Approach to giftedness and talent

Gagné’s Model of Giftedness and Talent is widely recognised across Australia including the West Australian Department of Education. It delivers a clear distinction between the terms ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’ as follows:

Giftedness – designates the possession and use of untrained and spontaneously expressed superior natural abilities (called aptitudes or gifts), in at least one ability domain, to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10 per cent of his or her age peers.

Talent – designates the superior mastery of systematically developed abilities (or skills) and knowledge in at least one field of human activity to a degree that places an individual within at least the upper 10 per cent of age peers who are or have been active in that field or fields.

Christ Church Grammar School’s student population is not representative of the state population, containing significantly more students in the top 10 per cent. This is addressed in many ways:

  1. our core offerings include considerable content which is more advanced
  2. our lessons emphasise higher-order understandings
  3. a large number of additional opportunities are available to all students
  4. the boys are supported pastorally and encouraged in a number of ways to be the best they can be in a nurturing and caring environment of excellence

As part of the inclusive nature of the Christ Church culture, we recognise and celebrate many different gifts and talents within the School. A diverse range of opportunities is provided to all students, at varying levels, to ensure that the needs of individual students are catered for.

The role of the Centre for Excellence is to ensure these structures provide extension opportunities for gifted and talented students with varying ability levels and interests.