Cowra High School is currently undertaking the selection of students for entry into the Academic Excellence Stream in Year 7 for 2017. Year 6 Students at Cowra PS, Mulyan PS and Holmwood PS sat the ACER General Ability Test (AGAT) in Week 2, and we will be holding additional testing for Year 6 students from other schools, or those who were absent, on Monday August 15 at 4 pm at Cowra High School.
The AGAT test is created by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), and involves students answering 45 multiple choice questions testing students’ general reasoning ability in three sections – Verbal (words), Numerical (numbers) and Abstract (shapes and patterns). The test takes 40 minutes, plus another ten minutes for introduction.
Testing of students not in Years 7 to 10
Testing occurs regularly for individual students who are considering coming to Cowra HS. If you have a student in another Year at another school they are also welcome to sit the test on Monday August 15, or you can contact Mr Steve Howard at the school to organise another time. Students can start immediately or at the beginning of next year. Students already at Cowra HS who wish to be tested can see Mr Howard for details.
If you would like to have your child sit the test, please contact the school office on 6342 1766. For information about the Academic Excellence Stream please read below, or contact the school and ask to speak to Mr Ian Pattingale (Deputy Principal overseeing the program) or Mr Steve Howard (Academic Excellence Stream Coordinator).
Information about the Cowra High School Academic Excellence Stream
Cowra High School is a comprehensive non-selective public school with a proud tradition of academic excellence and innovation. Starting in 2016, we offer a program that gives high performing students the competitive edge they need to excel in their chosen studies beyond high school.
Cowra High’s Academic Excellence Stream is a Gifted and Talented (GaT) program developed to acknowledge that the academic ability range of students within the upper level of each year is diverse. Students at the very top of a course require a different approach to learning in order to engage and develop their learning to its full potential. Learning gains are more likely to be maximised when GaT students and other students of high academic ability and interest spend the majority of their learning time in the academic core areas with others of similar abilities. Students are grouped by their achievement level in a subject rather than by grade or age level.
The Cowra High GaT model aims to challenge students to reach their full academic potential through an innovative curriculum model that encourages high achievement, originality, problem-solving, higher-order thinking skills and creativity. Our expert teachers will encourage students to become leaders in their field and nurture their love of learning.
The GaT program strives to develop each student as a life-long learner so that they become:
• Critical thinkers
• Active investigators
• Effective communicators
• Reflective and self-directed learners
• Creative problem solvers
The Academic Excellence Stream runs for students in Years 7-10 and focuses on developing, extending & accelerating knowledge acquisition and critical thinking skills in one or all of the following subjects: Maths, English, History, Geography and Science.
There are four classes, two each in Stage 4 (Year 7 & 8) and Stage 5 (Year 9 & 10). High performing students within each Stage will be grouped into these classes based on their academic ability.
The program involves slight to major modifications of the curriculum through adjustments to content, processes and skills. It provides a planned, documented and challenging curriculum that matches the ability of high performing students to:
• learn at faster rates
• find, solve and act on problems more readily
• manipulate abstract ideas and make connections to an advanced degree
The program includes enrichment and extension activities. Enrichment refers to the broadening of the curriculum to develop knowledge, application, thinking skills and attitudes to a degree of complexity appropriate to the students’ developmental level. Extension activities involve the deepening of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.
The Academic Excellence Stream is a selective program and entry is competitive. Students in Years 6-9 at other schools can apply in Term 3 of each year to sit an entrance exam for entry to the program the following year. During the year students who are already at the school or who are new to the school and wish to be tested can also ask to be tested, and if successful will be able to join the program immediately if space permits.
When selecting students for the program, the results from the ACER General Ability Test (AGAT) administered by Cowra HS are the primary consideration. In some situations we also look at other indicators such as NAPLAN results, results from national and international competitions, teacher recommendations and current class results and interviews with the student and parent/carers.
For more information
Program Coordinator : Ian Pattingale
Phone: 6342 1766