Term 1, 2019
Gifted Awareness Week – Australia
Gifted WA is thrilled to announce our support of Gifted Awareness Week in 2019
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
Tuesday 19th March at 10.30 –
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 –
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
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
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 email@example.com 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
Queens Crescent, Mount Lawley
Family Meet Up
Gifted 2E Support Australia
Meet and Greet for Parents and Children
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
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
Tuesday 20 March
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.
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
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
Date: Thursday 22 March
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
This event is FREE
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.
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.