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Junior Gifted and Talented Day

Last Wednesday we hosted over one hundred and twenty students from Scotch College, Kilvington Grammar, Mackillop College, Billanook College, Melbourne Grammar, Marian College, Northside Christian College at the 2019 Junior Gifted and Talented Day. The conference was an intensive one day program of short lectures presented by Julie Arliss. The aim of the conference was to improve thinking skills, become intellectually creative, identify assumptions and distinguish between good and poor arguments on relevant modern day issues.

In the first lecture, Julie discussed what kind of thinker the students are when it comes to the big decisions and how to identify the philosophical foundations of different types of decision- making techniques.

A community of enquiry was set up after morning tea in which the question: 'Is the meaning of life to be happy?' was discussed in small groups in order to reach a set of ideas that was then presented to the other groups.

The Genetics, Epigenetics and Transhumanism lecture after lunch examined the difference between somatic cell engineering and germ line engineering and the future potential and pitfalls for both as well as the ethical implications.

The final session of the day involved a debate on the culling of animals when they cause significant damage. The session concluded with an invitation for students to contribute their opinions on the topic and ended with a vote on the issue.

Students that participated from our College were Bita Afshar, Amy Barnett, Guilia D’Angelo, Daria Del Tito, Charlotte Dickson, Ella Graham, Ella Harris, Hana Lim, Lana Magyar, Trinity Ng, Madeleine Quin, Gabriella Sakkos, Maliana Tapusoa, Bridie Warren, Abbey Harford, Aurelia Tjitji and Sarah White.

 

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Last Wednesday we hosted over one hundred and twenty students from Scotch College, Kilvington Grammar, Mackillop College, Billanook College, Melbourne Grammar, Marian College, Northside Christian College at the 2019 Junior Gifted and Talented Day. The conference was an intensive one day program of short lectures presented by Julie Arliss. The aim of the conference was to improve thinking skills, become intellectually creative, identify assumptions and distinguish between good and poor arguments on relevant modern day issues.

In the first lecture, Julie discussed what kind of thinker the students are when it comes to the big decisions and how to identify the philosophical foundations of different types of decision- making techniques.

A community of enquiry was set up after morning tea in which the question: 'Is the meaning of life to be happy?' was discussed in small groups in order to reach a set of ideas that was then presented to the other groups.

The Genetics, Epigenetics and Transhumanism lecture after lunch examined the difference between somatic cell engineering and germ line engineering and the future potential and pitfalls for both as well as the ethical implications.

The final session of the day involved a debate on the culling of animals when they cause significant damage. The session concluded with an invitation for students to contribute their opinions on the topic and ended with a vote on the issue.

Students that participated from our College were Bita Afshar, Amy Barnett, Guilia D’Angelo, Daria Del Tito, Charlotte Dickson, Ella Graham, Ella Harris, Hana Lim, Lana Magyar, Trinity Ng, Madeleine Quin, Gabriella Sakkos, Maliana Tapusoa, Bridie Warren, Abbey Harford, Aurelia Tjitji and Sarah White.