Term 1 2019 Saturday Club – Well Being

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom – Aristotle.

TERM 1 2019

Session 1 – 16 February 2019

Session 2 – 2 March 2019

Session 3 – 16 March 2019

Session 4 – 30 March 2019

Saturday Club for Term 1 will focus on the theme of Self. Term 1 aims to empower the children with skills around emotions and philsophical thinking.

Junior (5-8 years)

The junior sessions emotional management program will be delivered by  Britta Jureckson who is a learning support teacher specialising in gifted education and is currently undertaking postgraduate study for a Masters of Education. Britta has delivered this series of three sessions dealing with Emotional Management for the past three years to great acclaim. This is deliberately offered in Term 1 to support the return to school of our youngest members. Children are welcome to refresh their knowledge from previous years and of greater value discuss their experiences. To round out the 4 sessions for the term our Saturday Club facilitator Lionel Bentley will be delivering a parent and child session on how to play pokemon –

Session One (16 February 2019) – Identifying and Controlling Anger. (Junior). In this session we will read a book about ‘the red beast’ to learn about what happens when we feel angry. We will discuss strategies to help control our anger and talk about why this is an important skill to learn.

Session Two (2 March 2019) –Identifying and Managing Anxiety. (Junior). In this session we will read a book about ‘the panicosaurus’ to learn about what happens when we feel worried. We will discuss strategies to help manage our anxiety and talk about why this is an important skill to learn.

Session Three (16 March 2019) – Lets Learn to Play Pokemon (Junior ). This session is intended for parents and children and will include a pokemon battle deck to take home, due to the material cost refunds will not be available. Many of the kids will either have a stack of these pokemon card things or have seen them at school. Most of the kids love the cute creatures and stories and trade them with friends but miss their true purpose which is to battle an opponent and socialise with friends. Pokemon can promote social skills, reading, maths, cognitive skills, competition, and screen free time. Follow this link for a more detailed view of the value of Pokemon Trading Card Game for kids https://www.figur8.net/2017/04/21/pokemon-trading-card-game/.

Session Four (30 March) – Identifying and Managing Disappointment (Junior) In this session we will read a book about ‘the disappointment dragon’ to learn what happens when we feel disappointed. We will discuss strategies to help manage our disappointment and talk about why this is an important skill to learn.

Intermediate (8-12 yrs) and Senior (12-17yrs)

The ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, believed that ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’. He believed that philosophy – ‘the love of wisdom’ – was the most important pursuit of all, and that our lives would be infinitely more meaningful if we regularly questioned, and critically examined, what we think. The GTCASA Philosophy Program will focus on helping students to develop their critical thinking skills, so that they can ultimately lead more fulfilling lives. This program will be delivered by the SA Philosophy in Education Association’s experienced GTCASA presenters and Circle of Inquiry facilitators.

The presenters are both experienced teachers with primary and secondary experience and active in the gifted and talented community.

Sue Lyons, Gifted Ed Teacher, B.A., Ll.B., G.D.L.P., B.Soc.Admin., B.Ed., Grad.Dip.Ed.(Sec.), Grad. Cert.Ed.(Gifted Ed.), M.Ed.

Lorelei Siegloff, Secondary Teacher, Advanced Practitioner: Philosophy in Education, B.A. (Hons), B.V.A. (Hons), M.Teach.

The sessions will focus on practical Applied Ethics. Before the break, students will participate in fun warm-up activities that introduce them to challenging philosophical questions. After the break, students will respond to an article/video, which raises a curly ethical dilemma for them to explore in a Circle of Inquiry.

Intermediates (aged 8-12) will explore:

Session 1 (16 Feb 2019): What rights should a child have?

Session 2 (2 March 2019): Is it ever okay to lie?

Session 3 (16 March 2019): Should we be kind to others?

Session 4 (30 March 2019): Do we have a responsibility to care for the environment?

Seniors (aged 12-17) will explore:

Session 1 (16 Feb 2019): Is it moral to create Designer Babies?

Session 2 (2 March 2019): Is it ever moral to kill someone in order to save another?

Session 3 (16 March 2019): Should we save a life if we can?

Session 4 (30 March 2019): Should we help solve the world’s most pressing problems?

 

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Remember GTCASA members to get your member discount please check email or contact giftedsa@gtcasa.asn.au for the promotional code before purchasing tickets)