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For Parents

Frequently asked questions

Q. My child can already read. Can he/she start school early?

A. Unfortunately, no they cannot start school early. Pre-primary is the first year of compulsory schooling. Children who are turning five years old by 30 June start Pre-primary at the beginning of that year.

For more information visit the Department of Education's website.


Q. My child is gifted and may have a learning disability. How can I get more information?

A. It is possible for your child to be both gifted and have a learning disability.

This means that your child exhibits remarkable talents and strengths in one area and relative weakness or disadvantage in others.

If your child is applying for a Gifted and Talented Program and has a learning disability that may affect their test performance, please telephone the Gifted and Talented branch on 9264 4307.  Special Conditions for testing are available.

Q. What is the difference between Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC), Gifted and Talented Programs and Specialist Programs?

A. 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 Children are withdrawn from regular class to attend PEAC programs.

Gifted and Talented Programs are available at select public secondary schools. Children must sit the Selective Entrance Test to gain entry. Individual programs include:

  • Selective Academic Programs – maths, science and humanities
  • Selective Arts Programs – media arts, dance, drama, music, music theatre, visual arts
  • Selective Languages Programs.

Approved Specialist Programs provide secondary school children with the opportunity to follow their passion and excel in their area of interest. More than 110 Approved Specialist Programs are available in 60 select schools across the State, with specialist teachers and sports coaches developing and extending children’s specific areas of interest or passion. Programs are available in academic and applied studies, sports and the arts.


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