Maintaining motivation, interest and achievement in students who are gifted

Date: Thursday 13th June 2019

Venue: Mt Lawley Senior High School

Time: 6:30 – 8pm and is free to members.

Presenter: Dr Catherine Wormald from The University of Wollongong 

Once a student has been identified as gifted and the needs and characteristics have been recognised by parents and teachers, the next step is to ensure that an appropriate program is implemented. Many schools are achieving this and students are keen and interested to go to school. A student’s schooling though is generally for 13 years, how then do teachers and parents keep their students who are gifted, motivated, interested and achieving at school. This presentation will discuss ideas and pathways for keeping students who are gifted engaged. Opportunity will be provided for discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies. 

Further details and information about how to book can be found on the link below:

Click Here to register


Term 1, 2019 

Gifted Awareness Week – Australia 

Gifted WA is thrilled to announce our support of Gifted Awareness Week in 2019 

Family Picnic

Our first event coinciding with the commencement of Gifted Awareness week is a family  fun picnic at Heathcote Reserve Duncraig Rd Applecross 

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Date: Sunday 17th March 2019 

Cost: Free Event 

Open to members and non-members 

Heathcote Reserve

Tuesday 19th March at 10.30 – 12pm.

Gifted WA 
Morning Tea in the City


This is an informal catch-up and chat for parents living and working in or near Perth city, and facilitated by the Gifted WA Chairperson, Dean Tollis. Come along for some or all of the morning to The LouVe Cafe in the Alluvian building behind BHP in the city, 58 Mounts Bay Road, Perth CBD.  This is a free event and there is no need to register, just come along and introduce yourself!

Date Tuesday 19th March at 10.30 – 12pm.

Location:LouVe Cafe in the Alluvian building behind BHP in the city, 58 Mounts Bay Road, Perth C


Tuesday 19 March, 6.30-8.00pm

On Belonging: Reflections on Gifted Children and Friendship.

Presentation followed by a Q&A Panel discussing friendship and social skills in gifted children. Hosted by Mrs Jennifer Burton and Dr Kate Burton of Gifted WA. Panel members include graduates of Gifted and Talented Programs who will reflect on their journey in relation to friendship and belonging. 

This is an event targeted at parents, teachers and other professionals (there is no provision for children to attend).  This is a free event for Gifted WA members, however please register so we can plan for catering and seating.  

Click HERE to register (non-members $25).

This event is being held at Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley campus.


Term 4, 2018

Gifted WA AGM


Differentiation for Gifted Students

DATE:  Monday 19th November 2018

VENUE:   University of Western Australia 35 Stirling Highway Nedlands 6009

Differentiation for Gifted Students 6pm – 7pm

This one hour presentation will provide an overview of differentiation and some practical and effective ways that teachers can differentiate content, process, product and the learning environment to cater for the specific learning needs of gifted students in the classroom.

AITSL Standard 1.5: Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of all students across the full range of abilities.

Dr Gemma Scarparolo is a lecturer in Differentiation and HASS curriculum (Primary) at The University of Western Australia in the Graduate School of Education (Master of Teaching: Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary). She is passionate about gifted education and raising understanding about the specific needs of gifted students. She enjoys working with pre-service teachers and teachers to provide practical and effective ways to cater for the academic, social and emotional needs of gifted students in the classroom.

Gifted WA AGM      7- 8 PM

Gifted WA’s AGM is an opportunity for members to hear the report on Gifted WA’s activities and finances for the previous year, to allow time for members to ask questions about the purpose and focus of Gifted WA and to elect members for the committee for the coming year. It will also be an opportunity to network and offer feedback to board members.

Free to Gifted WA Members (MEMBERS ONLY EVENT)

Refreshments provided, please register for catering purposes

Register Here

Term 3, 2018

Identification and Collaboration, Communities and Gifted Children Talk

Wednesday 12th September 2018, 6pm – 8pm (Registration from 5.45pm) Mount Lawley Primary School 92 Second Avenue, Mount Lawley

TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers and Parents

Identification: 6pm-7pm Cavelle Monck, Principal of Mount Lawley Primary School, will be presenting on the importance of identification of gifted students and offering guidance on how to make this happen in a school setting to help meet their educational needs.

Collaboration, Communities and Gifted Children: Is all that talk really necessary?
7pm-8pm Melinda Gindy is the Vice President of Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) and President of Gifted Families Support Group Incorporated (GFSG Inc) in NSW. Advocacy. The associated context often comes with a range of preconceived notions, many of which are strong and negative.

