CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL

 
 
CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL
CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL



     YEAR 7 GIFTED & TALENTED PROGRAM 2019
              APPLICATION PACKAGE

         Applications Open:                Monday, 19 February 2018
         Applications Close:               3pm Tuesday, 13 March 2018


                    Late Applications will NOT be accepted


     Information Evening . . . . . Thursday, 8 March 2018 at 5.30pm
     Test Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday, 20 March 2018
     Test Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:45am - 12:30pm (please arrive
                                             promptly at 8:30am)
     Interviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . commencing 14 May 2018
     Notification to Parents . . . . week commencing 28 May 2018




            Please detach and complete the application form inside
p           this package. Retain the information package for your
            future reference.


                             Personalising Education
      3 Stanley Street, Concord NSW 2137    P: 02 9745 3777    F: 02 9744 2683
      E: concord-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au    W: www.concord-h.schools.nsw.edu.au
CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL
SCHOOL PROFILE

      Concord High School provides an enriched environment for gifted and
      academically talented students. Gifted students are grouped together and
      provided with stimulating intellectual challenges. A variety of opportunities are
      provided both in the classroom and through extra curricular activities.
      The Learning Centre provides a supportive place for independent research
      under the supervision of the specialist Teacher Librarian. Extensive networks
      provide state-of-the-art access to the internet and computer based learning that
      will embrace innovative and dynamic opportunities linking the classroom with
      real world experiences.
      The school’s ethos, “Personalising Education”, supports the personal and
      academic development of students as they pursue their personal best through
      individual and group activities. For example, Year 9 and 10 students can choose
      to become journalists for the award winning student newspaper, “The
      News@Concord”, which has a distribution of 15 000. In addition, other activities
      including those below are available:
         •   Mathematics and Science challenges
         •   Writing, listening and speaking competitions
         •   Chess tournaments
         •   Robotics Club
         •   Visiting expert speakers
         •   Inter-school debating
         •   Knock-out sporting competitions
         •   Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme
         •   STEM project based learning
         •   Dramatic performances
         •   Forensic Science
         •   Art Club
         •   Homework Club
         •   Before and After School Sport (BASS)
         •   Literacy Club

      Provision is also made for the acceleration of students where appropriate.

CRITERIA FOR THE PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS
      Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

1.   RESIDENCE
         •   Students should reside in the Concord High School catchment area or an
             adjacent catchment area (for the SSC Balmain catchment students must
             reside in the Drummoyne Peninsula). Applications from students residing
             north of Parramatta River cannot be accepted.
         •   Proof of residential address (electricity bill as a minimum requirement) will
             be required for your application to proceed.
         •   Students must be Australian citizens or holders of an appropriate visa (birth
             certificate and, if necessary, further evidence of student citizenship is
             required at time of application).
         •   Students from non-government primary schools may also apply.

2.   ACADEMIC MERIT
      Students must compete academically with other candidates for entry to the
      Gifted and Talented Program. Academic merit is determined by:

         •   Academic placement test conducted by Robert Allwell & Associates (all
             candidates)
         •   Student School Report and NAPLAN results      Second round
         •   A portfolio of student work samples.         candidates only
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CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL
ACADEMIC PLACEMENT TEST
Robert Allwell and Associates conduct this secure test in English,
Mathematics and General Ability. It is set at an advanced level of difficulty.

SCHOOL PROGRESS REPORT
The most recent Student School Report and Year 5 NAPLAN results provide a
further set of evidence that establishes both student performance and
application to learning.

STUDENT PORTFOLIO AND CURRENT PHOTOGRAPH
In addition to the above, the Student Learning Portfolio will present samples of
work including:

    •   A piece of creative writing
    •   Documentation showing special talents, for example, artistic,
        technological, historical, music, sporting, etc.
    •   Special awards which detail specific interests or abilities, eg. academic
        competitions, cultural achievements and leadership acknowledgement.
        The portfolio will be kept by the school.


NOTE
    •   Do not include originals
    •   School reports, NAPLAN results
        and portfolios are NOT required
        at the time of the academic
        placement test.



