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Gifted and Talented

Gifted and talented young children experience wellbeing and positive development when provided with supportive and challenging learning environments that are responsive to their individual strengths and interests.

At Box Hill North Primary School we have a two programs available for gifted children: Wise Ones and Gateways. Both programs are user pays and are held during school hours.

Born To Soar

Born to Soar are specialists in gifted education. Their approach is unique in that it takes a global perspective in the education and the support of students, parents, schools and teachers.

Their student courses are designed to specifically address the mind of a gifted thinker, to be challenging and fast-paced while allowing for a deep, rich exploration of concepts and ideas. Courses are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and can be undertaken at school or at home.

As teachers and parents of gifted children, Born to Soar’s founders appreciate the importance of providing a learning environment that engages the gifted mind and meets their need to learn. Offering students the opportunity to learn about learning and to be taught at their Zone of Proximal Development


G.A.T.E.WAYS provides opportunities for highly able and gifted children with special educational needs. The students are nominated by their teachers.

Like-minded students participate in programs that challenge them intellectually and help develop their individual talents.

Programs are inquiry based, with hands-on activities, problem solving and higher order thinking skills.

The School has been really successful in the G.A.T.E.Ways Challenges. Since 2011 each year the 3/4 and 5/6 teams have been placed from 1st to 3rd.

Tournament of the Minds

In addition to the Gateways and WiseOnes programs, Box Hill North Primary School offers all students in years 4-6 the opportunity to express their interest in the annual Tournament of the Minds competition.

Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Tournament of Minds provides the opportunity for Box Hill North Primary School students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.

Teams solve challenges from a choice of disciplines:

  • Applied Technology
  • Language Literature
  • Maths Engineering
  • Social Sciences

Tournament’s aim is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.

Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents or peers. They are encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution. They develop a creative and original way to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex challenge criteria and the deadline of Tournament Day.

The teams must also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge on Tournament Day. This challenge requires rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think creatively and well developed group cooperation skills.

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It is refreshing that fathers are just as welcome as mothers in school life. From Kindergarten where I have the opportunity to participate in my youngest boy’s class to school camp that I was fortunate to attend, I have always been encouraged and warmly welcomed. I have also thoroughly enjoyed participating in class room help for all my boys.

ChrisKinder, Years 3, 4, 5

The move into the grade 5/6 area which is separate from the rest of the school gives the kids a real sense of being the ‘big kids’ and is a start to their transition to secondary school and being more responsible.

EmmaYear 6

The school garden is such a fantastic feature of our school. Garden Club students have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of gardening from the role of healthy soil to how to use silverbeet to make delicious pizzas. Science, nutrition and sustainability are explored in a truly hands on environment.

Kaylah AdamsFoundation teacher - Box Hill North Primary School

We run a progressive and innovative technology program to produce true 21st Century Citizens. Students in Prep enjoy using iPads and students in the senior school will be instructed with Ultrabooks as a part of our 1-to-1 program.

Tom DanielLevels 1 and 2 Teacher, ICT Coordinator

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