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Gifted Education Week, 18 - 22 March

Human intelligence is the world’s most important resource.  We should do everything we can to nurture and protect it.
Phyllis Miller, Mensa Foundation

Gifted Education Week took place during the week commencing 18 March and Siena students and staff embraced it with activities to celebrate and promote the diversity and equity in the education of this cohort.  It is important to remember that a truly inclusive education embraces gifted students’ right to learn, to be accepted, respected and supported as stated in The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008).  

The definition of giftedness, which is generally endorsed in Australia, is by the Professor Gagné (2013), who maintains that gifted students are those who possess outstanding natural abilities in the intellectual, creative, physical or social abilities but may not necessarily be reaching their full potential.  Therefore, modifications in teaching, parenting and the way they are supported are necessary to achieve this.  This is paramount for the development of giftedness into talents and so with the right support and guidance, they will go on to make important contributions to society.  Thus, understanding the true nature of giftedness is essential for devising appropriate programs.  For further reading on giftedness in the Australian context, more information is available through this link:  

http://www.cecv.catholic.edu.au/getmedia/0d923109-6fb2-4f32-a2e6-c437073dfccf/Gifted-and-Talented-handbook.aspx?ext=.pdf

At Siena College, some of the activities which took place throughout Gifted Education Week included the provision of resources to staff on giftedness and differentiation; an informative display on the topic; lunchtime Chess Club and thought provoking board games; a lunchtime screening of a movie about a musically gifted young person and an incursion on robotics organised by Mrs Moore.  Overall, it was an enjoyable week of acknowledging and celebrating the learning diversity of our students.

Home Learning Club

Students in Years 7 to 10 are invited to attend an after school Home Learning Club. This is a valuable opportunity for students to receive some assistance with their home learning. 

Beginning in Week 1 of Term 2, the program will operate each Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm to 4.30 pm in the Albertus Magnus Learning Centre classroom. A staff member from the Learning Enhancement Department will supervise the program and will provide support as needed to students as they work on home learning tasks. An attendance roll will be taken at each session and students will be required to sign in and out of each session. 

If you would like your daughter to attend these weekly sessions, please complete the Expression of Interest form and email to ahanrahan@siena.vic.edu.au   A Care Monkey permission form will then be sent to you to complete.

Ansalie Hanrahan
Head of Learning Enhancement

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