Gifted Awareness Week- 2017


Welcome to Gifted Awareness Week 2017

12th to 18th of March 

 DIVERSITY: Recognise, Realise, Respond


The 2017 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 2017.

GAW2017 Launch media release

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. A Digital Resource Tool Kit is available. Please email the National Facilitator, Melinda Gindy, to receive the GAw2017 Tool Kit.

For further enquires or to share an event, please contact you state or territory representative on the email listed below.

2017 Gifted Awareness Week Sub-Committee

 National Facilitator: Melinda Gindy

Northern Territory: Jodi Brown

New South Wales: Bec McKeon

Australian Capital Territory: Elizabeth Singer

Queensland: Gail Young

South Australia: Michael Southcott

Victoria: 1. Susan Nikakis

2. Michele Linossier

Tasmania: Lynne Maher

Western Australia: Enquires to Melinda Gindy

GAW 2017 Diversity- Recognise, Realise, Respond


National Competition:

The AAEGT GAW2017 sub-committee is please to launch the GAW2017 National Competition:

Declaration of Rights of the Gifted Child

Click below to download a PDF Copy:

Gifted Awareness Week 2017 Declaration of Rights Competition- GENERIC

Gifted Awareness Week 2017 Declaration of Rights Competition- GENERIC

What’s happening around Australia during GAW2017?

(*This page will be updated regularly as details come to hand. If you would like to submit a GAW event for advertising, please email the details to


Northern Territory Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented NTAEGT

1. Mini chess competition on Sunday 12th March, 1:15pm to 3pm at Casuarina Library.

Entry fees: $5 for non-members and $2 for members

 2. Robocup workshop for parents, teachers, educators and public on 14th March from 6pm to 7.30pm at CDU Blue 2A.1.01.

Entry fees: $10 for non-members and $5 for members

 3. Living Water Smart Sustainability workshop

Junior First Aid course by St John, 3D printing display; Award presentations for DoE competition winner/s;  Chess Corner; Medals presentation for mini chess competition winners  on Saturday 18th March  at Sanderson Middle School from 9am to 1pm; Free entries

For further information contact NTAEGT at:


Other NT Events

Award presentation by G&T Consultant for NT DoE’s competition


Gifted Families Support Group Inc. (NSW) GFSG Inc. 

1. Gifted Awareness Forum for Educators (GAFE). March 18th, 2017 with Keynote Speaker: Dr Susan Assouline

The Gifted Awareness Forum will incorporate the national GAW2017 theme Diversity: Recognise, Realise, Respond and will provide a unique platform for all educators to network as they engage in best practice application for gifted learners within their chosen field. The day aims to emphasise both networking (within both focus areas and stages) and practical application. Our breakout session will incorporate focus groups, with the emphasis being on practical application for engaging gifted students across various stages and focus areas.The Forum will be held in the beautiful grounds of Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales and will be followed by an optional, exquisite dinner showcasing our city. The Forum will be catered by The Grounds, Alexandria.


Flyer: Click here: GAFE NSW 2017

2. Games For Enquiring Minds (GEM)– South Coast, Nowra- Sunday 12th March 

Bee Keeping – Special Presentation by Amateur Beekeepers Association of Shoalhaven Ever wanted to have your very own beehive? In this workshop, we will: explore the life of bees. Watch a queen bee interact with other bees. Try on a bee keeping suit. Lift the lid and explore a bee hive. Learn about the importance of bees in nature. Taste locally made honey. For children in years K-8 and their families.

3. Little GEMs Excursion– Sydney- Wednesday 15th March- 10am

4. Parent/Teacher Seminar and Professional Appreciation Awards– Sydney- Susan Assouline- Thursday 16th March- Evening

Award nominations close Monday 20th of February. To submit a nomination, click here. 

 See for further details

Tasmanian Association for the Gifted (TAG)

1. Susan Assouline, American world renowned Gifted education expert, presents Addressing the Excellence Gaps

 4.00 pm, Wednesday 15th March 2017 Venue: Hobart

Despite education policy aimed to promote diversity, excellence gaps are evident in many highly industrialised countries.  These excellence gaps can be addressed through the application of one or more of the various forms of acceleration. This address focuses on the evidence-based practice of acceleration and its power to aid the development of Gifted and talented students.

Registration: Click here

Flyer: Click here: TAG-Susan Assouline Workshop

 2. Antarctic Exploration with TAG at TMAG Wednesday March 15th 2017

Come along to a special program at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for pre-school children aged 3- 5 and their parents/carers to celebrate Gifted Awareness Week. This hour long program will give participants the opportunity to get up close to some unusual animal specimens.  You will explore the Islands to Ice gallery with one of TMAG’s experienced educators to deepen your knowledge using observation and inquiry skills. Suits gifted pre-schoolers aged 3-5 and their care-givers.  

