The Student Enrichment Program at Gray St provides support to students who are performing significantly above and below the expected standard in endeavours across the curriculum. Teachers work with parents to design Individual Learning Plans for these students with a focus on achieving personal goals and targets.
In addition to focused individual support in the classroom, students identified as requiring additional help, access intervention programs. Students exhibiting exceptional skills are supported through the provision of stimulating and enriching programs, giving opportunities to highly talented and gifted students to work both independently and collaboratively with like-minded peers on enrichment activities. Students are encouraged to build upon skills and knowledge developed in the classroom to solve problems creatively, using divergent thinking processes and tools.
Programs which support student enrichment for the exceptionally talented include:
Tournament Of Minds
Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:
- Applied Technology
- Language Literature
- Maths Engineering
- Social Sciences
Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.
Students with an interest and passion for writing are invited to attend our series of Annual Writer’s Workshops held after school. Students participate in a variety of writing task workshops. One task is then selected and ‘polished up’ to present to an audience after an evening meal.
Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children Inc.
The VAGTC is an Incorporated Association, which has as its primary interest, the welfare of gifted and talented children throughout Victoria. Gray St Primary accesses various resources through the VAGC to support our students. It is also a great resource for parents. For more information click the link below.
University of NSW
Students are able to participate in multiple choice tests in subjects such as English, Maths, Science and Computer Skills. All participants receive a certificate acknowledging their participation and achievement. For more information click here.
Children who have an interest in playing Chess have the opportunity to do so on a weekly basis.
Teams are selected to represent Gray St at the Regional Chess Championships held in Portland.
Students have the opportunity to extend their musical skills through participation in the School Choir, School Band and Instrumental Music Program.
Students displaying exceptional skills and potential have access to additional competitive, sporting programs such as the zone inter school sporting competitions in athletics, swimming, cross country and golf as well as events such as Hooptime Basketball.
Guest Speakers and Visiting Performances
Expertise from a variety of performers, authors and guest speakers is highly valued at Gray St. Students have opportunities to participate in a wide range of stimulating programs that are incorporated into ongoing classroom programs.
Students with an interest and love of writing are invited to our Annual Writers workshops, held after school.
Students participate in a variety of writing task workshops. One task is then selected and ‘polished up’ to present to an audience after an evening meal.