The High Performance Centre aims to develop students who are confident, independent learners who will be challenged rigorously. The programme at Shirley Boys embraces a holistic approach developing academic, creativity, problem-solving, sport and leadership aspects of boys’ education.
At SBHS our definition of ‘gifted and talented’ relates to those students who have exceptional or high-level abilities in one or more areas identified within our learning culture. These students possess or have the potential to go beyond the norms of their level. These students embrace the culture & responsive environment which they are surrounded by. The definition is not fixed and is reviewed yearly to allow flexibility within cohorts and developmental pedagogy.
Our practice & methodology is based upon knowledge of formal data, proven research in the specialist area of gifted education, identification procedures from feeder schools as well parental input. Our programme embraces key aspects of the ‘Shirley Man’ and facilitate the students to be highly motivated in their learning.
Better than Before (BTB)
The extension programme at SBHS offers a range of different approaches to allow our students to be ‘Better than Before’. These include:
Students have the chance to undertake a variety of academic competitions in order to apply their skills against other students regionally, nationally & internationally such as in ICAS examinations or Cantamath to name but a few.
All students in the extension programme from Year 9 onwards are provided with explicit guidance on study methods and are guided to understand their own learning style so that they can learn more effectively.
Students in Year 12 & 13 extension programmes act as mentors to students in Y10 beginning their journeys into examination subjects whether it be NCEA or CIE. Positive role modelling & contributing to the SBHS student community are key aspects of the ‘Shirley Man’.
Year 9 Passion Activation Lab
The Passion Activation Lab (9PAL) is a new option for 2019. This course is grounded on a strength based approach to learning built around student curiosity, self-directed learning, and passion-based work. The Passion Activation Lab (9PAL) provides students freedom to design their own learning during a set period of time during the school day. It allows students to explore their own curiosity through a self-manifested sense of purpose and study while within the support system of the classroom.
Elizabeth Wilson (Director of Gifted & Talented) explains, a key distinction compared to more open, self-directed learning and user-generated learning experiences is that within the 9PAL framework, this student-centred approach is only used a portion of the period, providing students a choice in what they learn and how they learn it during a set period of time within a school day. ”As a learning model, it promotes inquiry, research, creativity, and self-directed learning”.
In traditional learning, teachers map out academic standards, and plan units and lessons based around those standards. In 9PAL, students are in control, choosing what they study, how they study it, and what they do, produce, or create as a result.
Application & Selection Process
Interested students can apply for consideration to the course by completing the google application form here
Candidates will then meet the Director of Gifted & Talented (Elizabeth Wilson) for an interview to determine their eligibility for the programme.
The emphasis of the Sport Development programme is to provide an atmosphere within the school in which talented and committed students can pursue excellence in both sport & academic endeavours in a balanced and supportive environment.
The programme aims to develop the sporting abilities of our students across a multitude of sporting disciplines. The programme encompasses a high degree of technical coaching knowledge as well as instructional expertise in areas such as training, nutrition and sport psychology.
Academically, the programme delivers both NCEA PE standards in Years 10 & 11 as well as iGCSE Physical Education as a means of extension for selected Year 11 students. Both courses offer challenge and rigour to underpin both the practical and theoretical components of sport.
The programme has delivered success to the students selected to the course leading to notable performances both nationally and internationally. The programme not only works to support the success of school teams/competitions but works in conjunction with external coaches to support the students in the wider world of sport. Within the past year students supported by the programme have represented SBHS teams which have placed in the top 10 schools in NZ in volleyball, futsal, rowing as well as the successes in athletics, triathlon, freestyle skiing and boxing.
Selection onto the programme embraces a number of different aspects which include (but are not limited to) performance in chosen sporting discipline, results of fitness testing, results of e-learning testing, feedback from coaches and performance across all school subjects. The programme across all year levels has minimum standards in which students have to meet to maintain their place in the programme.
