Gifted and Talented
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) at St Andrew's College spans all year levels with a class dedicated to GATE at both Years 9 and 10.
Year 11 - 13
Years 11 - 13 GATE students do not have a dedicated GATE class but are regularly offered academic and cultural extension opportunities such as:
• involvement in the Model United Nations and Model European Union Conferences;
• Philosophy Conference facilitated by Academy Conferences;
• specialised Science lectures such as the recent genetics lecture;
• Australasian Brain Bee Competition for Year 11s;
• STAR extension via the University of Canterbury;
• Future Problem Solving.
Years 9 and 10 GATE students are also offered the academic and cultural extension opportunities above apart from the Australasian Brain Bee, which is for Year 11 students only and the STAR programme which is for Year 12 and 13 students.
Year 9 and 10 GATE Classes (Academic)
The modules selected for each year’s programme depend primarily on the intellectual and creative talent of the student cohort.
Our specialised learning modules incorporate:
• inquiry learning activities, which provide the open-ended investigation;
• opportunities to problem solve;
• choice to pursue passion projects;
• opportunities to showcase work to the school community throughout the year.
Some of the modules will be seminar based and discrete as opposed to lengthy units.
Future Problem Solving
Regarded as one of the eight most appropriate programmes for extending Gifted and Talented students, Future Problem Solving is a challenging team and individual activity requiring a high level of abstract reasoning and thinking. St Andrew’s College offers both a competitive and non-competitive programme where Years 9 and 10 students work through a problem solving process to create positive solutions to global issues such as Climate Change, Living in Space, Megacities and Enhancing Human Potential.
In the Preparatory School learning is personalised through differentiation. For the gifted and talented student this means the learning is engaging and well-suited to individual ability. The integrated approach enhances problem solving, inquiry and higher order thinking skills. Enrichment programmes include Future Problem Solving, working with the College’s writer-in-residence, coding and robotics, and a range of competitions.