SEAL Information

The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools (TAASS) is a collective of like-minded schools who strongly value Gifted Education in Victorian Government secondary schools. SEAL Academy schools, such as Staughton College, offer accelerated and engaging programs for their groups of gifted students.

 

The TAASS Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Program is designed to cater for gifted, talented and high-achieving students. It operates on the principles of Curriculum Acceleration and Enrichment. Staughton College is the only accredited secondary school to provide the SEAL program in the Outer-Western suburban corridor covering Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Caroline Springs and Gisborne.

 The first of these - Curriculum Acceleration – enables students to commence areas of work earlier and/or move through areas of work more quickly. The end result of this approach is to provide a more challenging learning environment for students. TASSS SEAL students complete a six year program which involves the study of a greater number and range of VCE units, including tertiary studies while at school, which can assist with both ATAR scores and course entry requirements.

 The second of these – Curriculum Enrichment – encourages the study of more complex and abstract concepts in class and a greater emphasis on higher order thinking skills such as analysing, synthesising, generalising and recognising relationships. Students are actively encouraged to develop investigative, problem solving and creative thinking skills which will challenge and engage them, and which will provide an excellent foundation for further studies.

 The TAASS SEAL coordinator oversees the program and learning progress of all TAASS SEAL students. The TAASS SEAL program includes a range of academic study along with enrichment activities and community focused events. Part of the learning progress involves monitoring student’s progress and reports. Supportive adaptable learning tools are a key element in ensuring every TAASS SEAL student achieves success. Each TAASS SEAL group stays together as a class for the first three years of their secondary schooling, receiving a purpose designed and delivered curriculum program.

 

TAASS SEAL Courses Offered:

From Year 7 – 9 the subjects offered in SEAL are: Advanced Maths, English, Science and SOSE, Music, French, Food, Health, PE and Art. After Year 9, the third year of the program, the Careers Coordinator, TAASS SEAL Coordinator and the Assistant Principal meet one on one with the SEAL students to agree on a personalised career action plan to complete their schooling. We encourage TAASS SEAL students to explore all options to ensure they can achieve their best ATAR score. Such options may include the possibility of studying a university course prior to entering university.

 

2018 Timeline for Enrolment Process for SEAL:

 

April –

 Week commencing 17th of April: State Primary Schools will distribute a Transition Pack to all parents/carers of Grade Six Students. If your child is at a Private or Independent School, and has not received a Transition Pack, please see Staughton College directly for a Transition Pack. This is ONLY for parents and carers who have not received their Transition Pack from their primary school.

 

May –

Wed 2nd May: SEAL information evening

Fri 12th May: Parents/carers return Application for Year 7 Placement forms to primary schools or directly to Staughton College by this date. 

August –

 Wed 9th August: Primary schools notify parents/carers of Year 6 students, in writing, with placement offers. This notification should include a rationale for any non-placement if applicable.

 Thurs 10th August: Registration for the Edutest will open on our school website.

 Fri 18th August: Registration for the Edutest will close on our school website.

 Sat 26th of August: Edutest Session at Staughton College (9AM – 12PM)

 

September –

 Mon 11th of September: Candidates notified of results and next stage in the interview process.

 

2018 SEAL Application Process:

The application process consists of three stages and all information must be provided to be considered for the TAASS SEAL Program.

- Apply for Edutest testing once confirmation of enrolment has been received. Link will be on the Staughton website in August. Successful applicants will be contacted for testing on Saturday 26th of August 2017.

-Students who pass the Edutest will move to the second stage of the enrolment process. At this stage, school reports, Grade 5 NAPLAN results and primary school teacher assessment forms may be requested. Forms will be emailed by the TAASS SEAL Coordinator if candidates progress to this stage.

-Student Interview, including work portfolio, with the TAASS SEAL Coordinator.

 For further information regarding the TAASS SEAL program at Staughton College, please contact Erin Favero. Email: favero.erin.e@edumail.vic.gov.au

Erin Favero

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