Gifted and Talented Program – ASPIRE

In this video, watch Di Barnes as she talks you through Corpus Christi’s Gifted and Talented programme.

If you would like any more information on our ASPIRE programme, please contact our office on 02 9988 3135 or email

Provision for the diverse learning needs of students is a priority at Corpus Christi. Our Gifted and Talented program (ASPIRE) is one feature of our school’s differentiation practices. 

Our ASPIRE program was launched in 2019. ASPIRE stands for Achieving Specific Personal Inspiration with Real Enrichment. The program was implemented with the assistance of Mrs Di Barnes. Di is an educational consultant who is passionate about curriculum differentiation and identification and programming for gifted students and other students with special needs. She has a wealth of experience in Gifted and Talented education at both school and department levels.

While ASPIRE is a gifted program, it is available for all students across the school and seeks to identify high potential and gifted students in a variety of learning areas. Students are assessed and identified using reliable and valid tools. These students are offered extension programs related to their specific learning needs and their progress and achievement is tracked throughout their primary school journey.

Additionally, enrichment programs for all students are provided both within the classroom setting and as extra curricula opportunities.

Internal Opportunities

Mentors in our community and beyond work with students in Mathematics, STEM, Visual Arts and Digital Technologies. Our newly opened STEM Lab provides space and easy access to a host of new 21st Century resources. This flexible learning space is utilised by all students.

Art Extension Classes

At Corpus Christi, Gifted education is not only limited to students requiring extension in Literacy and Numeracy. Students who demonstrate a high skill set and keen interest in the Arts are invited to join our Art extension classes.  Junior (Kindergarten – Year 2) and Senior (Years 3-6) gifted and talented art extension classes are held weekly during school time. Students are exposed to a range of different creative mediums and techniques as they delve deeper into the theories of art studying key art movements and influential artists of our time.



Our new dedicated STEM Lab provides space and easy access to a host of new 21st Century resources including drones, Virtual Reality goggles, 3D printer, robotics, coding and more. All classes visit our STEM lab as a part of their weekly STEM classes. Our specialised equipment enables exciting forms of STEM learning at Corpus Christi under the leadership of our STEM specialist teacher Mr. Spencer.

As a part of our Gifted and Talented unit, Corpus Christi invites outside STEM mentors to run gifted workshops with small groups of selected students. Recently we have welcomed workshops run by community mentors such as a Sydney University Professor, astrophysicist, drone pilot and 3D print specialist.  

Our Principal Mrs. Wheen also runs a popular weekly STEM lunch club open to all students who show a keen interest in STEM.


Public Speaking

Starting from Kindergarten, students at Corpus Christi learn the art of public speaking.  All students participate in our school wide Public Speaking Competition annually.  Students who excel in Public Speaking in Years 6 progress to the Diocesan Competition, competing against the best public speakers from our Diocese of Broken Bay primary schools.

External and Extra Curricular Opportunities

da Vinci Decathlon

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and legacy.

At Corpus Christi the da Vinci Decathlon is one way we support those children in Stage 3 with high ability in a particular field of their academic studies. They are prepared for the competition by participating in a number of practice sessions which are facilitated by a teacher trained in this field.

Maths Olympiad

Maths Olympiad is a unique program that is offered to gifted and high achieving Mathematics students in Stage 3. This international program allows high achieving students to put their talent to the test by competing alongside other students in Australia and New Zealand to solve mathematical problems in a creative manner, as opposed to simply reaching a solution using a prescribed method.

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G.A.T.E.WAYS is an independent, non-funded organisation, established in 1994 to provide opportunities for highly able and gifted children with special educational needs. Like-minded students can participate in programs that will challenge them intellectually and help develop their individual talents.


ISDA Debating

Stage 3 students have the opportunity to participate in the Independent Schools’ Debating Competition (schools such as Barker, Knox, Riverview, Abbotsleigh, Redlands, Kincopple Rose Bay and so on) under the banner of the Brigidine College Junior Team . The ISDA is the premier student debating competition for independent schools in Sydney. Expert coaches from Brigidine College coach our students in the art of debating and students participate in this interschool competition against a number of prestigious independent schools across Sydney.  In 2020, the competition was disrupted by the Pandemic but our Brigidine Junior Teams competed in the SDN (Schools Debating Network) competition instead.  Our Primary B team were victorious in the 2020 SDN Grand Final and our Primary A team were runners up in the 2021 SDN Grand Final

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Students have the opportunity in engaging in Chess coaching through Sydney Academy of Chess. The Academy provides a quality chess coaching service to schools and individuals and ultimately aim to bring an appreciation of chess into the minds of all Australians. Students can opt to participate in a range of interschool competitions throughout the year.

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ICAS Competitions

Students at Corpus Christi can participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools yearly. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global through the University of NSW and is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling and Digital Technologies. These competitive assessments are designed to recognise  academic excellence and students’ ability to apply classroom learning to new complex contexts.

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