Gifted & Talented Education

Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) Program

Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) is a part-time program for public school children in Years 5 and 6. Children are tested in Year 4 and are selected to participate in a range of innovative and challenging programs offered in a variety of ways. Children are withdrawn from regular class to attend PEAC programs.

PEAC programs offer children:

  • the opportunity to socially interact with other gifted and talented children
  • an intellectually rigorous and challenging program
  • opportunities to interact with practising experts
  • the opportunity to develop higher order process skills and in-depth investigation skills
  • the opportunity to work on open-ended activities which encourage choice and negotiation
  • self/peer evaluation and reflection of performance.

Process of Selection

Children are tested in Year 4 with results determining entry. 

If you have any further queries about this program, please visit:

http://www.det.wa.edu.au/

or contact the school on 08 9330 2255

School of Instrumental Music (SIM) Program

The Department of Education's instrumental music school services over 400 primary and secondary Western Australian public schools.

Melville Primary School has an allocation for Flute, Guitar, Clarinet and Brass (trumpet and trombone). Lessons are weekly for 30 minutes in Year 5 and Year 6. There are 5 places per instrument, 20 in total.

Process for Selection

Children complete an Aptitude test in Year 4.  At this test, children list – in order of preference – what offered instrument they would like to learn if they had the choice. The test is then marked and students are ranked from highest to lowest. The coordinator then meets with the students’ classroom teachers and music teachers to attain an idea of the student’s overall effort and suitability.

Once they have been shortlisted, the students have an Expression of Interest sent home (this does not mean they have a place in the program). They then also meet with the Flute, Clarinet and Brass teachers to assess whether the embouchure will impede success.

The final process sees the coordinator making any last minute alterations and placements/offers are made.

If you have any further queries about this program, please visit:

http://www.det.wa.edu.au/

or contact the school on 08 9330 2255