New class a gift for best and brightest Kadina kids

A GIFTED and talented student (GATS) Year 7 to 10 class will begin at Kadina High School this year.

Head Science teacher Zane van den Berg said the new fortnightly GATS class would "focus on team leadership, social skills and credible thinking skills".

"Sometimes particularly bright students aren't necessarily socially outgoing and can be somewhat excluded," Mr van den Berg said.

"They will work partly on gifted and talented programs, and partly on developing interpersonal and intrapersonal skills so they 'fit in' better with mainstream students.

"They'll have access to the regular curriculum, and opportunities to be extended within the school.

"It's a sustainable program that isn't reliant on regular timetables and we'll evaluate it toward the end of 2014."

The class will use a problem-based learning model (such as CSG) to explore a diverse range of subjects, in which students will undertake fact-based research, exploring implications and social aspects.

It is hoped that findings from the CSG mining research will be presented to a panel of members of council, SCU, mining companies and individuals affected by the mining.



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