Celebrating High Ability Students
Harvest Home Primary School is very pleased to have students who have been provided with the opportunity to participate in the new Victorian High-Ability Program (VHAP).
The program commencing in 2020, will see high-ability Harvest Home Primary school students from Years 5 & 6 participate in a 10-week virtual enrichment program.
Students will be able to participate in either Primary Mathematics or Primary English.
This program will focus on tasks that stimulate students’ critical thinking, problem solving and creativity – enriching their understanding of English and mathematics. It is important to understand the program will not focus on accelerating students through core Victorian Curriculum content, but rather allow for and facilitate a deeper level of understanding and knowledge application.
At Harvest Home Primary School we believe that when students are able to grow, both in terms of academic outcomes, but also with respect to learning confidence. Being challenged to work out of a student’s ‘learning comfort zone’ is essential to developing a love of lifelong learning, as well as being a resilient learning with a growth mindset.
It is also important that parents and caregivers have an awareness that high-ability students should also become accustomed to this type of challenge. All students, including those of high ability need to be reassured that being challenged in this way is an important part of the learning process.
Selection for the Victorian High Ability Program
Only students who have been selected by the Department of Education and Training are able to participate in the program. As part of the selection process, the Department analyses student achievement data to assess student readiness and ability to participate in this program. Selected students will only be offered a place in up to one course each term.
Students will be invited to participate across multiple years if they are deemed eligible. However, students will only be able to participate in Mathematics or English once in primary and once in secondary.
Students will participate in one virtual class per week over a 10-week period. Students will also engage with learning materials using the web based, Learning Management System, Virtual School Victoria (VSV) Online.
External Teachers who have been specifically trained for this role will run classes each week, engaging students through a range of virtual strategies using Cisco WebEx. The teachers will also engage with students via forums, quizzes and blogs at Virtual School Victoria Online.
Research has shown that highly able students thrive when surrounded by like-minded peers. In the virtual classroom, students will be able to connect with like-minded peers from across Victoria, enabling them to extend each other both academically and personally.
If you require any further information about the any of our programs, then please do not hesitate to contact the school.
You may refer to the Department of Educations website page ‘Supporting high-ability students in the classroom’ which can be accessed at: