Pacific Lutheran College’s Learning Enrichment Program caters for gifted and talented students and those students who require additional support. Results of point-in-time tests, teacher judgment, IQ tests, parent data, and a range of other information are used to identify children with higher levels of need for extension and remediation. Generally, Learning Enrichment staff will work with teaching staff and parents to advise them of strategies best suited to a particular child's needs. In cases of greater need, Learning Enrichment staff will work directly with students usually in class but sometimes on a withdrawal basis. Programs are individualised to best support the development of students. The College uses a variety of strategies and programs in its learning support and gifted and talented programs in accordance with the Disability Standards for Education and College’s Catering for Student Diversity Policy.
Extension - Prep to Year 2
Across Prep to Year 2, children are naturally extended as teachers track their progress in detail and provide opportunities for children to extend themselves to the next level of their learning. Investigations related to the disciplines of Science and Humanities and Social Science from Prep enable all children to enrich their learning experience.
Extension - Year 3-5
Our data-driven enrichment curriculum allows students in Junior College to access a variety of extension opportunities. Students of this age gain extension through participation in Community, State, and National competitions and programs.
Extension - Year 6-8 Pacific Plus Program
Pacific Plus Program
Pacific Plus is a contemporary approach to meeting the needs of highly able students. The Teaching for Understanding pedagogical framework, underpinned by the PERMA model of positive psychology, forms the basis of Pacific Plus. Learning experiences are designed to foster the attitudes and dispositions of intellectual character in highly able students, with an acknowledgment that their learning needs can differ from those of other students in adolescence.
Da Vinci Decathlon Academic Challenge
Invited students in Years 5-10 compete at the Queensland Da Vinci Decathlon. The tournament is held annually and is a ‘Decathlon with a difference’, providing challenging tasks with an emphasis on higher order thinking and collaboration. Teams train to compete in 10 academic tasks including Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Ideation, Art and Poetry, Science, English and Creative Producers.
Future Problem Solving
Students across Years 7-12 work in teams or individually to identify problems, generate solutions and write an action plan to address problems of the future. This is a competitive national and international academic program.
The Philosothon is a program designed to develop Year 9-10 students’ abilities to critically analyse ideas and concepts, improve skills in argumentation and to collaboratively explore philosophical issues.