Holy Name Forster awarded Emmaus Award for Innovation

Due to the priority given to the school’s strategic approach to Gifted Education, Holy Name Primary School, Forster received the Emmaus Award for Innovation during the 2019 Called to Serve Mass.

Gifted Education at Holy Name has had the support and involvement of all staff, with teachers completing face-to-face and online learning courses in a combination of school and personal time as part of their professional development in the area.

The school has completed action research as part of this innovation and had outstanding involvement of students in the Virtual Academy that created profound outcomes.

The school has also been able to strengthen links with St Clare’s High School, Taree and Holy Name’s Gifted Education mentor has worked collaboratively with the staff and Gifted Education mentor at St Clare’s.

The school has also investigated and trialled a cluster grouping approach to class organisation. They have aligned this approach with systematic professional learning led by the principal on a fortnightly basis during the year.

“Our staff were thrilled to be acknowledged for our work in Gifted Education over the last two years,” said Brooke Schumann, Principal at Holy Name.

“We approach all improvement projects as a whole school and our work in differentiating the curriculum over the next few years will ensure the continued and successful focus on individual students at Holy Name.”

Congratulations Holy Name.

To find out more about Gifted Education in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, click here.

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