As well as our traditional Academic Scholarship which is awarded to the prospective student who scores the highest on the CV Gallagher Scholarship examination, for students starting in 2019 there is also the opportunity to gain the “CV Gallagher Creative Shirley Music Scholarship” and the “CV Gallagher Spartan Sport Scholarship”. There are also additional scholarships awarded annually, the details of these can be found below.
The C V Gallagher Scholarship examination for Year 8 students intending to enrol at Shirley BHS in 2019 is to be held in the SBHS Assembly Hall from 1-3pm on Thursday 7 June 2018. Please assemble in the Hall Foyer (in the main carpark off North Parade) by 12:50pm. The examination will end promptly at 3:00pm.
Candidates only need to bring blue or black pens/biros. No calculators are allowed.
The student who wins the Scholarship will earn $1,000 on his school account to defray 2019 expenses.
The Creative Shirley Music Scholarship made its inaugural award in 2016. The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming Year 9 student who shows exceptional talent, ability and potential. The recipient of this scholarship will be expected to make a significant commitment and contribution to the co-curricular aspects of musical performance at Shirley Boys High School.
The scholarship is available to a student who has instrumental ability and/or singing ability. The student will take Music as a timetabled option subject and will have a great passion for all aspects of musical performance.
All boys who are short-listed for consideration must audition. This will consist of a musical performance consisting of two pieces and a discussion over musical direction with key members of the Creative Shirley committee. The audition will last 15 minutes in duration. All short-listed students will be notified one week before audition.
The Creative Shirley Music Scholarship will contribute to the associated fees attached to a student’s school account up to $1000.00. The student who gains this scholarship will be embraced by great passion, expertise & enthusiasm in all aspects of his education.
Applications for the Creative Shirley Musical Scholarship close at 3pm on Friday 8th June 2018.
Auditions will be held at various times throughout the day on Wednesday 13th June 2018.
All decisions made upon the award of this scholarship will be made unanimously by the Music Department, Ms Kate Hays, Mr Brad Banks, the Director of Gifted & Talented, Miss Elizabeth Wilson, and associated members of the Creative Shirley committee led by Assistant Principal Maria Lemalie.
Cultural Scholarships are also available and awarded from particular cultural areas to outstanding performers. These are often sponsored by old boys ($750 value) and decided upon by the Head of the Creative Shirley committee and the HoD of Music. Not available by application.
The CV Gallagher Spartan Sport Scholarship made its inaugural award in 2016. The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming Year 9 student who shows exceptional talent, ability & potential. The recipient of this scholarship will be expected to make a significant commitment & contribution to the co-curricular aspects of sporting representation at Shirley Boys High School.
The scholarship is available to a student who has significant ability across a multitude of sports. The scholarship will last for 1 year & the recipient expected to maintain standards of fitness & academic performance as expected in line with the Sport Development programme.
All boys short-listed will be invited to SBHS to under-go a day of fitness testing, generic sporting assessment & short interview. The short-listed students will be considered by the Teacher in charge of Sport Development and the Director of Sport. You will be notified one week before assessment day.
The CV Gallagher Spartan Sport Scholarship will contribute to the associated sporting fees attached to a student’s sporting endeavours up to $1000. The student who gains this scholarship will be embraced by great passion, expertise & enthusiasm in all aspects of his education.
Applications for the Spartan Sport Scholarship close at 3pm on Friday 8th June 2018. Assessment day will be held on Friday 15th June 2018. All decisions made upon the award of this scholarship will be made unanimously by the Teacher in charge of Sport Development and by the Director of Spartan Sport.
In addition to this entry scholarship, the Spartans Sports Committee award two annual Y10 Spartan Sports Scholarships worth $400ea to the most promising junior athletes in the school. These awards will be decided on by the Spartan Sports Committee and presented at the Sportsman of the year dinner in September. Not available by application.
Code Scholarships are also available and awarded from particular sports to outstanding athletes. These are often sponsored by old boys ($750 value) and decided upon by the Master/Teacher in charge of the particular sport via their committee. Not available by application.