Extension and Learning Support
The opportunity for extension and support at Ringwood Secondary College is a dynamic feature of the teaching and learning program. Teacher flexibility and expertise allow for a rich program throughout the year.
ACE - Achievement, Commitment, Excellence - A program for high ability students
In 2017, the College ACE program for high achieving students is offered to students in Y 7 & 8. It will extend to Yr 9 in 2018.
The aim of the program will be to engage and challenge high ability students to reach their full intellectual, social and emotional potential in an enriched educational program. It will be offered to Year 7 students who demonstrate academic skills above those of their peer group, are self-directed and strongly motivated to achieve academically.
The Program Will:
- Accelerate the pace of learning in core subjects and add a broader range of enriching experiences
- Align to the Deep Learning educational model and focus on development of the six key competencies: creativity, character, citizenship, collaboration, communication and critical thinking Incorporate higher order thinking, problem solving and reflection as an integral process in student learning
- Encourage and support a quick progression to skill mastery
- Make provision for research and in-depth study
- Include provision for the continuation of appropriate EAL (English as an Additional Language) support where required
- Students in the Year 7 ACE class will undertake an enriched and rigorous curriculum for the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities (History, Geography and Economics). The language offered for ACE students is French. It is expected that students will undertake their language studies for a minimum of three years. For other subjects, students will participate in mainstream, mixed-ability classes.
Beyond Year 7
The ACE class will progress into Years 8 and 9, where students will continue to participate in a rigorous and challenging curriculum in their core subjects. In Year 9, students will also select elective studies as part of their program. In Year 10, students will have the opportunity to undertake one or two VCE subjects (Units 1 and 2). This will allow them to study at least one Year 12 study (Units 3 and 4) in Year 11 and provide them with the opportunity to study a University Enhancement Study in Year 12.
Application to the Program
Only those students who have been offered a position in Year 7 next year are eligible to apply for this program.
Selection of students for the ACE program will be based on the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST) which is used to identify academically gifted students.
The tests consist of four components: reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning, abstract reasoning and written expression.
An Application Form providing full details will be included in the package distributed by the College once placements have been offered in August. The tests will be conducted on a Saturday in September, 2017 in the College Hall or Library.
Selection to the Program will be based on:
- Overall results of the tests
- Interviews of shortlisted applicants
- Portfolio of student’s work
- For more details on the ACE program, please contact Mrs Annette Niven or the Junior Sub-School Leader, Ms Anna Urbano - on 9870 2002.
Students are extended in their learning areas by their teachers through accelerated work and activities, interactive and integrated projects and are offered opportunities to participate in extension activities including:
- Art and Design competitions
- Authentic LOTE experiences
- Maths Enrichment challenge
- Maths competition
- Interschool Debating
- Poetry Corner
- Problem solving projects eg Forensic Science
- Science competition
- Tournament of Minds
- da Vinci Decathlon
- Writing competitions
- Support Programs
Students are identified as needing support through a variety of ways including:
the Year 7 intake test, On-Demand testing, NAPLAN data, semester reports, teacher referrals and feedback and transition information.
Literacy and numeracy support classes are small and teacher/student interactions are high.
A small number of staff work one-on-one or in very small groups to teach students with significant literacy needs.