St John Vianney School is a Gifted Education Lead School in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Our focus is on developing clear processes for identifying gifted learners and through effective differentiation, ensuring these learners have the opportunity to be challenged to develop creative and critical thinking skills. We have high expectations for all students, with an increased focus on gifted learners and their needs.
The school’s gifted education mentor (GEM) and a Gifted Education Committee assist teachers collate and analyse, identifying the strengths and needs of students and providing appropriate teaching and learning strategies to meet each student’s needs. At St John Vianney, the high engagement of every student in their own learning is a pathway to discovery, self-efficacy and positive self-esteem. Our STEM programs provide real-world problems for young minds to collaboratively solve. Targeted students are involved in a number of programs, including the virtual academy with other targeted students from across the Diocese.
Gifted Education is a priority in the Diocese and is providing exciting opportunities for students in our school.