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High Potential and Gifted Education

Nurturing Gifted Students

Berry Public School has a strong focus on case managing our High Potential and Gifted students, in partnership with parents, nurturing students to achieve their full potential. 

Our school has clear identification processes for gifted and high potential students. We provide differentiated teaching and learning practices in classrooms, as well as extra- curricular opportunities, and clear pathways to success in all domains and fields of endeavour. 


High potential students are those whose potential exceeds that of students of the same age in one or more domains: intellectual, creative, social-emotional and physical.

Gifted students are those whose potential significantly exceeds that of students of the same age in one or more domains: intellectual, creative, social-emotional, and physical.

Talent development is the process by which a student’s potential is developed into high achievement in a specific domain or field of endeavour. (Gagné Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent 2009.)

High potential and gifted students, in all domains, learn in ways characterised by their diverse profiles. Many characteristics cross the domains but others are more relevant to one domain than to the others.

The characteristics listed below may be found in many learners but are strongly evident in high potential and gifted learners. Conversely, not all high potential and gifted learners will display all of these characteristics due to lack of opportunity, disability or disadvantage.

High potential and gifted learners may demonstrate:

  • curiosity
  • an ease of learning that is fast paced
  • intense concentration in new learning or areas of interest
  • high levels of self-criticism
  • perfectionism
  • strong sense of moral reasoning and justice
  • intrinsic motivation and be goal driven, particularly in their area of interest
    a sophisticated sense of humour
  • creative and critical thinking skills
  • high expectations for self and others
  • an advanced level of observation
  • high levels of excitement by new ideas
  • independent thinking

Note: These learning characteristics should be used as only one source of evidence to assess and identify students


Academic opportunities in the intellectual domain include: 

Premier's Debating Challenge

Berry Public School participates in The Premier’s Debating Challenge each year, with the aim of developing the public speaking and reasoning skills of students in Years 5 and 6. The Years 5 and 6 division of the Premier’s Debating Challenge is the largest, and has over 870 teams in NSW enter each year. 

At every level of the challenge the debates involve 1-hour unassisted preparation, which means that the four team members only find out the topic 1 hour before the debate, and are then given an hour without any help from a teacher to prepare their case. Once the preparation time is up, three speakers from each team take turns to speak, with a fourth silent speaker helping out during preparation and during the debate. 

After four such round-robin debates and a series of knock-out finals, the remaining ten regional champions meet at a three-day camp for a series of debates to determine the state champion. 

Tournament of the Minds

Tournament of Minds (ToM) offers students of primary and secondary schools the opportunity to solve open-ended challenges whilst developing and experiencing collaborative teamwork. Usually there are teams of seven involving a variety of boys and girls; year six as well as five. Challenges are set in the following disciplines: The Arts, Language Literature, Social Sciences, and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics).


Public Speaking Competition

Our school curriculum includes the opportunity for all students to participate in an annual public speaking competition. The stage winners present their speeches at our annual Education Week Open Day and to an appreciative audience at the Berry Rotary Club each year. 


Chess Club

Our school chess club operates at lunch times for all students. A school leaderboard allows individual challenges and our top students enter into external competitions.