Sheldon College Titans

Gifted and Talented Program


WE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL CATALYST TO ALLOW ALL STUDENTS TO REALISE THEIR POTENTIAL AND ACHIEVE PERSONAL ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

At Sheldon College, we understand that we are the environmental catalyst to allow all students to realise their potential and achieve personal academic excellence.  In differentiating for the needs of all students we recognise that, as a College, we are extremely fortunate to have Gifted and Talented students as part of the Sheldon family.

In line with Gagne’s model of Giftedness, we define:

Giftedness: as the possession and use of outstanding natural abilities, called aptitudes, in at least one ability domain, to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers.

Talent: as the outstanding mastery of systematically developed abilities, called competencies (knowledge and skills), in at least one field of human activity to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10 % of age peers who are, or have been, active in that field.

These definitions reflect the distinction between ability and performance by acknowledging the importance of innate ability whilst also recognising the important influence of the environment and other factors in the development of a person’s giftedness and talent.

Source: Gagné, Françoys. (2008). Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent.

Our Academic Talent Development Framework and Gifted and Talented program focusses on the development of students’ natural abilities in the Intellectual, Creative, Social and Perceptual domains.