Welcome to the Gifted and Talented Online Program

WA Department of Education

2021 Lockdown

Thankfully the GT Online Program is well set up to cope with the challenges that many students in the state are facing due to the current lockdown.

Whether you are at home or school your courses can be accessed on Moodle from 1st February. Your teacher has provided information in Moodle informing you of the independent work set for Week 1. You will receive notification of your Webex class times by the end of Week 1. Webex classes will commence Week 2

As we are a statewide program, we will endeavour to keep all students working on a common timeframe. Many of our students will be at school during Week 1, but if not hopefully they can access Moodle from home and do the introductory tasks for their courses. For subject specific questions please message the subject teacher or for questions of a general nature please contact the Program Coordinator, Sarah Mirco

perthmodern.gtonline@education.wa.edu.au
0436 624 495

About GT Online

Gifted and Talented Online in WA

Gifted and Talented Online (GT Online) is an academic program of study designed to meet the needs of gifted and talented students in public secondary schools in country Western Australia in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. GT Online is the online version (for rural and remote students) of the Selective Academic Program taught in selected secondary schools in the Perth metropolitan area and Bunbury.

Testimonials

I am very thankful for the four years I did and the experience that GATE was because it has set me up for success in senior school (which I am sure you’ve heard from every other past student – but it’s trueeee!). Every week I come to realise more and more how beneficial the stuff I’ve already done is helping me and how I’m way ahead in a lot of the English and History skills. I do miss GATE quite bit though. The community is so much better and more enjoyable in GATE……. good camaraderie and wholesome community…… is making me appreciate the community of GATE. We always spent time talking and communicating in lessons and on Moodle and the banter was so good. I still keep in contact with all the other GATE kids …. This is all a bit of rambling, but I guess what I’m saying is I very much appreciate GATE, miss it lots, and would urge you guys to never change the great community building which the program does so well.

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the impact made on me during my three years of GATE. Your awesome teaching style leaves me with more understanding of topics than I realise and it’s pushed me to give my best in my humanities subjects, and as a result I’ve done some of my best work in history and geography starting off  my first semester of Year 10. At the start of year seven I’d have said Humanities was seriously scary, completely foreign and very confusing, but with a few years in GATE I’ve come to really enjoy humanities and I’m going to try my luck with Modern History next year (something I thought would never happen).

“Being in the GT Online program has inspired me and from it I have gained extraordinary knowledge and experience that help define who I am. 

This program has helped extend me so much and the teachers are awesome. Also as the classes are small in number it is easy to ask for any clarification, help, etc.

Through out this term, going to an English online class has always been a joy, your anecdotes always brighten up my day and put a smile on my face, your encouragement and belief in us gave me confidence in myself and the knowledge you give will be crucial to my future. I am incredibly grateful to have such a cool, humorous and sweet teacher like you and I will not ever regret being in the GT Online English program.

I just got my results back for my first ATAR economics test and I scored 80% thanks to last year’s GT Online course!

The ability it provides to connect with like-minded individuals across the state who, by the completion of the program, are a very tight-knit group of friends. The connections you make on camps make all the difference back in class; knowing your teachers by face and being friends with the students in your class nullifies the isolated feel that distanced education is often thought to have.

The inclusive nature of the program makes every new student feel welcomed. I know that the students who joined the program in later years feel as though they are no different to those that have remained from the beginning, testimony to the GT Online community feeling like a ‘family’.

Meeting interesting people from around the state.

The ability it provides to connect with like-minded individuals across the state who, by the completion of the program, are a very tight-knit group of friends. The connections you make on camps make all the difference back in class; knowing your teachers by face and being friends with the students in your class nullifies the isolated feel that distanced education is often thought to have.

The inclusive nature of the program makes every new student feel welcomed. I know that the students who joined the program in later years feel as though they are no different to those that have remained from the beginning, testimony to the GT Online community feeling like a ‘family’.

Meeting interesting people from around the state.

Every semester you get to miss a week of school and go on camp, getting the opportunity to meet a lot of new people and make new friends.

The wonderful teachers and challenging classes, staying up all night to finish the assignment that you left to the last minute or messaging your friends after a test to compare answers, and the awesome camps and tight-knit classmates that will stay forever friends all make the program so special and worthwhile.

So many things such as the friends, opportunities & the special bond that you form with your teachers throughout your time in the program.

Improves my education and grants me more opportunities to grow as a person.

The sense of community that you get when you have the chance to meet and connect with like-minded peers from around the state.

Receiving an education that we would not usually have in our own schools, but also meeting some amazing people and having endless opportunities.

The great education it provides for regional students who would not otherwise be able to have their efforts appreciated or their skills developed.

How cool everyone in the program is. My first camp was an experience I will not forget because everyone was so welcoming and kind. Also, the teachers are amazing, supportive, and talented – really made the journey worth it.

You learn time management and how to prioritise what work needs doing and when, becoming self-disciplined, not having the distractions of other disruptive students, and working with students who are as eager to learn as you are.

The people. I’m quite a shy person but I’ve made friends that I’ll stay in touch with forever.

The teachers are incredible not only because they give us interesting assignments and are super knowledgeable, but also because they manage to create a friendly and caring online environment. The teachers never fail to ask how our day is going at the start of lessons and I really enjoy the banter they allow in their classes.

We get to meet our teachers in their true essence and the memories we have are so funny and 10/10 to look back on.

The competitions in Geography, History, Science and English have been very enjoyable – representing GT Online in the World Scholars Cup was one of the best experiences of my life. The bonds I formed with my teammates and the questions the topics opened up are unforgettable, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with similarly competitive peers to challenge ourselves in unique ways.

The unique online learning experience which prepares you for year 11 and 12, and the small classes and specialized learning from teachers.

The independence I get from it, how I learnt to be more organised and self-reliant. There is also the many cherished memories I share with all the friends I’ve made through the program.

How I haven’t had to be in a normal Maths class for 4 years, plus the friendships are good too.

Meeting everyone on camp and forming friendships with people who I would never have met if I was not part of the program.

The independence and self-organized behaviour you learn.

What it means to be gifted

GT Online (7-10)

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