Gifted & Talented

Gifted and talented students have unique social, emotional, and learning needs, which should be recognised, valued and catered for appropriately. MCSS is committed to meeting the needs of this unique group of students. All staff at MCSS have undergone training in Gifted and Talented and Differentiation to help cater for the individual needs of students. A comprehensive identification process has been established, in line with the ACT Gifted and Talented Student Policy 2014 - MCSS Gifted and Talented Students Policy (word icon 2.9 MB).

Honours Program

The MCSS Honours Program aims to provide a range of enrichment and extension activities to all students with gifts and / or talents. The Honours Program recognises outstanding achievements of individual students and their contribution to the wider MCSS culture. Honours are subject based awards which recognise that giftedness and talent may be in specific areas. The Honours Program is run each academic year, with students receiving their Honours Certificate at the end of the year.

Head Start

Head start is a unique MCSS program offering Year 10 students early entry to college. Students in Year 10 have the opportunity to begin their college study during Year 10 in a range of specialised subjects.

Magellan Primary Program

This is a primary school program run by MCSS for local Year 5-6 students. The students are identified GAT students from partnering primary schools. They are involved in an ongoing program that challenges and extends students in Science and Mathematics, using the expertise of ANU, CSIRO and specialist staff.

At MCSS a multi-faceted approach is taken for gifted and/or talented students. These will include:

  • Differentiation - Magellan students will be identified in their specific area of giftedness. These students will be catered for through an accelerated curriculum. Being a MYP candidate school, we have an inquiry-based learning focus, which supports differentiation in the classroom. Magellan students will be identified to staff within their class.
  • Grouping & Extension - at regular times, Magellan students will be taken out of the normal classroom setting, and grouped with students of similar ability to undertake a challenging and educationally appropriate program to meet their specific needs.
  • School and ACT Wide Competitions - Magellan students are encouraged to participate in a range of Academic Competitions
  • Acceleration - within the current class. / Curriculum Compacting - allows students to remain in the same class but accelerate through the normal curriculum, allowing them to advance in the relevant subject area.
  • Subject Acceleration - a developmentally appropriate placement of students ahead of their chronological age or their chronological peers in one or more subjects or by one or more whole learning years.
  • ASP - Academic Success Plan - an individual learning plan tailored to highly gifted students,
  • Talent Workshops - specialised workshops for identified students in specialist areas (GATEWAYS, GERRIC, MCSS developed)
  • Enrichment - embedded program at MCSS that provides opportunities to enhance, extend and enrich student’s education through programs run outside the normal classroom environment.
  • Mentors - where appropriate, students may be paired up with a mentor to help the student reach their potential and cope with their unique needs.
  • Graded Classes in selected subject areas - Fast Pace classes are selected on past achievement, selection criteria and established potential identified through the MCSS Identification Process.
  • Fast Pace - provides opportunities for academic excellence and curriculum acceleration beyond mainstream classes. Fast Pace
  • Subject specific programs - may include band, musicals and performing or visual arts programs, talented athlete programs and Fast Pace classes strengthened to offer further opportunities for Magellan students
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