Friday, 23 June 2017

The GERRIC September program for Gifted students is now open. Details can be found here.

For Gifted Students

Are you a student in Years 3 – 10 at an Australian primary, middle or secondary school? Are you bright, intellectually inquisitive and looking for something more challenging, more intellectually demanding, and more fun than you may sometimes experience in school? Would you like to take part in school vacation program that will really stretch your mind?
GERRIC offers a range of programs for gifted and talented students (generally students who are capable of performing in the top 10% of their age-peers). GERRIC holiday programs will open your mind to abilities you may have not suspected you possess, and opportunities to use these abilities to the fullest. You’ll meet other kids who share your interests and you’ll also meet inspiring teachers who love working with gifted students.
Our next GERRIC Student program will run 26-28 September 2017.

For program information and registration click here.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

10 Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should


"The following is a list of facts, traits and issues many would not recognize as a part of giftedness in children. Why such a list? It’s time to banish the many widely-held inaccurate perceptions of the gifted child. The pervasive but misguided idea of the gifted child—the child who excels in school, is well-behaved, is a natural leader and is emotionally mature—is the elephant in the room and that elephant needs to leave.

We need the facts to prevail so that gifted children can have, as all children should, the education and support they need to grow up to be happy and thriving adults."

Click here for the full article.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Gifted Underachievement - A look at some of the causes


Click on the image to see the YouTube clip.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Gifted Education Parent Information Sessions


What do the terms gifted and talent mean? What does the research say about the educational and emotional needs of gifted students? What does it mean that St Mary’s is a Newman Selective school? What is a Newman Group?

If you would like to find out the answers to these questions and learn more about Gifted Education at St Mary’s please join us for an information evening on Tuesday 30th May at 7pm. This session will be presented by Amanda Tinson - Sydney Catholic Schools Leader of Learning in Gifted Education and Meghan Bassett - The Newman Facilitator at St Mary’s.
A repeat session will be offered on Thursday the 8th of June at 9am.

Please follow this link to register which session you will be attending and to indicate any particular issues or questions you would like to have addressed at these sessions.

Some great reading lists to read through

Excellence in Reading: To encourage the joy of reading, the Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program. Includes Reading lists K-12.

Monday, 27 March 2017

The truth about Gifted versus High Achieving Students



This is an interesting article examining the differences between gifted learners and high achieving students. It highlights some of the joys and the challenges in parenting and teaching gifted thinkers.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Our Declaration of the Rights of Gifted Children




In recognition of Gifted Awareness Week, the Stage 3 Newman English class have developed their own Declaration of the Rights of Gifted Children.

Think Club holiday workshops


Think Club will now run twice a year, in the April and September school holidays.

The next Think Club will be held: ​19th and 20th April 2017
at SYDNEY BOYS HIGH SCHOOL
Experiential workshops for the inquisitive, problem-solving,
​creative and capable primary school child.
Our one day, hands-on, workshops are enjoyable, fun and interesting.

For more information about the Think Club holiday workshops - www.thinkclubaustralia.com

MindQuest 2017 workshops


For more information about the MindQuest workshops for 2017 contact Shelagh on 
02) 4232 2494

Friday, 17 March 2017

The trouble with Gifted is that no one understands what it is.


"It never, ever occurred to me that my quirkiness was a part of my intelligence."

A great blog post that explores the many facets of giftedness.