Randwick Boys High School

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Gifted and talented program


Randwick Boys High School is pleased to be able to offer to successful students an opportunity to be a part of our gifted and talented program for Year 7, 2019, and limited places for Year 8, 9 & 10 in 2019.

This is a wonderful chance to be a part of an enriched environment for gifted and academically talented students who are grouped together and provided with stimulating intellectual challenges. A variety of opportunities are provided both in the classroom and through extra curricular activities.


Randwick Boys' High School provides a safe and caring environment for your son to learn and grow, a place where he can develop his academic, sporting, social and cultural potential. By offering a diverse, challenging curriculum, well supported by a dedicated, professional staff, our students learn in a dynamic environment and become successful, lifelong learners.

Gifted and talented students are enriched by a variety of experiences in academic activities, sport, the arts and leadership. Participation in university challenges, a Sydney wide competitive boys' school sporting zone and our annual school production with Randwick Girls' High School, provide some of those experiences.

International and interstate excursions provide added richness to students learning experiences. Our location enables us to maximize opportunities for students to visit places relevant to their learning, including the University of New South Wales.

Students are encouraged to explore their creative talents through innovative programs in dance and voice, through performances in both drama and music. The Visual Arts Department further nurtures the creative arts with artistic development.

An active leadership program has been developed with the Students' Representative Council and the Student Leadership Team, comprising the school Captains, Prefects and SRC.

The school has a focus on positive behaviour for learning and in developing, in each student, the potential to achieve his best. Our students join us as boys, but they leave us as men.


Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

1.          ACADEMIC MERIT


Students must compete academically with other candidates for entry into the Gifted and Talented Program.  Academic merit is determined by:

·      Academic placement tested conducted by Academic Assessment Services,

·      Student School Report and NAPLAN results,

·      The provision of a portfolio of student work samples.

Academic Placement Test

Academic Assessment Services conducts this independent and secure test in English, Mathematics and General Ability. It is set at an advanced level of difficulty. Register for the test via the School’s Gifted & Talented Students Page.

School Progress Report and NAPLAN results

For the Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 2020 intake (limited places): The most recent Student School Report and:

Year 7: Year 5, NAPLAN Results

Year 8, 9 & 10: Most recent NAPLAN Results

Both documents provide further evidence that establishes both student performance and application to learning.

Student Portfolio and Current Photograph

In addition to the above, the Student Learning Portfolio will present samples of work, including:

·      A piece of creative writing.

·      Documentation showing special talents, for example, artistic, technological, historical, musical,  sporting, etc

·      Special awards that detail specific interest or abilities. E.g. academic competitions, cultural achievements and leadership acknowledgement. Portfolio will be kept by the school so PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ORIGINALS.


Following the Academic Placement Test, successful candidates will be called to interview, where they present their School Reports and Portfolio. Neither of these items will be required at the time of the Academic Placement Test.


2.                  RESIDENCE

·         Students must be Australian citizens or entitled to study in Australia.

·         Students from non-government primary schools may also apply.

Family placement claim

Where students have equal results, the student with a family placement claim will be given priority. For most students, this will have little effect on the outcome. Parents may make a family placement claim if a brother currently attends the school.


The Randwick Boys’ High School Gifted and Talented Placement Test will be conducted at the school.

The testing timetable is as follows:

·      Start:                               8:45am

·      Recess:                           10:30am

·      Second session:             11:00am

·      Finish:                             12:30pm

The test is administered by an independent assessor to provide a secure test that will be unavailable for scrutiny before or after the test session.

In general, academic research does not indicate that coaching or practice will significantly improve the results of students on ability tests.

Students are assessed in:

·         Reasoning and problem solving,

·         Mathematical achievement and reasoning,

·         Reading comprehension,

·         Written expression.

Each test is approximately 40 minutes in duration. Applicants should not expect to answer every question.


This cost is incurred by the school hiring an independent assessor who provides a written report on each student’s results. A personalized student report will be delivered to parents, either during the interview process, or by mail, after the selection process is completed.


Register via the school’s website



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