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Gifted students

Our school is committed to acknowledging and executing its fundamental role in the development of the gifts of students. Gifted students are those who excel, or have the potential to excel, in general or specific ability areas.

At Forest Lake State School, opportunities are available for extension, enrichment and acceleration, or the appropriate combination of these, as deemed appropriate. Acceleration can involve speeding the student's passage through school by curriculum acceleration within a year level, curriculum compression, vertical timetabling or grade skipping. Enrichment and extension involve concentration of high-level skills development, creative and critical thinking. Factors such as the extent and nature of the special ability, student's self-concept, extent of experiences, any disabilities and personality traits will influence directions for all students. Parents who believe their child is gifted should contact the classroom teacher to seek information about identification processes.

 
The school provisions for gifted and talented students include the following:
 
•A well-defined process for identification, which may be initiated by parents or teachers.
 
•A curriculum that is responsive to the diversity of the needs and interests of the gifted students through the teaching of higher level order skills which challenge and motivate students.

•Opportunities are available for extension, enrichment and acceleration, or the appropriate combination of these, as deemed appropriate. Acceleration can involve speeding the student’s passage through school by curriculum acceleration within a year level, curriculum compression, vertical timetabling or grade skipping. Enrichment and extension involve concentration of high-level skills development, creative and critical thinking and metacognition.

•Opportunities to participate in various extra-curricula activities are provided e.g. instrumental music and arts program, representative sports and academic competitions.
 
In accordance with Education Queensland’s policy ‘The Framework for Gifted Education’, our school is committed to acknowledging and executing its fundamental role in the development of the gifts of students. Gifted students are those who excel, or have the potential to excel, in general or specific ability areas. As stated in Education Queensland's policy “Giftedness in a student is commonly characterised by an advanced pace of learning, quality of thinking or capability for remarkably high standards of performance compared to students of the same age.”