GIFTED & TALENTED
Applications for 2019 Have Closed
Please click the button above to be taken to the Gifted & Talented application page. Alternatively, you can contact the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please NOTE: Gifted and Talented Program students can also study up to two Specialist programs. If you are applying for the Gifted and Talented Program it is advised you also sit the Specialist Testing. They are two separate tests and students often wish to be enrolled in multiple programs.
Applications Now Open for Year 7 in 2020
Applications are now open for the Department of Education’s Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs.
Programs are in the areas of Academic, Arts and Languages and are offered at 20 select public secondary schools in the metropolitan and Bunbury regional areas, including two new Academic programs at Carine Senior High School and Inner City College (planning name) in Subiaco. There is also an online option for students from country Western Australia. Demand for these programs is strong and entry is competitive. All placements will be made on the basis of individual performance in program-specific testing and assessments, including the Academic Selective Entrance Test. Testing will take place in 2019 when your child is in Year 6.
All applications are now online and further information on schools and programs, application guidelines and key dates and timelines are available at the Gifted and Talented website: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/key-dates.
The Gifted and Talented Selection Unit are also holding a series of parent information evenings throughout October and November 2018. For more information and to view the full schedule of events click HERE: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/gifted-and-talented-parent-presentations. Please note that RSVP to these evenings is essential.
If you are unable to attend or your desired session is full, please note that the full PowerPoint presentation will be made available on the website at the end of November. It is important to note that successful applicants are able to attend their school of choice, even though they may not live in that school’s local intake area.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 2019.
In choosing Melville Senior High School’s Gifted and Talented Selective Academic Program for your child, you will be joining a school community that is committed to ensuring your son or daughter is on a pathway to success at secondary school and beyond.
The Gifted and Talented Selective Academic Program offered at Melville SHS is an academic program where the selected students study Mathematics, Science, Humanities and English together as a unified group from Years 7-10. This model has proven to be successful in cultivating a culture of genuine teamwork, peer support, high-level motivation and encouragement among Melville SHS’s Gifted and Talented students.
In Years 11 and 12 Melville SHS’s Gifted and Talented students join mainstream classes due to the range and diversity of subject selection offered to students. However, students continue to be supported through such programs through after-school tutoring and engagement with an array of university experiences.
At Melville SHS, our Gifted and Talented Education Team understand the need to challenge students and look for ways to engage the gifted learner. A team approach is adopted in order to support your child’s learning requirements. Through dialogues with parents and professional colleagues, alternate pathways are sought and developed for the individual’s needs, and can consist of a combination of academic and practical pathways. This collaborative approach is used to offer challenging and engaging learning opportunities, including differential extension programs for individuals within the class, as deemed necessary.
Top Up Testing
Students applying for Top Up Testing for other years (entering Years 9, 10 and 11) are required to be in the year level prior to the year level for which they are applying when they sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test. For example, a child in Year 8 can only sit the testing for entry to Year 9. Information is in the link above under Places for Year 9, 10 and 11 on the left.
For further information, contact the Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator on 6274 1300.
Gifted & Talented iBook
To download the Gifted & Talented iBook, please click HERE and visit the iBook store. This iBook contains the relevant information about the Gifted & Talented program offered at Melville Senior High School.
Information on Past Graduates
Melville Senior High school achieved outstanding academic success with our Year 12 graduating class, both at the individual student level and as a cohort. The following is a snapshot of achievements:
Jordon Lukan and Mikael Setiaputra (ATAR of 99.75 placing him in the top 0.2% of the state) are part of a growing group from the school who are accepted into Medicine. Getting into Medicine is not just about doing well academically, but also involves doing well in the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test). Jordan’s UMAT of 172 (84th percentile) was outstanding. He volunteered as a St John’s first aid officer when at school and is now also volunteering with disabled children at Red Cross.
The UMAT challenges students in logical reasoning and problem solving; understanding people and non-verbal reasoning. The final ranking to get into Medicine is based on UMAT, ATAR and an Interview and is weighted 1:2:2 respectively. Approximately 65 ATAR students gain direct Bonded Medical Places (BMP) or 28.5. The rest are selected as post-graduate placements.
The school is aware of six students who have gained entry into Medicine in the last three years. Melville SHS is a Broadway Direct Pathway school that gives bonus marks for entry into Medicine and Dentistry.
Chiara Jil Fluri received a Health Studies Subject Exhibition for achieving the highest examination mark in an ATAR course.
Four students (Mikael Setiaputra in Physics & Mathematical Methods and Alyssa Davies, Adrian Gonzalez and Amberley Evans in Health Studies) were awarded Subject Certificates of Excellence for achieving in the top 0.5% of students in an ATAR course exam.
Jane Song is studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine with an assured pathway to Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Jane received the fifth highest result in the state with an ATAR of 95.95 and became the second highest state school student behind the Beazley Medal winner. Jane and put her success down to her amazing teachers. She said she was very proud to have received the results with no external paid tutoring or private tuition. Jane received a subject Exhibition in Mathematical Methods, a Certificate of Excellence in Chemistry and Maths and got 100% in three of her subjects.
Head Boy Owen Stanley is also at the University of Melbourne doing a Bachelor of Bio-Technology after his great result of 99.30 and achieving a Certificate of Excellence in Mathematical Methods.
Canningvale resident Paul Omodunbi received an early offer to study Computer Science and Systems Engineering at Curtin University. He received a fantastic ATAR result of 98.45.
Cosmo Batley has been accepted into the WAAPA Classical Piano Program.
Anatalisha Finn from Palmyra who has been part of the Melville SHS Gifted and Talented Program for the last five years was one of three students to join the elite 99 club with an ATAR of 99.15. Anatalisha has received a direct pathway into Medicine.
Another Gifted and Talented student, Max Wickham from Kardinya received an ATAR of 97.15 and has been a part of the Music in Focus program since he started high school. He is currently at WAAPA studying Jazz Guitar. He was part of the school’s Swing band that has been visited local primary schools to promote instrumental music courses.