The Newman Selective Gifted Education Program at Marist Sisters’ College enriches and extends selected students as part of a whole school learning plan. It fosters students with the skills to achieve a deeper understanding of their subjects by integrating complex conceptual knowledge as well as applying lessons learned in the classroom to plan solutions to real-world problems.
Students identified as high ability require either (or a combination of) pace, complexity, depth or breadth in their curriculum and will be placed in the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program class in Year 7, 8 and 9. The program will be extended in 2019 to Year 10.
The College was invited to join the Newman Program in 2016 and is working towards full accreditation in 2018.
Each year in November, students in the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program showcase their learning in a symposium.
The Newman Program is named after Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890), who embraced rigour and diversity as an essential part of education. He followed truth, intellect, creativity and during his lifetime helped establish Catholic schools and universities which were predicated on developing a more just society. We aim to instil these values in all students at Marist Sisters’ College.
What distinguishes the way the Newman Program is delivered at the College is the enrichment that takes curiosity, creativity and critical thinking as benchmarks for cultivating abilities within students. As part of celebrating academic achievements across all subjects, student work is exhibited as part of a symposium. This event takes place towards the end of each year and is a forum for students to exhibit projects they have worked on. It provides an opportunity to recognise the efforts of students across Years 7-10 and showcase their work for their parents and others in the College community.
A variety of data sources are used to help understand students’ needs prior to their commencement at MSCW. These sources include:
This variety allows a clear profile to be made about a student’s needs, which includes identifying those areas where the student requires further development and extension.