Volume 30 Issue 13 14 May 2021 3 Sivan 5781

Primary news

Colleen Elkins – Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator – K-6

Gifted and Talented news

Gifted Awareness Week will be in Week 6 – a week set aside to highlight Gifted Education.

Dr Minh Ngyuen Hoan

As a lead up to this, our Primary School staff attended a professional development session delivered by Dr Minh Ngyuen Hoan. Dr Hoan has extensive experience in the counselling of gifted children.

He addressed staff on the Socio/Emotional aspects of Giftedness and provided successful, proven strategies for teachers to use when students exhibit characteristics such as perfectionism, intensity of emotions and an asynchrony with their peers, to name but a few.

Da Vinci Decathlon

Our Years 5 and 6 students took part in the longstanding da Vinci Decathlon, run by Knox Grammar School on Thursday 6 May 2021. This year’s competition was online but still presented questions of high academic rigour. The event traditionally attracts 160 schools and did so this year.

Our students worked effectively within their teams and showed ingenuity and determination. The results will be released next week.

Several students spent a fair amount of their time practising tasks for this competition and they should be commended on their dedication and their performance on the day.

Our Junior Ethics Olympiad team will now be working towards the Ethics Olympiad in June and our Future Problem-Solving team will be working on their next question on ‘Wearable Technology’.


Chess season has begun, and we are fielding four Primary School teams and four High School teams. The teams are performing according to their ability with our Year 7A team holding onto all eight points in the first two rounds.

Congratulations to all players for bravely facing their opponents and showing exceptional sportsmanship.