Events 2019

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December 5th, 2019

BrainSTEM is running a 1-day FREE Workshop on Design Thinking on 5th Dec 2019.

The workshop is for Year 7 – 12 teachers that are either looking at or already applying Design Thinking (or parts of) in your school.

This 1-day workshop will
Take you through the Design Thinking process      
Offer you hands-on learning
Build personas, explore convergence/divergence techniques      
Work with teachers from other schools and exchange design-thinking ideas/techniques.

As this is a free workshop, bookings are limited to a maximum of 2 teachers / school.
Please see attached flyer for additional details. 

Registrations are now open via Eventbrite:

October 15th, 2019

Gifted Twilight Seminars

Differentiation for gifted learners

This is the first twilight seminar for the Western Regional Area. Professor John Munro from ACU is the keynote speaker.

This is the first twilight session focused on the identification of gifted learners.
Teachers from both primary and secondary schools will also demonstrate how differentiation is embedded into the curriculum.
Participants will evaluate and respond to content which will be presented at each twilight session.

Register for this activity on My PL (IPLS) via the CEVN website

ACTIVITY NAME Gifted Twilight Seminars focusing
on identification strategies.
ACTIVITY DATE Tuesday 15 October 2019
CLOSING DATE Tuesday 8th  October 2019
CONTACT Dr Susan Nikakis
PHONE 03 9267 0305

Tuesday 15th October 2019.
Time 2.00 pm- 5.00 pm.
A light afternoon tea will be available
CEM, Western Regional Office
47 Synnot St Werribee
Who should register?
All teachers interested in identifying gifted learners and differentiating the curriculum for gifted learners.

No cost for teachers who currently teach in Catholic Schools

How to register
Register on the CEVN website under Professional Learning / My PL (IPLS) by 8th October 2019.

October 17th, 2019

VAGTC, CEM and ACU Presents 2019 Twilight Series 4:

Differentiation for Gifted Learners.

Joint Venture a Magnificent Success!

The VAGTC joined forces with Catholic Education Melbourne and the ACU to present a Twilight Series of workshops centred on the ever vexing theme of differentiating the curriculum for gifted students.

Presenters: Professor John Munro (ACU), Grant Buckler (Xavier College) and Dr Susan Nikakis (CEM)

This is the final seminar of a series of four twilight sessions focused on differentiation for gifted learners. Teachers from both primary and secondary schools will demonstrate how differentiation is embedded into the curriculum. Professor John Munro will be the keynote at each
Twilight Session. Teachers from both primary and secondary school will evaluate and respond to content which will be presented at each evening session.

LOCATION: Xavier College, Burke Hall Campus, Studley Park Road, Kew, 3101

DATE/TIME: Thursday 17 October, 5-7pm

COST: Free for VAGTC member schools, educators

THE CATCH: Limited availability

BEST IF YOU ARE: An educator

Please book now for October 17th


STORIES OF THE GIFTED is a short Seminar designed to display the Stories of our Gifted and Talented students in schools. Gifted students will demonstrate the impact of specific enrichment programs on their educational journey while reflecting on their personal contributions. Stories will be shared through Interviews, Videos, Human Libraries, and a Student Panel. Come and meet the students

DATE: 18.10.19
7pm – 9pm
McBeath Auditorium
Mentone Grammar School
63 Venice Street,
Mentone 3194
Park in Venice Street and enter the school through Gate 1
Free event

To register go to the following link;

November 1st, 2019

Ethics Olympiad

What is an Ethics Olympiad?
During the day all students will be involved in a series of three Ethics
Olympiad heats where they will be scored according to set criteria which
rewards, clear, concise, respectful discourse around challenging ethical cases.

At the end of the day, two teams will face off for the Gold Medal or Silver
Medal, and Bronze Medals will also be awarded to the third-placed team. This unique event will interest Gifted and Talented teachers, RE Teachers, Social Science Teachers, Philosophy teachers, Principals and School Administrators.

The event is designed to provide a focus for schools wanting to develop critical thinking skills in students.

How does it work?
Each school will send a team or two teams of five 'ethletes'. The heats
will be run simultaneously- with a common format and common
timing. There will be a round robin format with different schools participating against each other.

A central timing system and administrator will coordinate the event so that all Heats start and finish at the same time. Teachers will act as judges for schools apart from their own.

You can find the score sheet and criteria online and these will be sent to coaches once you have registered. Scores will be private on the day, but we will email the final scores to each participating school after the event.

The finalists will be announced at the end of the day before a playoff to determine the gold medal-winning schools. University philosophy lecturers and ethicists will judge the final event in the afternoon.

Melbourne - Scotch College - Friday 1st November 2019

Eligible Year levels:

In Australia we invite teachers of Middle school students Years 7 - 9 to participate

Download Flyer Here

For Further information and to register go to the following link;

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