New program for gifted students

By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on June 11, 2020

ALBANY Senior High School will soon be home to the second Gifted and Talented Program for regional students in WA.

Premier Mark McGowan visited the school on Tuesday this week to announce new fund- ing which will support the introduction of the program, which aims to supplement their current online program.

The main goals of its introduction is to cater for students with exceptional academic ability in the Great Southern, also giving opportunity for students who live outside of Albany, who will be able to board at Albany Residential College.

The new program represents a big investment by the McGowan government, with $250,000 being provided for initial funding with a further $350,000 per year once the program is fully up and running with students from Years 7 to 12.

Students entering year 7 in 2022 will be eligible to apply for a place in the program when applications for Gifted and Talented secondary selective entrance programs open later this year.

Mr McGowan said that the introduction of this program will help ASHS students to reach their full potential.

“Every Western Australian student should have the opportunity to thrive and have access to a comprehensive education no matter where they live,” he said.

“By introducing this new program, students with exceptional academic ability from Albany will now be able to reach their potential face-to- face with their teachers.”

The first round will see up to 32 selected Year 7 students join the program in 2022 before it expands to other year groups.