Welcome to the Gifted and Talented Children’s Association of South Australia!  Happy New Year and lets hope 2017 will be a winner!

GTCASA is a volunteer organisation committed to enhancing the social, emotional and intellectual development of children and adolescents with high intellectual potential.

We organise events for gifted children, their carers and teachers.

A Note from the Committee

We realise the lateness of this information  for registration purposes.  However we remind our community that we are a group of Volunteers only and time is finite.  Owing to the long summer break it is difficult to source and confirm presenter details – we need to remember that most of these are professionals with extremely time consuming careers and we need to acknowledge our sincere gratitude to all of them them for their time as the small remuneration we offer is only a token payment!

Forthcoming events include:

Professional Development Workshop

The Gifted & Talented Children’s Association of SA  (GTCASA) invites you to a TEACHER  workshop on:    “Come and Do:  Differentiate a Unit of Work for Gifted Learners “

Gifted and talented students are entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities drawn from the Australian Curriculum and aligned with their individual learning needs, strengths, interests and goals.” (ACARA, Australian Curriculum v8.3).

To gain optimal benefit from this workshop, it is essential that you bring to the workshop a unit of work you are currently teaching or are about to teach so that you can differentiate it for gifted learners.  

Dara School, 1 – 37 Pildappa Ave, Parkholme, 5043  (on the Ascot Park Primary School site)
Date:              7th March, 2017
Time:              4:00 for 4:30 – 6:00pm

Flyer with full details available here and registration form here


We are presenting another group of sessions  from “Rack the Brain”

Saturday 18th February, 4th March, 18th March, 1st  April (4 sessions)

 Robotics –  Learn to program 3D printed Robot  with Raphael Garcia, colleague of Abhi Verma.

Four sessions for ages 7-12 years.  Students need to bring a windows laptop and there is a maximum 10 per session with an  even number of students (so they can work in pairs).

You can register for the sessions here

Saturday 18th February, 18th March and 1st April –  

Disappointment / Anger / Anxiety – How to Manage these emotions for 5-8 year olds

Join Britta Jureckson in  this series of 3 sessions reviewing topics and strategies to recognise and manage these emotions.  Sessions suitable for 5-8 year olds. 15 students maximum.  You can register here

Saturday 4th March only. (one session)

Resilience with Madhavi Nawana Parker  for 5-8 year olds.  

A mix of activities on resilience and well being from Madhavi’s new book “The Resilience and Well Being Toolbox”

15 students maximum. You can register for the session here

Saturday 18th March only (one session)

Plant-parasitic nematodes: – Dr. Laura Davies 

Explore the hidden world of plant parasites and discover how nematodes that are invisible to the eye can flatten banana plantations and cause carrots to grow legs. We will investigate how molecular biology and genetic engineering can be used to create plants that control parasites in novel ways, such as plants producing proteins that stick to the nematode’s brain, and help ensure we can feed the increasing global population.

15 students maximum and register for this session here

Saturday 4th March and 1st April (two different sessions)

“Chances Are”  An introduction to Probability.   Dr. Michael Southcott – 9 to 12 years

Activity: Chance, dice and coins, adding results. What is the bell curve?

Fun with factorials. Combinations and birthdays.

How many people do you need in a room before chances are, two people share a birthday?

15 students maximum.   You can register here



…Would you or another family member like to become part of a PhD study on fostering the mathematical promise of Australian youth with high potential in mathematics? 

(closing soon so register NOW!)

Given the recent media on Australian students’ numeracy/mathematics performance on international testing and the number of STEM initiatives appearing, this study is timely and we are sharing information about the research project on our website to encourage members to participate.

The aims of the parent survey are to understand the school and non-school mathematical learning experiences of high potential mathematics students, and the impact of these learning experiences on mathematically promising students’ performance and engagement with mathematics.  Please note that all survey responses are anonymous, unless the parent provides their contact details at the end.  All survey responses will be kept confidential, and any analysis will be reported in an aggregated and/or de-identified way.

You can get further information at the links below or through this post parent survey attachment




…GLD or 2e  Gifted with Learning Disorders (GLD) support group meetings


…AAEGT GIFTED AWARENESS WEEK – 12th to 18th March, 2017 

GAW2017– DIVERSITY: Recognise, Realise, Respond

A Declaration of Rights of the Gifted Child

The AAEGT (Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and  Talented) is holding a  ‘Declaration of Rights’ competition as part of  Gifted Awareness Week 2017. You can log in here for more information.



GTCASA Committee

The Gifted and Talented Children’s Association of South Australia (GTCASA) is a volunteer organisation committed to the intellectual, emotional and social development of the gifted children of South Australia. GTCASA organises activities for children, and those who support them.

GTCASA  is always  looking for energetic volunteers who understand giftedness and believe in helping to unlock the potential of these special needs children.Please email us at huftedsa@gtcasa.asn.au if you have a couple of free hours to assist us with our plans!

Read more about our news, events and activities here.