GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION
We have had an exciting start to 2021 with many opportunities for students at Lakes Grammar to develop their potential and extend themselves in a variety of areas.
Gifted and Talented Screening K-6
Again in 2021, students in Kindergarten to Year 6 have participated in a general screening process. Students in Years 2-6 have completed a General Ability Test that has provided all staff with information regarding our students in areas that they are excelling. Both teachers and parents have completed Student Nomination forms to provide further information on our students who require extension. Thank you to all parents and staff who completed the forms. It has been a valuable process to see what our students are doing to challenge and extend themselves in a range of areas in the school environment and beyond. This information has assisted in the formation of extension groups, provide support to these students in their classroom and to provide additional opportunities to extend our students.
Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge
The 2021 Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge (www.bebras.edu.au) is part of an international initiative whose goal it is to promote computational thinking among students. The Bebras Challenge is aligned with and supports the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum. This year we had 118 students across Years 2-6 participate in the Challenge online during Math Groups. The students all enjoyed working in collaboration with their peers to complete the competition. We received 9 High Distinctions, 14 Distinctions, 21 Credits and 50 Merits. A wonderful achievement for all students who participated.
Eve Hennessy, Samantha Olivieri (Year 3), Tahlia Wenger, Addyson Harmer (Year 4), Callum Lightfoot (Year 5), Milla Harding, Claire Hennessy, Brianna Roberts, Isla Yager (Year 6)
Jackson Morris, Ryan Mulholland, Marcus Connor, Tess Miller, Jensen Baldwin, Aiden Brownlie (Year 4), Ethan Curry, April Murphy, Ben Ruzicka (Year 5), Cohen Baldwin, Thomas Pearson, Christopher Webb, Kane McLeod, Fletcher Pigot-Irving (Year 6)
Ethan Dickinson, Grayson Kowaliw, Cleo Rutherford (Year 3), Ashley Webb, Declan Jones, Ari Mosca-Stollznow, Thomas Mackenzie, Lila Fox, Lachlan Collins, Isabella Thomson, Marcus Wells, Mackenzie Aitken, Alice Stat, Elise Croucher, Brianna Maidens (Year 4), Nicholas Beasley (Year 5), Simon Connor, Braydon Croucher, Corey Englebrecht, Zac Prica-Chamberlain, Talan Juarez (Year 6)
Jorja Beasley, Winter Steinhardt, Elise Cantor, Addyson Belgre, Ava Brien, Cheyanne Ringrose, Ella O’Donnell, Hadley Belgre, Lucy Webb, Tumininu Akanbi, August Keys (Year 3), Cooper Nicholls, Emma Blackshaw, Elise Smith, Yung-Shan Littlefair, Zara Feller, Maggie Yager, Flynn Cliff, Samantha Marshall, Max Sawicki (Year 4), Lauren Peachey, Giulia Bonato, Clover Harrison, Grace McLeod, Chloe McConnell, Willow Stuart, Ollie Carmody, Onadi Wijekoon Mudiyanselage, Maryam Abuturab, Callum McKendrick, Raquel Carter, Taivas Harding, Ava Dickinson, Kaella Doyle-Michaels, Keshav Panicker (Year 5), Emma Lamphee, Willow Rutherford, Charli Steadman, Daphne Jervis, Grace Wilkcockson, Isabella MacDonald, Ellie Petrie, Marlon Buckland, Olyver Hokin, Phinneas Mosca-Stollznow, Maxwell Trevithick, Charlie Cook, William Evans, Donald May, Darcy Brownlie (Year 6)
Math Extension and Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
The Year 3 and 4 Mathematics Extension Groups have been having a wonderful time working collaboratively to solve problems. They have thoroughly enjoyed applying their mathematical skills to real world problems. The students have been extending their mathematical understanding by participating in the Mathematical Challenge for Young Australians.
Hunter Regional Da Vinci Decathlon 2021
On Wednesday 31 March 2021, Lakes Grammar Year 5 and 6 teams participated in the Hunter Regional da Vinci Decathlon. The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students competed in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and Legacy.
All four teams had a very successful day with Year 5 Team 1 coming 1st overall and Year 6 Team 1 coming 2nd overall. Year 5 Team 1 won Creative Producers and Ideation, and Year 6 Team 1 won Ideation. Year 5 Team 1 team will now go to the State da Vinci Decathlon at Knox Grammar School in May.
Congratulations to our teams for 2021 on their fantastic results!
Team 1: Keshav Paniker, April Murphy, Callum Lightfoot, Benjamin Ruzicka, Ethan Curry, Ava Dickinson, Guilia Bonato, Willow Stuart
Team 2: Nicholas Beasley, Zac Cantor, Jake Lees, Taivas Harding, Raquel Carter, Zara Vohra, Kaella Doyle-Michaels, Austin Trevithick
Team 1: Cohen Baldwin, Corey Englebrecht, Donald May, Kane McLeod, Christopher Webb, Milla Harding, Claire Hennessy, Daphne Jervis
Team 2: Darcy Brownlie, Brayden Croucher, Thomas Pearson, Fletcher Pigot-Irving, Zak Prica-Chamberlain, Marianne Dagang, Brianna Roberts, Isla Yager