

ICAS - Science Competition

Newman Science classes Years 7-10 AND
any student who wishes to self-nominate


Term 4

Wollongong Science Fair Year 8 Newman Science Students Science 
Inquisitive Minds Selected Year 8 Newman
Mathematics students
 Mind on Maths Selected 7 & 8 Mathematicss students   Mathematics

University of Wollongong

NSW STEM Competition

Students in years 7-10 TAS

University of Wollongong

Year 11-12 Competitions

Industrial Technology,
Design and Technology  
and Engineering Students

Ongoing Opportunites


Art competitions for the following -

  The Young Archies  Art Gallery of NSW
  Harmony Day Poster competition
  The Clancy Prize for Religious Art - ACU

Any interested students ART

Dance Companies 
Senior/ Intermediate/Junior

Any auditioned students Dance 

CASPA auditions for
Drama Ensembles

Selected Drama students
years 9-12 
"Young Warfies” auditions for
workshops and productions
Selected Drama students
years 9-12 

College Band -
Marching Band
Junior Stage Band
Senior Stage Band

Auditioned students
in years 7-12

String Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble
Vocal Group
Drum Ensemble
Brass Ensemble

Accomplished musicians Music

Anytime Opportunites

Students may also wish to engage themselves in an on-line learning program, exploring an area of interest

Take the world’s best courses, online! 

Free online courses for everyone! 
Poetry Challenge 

Holiday Opportunites

These are promoted each year via the College Newsletter.       

Holiday Programs for Gifted and Talented Students  
Programs designed for Gifted and Talented students 
Holiday workshops, Semester Ensembles 
Holiday workshops and term programs 
Please view the following documents for more information:
Ms Lauren Hickson
Gifted and Talented Facilitator

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St Patrick’s College is a dynamic faith and learning community that serves to educate children of families in the Sutherland Shire. The College has an enrolment just over 1200 and caters for boys and girls in Years 7-12.

Address: 551 President Avenue, Sutherland

Phone: (02) 9542 9000


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