Thursday, 5 April 2018

Be a Science TV Reporter competition

Create a 90-second video about something you find fascinating about the universe.
Research one aspect of the cosmos that excites you and create a video with you as the host, then upload it at the below link. The organisers are looking for great examples of science, research, communication and media literacy. You can work individually or in a group.
The best entries will be featured on Stargazing Live with Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro on ABC TV.
Upload your entries here from 16 April 2018. Contact if you have any questions.
Closes: 9 May 2018, 5pm (AEST) 
Mrs Bassett would also love to see your entry. Please share your film with her at
Looking for some inspiration? You might like to watch these videos.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

What is 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 48 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 further information see the Sydney Catholic Schools Newman Selective Gifted Education site.

Mind Quest Workshops

These challenging fast paced two day workshops are designed to stimulate and extend your child across a broad range of subject areas. These hands on activities include chemistry, earth sciences, lego robotics, drama, art, writing and much more. Courses focus on developing critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving and broadening your child's interests. Many of the courses for older children give them a unique opportunity to acquire advanced concepts at the high school level. 

To find out more about the 2018 courses click here.

Monday, 19 March 2018

A word from the gifted

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Gifted Awareness Week

Gifted Awareness Week Australia 2018 – March 18th to 24th
ACCEPTANCE: Diversity and Equality

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 18thto 24th of March and is centred on the national theme Acceptance: Diversity & Equity.

Events being held to celebrate:

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

GFSG's Thoughtspace - opportunities for gifted students and their families

The latest issue of GFSG's Thoughtspace has some great opportunities for gifted students (K - 8) and their families and also contains some interesting articles. Click here to read the publication.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Term 1 Gifted Education Parent Information Sessions

Please complete this google form to indicated which session you will be attending.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Think Club Holiday workshops @Sydney Boys High School

Click here for more information about the Think Club holiday workshops.

Friday, 16 February 2018

A visit from our published authors

Thanks to Olivia and Erica (Year 6 2017) who visited to drop off a signed copy of the picture book they wrote and illustrated as part of their Geography work last year. 
We are looking forward to sharing this wonderful story with all students in the next few weeks.