Students broaden learning horizons

Students and teachers at the PEAC program in Northam.
Students and teachers at the PEAC program in Northam.

Ms Carter said the program gave gifted and talented young students an opportunity to work together with like-minded peers and was particularly important for rural students as they were often the only gifted student in their small rural school.

‘Students work together to be engaged in challenging programs to utilise their problem solving skills to think clearly, analytically, evaluatively, critically and creatively,’ she said.

PEAC teacher Velu Ramasamy teaches students from Northam and nearby towns at the Northam centre.

He said students were taught routines and tools that enabled them to use their higher order thinking skills to be problem solvers as well as problem seekers.

It was important to give any student the educational opportunity to achieve their potential.

‘It is therefore very important to consider the needs of gifted and talented children and to engage them in various learning and extension skills,’ he said.

The PEAC students who attend the Northam centre are currently working on the theme of exploring and discovering the world.

So far they have studied global cultures, history, music, architecture, environment and science.

This term the students will look at the microscopic world and will study DNA and investigate cellular structure.