TEST INFORMATION
The Concord High School Gifted and Talented Placement Test will be conducted
at the school on Tuesday, 20 March 2018.

8.45am start (please arrive promptly at the school at 8.30am)
10.40am Recess
11.00am Second session
12.30pm Finish

Applicants may use the school canteen. Students should wear their primary
school uniform.
Parents will need to notify their Primary School that the child will be absent that
morning and provide them with a note for the absence.
The test is administered by a private company. It is a secure test and papers are
unavailable for scrutiny before or after the test session. In general, academic
research does not indicate that coaching or practice will significantly improve the
results of students on ability tests. Students are assessed in:
    •   Reasoning and problem solving
    •   Maths achievement and reasoning
    •   Reading comprehension
    •   Written expression

Each test is about 40 minutes.
Applicants should not expect to answer every question.
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Cost for applicants is $60.

This cost is incurred by the school hiring an independent assessor who will provide
a written report on each student’s results.

The fee is non-refundable and must be paid prior to the test date. Please
have correct money as change is not available.

Applications will not be accepted without payment of the testing fee.

No confirmation letter will be sent. Receipt of payment confirms your place
for the test.

Payments can be made by cash, cheque or EFT at the school.


FIRST ROUND OFFERS
Students who have demonstrated exceptional performance across the four core
assessment areas of the academic placement test will be offered immediate
placement in our program.


SECOND ROUND OFFERS
Students who have demonstrated high standards in the academic placement
test will be invited to interview where they will submit their portfolio and be asked
questions pertaining to it.
Reports will be sent to parents when the selection process is completed.
All students wishing to be selected must be present on the testing day. If a student is
unable to take the test on the stated day, and the reasons are validated by such
evidence as a Medical Certificate, he/she will be invited to take the test at a later date
if the documents provided with the application are sufficiently supportive of
his/her eligibility to take a place in the class. This decision will be made by the
Selection Committee.



             ILLNESS/MISADVENTURE
             If some problem such as sickness or accident stops the student from
             taking the test or from doing his/her best, you should advise the school
             immediately. You must include a Medical Certificate if the child was sick.



             SELECTION COMMITTEE
             A Selection Committee for the school will meet to choose students
             using the “Criteria for Placement” listed on page 3. The selection
             Committee consists of at least two of the following: Principal,
             Deputy Principal, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Year Adviser, a
             Head Teacher and/or parent representative.



ENQUIRIES
Enquiries can be directed to the Principal, Deputy Principal or Gifted and
Talented Coordinator of Concord High School at the address or numbers listed
on the front cover. Enquiries about courses or programs offered can be made to
the school or by visiting the website listed on the front cover.
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CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL
                         YEAR 7 GIFTED & TALENTED PROGRAM APPLICATION FORM 2019
                            1.         Please use BLOCK letters and a black or blue pen to complete this form. Completed
                                       application forms should be returned to Concord High School no later than
                                       Tuesday, 13 March 2018.               LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
                            2.         Applications will not be accepted without payment.

                                     I have attached my most recent electricity bill as proof of residential address

                                     I have attached my child’s birth certificate and evidence of citizenship

                            Student’s Family Name


                            Given Names


                            Date of Birth                 /       /                 Sex (M or F)


                            Current school attended


                            High School catchment area (if known) __________________________________________________________



                            Parent / Carer 1

                            Title                       Given Name


                            Surname


                            Relationship to Student (eg Mother)


                            Home Address


                                                                                                   Postcode


                            Home Phone                                    Work Phone

The information
p r o v i d e d by          Mobile                                        Fax
a p p l i c a n t s is
being obtained
for the purposes
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It will be used by          Parent / Carer 2
the school in the
process of
                            Title                       Given Name
into s el ec ti v e
classes and for
                            Surname
placement.
Provision of this
information is
                            Relationship to Student (eg Mother)
voluntary. It will
be stored
securely. If you
do not provide
                            Home Address
any or all of this

proc essi ng of                                                                                    Postcode
your application
may be delayed
                            Home Phone                                    Work Phone
may c o r r e c t
personal details
provided at any             Mobile                                        Fax
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contacting the
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