Monday, 14 August 2017

Please come and explore our responses to this beautiful story

Click on this link to explore the responses to this story and to learn more about the Transmedia project that the Stage 3 Newman Group have been a part of.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Collaborative Transmedia project with other Newman classes

The Treasure Box 
by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood.
The Stage 3 Newman English group have been working on a collaborative project with two other Newman classes at other schools where we have read and responded to the wonderful Australian picture book, The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood.

Stay tuned for the link to our final Blog in the near future. In the mean time, here's a sneak peak of some of the products that we have created.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Developing solutions and raising awareness in Geography

The Stage 3 Newman Group have been investigating how people and the environment affect each other in our recent Geography unit. They were challenged to identify an issue where humans are negatively impacting the environment and propose a solution to this problem.

Alexandre taught us about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and designed a unit that could battle this problem.


Elza and Rhea are calling us to action as Recycling Ninjas. Click here to view their website.

Stay tuned for more great learning as our presentations continue

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Would you like to know more about the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program?


Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) initiated the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program in 2011 as a response to ensuring educational equity was achieved for gifted learners in both Catholic Primary and Secondary schools.
Newman Selective schools provide high quality professional learning for staff and an authentically rigorous program for gifted learners within a nurturing Catholic environment, thus enhancing the whole-person. They offer a wide range of opportunities that cater for a variety of gifted learners and supports students’ social and emotional wellbeing.
Key Program Elements;
  • There are 39 Newman Selective schools across the Sydney Archdiocese supporting students from Kindergarten to Year 12
  • The program is facilitated by staff who have dedicated training in the field of gifted education
  • Academics and psychologists specialising in gifted education contribute to the development and delivery of the program
  • Students are assessed across a range of gifted domains in order to access the program and their progress comprehensively evaluated
    Students can participate in various programs such as creative arts, coding and computational skills, rich literature experiences, STEM initiatives and robotics
  • Newman Selective Symposiums are held annually to celebrate student achievement
  • To sustain a high quality educational program, all Newman Selective schools undergo a comprehensive accreditation process every three years
For more information visit -

Thursday, 20 July 2017

What Are Dabrowski's Five Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children?

Why gifted kids may seem to be highly sensitive.

Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski identified five areas in which children exhibit intense behaviors, also known as "overexcitabilities" or "supersensitivities." They are psychomotor, sensual, emotional, intellectual, and imaginational. Gifted children tend to have multiple intensities, although one is usually dominant.
Does your child complain about the seams in his socks? Put her hands over her ears when the movie starts in the movie theater?
Have trouble sitting still? Get moved almost to tears by a piece of music or work of art? These are signs of overexcitabilities.
This article provides a very helpful summary to these excitabilities.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Is it a cheetah? An excellent article explaining the reasons why gifted students must have their needs met in school settings.

If a cheetah is confined to a 10 X 12 foot cage, though it may pace or fling itself against the bars in restless frustration, it won't run 70 mph.
If a cheetah has only 20 mph rabbits to chase for food, it won't run 70 mph while hunting. If it did, it would flash past its prey and go hungry! Though it might well run on its own for exercise, recreation, fulfillment of its internal drive, when given only rabbits to eat the hunting cheetah will run only fast enough to catch a rabbit.
If a cheetah is fed Zoo Chow it may not run at all.....

A school system that defines giftedness (or talent) as behavior, achievement and performance is as compromised in its ability to recognize its highly gifted students and to give them what they need as a zoo would be to recognize and provide for its cheetahs if it looked only for speed.

This article, written by Stephanie S. Tolan, is one of my favourites and a must read for anyone who wants to understand more about why gifted students must have their needs met in schools. Click here for the whole article.

What to say to calm an anxious child

It’s time for school. The bus will arrive any minute. Maybe today will be the day! But then you hear it: “Mom, I don’t want to go to school.” Your heart sinks. Here we go again. Every day it’s the same conversation. The same conversation that usually ends up in tears, missing the bus and late for school again. “You’ll be fine, honey!” you say cheerfully. “There’s nothing to worry about!” But your words fall on deaf ears. Your child is fully convinced that everything will NOT be ok and that there are PLENTY of things to worry about. Sighing, read Here.

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.