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Western Australia Minister for Education Peter Collier

Search Underway For State’s Best And Brightest

Victor P Taffa

•Strong interest continues in WA’s Gifted and Talented Program

•More than 2,600 year 6 students currently applying for entry in 2015

More than 2,600 year 6 students from across Western Australia are vying for a place in a Gifted and Talented program at 17 public secondary schools.

Education Minister Peter Collier revealed that a total of 2,651 year 6 students were competing to take part in the specialist courses, which included academic, visual arts, dance, drama, music and language programs.

Overall there were 4,181 applications, including students applying for ‘top up’ places in years 8 to 11.

Successful year 6 students will enter the program as year 8s in 2015.

“Gifted and Talented programs offer WA’s brightest and most creative students the opportunity to learn in intellectually stimulating environments.” Mr. Collier said.

“The programs give students the chance to learn from specialist teachers alongside like-minded peers.”

“The demand for places is very competitive and the quality of applicants is of an exceptionally high standard.  I wish all applicants applying for a place the best of luck.”

Auditions, interviews and tests for entry to the programs continue until the end of June, with successful applicants notified from August.

The Minister visited John Curtin College of the Arts last week and experienced first-hand the benefits of the school’s Gifted and Talented drama program.

“The college’s year 8 drama students gave very impressive performances and I congratulate the students for their hard work and dedication.” Mr. Collier said.

Mr. Collier said the programs helped exceptional students reach their potential, with graduates of Gifted and Talented programs achieving outstanding results in their fields of study.

Fact File

•The move of year 7s to secondary schools in 2015 will see two intakes for the program in 2015; a year 7 and a year 8 intake

•Current year 5 students who will move to secondary schools as year 7s in 2015 will be able to apply for the Gifted and Talented program from October

Schools With A Gifted And Talented Program:

Academic Schools

  • Perth Modern School
  • Bunbury Senior High School
  • Comet Bay College (Secret Harbour)
  • Duncraig Senior High School
  • Governor Stirling Senior High School
  • Kelmscott Senior High School
  • Melville Senior High School
  • Shenton College
  • Willetton Senior High School

Language Schools

  • Rossmoyne Senior High School
  • Mt Lawley Senior High School

 Arts Schools

  • John Curtin College of the Arts
  • Kalamunda Senior High School
  • Applecross Senior High School
  • Balcatta Senior High School
  • Churchlands Senior High School
  • Hampton Senior High School
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