Enrichment program for gifted children

An award winning program that helps to address inequities facing gifted primary and secondary students in regional and rural areas will celebrate its tenth year on Monday 29 June 2009.

The Able Learners’ Enrichment Program is a series of workshops for gifted children between the ages of five and 14.

Program coordinator, Pam Lyons, says the workshops aim to provide educational experiences that would not normally be part of the school experience of gifted children.

‘Being located in regional and rural areas means that many gifted children typically suffer inequitable access opportunities to intellectual and cultural experiences commensurate with their abilities,’ Ms Lyons said.

‘A combination of reasons contribute to the under-identification of gifted children in regional locations and their specific learning needs, compared with urban students.'

‘The Able Learners’ Enrichment Program allows gifted children to interact with other children of similar abilities and interests that they may not encounter in school. It also provides support to parents so that they do not feel isolated.’

This year’s program includes a repeat of the popular Latin language lesson taught by David Kennedy and a first-time presentation of song writing by exceptionally gifted singer and songwriter, Janette Geri. Ms Geri last year released her fifth album and completed an extremely successful tour of the United Kingdom. Faculty of Education lecturer, Dr Michael Faulkner, will also be giving a talk about parenting able learners in the morning.

Ms Lyons was awarded the 2008 Pauline Toner Award for the Able Learner’s Enrichment Program. The award recognises a significant contribution to La Trobe University and/or the wider community in the fields of social issues, education and environmental conservation.

It commemorates service to the community by Pauline Toner, who obtained a Bachelor of Education from La Trobe and who was Minister for Community and Welfare Services between 1982 and 1985 before her untimely death in 1989. 


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What?    The program takes place on Monday 29 June, and includes:

    10.00 am to 12.30 pm

1) 5 – 7 year olds, dressed as pirates, using problem solving and team working skills to build a vessel to carry pirate treasure across harsh seas.

2) 8 – 10 year olds using logical thinking to solve tricky Euler Puzzles, Brain Busters and other maths puzzles.

3) 10 – 12 year olds examining world famous bridges then constructing a bridge of their own design.

4) 8 – 10 year olds using a variety of mediums to create, train and care for their own pet monster.

5) 11 – 13 year olds engaged in fast- paced story telling.

6) 7 – 14 year olds exploring and developing the art of song writing (including a performance of their song)

1.30 pm to 4.00 pm

7) 5 – 7 year olds exploring the wonders of popcorn, the chemistry of sherbet, and the science of honeycomb as well as creating a volcano.

8) 8 – 10 year olds learning Latin numerals and names for many animals and birds, as well as reading a simple story in Latin about Julius Caesar and the pirates who once held him hostage.

9) 8 – 10 year olds try their hand at fast-paced story telling.

10) 10 – 13 year olds engaged in simple activities to show global warming and sea level rise, as well as offering ideas to reduce global warming and climate change.

Where?         Meeting point is the Student Union at 9.45 am, before students go to various rooms.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161
E z.knight@latrobe.edu.au