At St Patrick’s, our focus is on identifying gifted learners and assisting with the process of developing talent by providing specific opportunities for learning, training and practise. We have high expectations for all students, with an increased focus on gifted learners and their needs.
Year 6 students sit the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). CogAT is a group-administered K–12 assessment intended to estimate students' learned reasoning and problem-solving abilities through verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal test items. The CogAT is used with other school data to assess students' learning and to provide guidance around instruction, decisions and strategies.
Teachers here at St Patrick’s have had opportunities for professional learning about the needs and characteristics of gifted learners as well as differentiating teaching and learning programs. Professional learning is a continual commitment of teachers at St Patrick’s.