Our ALT team works within the classroom environment and with teachers every day. They are a part of our Collaborative Professional Release time each week as they are integral members of the teaching teams. They assist teachers with adjustments and resources to support the extension and enrichment of classroom programming.
Additionally, the ALT organise a range of programs –
- The Spaghetti Challenge – Links to The Gap State High School STEM program (selection process)
- Extension Art – Held at The Gap State High School (selection process)
- Extension Maths – Held at The Gap State High School (selection process)
- Mount Coo-tha Young Writers – held at a cluster school annually (selection process)
- Chess Competitions – arranged through the Chess Club
- Australian Maths Competitions – Held at The Gap State High School
- ICAS assessments – Maths / Science / English (Reading and Writing)
The Primary Mathematics Enhancement Course
The Gap State High School offers a Mathematics Enhancement Program for talented and enthusiastic mathematics students in the feeder primary schools. For students from Year the program operates at the Gap State High School during terms two and three.
The Dirichlet Series introduces students to logic, tessellation, base arithmetic, patterns and problem solving techniques. The students will be given instruction and assistance with the Mathematics Challenge and Dirichlet Enhancement Series produced by Australian Mathematics Trust. On completion of the course the students will be eligible for two certificates from the Australian Mathematics Trust.
Students who aspire to participate in this course need to be capable of independent work and to be self motivated to complete tasks at home. They would also need to have demonstrated excellence in mathematics, especially in problem-solving.
Australian Maths Competition
The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. Since then it has served almost all Australian secondary schools and many primary schools, providing feedback and enrichment to schools and students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe. By 2015, the AMC has attracted more than 14.5 million entries.
The AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). Students mark their responses on a mark-sense sheet and these are processed by computer. The earliest problems are very easy. All students should be able to attempt them. The problems get progressively more difficult until the end, when they are challenging to the most gifted student. Students of all standards will make progress and find a point of challenge.
There are five papers: Middle Primary (Years 3–4), Upper Primary (Years 5–6), Junior (Years 7– 8), Intermediate (Years 9–10) and Senior (Years 11–12).
The AMC is a fun competition with many of the problems set in situations familiar to students and showing the relevance of mathematics in their everyday lives. The problems are also designed to stimulate discussion and can be used by teachers and students as springboards for investigation.
The Gap Regional Instrumental Primary Performances School (GRIPPS) is a four day camp held each year. Instrumental Music students from 13 schools in the district are invited to audition for GRIPPS, and approximately 170 students are selected to participate. The students have the opportunity of working with professional musicians and conductors. Throughout the week, they participate in tutorials, master classes, concert bands, string groups, an orchestra (for the more advanced students) and a massed choir.
Chess coaching is available to all students on Friday mornings before school in the resources centre for a minimal fee. Qualified chess teachers guide the children through chess moves and strategies. Inquires can be made at the office for this worthwhile program. Students are invited to participate in competitions and tournaments extra cost will be incurred for these events.
Mt Coot-Tha Young Writers
This program was developed in response to the perceived need to promote quality creative written expression in the English curriculum, thus extending and challenging talented young writers. A consultant, acknowledged in his/her field of expertise, will act as the catalyst for the young writers to individually create, make and present a major piece of writing. While the workshop design team recognises that the emphasis of this event is on written communication, the young writers will further develop intellectual, social and personal awareness.