Gifted Awareness Week- 2016

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Gifted Awareness Week 2016- March 13 to 19

National Report

As Gifted Awareness Week Australia moved into its second year, momentum grew and incorporated many schools, businesses, organisations and individuals who sought involvement on a number of levels during the week. Focussing on advocacy, inclusion and knowledge-building, Gifted Awareness Week Australia brought the community together to celebrate giftedness and build awareness. A major source of encouragement was the shared stories of individuals who wrote articles, organised events and provided support to gifted children, their parents and their educators.

As this nation gears for a positive paradigm shift in gifted education, it was encouraging to view the statistics on the media release through the Gifted Awareness Week social media platform. With just over 20,000 views and 155 shares, the media release resonated with many individuals across the country.

Media Release

The newly-formed AAEGT Gifted Awareness Week Sub-Committee was instrumental in the success of this years’ event and are to be congratulated for their hard work and dedication. The AAEGT National Poetry Competition was well supported  and the team generated networking and awareness at ground level throughout their states.

The state and territory reports as follows:

Tasmania – Allison Cornish


Australian Capital Territory- Elizabeth Singer


Northern Territory- Lisa Doyle


New South Wales- Bec McKeon


South Australia- Michael Southcott


Victoria- Susan Nikakis and Tamara Goodfellow


Queensland- Gail Young


National Poetry Competition 2016
National Winners

The Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) held a national poetry competition as part of Gifted Awareness Week 2016. Exploring the theme ‘What Giftedness means to me’. Poems were judged on the expression of giftedness and the quality of expression, with recognition of both originality and creativity.

The affiliated states and territories received an extensive number of entries, all of very high quality, and reported that awarding places was a very hard decision. State winners moved onto the national level of competition. Congratulations to all involved and thank you for being a part of this competition.

The national winners are as follows:


8 years and under: Sabrina Franco 

9- 12 years national winner: Lillia Kono

13-17 years national winner: Thomas Dillon

18 years and over national winner: Kerene Garvan

The GAW2016 Sub-Committee would like to thank our judge for undertaking the difficult job of finalising the winners. Kim reports: ‘…It was very much an honour and I was struck by the varied responses as well as the recurring themes. Judging them was extremely difficult as they were all exceptional in their own way and the expressions of giftedness were intensely personal whilst also containing themes universally common amongst gifted young people (and parents). I sincerely wish to thank all of the entrants for sharing with us their joy, anguish, fears, hopes, challenges and creative expression…’


Kim Miller


Thank you to everyone who entered the AAEGT National Poetry Competition celebrating Gifted Awareness Week 2016.

Melinda Gindy

National Facilitator

Gifted Awareness Week Australia