English teacher Tracey Patterson with Year 7 selective class students, from left, Isabelle Pilgrim, Ryan Lecchi, David Kitchener,
English teacher Tracey Patterson with Year 7 selective class students, from left, Isabelle Pilgrim, Ryan Lecchi, David Kitchener,

Grafton High gets selective

A MORE sophisticated learning style has hit the Clarence Valley with Grafton High School introducing the first selective class on the North Coast.

Grafton High principal Colin Lang described the initiative as a sophisticated thinking and learning program to support top academic achievers.

“The idea of the program is to stimulate and challenge the kids to keep them growing,” Mr Lang said.

The class of 14 Year 7 students applied for the selective program in 2008 and sat a general test last year to try and secure a place in the elite program.

The successful kids rated highly in the State for academic performance.

The selective class will see them through until the end of their school years.

“It is an important resource for the whole Clarence Valley because it means kids from across the Valley can access it,” Mr Lang said. “It is a pretty exciting thing for country areas because we usually miss out.”

As the program has only been running for a month, Mr Lang said it was hard to measure the success of the class. However, both teachers and students were excited about challenges ahead.

David Kitchener is cruising through his first year of high school in the selective class.

“I applied for the class because I wanted to stretch my abilities to the limit,” he said.



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