Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented News

Pulteney is committed to offering a range of programs for our highly able students whilst continually reflecting on best practice and current research in the field of Gifted and Talented Education. Current research suggests that giftedness is developmental; there is no longer a ‘gifted for life’ label; students can plateau, while other students’ talents suddenly emerge. With this in mind, we aim to offer a range of programs to best meet the needs of identified students, including students who may be showing emerging signs of talent that has not previously been evident.


We currently offer the Challenge Program which includes a focus on critical and creative thinking (Year 3 to 9) and many events such as Tournament of Minds, da Vinci Decathlon, Ethics Olympiad, World Scholar’s Cup, Evatt International Diplomacy Competition as well as writing groups, Math’s Challenge, Philosophy and in class support. All events and additional opportunities are offered to varied year levels and to students who are demonstrating an identified talent in a specific area. We also offer subject specific acceleration and the Headstart (early entry University subject) program to exceptional students.

More details about the selection process of these programs was sent via email last week to all families in the school. If you did not receive this email or you have any questions about the programs being offered at Pulteney please come to the information session about the Challenge Program and current trends in Gifted Education on Tuesday 12 February from 5:30pm to 6:15pm for Kurrajong and Prep families and 6:15pm to 7:00pm for Middle and Senior School families. The session will be held in the Challenge room (in the Allen Wing next to the Middle School basketball court). Please book via try booking using the following code https://www.trybooking.com/BAOUB no later than 11th February. If you would prefer to email me my address is sue.mavropoulos@pulteney.sa.edu.au.

Sue Mavropoulos

Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Teacher