Gifted Awareness Week 2018

Gifted Awareness Week 2018

(and it's our 40th birthday!)
This year, Gifted Awareness Week is being celebrated during the week of March 18-24.

VAGTC is also celebrating 40 years of advocating for gifted and talented education in Victoria. So, as well as our activities scheduled during the week of March 18-24, we are also telling our friends and partners to celebrate with us and help us bring you a host of activities, conferences, and events.  Just because we can (it's our birthday!)

Your invitation is linked here: We have lots to be excited about!

This is our way of thanking you for your membership, your support and your likes, your shares and your follows! Be sure to check back to this page often as we update booking listings.

Some of our events are free or subsidized for members so be sure your membership is current by visiting the Membership Page

What's a party without some fun and games?!
Link over to review the activities we have planned for you, and book your spot before they disappear. Tickets are limited: although we celebrate Gifted Awareness Week every year, we only turn 40 once!

And what's a party without a bag of thanks?!
Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who are turning up to celebrate with us - and with our members and friends! We'd like to thank the following for their presence (!):

Catholic Education Melbourne, Burke Hall Campus Xavier College, and Methodist Ladies' College, Hawker Brownlow Publishing, and EducationHQ

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20th March (Tuesday)

SYN FM Radio: Tour and Workshop 

EVENT NAME:  Radio Station Tour and Mock Program Production, SYN FM 

BRIEF: Students will create a radio program and develop their own ideas into discussion topics and radio segments. Students and teachers receive a copy of all the audio that’s produced and some of the tours also include a live broadcast on SYN 90.7FM in Melbourne.

SYN Media is a youth media organization set up to empower young people and give them skills to become media makers. SYN broadcasts on SYN 90.7 in Melbourne and has a digital station called SYN Nation. The tour will be presented by young people who are involved in the production of programs at the station.

LOCATION:  SYN FM, 16 Cardigan Street, Carlton 3053 

DATE/TIME:  20 March (Tuesday)

10 am - Primary students

11.30am - Secondary students

COST: See booking link for details

THE CATCH: Limited availability

BEST IF YOU ARE: A student (All students/student groups should be accompanied by a teacher)

BOOKING LINK:  Book Now - limited spaces

Thursday 22nd March

One-day conference: Models of talent development

EVENT NAME:  Models of talent development: Three Lectures, Two Panels, One Workshop

BRIEF: For the first time in Australia, three world-class academics come together to present three models of talent development.

  • Professor Françoys Gagné - IMTD and DMGT models
    • Professor Wilma Vialle - Albert Ziegler's Actiotope model
    • Professor John Munro - Joseph Renzulli's Schoolwide Enrichment model

For Leaders: Learn the theory behind each model and best practices on how to implement the models at a school level.

For Educators: Learn the theory behind each model, and best practices in the implementation of the theory within the classroom  

For Parent-carers: Learn the theory behind each model, and how talent can be nurtured and supported, both at home and at school.  

LOCATION:  The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

DATE/TIME:  22 March (Thursday) 

  • 7:00 am - 8:30 am
    Lecture/Panel - includes breakfast (for Principals, year level team-leaders)
  • 9:30 am - 3:15 pm
    Lecture/Workshop/Panel - includes lunch and afternoon tea & coffee (for parent-carers, educators)


COST: Prices vary - see booking link

THE CATCH: Limited availability; one day only

BEST IF YOU ARE: A principal, team leader (breakfast session), parent-carers, educators (day session)

Link to Conference Program  
Download flyer
Ticket bookings


Sunday 25th March


Hands on Philosophy for Students

EVENT NAME:  Hands-on Philosophy: Workshop for Students

BRIEF: Get your philosoph- on. Two hands-on sessions with experts from the NGV work alongside students to develop creativity and thinking skills through critical inquiry and writing

Session 1: Art and design in a changing world
Using the exhibition themes of Change, Movement and Time as a starting point, students will explore how artists and designers respond to contemporary social, cultural and ethical issues in their work.
Can art and design make a difference? Explore this and other questions in an inspiring and thought-provoking journey through the NGV Triennial.

Session 2: Inspired English
Using a selection of NGV International works of art as 'springboards', students will investigate ways to think differently through critical inquiry and creative writing.

LOCATION:  NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3006  

DATE/TIME:  25 March (Sunday)
Session 1: 11am
Session 2: 12pm

COST: See booking link for details

THE CATCH: Limited availability

BEST IF YOU ARE: A middle-years student up to year 10. All students/student groups should be accompanied by a teacher or parent

BOOKING LINK:  Book Now - limited spaces!



22nd February

Paul Read, The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

EVENT NAME:  MLC in partnership with VAGTC: Paul Read
Fortune telling and propaganda versus the real challenges facing younger generations - how you can know the difference, how you can make the difference!

PRESENTER:  Paul Read, The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

BRIEF: Paul discusses the challenges facing the younger generation and the ways in which we can increase our understanding of sustainability and resilience trends, challenges and solutions. Students will be thoroughly engaged throughout this fascinating presentation.

  • Topics discussed include: 
  • Singularity - technology and how this will change jobs
  • Pollution and climate 
  • Gender roles
  • Consumerism
  • Intergenerational equity
  • National security - terrorism, war, natural disasters

Assembly Hall, Methodist Ladies' College, 207 Barkers Road, Kew 

DATE/TIME:  Thursday 22nd February 4-5pm 

COST: Free to all

THE CATCH: Limited availability

BEST IF YOU ARE: A student (All students/student groups should be accompanied by a teacher)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Here's the flyer!


Monday, 5th March 

Twilight Series 1: Identification - Best Practices 

EVENT NAME:  CEM, ACU and VAGTC Twilight Series 1: Identification - Best practices

PRESENTERS:  Professor John Munro, Grant Buckler, Matthew White, and Dr Susan Nikakis

BRIEF: Join Prof John Munro, Grant Buckler, Matthew White, and Dr Susan Nikakis to understand the challenges facing educators today in the identification of gifted and talented students. Who are they? What do they look like? 

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

DATE/TIME:  Monday 5th March, 5-7pm 

COST: Free for VAGTC member schools, educators

THE CATCH: Limited availability

BEST IF YOU ARE: An educator