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St. Monica Gifted Program
Welcome to the St. Monica Gifted Program web page.  Please use the navigation bar on the left hand side of the screen to locate specific information about your child's program.  This page contains general information about the gifted program. 
"Now there are varieties of giftes, but the same Spirit; and there are varietites of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieities of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophesy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the spirit chooses."
What is Giftedness?
"Giftedness is an unusually advanced degree of general intellectual ability that requires differentiated learning experiences of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated." - Ministry of Education and Training
What Exactly Do We Do Here?
The gifted program gives gifted children the opportunity to reach their fullest potential in the areas of creative thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative work.  The challenges are often open ended which means that they rarely have one solution and they always have multiple paths to the solution. 
Each grade focuses on a theme:
Grade 5- Change
Grade 6- Influence
Grade 7/8- Style or Power
Each term typically has two projects- one individual and one collaborative.  One project is usually research/written based while the other is more creative/hands-on.  In addition to projects, daily challenges may include building challenges, creative writing tasks, deductive reasoning challenges, TED talks discussions, oral/drama presentations, and mathematical problem solving.  Students also enjoy field trips, guest speakers, and class workshops.