The Macquarie Dictionary defines advocacy as ‘to plead in favour of; support or urge by argument…’. The very definition of the word can manifest into the wrestling of the stakeholders in the lives of gifted children. Should such stake-holders become locked into a parent versus teacher or a teacher versus parent relationship, the effectiveness in working collaboratively gives way to a preventative boundary; depriving the gifted child of the best possible outcome for their education.

Research indicates that effective, responsive, well-planned home/school partnerships and communication produces numerous positive results for all involved. By developing an understanding and appreciation for the roles, expertise and experience that parents, teachers, students and the wider community can collectively contribute to a gifted child’s education, a constructive approach breaks down the boundaries of advocacy and produces constructive collaboration.

Cost: FREE to Gifted WA members, $25 for non-members Refreshments provided, please register for catering purposes

To register for this event go to https://www.stickytickets.com.au/74916


Would you like to promote your school, company or organisation by participating in Gifted Awareness Week-Australia 2018? Gifted Awareness Week Australia was founded by the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) to raise awareness of the identification, support and learning needs of gifted children and to celebrate the dedication of individuals and educational bodies who are making a difference in the lives of gifted children and their families. Gifted Awareness Week (GAW) 2018 will be held from the 18th to 24th of March and is centred on the national theme Acceptance: Diversity & Equity. Gifted WA and the AAEGT would like to help you promote your event, it could be an information session for your community, a morning tea, tour, performance, competition, information session, activity run by students or to showcase students, or another creative idea you may have! It could be long, short, big or small and we’d love you to get involved. Please contact us at info@giftedwa.org.au if you would like to discuss an idea, or send us your event flyer. Events and activities must be held during Gifted Awareness Week please. We would love to showcase to the whole of Australia what WA is doing for our gifted young people!

Please see below for forthcoming events in relation to Gifted Awareness Week. Please note, that unless explicitly stated, events are not endorsed by Gifted WA.

Sunday 18 March

Family Meet Up

Picnic @ Home of the Imaginarium (Perth College)

Picnic for gifted girls and their families


11.00 am to 2.00 pm

Founders Oval

Queens Crescent, Mount Lawley

Contact: bek.duyckers@pc.wa.edu.au



Family Meet Up

Gifted 2E Support Australia

Meet and Greet for Parents and Children

FREE event

Sunday 18 March at 14:00–17:00

Braithwaite Park, Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn



Our meet and greet events, designed for parents of twice exceptional children and their families, are a great opportunity to network with other parents and for 2E children to meet others like them. Come along and have some fun 🙂 Thank you to our member Joanne Richardson for hosting this wonderful event.
Meet our Perth members and let your kids enjoy exploring this Nature Play Area. We will meet on the grassed area near the Flying Fox. Looking forward to saying ‘hi’ and giving our kids the opportunity to make some new friends as well.


Monday 19 March


Gifted WA Event

Presentation: Helpful Hints for Parents of Gifted Students


Date: Monday 19th March 2018

Time: 6:45 – 8:00pm

Venue: Comet Bay College

2 Allatoona Avenue

Secret Harbour


The first part of this presentation is a parent’s reflection of her child who graduated in 2017 as dux of her secondary school and covers the difficulties encountered and how these were managed and overcome for a successful outcome.

Identifying strategies to help gifted students thrive in and out of the classroom by Alchemy Therapy’s, Dr Kate Burton, will follow.

Finally, the Dean of Academic Excellence will highlight practical tactics Comet Bay College implements for their gifted students.

Q & A session will conclude the evening.


This event is FREE to Gifted WA Members

Contact: Jennifer.Burton@education.wa.edu.au


Tuesday 20 March


Professional Learning


Day 1 – Educating the Gifted & Talented (3 day course) with Kylie Bice

Dates: Tuesday 20 March, Wednesday 23 May & Thursday 26 July 2018  Time:   8.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: Hale Junior School Learning Hub, cnr Glenelg & Unwin Ave, Wembley Downs

This course is appropriate for primary and secondary teachers, coordinators and school leaders who want a comprehensive understanding of gifted and talented education. This course includes all aspects of the entry-level Gifted and Talented Professional Learning Modules (developed by GERRIC with DEEWR) as well as up-to-date research, strategies and time for practical planning.

Click here for tickets.



