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Hello there,

I'm trying to find out information on schools in Bris/Adel/Mel that cater for kids that are gifted. I'm hoping that most of the regular schools might offer a specialized plan for kids who are at the higher end of the special needs ladder. Any idea's?


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Hello there,

I'm trying to find out information on schools in Bris/Adel/Mel that cater for kids that are gifted. I'm hoping that most of the regular schools might offer a specialized plan for kids who are at the higher end of the special needs ladder. Any idea's?


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I think a bit more info would be helpful. Like ages, what type of specialised plan are you looking for etc. Australia is a huge place, with many varying types of everything so the more info you can give the easier it will be to answer your question
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Gifted Education In Queensland - http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dredno...oolsinqld.html - a guide for parents of intellectually gifted children living in Queensland, Australia, who are seeking an appropriate education for their child

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I think a bit more info would be helpful. Like ages, what type of specialised plan are you looking for etc. Australia is a huge place, with many varying types of everything so the more info you can give the easier it will be to answer your question
Right now we have a 6yr old, who to us is a normal kid but has out foxed the school system they are currently in and even though they acknowledge our child is bright...are unable to put a plan together to even meet the ability or provide any challenges for them. So a major consequence of this is that we have a very bored child with behaviour problems in the class setting.

So where ever we end up and this will partly depend on schools, we need to find a school where our child will be able to be treated as an individual and not be put down for being bright, encouraged to blossom and be provided with a decent caring education along with their peers. An education plan needs to be geared at their level so they are not bored. It sound pretty simple really and you wonder why the current school can't do that...but apparently not! A curriculum has to be followed for that age and they will not move any child up to the next class, even though our child is working at a level 2yrs above ( that's another story...!).

It's possible that we don't even need a school that deals with "gifted" kids primarily just a school that is proactive and willing to work with kids that have special needs in the other direction.

Sorry to waffle....hope this provides a little more info.

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Gifted Education In Queensland - http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dredno...oolsinqld.html - a guide for parents of intellectually gifted children living in Queensland, Australia, who are seeking an appropriate education for their child

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Thank you will have a look thru' this.
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Right now we have a 6yr old, who to us is a normal kid but has out foxed the school system they are currently in and even though they acknowledge our child is bright...are unable to put a plan together to even meet the ability or provide any challenges for them. So a major consequence of this is that we have a very bored child with behaviour problems in the class setting.

So where ever we end up and this will partly depend on schools, we need to find a school where our child will be able to be treated as an individual and not be put down for being bright, encouraged to blossom and be provided with a decent caring education along with their peers. An education plan needs to be geared at their level so they are not bored. It sound pretty simple really and you wonder why the current school can't do that...but apparently not! A curriculum has to be followed for that age and they will not move any child up to the next class, even though our child is working at a level 2yrs above ( that's another story...!).

It's possible that we don't eben need a school that deals with "gifted" kids primarily just a school that is proactive and willing to work with kids that have special needs in the other direction.

Sorry to waffle....hope this provides a little more info.

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Yeah, that help a lot.

My daughter is 2 years ahead as well.

She was ahead in the UK and they placed her on the gifted child register. She was ahead by nearly 3 years in Reading and Art, and by 1 to 2 years in Maths and English. They used to give her some extra work, but only a small amount as she was only 6 then and I didn't really want her to be treated different to the rest of the kids in her class - it was a small church school with very small class sizes, which I do think helped a lot as they had more time for her.

We got here in 2006 (here being Adelaide) and got a rental in Mawson Lakes, we placed her in a local school there and after talking to the head master we placed her in year 2. This was the year she had just left in the UK, but was a year ahead of her age group for here - the class years are out by 3 months because of the difference in school year.

Anyway, she was 7 and her class mates were all 8 to 9. She found the work pretty easy going and coped really well with it all. But she was really out of her depth with the kids, who were just too mature for her and she struggled with the 'politics' of being out of her age group.

After being here for 9 months we started looking for a house to buy, we looked in other area's because although I like ML it was way out of our price range, and I wasn't really impressed with the school. We looked around and I spoke to a few schools in the area we were looking at (we needed to be near the high school that I had already chosen for my son as he was in year 9 and didn't want to move schools again).

In the end we picked a school that was next door to my son's high school, we chose it mainly because they are a Montessori school and I liked the approach they take with the kids and their learning.

Once I had spoken with the head teacher here though I actually decided to keep her in main stream schooling (they do both) as she told me that she felt that it is the teachers job to make sure that the kids are stimulated enough to keep them out of trouble, and that there was no way they would even consider putting her up a year as she would end up going to high school at the age of 11/12. She struggled enough at the age of 7, without the added pressure of puberty, so I really didn't want this to happen.

I have been very happy with the school here, she loves it there and has made some really good friends.

So, yes there are some school that would put your child up a year or two so that they are with their academic level if that is what you want. Or there are schools that will go that extra mile to keep them interested in school. You just need to assess your childs needs and decide which way is the best for them. I really do recommend looking at Montessori education, or similar teaching methods - they are a fantastic alternative to mainstream schooling and really help the child to learn at their own pace and in a fun and stimulating way.

Make sure you ask lots of questions of the headteacher, you will get a lot of insight into how the school is run and what they expect in the way of standards from their staff from them

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there was no way they would even consider putting her up a year as she would end up going to high school at the age of 11/12.
That bit has me puzzled.

My daughter is 12 and a half, and has just finished the first year of secondary school. All her class mates are either a little older than her, or a little younger, as she is about the middle of the class age group.
 
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That bit has me puzzled.

My daughter is 12 and a half, and has just finished the first year of secondary school. All her class mates are either a little older than her, or a little younger, as she is about the middle of the class age group.

She is 9 now and in year 3. She turns 10 in year 4, 11 in year 5, 12 in year 6, 13 in year 7 and will be 14 in year 8. She will be 16 in year 10 same as my son. Her birthday is November 14th

Might be different in SA honey, I have no idea as don't think about it much
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That bit has me puzzled.

My daughter is 12 and a half, and has just finished the first year of secondary school. All her class mates are either a little older than her, or a little younger, as she is about the middle of the class age group.

Just found this on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educati...ia#Normal_Ages
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I wasn't thinking properly, our school starts secondary school in year 7.
SA, WA and QLD start secondary in year 8. Yes, ours is in QLD, but bucks the trend.....
 
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I wasn't thinking properly, our school starts secondary school in year 7.
SA, WA and QLD start secondary in year 8. Yes, ours is in QLD, but bucks the trend.....

Nothing wrong with that!
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My neice went to the "heights school", it is very good,,,she is 22 and just finishing a library degree...............mm
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