MT Claremont’s Quintilian School is hoping to enhance its students’ educational experience after partnering with Mensa, a group that identifies and fosters those with an IQ in the top 2 per cent of the population.
Principal Neil Collins said the concept had been very successful in the education of gifted and talented children.
“We’re excited to be cooperating with Australian Mensa as we believe this will offer our teachers and students outstanding learning opportunities,” Mr Collins said.
“We strive to include critical, creative and problem solving skills in our curriculum to encourage high level intellectual thinking.”
Founded in 1946, Mensa is the oldest and largest of all the high IQ societies, with more than 100,000 members globally.
Mr Collins said the school had implemented the teaching methods of Singapore Mathematics, which has proven to be one of the most effective methods for learning numeracy skills.
“At Quintilian, academic excellence and rigour is pursued, but equally, social skills, physical health and the arts are of vital importance in preparing the children for secondary schooling and their place in society,” he said.
“Our aim is to maintain a teacher to student ratio of 1:20 and this allows our teachers to know, understand and cater for the needs of each child.
“We are sure that being an initial member of ‘Schools that cooperate with Australian Mensa’ will only widen the pool of opportunity for our students.”