Professional Learning


Introduction to Gifted Education with Rebecca Delaney (AISWA)

Time: 09:00 -11:00

Venue: AISWA Seminar Room (First Floor)

Suite 5, 41 Walters Drive, Osborne Park WA 6017

Tickets: https://www.ais.wa.edu.au/event/introduction-gifted-education-0



Student Learning


Scitech GT Program                                                                                                                                           

Scitech GT is a three-year program (years 7-9) for gifted and talented students organised by Scitech and supported by the Department of Education and Woodside. Scitech GT aims to bring together talented students from across Perth to socialise and investigate various science, technology, engineering and maths topics with like-minded peers. Students are invited to four events per year that include an inspiring guest presenter and hands on group challenges.

Program intake is available to 120 PEAC year 6 students in 2018 through PEAC coordinators. If you are in year 7-9 and would like to apply for the Scitech GT program waitlist, and the chance to attend a Scitech GT event on Tuesday 20 March please apply through the link below:




Thursday 22 March


Gifted WA Event


Book Launch – Dr Lesley Williams

“Developing academic talent in the schools of Western Australia:  A case study of students who scored in the top 5% on their tests”.

Venue: Excelsior House, Perth College

Lawley Crescent

Mount Lawley

Date:  Thursday 22 March

Time:  6.00 pm – 7.00 pm


This event is FREE

RSVP:  bek.duyckers@pc.wa.edu.au



Saturday 24 March


Parent Information Session and Chess Coaching for kids


Facilitated by Mensa

Time: 3pm – 4pm (the event runs from 2:30pm – 4:30pm, but if you can spare one hour from 3-4pm, that would be fab)

Venue: Bayswater Family Centre, 53 Murray St, Bayswater WA 6053

Visitors: Gifted education expert Kylie Bice & chess coach Dennis Holland.

[Mensa members only]


Are you running events during Gifted Awareness Week 2018 that you would like to brag about afterwards? We would love to share what WA schools and organisations are doing to raise awareness! Please use the hashtags #GiftedWA and #GAW2018 on any social media posts during the week so can all see the great things that are happening around Perth and Western Australia.


Previous Events

Term 4, 2017

This event was held at Scitech on October 16th, 2017. We held a Q&A Panel focusing on research presented at the 22nd Biennial World Conference – Global Perspectives in Gifted Education.  Tickets were free for members and $20 for non-members. Gifted kids will be better catered for, and happier, if educators and parents teach growth mindset, critical & creative thinking, resilience, persistence and then ‘get out of the way’. This was the key message from the recent world conference about Global Perspectives in Gifted Education. Worldwide, Australia is doing ok in educating and supporting our gifted, but we should improve the link between universities and schools. Thanks to panel members who shared their conference highlights, Scitech for hosting us, and to the parents and educators who joined in the friendly, informal discussion.”

Term 2, 2017

Identifying gifted students is often not as easy a task as we may assume! Not all gifted students are high achievers: some deliberately mask their abilities, while others, especially the twice-exceptional (or gifted and learning disabled), may fly under the radar in the regular classroom. When students have difficult or chaotic home lives, the challenge of identifying gifted young people becomes even more complicated!

Teachers and parents spent an evening listening to the research of Dr. Eileen Slater and Dr. Steven Martin, both of whom have a passionate interest in alternative methods of identifying gifted children. Eileen is particularly interested in identifying students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, while Steven has a passion for incorporating philosophy when identifying and working with gifted children and young people.

The event was held at Comet Bay College and hosted by Dr. Peter Merrotsy.

Term 1, 2017

With anxiety affecting many gifted people, it’s no wonder that tonight’s Gifted WA event on ‘perfectionism and anxiety in gifted children’ at Edith Cowan University was sold out.

Almost 80 people listened to Alchemy Therapy psychotherapist, Dr. Kate Burton, explain that perfectionism and anxiety caused behaviours like refusing to engage, fight or flight, constant checking and physical harm among others.  If not dealt with, it could lead to really serious problems in adulthood.

Tonight, Kate made clear that acceleration was under-utilised and research consistently showed it was necessary to extend gifted children early and consistently. Enrichment, such as pull out programs was just not enough.

It was a supportive environment as teachers, parents and professionals scribbled notes throughout Kate’s presentation and afterward mingled, and opened up lines of communication.

And while the parents learned about perfectionism, Just Improvise and Glen Hall kept almost 40 children mentally and physically stimulated with activities encouraging children to be themselves, be flexible and to be imperfect.