Gifted and Talented

Gungahlin College provides students with a broad range of enrichment opportunities aimed at extending our students to reach their full potential. Connection to school and community are principles that we value and believe are essential for student success.


Gungahlin College Selective (GCS) is a school within a school for high performing students. Enrolment in GCS enables our staff to better meet the specific needs of gifted and talented students and to promote high academic expectations. At the start of each year, students who elect to become part of GCS will be placed in Connect groups of like-minded students with similar academic ambitions including graduates from our own Year 10 SMART Program. These groups are run by staff who are trained to support gifted and talented students. Our goal is that through participation in the program we are better able to help our most outstanding students better reach their potential.

GCS aims to go beyond bare minimum requirements for an ACT Tertiary Entrance Statement. Inspired by successful programs for exceptional students we will guide candidates through academic achievement to leadership and then community projects. We expect that the richness of their educational experience will place GCS students in good stead for university scholarships upon graduation.

To be eligible for the GCS program, students needs to provide evidence of having been enrolled in a gifted and talented program in Year 10. Alternatively, students who can demonstrate achievement at Band 10 in the NAPLAN Reading or Numeracy components would also qualify.

Applicants who are accepted into the GCS program are not subject to Priority Enrolment Area restrictions.


ANU Extension Program (Formerly known as ANU Secondary College)

The ANU Extension Program provides students with a taste of the university learning experience and an opportunity to study courses using facilities and staff located on the ANU campus. These courses are called 'H' courses and allow students to enrich their study in a range of which include mathematics, science, engineering, languages and music.


The Arts

  • Performing Arts Immersion Stream: An extension course which enables students to undertake an intensive study of performing arts. Student may select two or more courses from Dance, Drama, Music, Live Production & Services and Musical & Stage Performance (Audition entry in term 1).
  • The Ausdance Dance Festival
  • ACT Public Schools Arts showcase event 'Step into the Limelight'
  • College theatrical productions
  • A range of opportunities to exhibit work and be exposed to visiting artists
  • Gungahlin College TV
  • Fast and Fresh

English Honours Programme

The English Honours Programme is a unique opportunity for students to extend themselves in the study of literature and modern forms of English communication in a variety of text types. Students who have a deep interest in the study of English literature, or who have consistently earned A or B grades in level one English should apply. Students will undertake a double major (English and Literature) and will engage in a variety of extension activities such as:

  • Guest Lectures
  • Film and Book clubs
  • Targeted Excursions
  • Creative Writing Camp
  • Writing competitions
  • Performance Poetry
  • Plays

Mathematics

  • Specialist Mathematics Double Major
  • Mathematics Tutorials
  • Participation in Mathematics competitions and University Mathematics days
  • Maths Camp

Languages

  • ACER National Languages Tests
  • Speech, essay and film contests
  • Global language proficiency tests
  • Overseas excursions

Science Honours Program

Gungahlin College Science Faculty caters for students who have ability, interest and talent in Science by offering an Honours Program in Science. This program has been designed to enrich and enhance student learning.Throughout the year, students attend lectures by eminent speakers and participate in enriching and extending learning opportunities such as:

  • National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
  • Titration competition
  • Questacon Explainers Program
  • CSIRO CREST
  • Science competitions

Student Leadership

All Gungahlin College students have the opportunity to become actively involved in our school community through a range of leadership roles. These roles create the important 'student voice' that creates our positive school culture. Some of these roles include:

  • Student Leadership Group
  • The Green Team
  • School Board Representation
  • House Captains

All leadership groups are supervised by a teacher, meet regularly with the College Principal and participate in school and community projects.