At Korowa, we strive to provide all students, including highly able students, with the opportunity to reach their potential.
Gifted and talented students are entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities drawn from the Australian Curriculum and aligned with their individual learning needs, strengths, interests and goals. (ACARA: acara.eud.au)
Identifying and nurturing highly able students
The Mitre program is committed to identifying highly able students and providing them with a stimulating learning environment so that they can become successful learners, and capable and confident contributors to their local community and the wider world.
We recognise that there is no single technique to identify highly able students, and use multiple measures including teacher observations, gifted and talented characteristics lists, parent interviews, formal psychoeducational assessments and academic and school records.
Enrichment, extension and acceleration
The Mitre program consists of three key approaches to meet the needs of the girls: enrichment, extension and acceleration.
The MITRE Program draws on Korowa’s over 128 year history of leading girls’ education, and references the Bishop’s mitre in our School crest.
Enrichment is provided for students through in-class differentiation as well as grouping of like minds in flexible timetabling arrangements.
Extension groups in Philosophy, Mathematics and STEAM in Years 5 to 8 allow students to be challenged and stretched. Students may be withdrawn from regular classes for these lessons.
- Lessons are designed to strengthen creative problem solving and logical reasoning skills and further develop students' intellect in Mathematics
- Fosters the intellectual and social skills that enable students to think philosophically.
- Students learn to reflect deeply, analyse arguments rigorously, and articulate their views with clarity, subtlety and respect.
- Girls are able to explore, question, collaborate, think critically, problem solve, communicate and discover new knowledge, and further develop in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
Thought-provoking programs and challenges
Students are also invited to take part in a range of external competitions and challenges such as the Da Vinci Decathlon, Tournament of the Minds, Science Talent Search, Maths Olympiad, Maths Talent Quest, Future Problem Solving, video and design challenges and interdisciplinary inquiry projects.
In 2019, the Mitre program will feature a Big Ideas Breakfast for students in Years 5 - 8. Students will engage in philosophical discussion on ethical dilemmas and metaphysics, and participate in problem solving activities such as code breaking and brain teasers.
Acceleration is moving a student through an educational program at a faster rate than usual, through an individualised approach. Students may be accelerated in a specific subject. Teachers may use Curriculum Compacting for differentiating instruction, that allows them to make adjustments to curriculum for students who have already mastered the material to be taught, replacing content with new content, enrichment options or other activities. Consideration is given to the social, emotional and academic needs of the student, in consultation with the family, student and school.
Please contact our Enrolments Manager, Mrs Mandy Andrews, for further information about Korowa’s Mitre Program on 9811 0200.