In 2012, Comet Bay College recognised the importance of supporting the education of Gifted and Talented students in the early years (Kindy through to Year 4). To address this need, they established the Nautilus Club, which later expanded to include the Nautilus Master Class for students in Years 5 and 6. This proactive initiative has provided selected students with appropriate learning practices, allowing them to flourish academically.
These early experiences have laid a solid foundation for their future academic success, making this project an exciting and innovative venture highly esteemed by primary schools, teachers, parents, and students alike. Its success continues to grow.
The program invites nominated students who meet strict criteria from Comet Bay, Secret Harbour, Golden Bay and Singleton Primary Schools to participate in two-hour weekly sessions at Comet Bay College throughout the school year.
Objectives of the Nautilus Club:
- Foster the development of students’ individual abilities and skills beyond the standard classroom curriculum;
- Provide a platform for students to build relationships and interact with like-minded peers;
- Cultivate higher order thinking skills using Bloom’s taxonomy;
- Introduce and utilise thinking tools such as six thinking hats, CoRT thinking tools, and graphic organisers;
- Enhance students’ understanding of their individual learning styles, focussing on left brain/right brain learning, visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic learning styles, and the multiple intelligence approach to learning; and
Offer opportunities for students to practice and develop life skills such as goal-setting, decision-making, and personal organisation