Registration: Click here

Flyer: Click here: TMAG Antarctic 2017

Other TAS Events

Sofos Day Gifted Awareness Week Students and Mentors (Internal event) Friday 17th March
As part of National Gifted Awareness Week , TCEO is holding a Sofos North and Northwestern Get-Together. TCEO schools are invited to send Sofos students and mentors. The students will participate in three activities and have the opportunity to collaborate with like minded students from other schools. There will be a parallel session for mentors.

Flyer: Click here: TCEO GAW event flyer


Queensland Association for the Gifted and Talented (QAGTC)

Pre-GAW2017 Conference: 

Queensland will host the  QAGTC 2017  25th State Conference 10-11 March More than data:enhancing learning for the  gifted learner.

Full day workshop with Prof Tamra Stambaugh Friday 10 March Rigour, Not Rigor Mortis: Differentiating Instruction and Promoting Learning Progress for Gifted learners.

Keynote speaker Saturday 11 March Dr Manoj Chandra Handa  Fostering Differentiated learning for the  Gifted.

Further details and registration: Click here

1. Gifted Awareness Week – Fun at the Park Sunday, 12 March 2017 – 9:30am – 12:30pm at Broadwater Park, 30 Mansfield Place, Mansfield QLD.

To kick off the week we are having a “Fun in the Park” parent support day. A great opportunity for kids to meet and play with like minded kids and also have a bit of space to run, hide, play and have some fun!

2. Branch Meeting / Parent Talk – Dyslexia & Learning Differences, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm at Robertson State School – Boardroom Estoril Street (back of school) Robertson QLD. Entry by gold coin.

We will hold our very short branch meeting commencing at 7:00pm to cover off all of the necessities and planning for upcoming events, with the discussion to commence at 7:30pm. Marion McMahon, Executive Officer, from Speld QLD (Supoorting people experiencing learning differences) is going to kindly host a parent discussion covering areas such as Dyslexia, Understanding learning differences, Quick identifiers, Accommodations for all classrooms. Marion will give a short presentation leaving plenty of time for questions and further discussion.

The Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children (QAGTC) West Branch

1. Gifted Awareness Week Discussion on “Diversity: Recognise, Realise, Respond on Monday 13th March, 7:30pm – 8:30pm  at the Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Rd, Meeting room 3, Kenmore Hills QLD. Gold coin entry. Members and non-members welcome.

Come along and have your say at our Round Table for this year’s topic of “Diversity: Recognise, Realise, Respond”. What does that mean to you?  Where are you at on this journey?  What experiences have others had that may be helpful?  Have a coffee and a chat and meet the West Branch members as we raise awareness for our gifted children.

2. QAGTC West Branch Children’s Competition on Sunday, 26 March 2017 – 10:00am – 11:00am   at Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Rd, Meeting room 3, Kenmore Hills QLD 4069 QLD. Cost of the event Member cost: $5.00 Non-member cost: $7.00.

Children will learn the basics of creating an argument and how to present it in the constraints of a debate.  Then we will have a go at debating a chosen topic.  Prizes of gift vouchers from our generous supporter “Presents of Mind” will be offered to the winner of the debate, and as always, our children’s choice award will be voted by the participants.

 For further info on all QAGTC GAW2017 events, click here 


Victorian Association for the Gifted and Talented (VAGTC)

In celebration of the AAEGT National Promotion- Gifted Awareness Week March 12-18 2017, focussing on the theme Diversity: Recognise, Realise, Respond, the VAGTC has created a package of twilight events aimed at servicing all  groups of the gifted community- students, parents and schools. Awareness is the first stage of recognition, leading to change and progress, and to this end the VAGTC has responded with a series of twilight seminars starting from March 21st through to April 19th acknowledging the diversity of this community via ongoing Professional development and family/student support strategy.

Further details: VAGTC GAW Package

Gifted and Talented Children’s Association of South Australia (GTCASA)

1. Saturday Club Workshop Saturday 18-March. GTCASA are holding Saturday Club workshops for gifted children. Plant-Parasitic nematodes with Dr Laura Davies (age 9-13) Disappointment/Anxiety with Britta Jureckson (age 5-8)

2. Gifted in the GardensPost-GAW event- Sunday 19th March Celebrate Gifted Awareness Week by gathering in the Botanic Gardens. Bring your picnic and blanket or fold out chairs. There will be a challenging group activities for children. 

To register, click here

For further information, view the GTCASA website.

Other SA Events

Dara School for Gifted Students will be holding a community picnic on Friday March 17th. Teachers, students, parents and Board members will congregate at the local park and hold a picnic celebrating both Gifted Awareness Week and the successful first six weeks of this brand new school.


AAEGT GAW Founding Statement