The Newman Selective Gifted Education Program


De La Salle College Revesby Heights is part of the Sydney Catholic Schools' Newman Selective Gifted Education Program.

Being a Newman Selective school provides high quality professional learning for our staff and an authentically rigorous program for our gifted learners within a nurturing Catholic environment, enhancing the whole-person. We are committed to providing a wide range of opportunities that cater for a variety of gifted learners, while at the same time supporting the social and emotional needs of all students.

We adhere to the nationally accepted definition of giftedness and talent, as developed by Professor Francoys Gagné's model. You can view this model by clicking on the link below.


The potential to perform at a level significantly beyond what might be expected from one’s age peers in any area of human ability.          


An achievement at a level significantly beyond what might be expected from age-peers in fields such as arts, technology, academic pursuits, athletics, sports and social action. Therefore, a student can be gifted without being talented, as they have not cultivated their gifts to develop them into a talent.

At De La Salle College Revesby, we are committed to providing relevant and innovative learning experiences for all our students to engage in the development of their talents, across all domains.

Key Program Elements:

  • The program is facilitated by staff who have dedicated training in the field of gifted education
  • Academics and psychologists specialising in gifted education contribute to the development and delivery of the program
  • Students are assessed across a range of gifted domains in order to access the program and their progress comprehensively evaluated
  • Students participate in various programs to extend and enrich their learning
  • A Newman Selective Symposium is held annually to celebrate student achievement
  • To sustain a high quality educational program, the College undergoes a comprehensive accreditation process every four years

New Digital Symposium 2020

Student Identification and Selection Process

For Year 7 2021, The identification and selection process for students interested in being considered for a place in our Newman Selective classes is changing. It now involves interested parents to complete the Parent Nomination form on behalf of their aon in order to apply for a place in our 2021 Newman classes.  

The Nomination Process

If you choose to complete and submit the Parent Nomination form, your son will also sit the Newman Selective Higher Ability Assessment which has been designed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). This will be held in Term 1, 2020. Details regarding the assessment will be shared once your son's nomination has been submitted.

Click here for the Parent Nomination Form

Instructions on how to apply for a placement in the Newman Selective cohort are:

  1. Parents can complete the interactive PDF form online
  2. Alternatively, parents may wish to download the form, print it and complete it by hand
  3. Follow the instructions as stated on the Parent Nomination form
  4. Attach copies of supporting evidence to the nomination form (eg: ICAS Competition results)
  5. Return the nomination form to the College by the date shown on the document

Our Catholic Primary feeder schools will provide us with your son's diagnostic assessment data, such as PAT Math and PAT Reading, which will support their nomination. There will be no need for parents to collect any information from their child’s Catholic feeder Primary school teacher as this will be shared with the College.

If your son has been enrolled from a school outside of Sydney Catholic Schools, we recommend asking  your child’s Primary school teacher to provide you with any diagnostic assessment information they have gathered that is related to your child’s educational development (eg: PAT Math results) and attach this information to the nomination form.

Each nomination for a placement in a Newman Selective Gifted Education Secondary class will be carefully considered by the Newman Selection Panel, even those without additional evidence.

If you have any questions in relation to the Newman Selective Gifted Education nomination process, please contact our Newman Facilitator or Leader of Teaching and Learning at the College.

Click here to read the full DLS College Revesby Heights Gifted and Talented Policy