Saturday, 16 June 2018

Our World Needs Maths

The Stage 3 Newman Maths group have been exploring why our world needs maths. 

Here are two movies they have created to show us how we use maths everyday.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Experts Offer Their Top Parenting Tips for Helping Gifted Kids Thrive!

You may be interested in accessing this free ebook, written by over 27 experts in the field of Gifted Education, including Scott Barry Kaufman, Linda Silverman, James Webb, Carolyn Kottmeyer, Dan Peters, Lisa Van Gemert and MORE!

Click here to access the ebook.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Parent Information Sessions: Anxiety in Children

Please register your interest here if you will be attending one of the sessions.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) Animation Challenge

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is looking for animations created by students that represent one of the following musical movements. 
Create your animation to represent one of these movements:
  • Movement I: Awakening. Track Cue 1: 0.00–6.22
Introduction – Lullaby – Awakening – The Escape
  • Movement II: Plummet. Track Cue 2: 6.22–10.27
Suspension – Slow Motion (Pixilation) – Descending to the Sea
  • Movement III: Trash Vortex.  Track Cue 3: 10.27–14.11 or Track Cue 4: 14.12–18.14
    Surging dirge, reality, beautiful melodies intertwined with the trash vortex texture – Repeat (not literal) – Albatross circling – Ending

You may use any software to create the animation such as:

  • PowerPoint
  • AnimateIt for stop-motion animation
  • DoInk for green screen activities
  • iMovie
  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Character Animator
  • Scratch and Scratch Junior
  • Minecraft

How to submit your entry

Upload your animation to YouTube and email the YouTube link to by Monday 21 May 2018.
(Mrs Bassett would also love to see any entries that you submit. Please share with her at
Applications must include:
  • The student's name and age
  • Track cue number
  • A short description of what appealed to them in the music to inspire their visual representation
  • Which animation tools they selected.
The SSO will advise which students' animations selected for screening in the week commencing 21 May 2018.

More information is available here.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Be a Science TV Reporter competition - Congratulations to Orlando, Darci, Juliette and Hannah

Congratulations to our Science Reporters - Orlando, Darci, Juliette and Hannah

These students have had their video selected to be viewed on the competition gallery. 
You can view their reports here.

Gateways Festivals - Enrolments open now for July program!

G.A.T.E.WAYS has pleasure in inviting
gifted and talented children
 from Years 1-6 to
  ‘The Sydney Festival of Workshops’
 hosted by Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon
Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd July 2018
 from 9.30 - 3.15

(registration 8.45) 

G.A.T.E.WAYS Festivals offer a large range of workshops running concurrently over two days with the emphasis on challenge and fun. Parents may enrol directly at

Enrolment information for parents - setting up an account if a child hasn't been before

Year 1 & 2 program
Year 3 & 4 program
Year 5 & 6 program

Phone 02 9940 0303 if you require assistance or

G.A.T.E.WAYS is an independent, non-funded organisation, established in 1994 to provide opportunities for highly able and gifted children with special educational needs. Like-minded students can participate in programs that will challenge them intellectually and help develop their individual talents.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

14 Phrases Kids Said That Were Code Words for 'I'm Anxious'

Do you know someone who uses these, or similar, phrases? 

You may also be able to access this clip of the same questions.

If you would like to know more about anxiety in children, please come to our parent information session presented by our School Counsellor - Tamara Murrell on Wednesday 23rd May at 9-10 am and 5.30-6.30 pm. Tamara is a CatholicCare School Counsellor (Psychologist) and works at St Mary's on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Dare to Escape - a fun, family event for gifted students and their families

Newman Event in Western Sydney Friday 1st June 6.30-8.30pm
A fast-paced, fun and engaging evening designed for Gifted Students and their families to participate in.
This year's theme is "Dare to Escape".
Activities include trivia, brain teasers and an escape room challenge.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

11 Mind-blowing Math Documentaries To Watch

Do you know someone who might be interested in watching some or all of these 11 Mind-blowing Math Documentaries?

30+ Phrases To Calm An Anxious Child

Some very helpful and practical strategies presented here that may be useful if you have a child who is anxious.