Enhancement Program for talented and high achieving students
Wantirna College is committed to catering for students' differing abilities. All students are encouraged to do their personal best and we look for opportunities to celebrate and enhance the full range of students' talents through their learning. Research suggests that when talented students are provided with opportunities to work together in a classroom environment they are able to challenge each other and achieve better academic outcomes. Wantirna College has designed the SKEPSI class is to cater effectively for high achieving students.
The SKEPSI class was founded in 2010 and aims to provide a learning pathway for high achieving students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Emphasis is placed on inquiry-based learning, higher order thinking and problem solving.
This program is suitable for students who often develop an understanding of concepts more quickly than others, who come to a broader understanding or see things in their wider context, who have high levels of reasoning ability, who often make links between different pieces of information.
Classes follow the traditional curriculum but are involved in activities which extend their abilities and provide richer, deeper learning. The activities and assessment are varied in order to challenge the students and are sometimes more abstract or complex in response to the student’s capacities. The opportunity to interact with like-minded peers in a positive and vibrant environment is designed to enhance learning and skill development. Students are encouraged to focus on the personalised learning where appropriate, allowing students to study VELs up to 12 months ahead.
How do students gain entry into Skepsi class?
Students wishing to be considered for the Year 7 SKEPSI class will be required to forward copies of the following to the college:
- Grade 6 semester 1 report
- Grade 5 NAPLAN data
- Teacher recommendation letter from the primary school.
The information provided along with the literacy/numeracy testing results will be used to determine the students who gain entry into the SKEPSI program. Places in Skepsi are offered to students who are demonstrating learning that is 6 to 12 months ahead of the expected level.