Our College provides three levels of Learning Enrichment support for students.
Challenge activities, where many students participate in beyond-school opportunities such as:
- Reader’s Cup Challenge
- University of NSW competitions in Science, Computer Studies, Writing, English and Maths
- Writing competitions
- Inter-School Chess
Teachers use a range of practices designed within the concept of Focused Teaching – Engaged Learning and new syllabuses to deliver intellectually challenging learning experiences for all students including:
- Hands-on science investigations
- Tasks based upon Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Learning
- Focused Curriculum Tasks and environmental excursions
Co-curricular programs such as the Chess Club, Talent Quest and Writer’s Club.
Gifted and Talented at Faith
What does term ‘Gifted and Talented’ mean? It is often considered that the students in this area are a homogenous population themselves; however, gifts and talents correspond to distinct types of abilities. These natural abilities can be divided into four aptitude domains of either, intellectual, creative, social or physical. Everyone possesses some form of ability in each domain but it is those whose ability level largely exceeds most of their peers that are considered "gifted". With this in mind, gifted and talented students are encouraged to stay with their peer groups to allow them to develop their other domains effectively. At Faith, students are catered for within the classroom with multi-level activities and programs developed for pupils in order to develop and improve their skills, whilst enhancing their inherent motivation to learn. By stimulating their interests and creating a climate that promotes achievement, students are encouraged to accept and value their gifts.
Provision for gifted pupils is integrated into an appropriate learning environment and an enriched curriculum giving the gifted and talented students opportunity to demonstrate and develop their talents. Opportunity is also provided through extracurricular activities and clubs providing some more in depth explorations of subjects. Special experiences are also provided throughout the year where students are able to extend and challenge themselves.