What a Great Conference!

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st March, Our Lady’s College played host to the 18th State Conference of the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children. 

Teachers and parents from across the State came together to hear Keynote addresses and workshops provided by specialists on the topic of ∑Gifted: A Rising Tide That Lifts All Ships.

∑Gifted: A Rising Tide That Lifts All Ships is the theme to promote the principle that gifted education strategies are of benefit to all students. The conference workshops focused on promoting and sharing exciting, challenging curriculum and pedagogy originating in the gifted field and which can be applied to all learning environments that lift achievement levels of all, as well as solutions and strategies for parents faced with the task of meeting the needs arising from raising gifted children.

The Conference was opened by the Minister for Education and Training, Hon Geoff Wilson with Keynotes from Tony Kitchen from ACARA and Katherine Hoekman from Abbotsleigh Anglican School in Sydney.

Tony addressed the development of the National Curriculum with a focus on inclusivity and how the new curriculum will provide for the needs of every child. Kathryn explored collaborative school-wide strategies to meet the needs of gifted students in ways that complement current educational trends. The experience of applying shared leadership principles to the development of gifted programs was outlined as was the value of school-wide ownership of development models.

The delegates were most impressed with a wonderful opening prayer provided by students from Our Lady’s College and the use of the Marymac Centre and our school facilities was most appreciated.

Special thanks must go to the staff and students of Our Lady's College, Annerley for their wonderful support of this conference. Our thanks also go to the Annerley/Ekibin Catholic Parish for the use of the Mary Mac Centre for the weekend.