Our Academic Talent Program is available for students in Years 7-12 who have been identified as academically gifted and talented. This program provides opportunities for students to participate in an array of extension and enrichment activities.
Extension activities involve the deepening of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in a particular subject area.
As part of our Academic Talent Program, we provide the following extension opportunities for academically talented students:
All Learning Areas follow a differentiated curriculum. This is a planned, documented and challenging curriculum that matches the ability of academically talented students to learn at faster rates, find, solve and act on problems more readily and manipulate abstract ideas and make connections to an advanced degree.
Academic Extension Classes
Students who have been identified as academically talented are streamed into Academic Extension classes in Years 7-10. In these classes, students are provided with a faster pace of study, open-ended activities and higher order thinking skills that will enable them to pursue greater depth and breadth in their Learning Areas.
Gifted students in Mathematics in Years 7-9 are selected to participate in a withdrawal program for Mathematics. This program focuses on creative and divergent thinking and complex individual and collaborative problem solving in Mathematics.Talented writers in Year 7-9 are invited to the Talented Young Writers' Program, where they enjoy the privilege of meeting acclaimed Australian authors and sit in an creative workshops actioned by these fine writers.
Future Problem Solving Elective
Academically talented students in Year 9 and 10 are invited to choose Future Problem Solving as an elective. Future Problem Solving is an international educational program for Gifted and Talented students which focuses on the development of critical, creative and futuristic thinking skills. The program encourages students to have a positive impact in the society of the future.
The Academic Talent Program at LJBC includes opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and skills beyond the normal classroom environment.
Gifted and Talented Competitions
Students compete in a variety of challenging competitions such as the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad, Opti-MINDS, the da Vinci Decathlon, World Scholar Cup and Future Problem Solving competition.
Learning Area Competitions
Students are selected and encouraged to participate in a range of external academic examinations and competitions organised by universities and professional associations.
As part of the Academic Talent Program, students will be involved in university linked programs and excursions.
Co-curricular activities such as robotics, coding, chess, debating, mock trails and many more, provide further enrichment and challenges for academically talented students.
Acceleration permits a very small number of high ability students – the outstanding and exceptional – to accelerate beyond their enrolment cohort into a higher cohort.
At LJBC, acceleration is an available educational alternative if based on a comprehensive assessment of the readiness of the individual students and their attainment of defined outcomes
Please contact our Head of Secondary Learning Enhancement for more details. Sonja van Aswegen at LJBC