Gifted & Talented

Gifted Education in the Junior Learning Community (JLC)

There are two main arms to the Gifted & Talented program in the Junior Learning Community; the full-time program known as LUMOS and the part-time pull-out program known as FLARE in Years 3 to 6, and IGNITE in Prep to Year 2.

IGNITE caters for students in the early learning sector who are demonstrating exceptional mastery of content and skills in particular subject domains, providing extension work and investigations in core areas of study.

FLARE caters for mildly to moderately-gifted students, in the mainstream context, and provides a selection of short courses across the various subject disciplines. This program operates using a blend of problem and inquiry-based learning models and has students engaging in real-world activities, with intentional and measurable outcomes.

FLARE short courses are condensed units of work whereby qualifying students, who need extension and enrichment in a particular area of interest or ability, can participate. These short courses operate on a needs basis where children are referred by teachers and parents in consultation.

Highly and exceptionally gifted students require a substantially different program to the regular curriculum. In the Junior Learning Community, the full-time LUMOS program is available for Years 3-6. Entry into the program is via a very defined set of selection criteria and positions only have a one (1) year tenure. Each year, the classes are reconstructed according to highest student needs within each cohort’s population, with only a set number of positions available. As a ‘rule of thumb’ the program is designed for that portion of the student population who can demonstrate an Intellectual Quotient that is 135 or above; that is, highly to exceptionally gifted characteristics and potential.

LUMOS has greater rigour, less repetition, greater complexity and depth, and embraces the higher cognitive domains of critical and creative thinking as being pivotal to curriculum activities, both in class and beyond.

Within Hillcrest, screening for the full-time program begins from the preparatory years as student profiles are formed, and develop further in Years 1 and 2.

For external students, a process of interviews and formal assessments is undertaken, before any offer of placement is made. Parents or carers interested in Hillcrest’s gifted programs need to make contact with the college’s Registrar to begin the process of application and consideration.

Hillcrest’s Gifted & Talented programs address and build upon the Australian National Curriculum as a foundation and springboard into the higher order thinking and cognitive domains. We embrace Professor Gagne’s model for gifted education, as well as understandings from key researchers and practitioners in the field, such as: Williams, Maker, Kaplan, Ryan, De Bono and van Tassel-Baska.


Hillcrest Christian College also participates in competitions, assessments and innovations offered via major educational organisations throughout the school year. Competitions and events might include, but are not limited to: Readers’ Cup, AB Paterson Public Speaking, ICAS, Maths Olympiads, Choral Excellence programs, HILLSPELL (Spelling Bee) etc …

Gifted Education in the Senior Learning Community (SLC)



For more detailed information contact the College on to communicate with personnel who oversee each of the Gifted & Talented initiatives.

Students in our Year 7 New Horizons classes studying Mathematics and Science through Design-Based Learning.
Topics covered: Percentage of change, ratios, forces, friction, magnetism, aerodynamics, aeronautics, surface area, volume and more.