Gifted Awareness Week

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How will your school, business or organisation get involved in Gifted Awareness Week Australia 2016? Hold a seminar, a children’s event…there are many wonderful ideas to promote an understanding of Giftedness in Australia. Share your events with us and we will include them on our website. For further enquires or to share an event, please contact you state or territory representative on the email listed below.

 The 2016 Gifted Awareness Week sub-committee has been working hard at local, state and national levels to encourage and promote a multitude of events centred on raising awareness of the needs of gifted children. We invite you to be a part of Gifted Awareness Week Australia in 2016. Join in with your state association in promoting and attending their activities. Share the conversations on the AAEGT and Gifted Awareness Week Facebook Pages, along with other digital and print media. Perhaps you may like to organise an event; a lunch, activity, seminar- the sky is the limit. We would love to hear what you are doing to celebrate and raise awareness of the needs of gifted children, and to share such events on the AAEGT website.

Gifted Awareness Week Australia 2016 Media Release

Please get in contact with your state/territory representative:

2016 Gifted Awareness Week Sub-Committee

 National Facilitator: Melinda Gindy

Northern Territory: Lenny Kwa

New South Wales: Bec McKeon

Australian Capital Territory: Elizabeth Singer

Queensland: Gail Young

South Australia: Michael Southcott

Victoria: City: Susan Nikakis

Country: Tamara Goodfellow

Tasmania: Allison Cornish

The AAEGT is holding a national poetry competition as part of

Gifted Awareness Week 2016.For a PDF copy of the flyer, please click here: Gifted Awareness Week 2016 National Poetry Competition.

(Please note: Entries for the 2016 Poetry Competition are now closed)


What’s happening around the country for GAW2016?




QAGTC State Conference: 18th to 19th March. In Focus: What Really Works for Gifted Children. Keynotes Dr. John Munro and Dr. Cathie Harrison.




Escape the Museum: Sunday 13th March. Family event and activities for Children ages 4 to 17.

Parent/Teacher Seminar and Professional Appreciation Awards Evening: Free event Monday 14th March- with special guest Lily Barclay from the DEC High Performing Students Unit.

2E Movie Night with Q & A Panel: Tuesday 15th March Held at the University of Woolongong

Little GEMs Playgroup: Wednesday 16th March Join us for fun activities with our 0-5’s and their carers.

Hawkesbury-Nepean Sub-Branch Coffee and Chat: Friday 18th March

Games for Enquiring Minds (GEM): Friday 18th March for children K-8 and their carers. Theme: Dragon Detectives

Dad’s Night Out: Saturday 19th March. Movie Night and Dinner


Australian Gifted Support Centre

Mudgee Family Activity Day: 19th March 10am – 3.30pm. Booking link:




Empowering Young Girls: 13th Of March from 9- 2:30pm is an event for young girls called – Empowering young girls to become great leaders.  Where several activities will be held for girls aged 6-10 years and they can develop skills such as teamwork, trust and leadership skills.

·         Lego Exhibition: 19th March from 10 – 2pm  is the Lego exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory.  This event allows the children to come together and socialise as well as build some great Lego creations.

Contact Lisa Doyle for further information on these events or view the PDF




Professional Appreciation Awards: To nominate a teacher/professional for an appreciation award: Please click on the link if you would like to nominate a professional who has worked with your child/family for the Professional Appreciation Awards in celebration of Gifted Awareness Week. Nominations close at 5.00pm 8th March.

Playgroup: Tuesday 15th of March: 10am -12 noon (also meets regularly on Tuesdays). Community Room at Franklin Early Childhood School. Further Information can be found at
Enquiries: email Elizabeth at

Seminar: Dr Catherine Wormald addresses the topic: Developing skills in teachers of gifted children now and into the future, followed by the presentation of certificates for the Professional Appreciation Awards. Thursday 17th March 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: The Hall, Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive Stirling ACT Tickets available at:
Cost: members: free, non-members: $30. Enquiries: Elizabeth email



Australian Gifted Support Centre:

Managing Big Emotions 5 – 8 year olds   13th March

Managing Big Emotions 8 – 12 year olds  13th March

Teen Hang Out 18th March



  • Has sent the press release to all mmg newspapers –the conglomerate of newspapers in the region.
  • Faxed the press release to 97.7 the ABC of Shepparton and the region- who was discussing Gifted Children last week on the radio. ( Thursday March 3rd).
  • Has sent the press release to Suzanna Sheed our Representative in Parliament.
  • Has sent the press release to Dr. Peter Eastuagh our local Paediatrician – who has promised to send it through his medical network of acquaintances.
  • The poetry information was delivered to all local schools and the Librarian in Shepparton fed it through the library network.

Other Events

2E Movie: As a part of Gifted Awareness Week, NAB is hosting an event with ‘kids Like Us’ 23rd March 2.30-4pm Melb – showing Thomas Ropelewski’s film ’2e Twice Exceptional’ followed by a Q&A panel. Tickets are free and available at eventbrite. A posting about the event and further details is on the ‘Kids Like Us’ page




TAG is planning to:

  • Send out DAILY emails to all teachers in the state with a handy hint about one aspect of gifted education during GAW
  • Run a ‘gifted get-together’ day in three regions (North, South and North West) across the state during GAW. (In the North this will be run in conjunction with the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery hosting a wide range of workshops including art, music composition, science, maths challenge, video production, lego robotics, drama, PE challenge, and creative writing)
  • Send out a number of press releases in the week leading up to and including GAW – aiming for interviews in the newspapers and on radio as well as television coverage of the get together three days
  • Highlight real life experiences during these press releases and ask parents / students and teachers to be interviewed.
  • Give out ‘showbags’ to those who attend the get together days and promote parents information evenings in the following weeks in each region
  • Run teacher PL sessions throughout the week in each region


For further Information, please contact Alison Cornish




Seminar: 15th March.  Association of Independent Schools SA and Flinders University are hosting Gifted Information Seminar for Gifted coordinators and educators.

Social Gathering: 19th March GTCASA Saturday Club and Social Club hold a joint “Gifted Gathering in the botanic gardens”, featuring talks by a Nick Coumbe, international arborist and tree medic and Dr Penny Tricker, plant scientist. Team up to locate and report on the strange plants but watch out for the patrolling guards.

Teacher Information Evening: 22nd March GTCASA presents a teacher information night “The changing conception of giftedness and its implication for curriculum differentiation.”

Registration and information for these events is available through the GTCASA website.




Australian Gifted Support Centre:

Mothers Morning Tea: 14th March

Family picnic in the part to Celebrate Equinox: 20th March