Balgowlah Heights Public School

Excellence and Opportunity

Telephone02 9948 2225

Emailbalgowlaht-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Opportunity class placement

OC teachers and students working on an iPad

The Opportunity Class program at Balgowlah Heights Public School is for academically gifted students in Years 5 and 6. The class provides a forum in which students can learn to be creative and critical thinkers. In this stimulating learning environment, students are encouraged to excel in all aspects of academic, social, sporting and artistic endeavour. They develop positive relationships with like-minded peers and learn alongside others of similar ability.

Entry to the class is via assessment through the Selective Schools Unit, Sydney. Students are required to complete an exam while in Year 4. The exam is held in July each year with the results sent to parents in October. The exam consists of an English component, mathematics and general ability components.

 

Year 5 opportunity class 2020

Students who have gained a place or are on the reserve list for the Opportunity Class (OC) at Balgowlah Heights Public School are invited to attend an orientation morning on Wednesday 30 October 2019. At this time students will be able to meet students who have also been offered a place in their class as well as meet the Year 5 Opportunity Class teacher for 2020.

Students will also be given a tour of the school and will have the opportunity to visit an OC classroom. Attendance at the orientation morning is not compulsory however we would encourage students and their families to attend the program.

Key dates

Click on the link for more information and key dates with regards to Opportunity Classes.

Appeals

Parents may appeal against the decision of the High Performing Students Unit selection committee if they know something specific happened to prevent their child from gaining higher school assessment scores or test scores (but not both) which might not have been considered by the selection committee. All appeals must be supported by relevant documentary evidence.

To protect the integrity and security of the procedures for school-based assessment for  applications, confidential material will not be provided by Balgowlah Heights Public School to parents to support an appeal. This may include, but is not limited to, assessment materials or information relating to the performance of other students.