Virtual opportunity class – announcement by the Minister for Education

The Minister for Education and Early Childhood, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell, MLC, has announced the conversion of the Aurora Opportunity Class Pilot program to an ongoing provision. At Dunedoo Central School today, Minister Mitchell said:

Today, I am proud to announce that the NSW Department of Education, through the work of Aurora College, is adopting the ongoing provision of a virtual opportunity class for Years 5 and 6 students across rural and remote NSW.

It means that gifted and high potential students from Year 5 through to the Higher School Certificate can strive for the highest attainment while benefiting from living at home supported by their families, attending school with their friends and contributing to their local communities.

By sustaining the long-term future of the virtual opportunity class, we are adding to the suite of gifted and high potential options for local rural and remote schools through Aurora College.

The sound demand for opportunity class places illustrates the value in which they are held by local families.

It now means that a student can take advantage of the virtual opportunity class in upper primary, progress to the virtual selective stream from Year 7 to Year 10, and then be supported through academically demanding HSC courses through their final years.

While Aurora College brings significant equity benefits to students, families and schools in rural and remote NSW, it continues to demonstrate that the learning model it presents also offers dividends for life and study beyond the curriculum.”

The first intake of Year 5 Aurora students will be in 2021. These students will comprise Aurora’s first Year 6 cohort in 2022 and there will be a new intake of Year 5 students in this, and in each subsequent year. Applications for Year 5 placement in the virtual opportunity class in 2021 open Tuesday 28 April 2020 and close at 5 pm on Friday 15 May 2020.

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