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New academic program for Fremantle

A new Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Program will open in Fremantle in 2018, to provide students in the Fremantle and Cockburn area a comprehensive academic pathway from Year 7 through to Year 12.

Fremantle College is one of only nine schools in Western Australia offering the prestigious Gifted and Talented Academic Program.

Principal Myles Draper acknowledged that the Independent Public School will provide an academic program giving students access to specialist teachers, leadership programs and university extension opportunities, and it will place great importance on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education.

“Our academic program will focus on STEAM as the growing importance of this sector is recognised in the national curriculum,” Mr Draper said.

“With professional careers in health care, scientific and technical services and other ICT professionals and engineers significantly in the next five years, the focus on STEAM gives students a powerful toolkit they can use and apply to a broad range of careers that are important to the future economic sustainability of the Australian economy, providing them with the competitive edge for future employment.”

Gifted and Talented Programs provide challenging and highly motivating learning opportunities for children with exceptional academic ability and creative talent.

Through Fremantle College’s new program, Fremantle children can access specialist teachers with expert skills and knowledge who are trained to teach gifted children.

“Studying with like-minded peers in small classes with curriculum designed specifically for their needs means children are continually challenged to do their personal best,” he said.

Students in Year 5 can apply for the Gifted and Talented Program www.education.wa.edu.au/giftedandtalented and applications close on Monday 6 February 2017.

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