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Gifted and Talented and Enrichment Activities Part 1

Gifted and Talented and Enrichment Activities Part 1

 Gifted and Talented and Enrichment Activities Part 1


The following is a list of Gifted and Talented and Enrichment Information for Teacher and Students. The Activities are available to ALL STUDENTS. If you are interested in any of these please apply directly using the links, or see Mr Regoli for more details/advice/assistance (especially if groups of girls are required in order to participate). If the link is broken or the Activity isn't offered any more, please let me know. If the Activity is closed for this year, keep it in mind for next year and book early!  Some are free others involve a fee (discuss with your parents/carers before registering).The Gifted and Talented programs are highlighted in PURPLE, however, you do not have to be Gifted and Talented to give them a go. Challenge yourself!! Give some a try, you will find ENORMOUS rewards by participating and forcing yourself to go outside your “comfort zone”!

For Students and Teachers:


ANZANG Nature Photographer  All photographs must be of natural fauna, flora or natural land formations and must have been taken in the ANZANG bioregion. ANZANG bioregion means Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region. Entries in all sections are invited from photographers who use either digital or film cameras. Overall winner: $10,000 cash and a holiday for two persons.

Doodle 4 Google  Doodles will be judged based on the following three categories: Artistic Merit, Creativity and Theme Communication. The winning doodle will be hosted on Google Australia’s homepage at for 24 hours plus $10,000 worth of technology equipment for their school, Chromebook for the National winner in addition to the Nexus Tablet that they receive as a national year group winner.

OzKids Art Awards  OzKids is a magazine which we distribute on a national basis and publish online through this website. Its purpose is to promote and support children's literary and artistic talents and to provide a vehicle for children to appreciate and develop their skills and encourage them to continue in the arts, especially when they see their work published. Have you got an entry ready now? This is your chance to have your work assessed by our panel of experts and published in our quarterly magazine.

Pixel Prize  Are you a budding young photographer? Do you want your art to say something your words can’t? Welcome to Australian Catholic University’s photography competition! The Pixel Prize is open to high school students from Australia (New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland) and from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka who have a passion for photography. The Pixel Prize, encourages students to address a topical theme through a creative, visual medium. These young photographers will be given the opportunity to connect with a photographic community and share their work with friends, family and the public.

Screen It  Fancy yourself a filmmaker? Think you can match Shaun Tan in the animation stakes? Want to show off your skills as a videogame developer? Then get ready to enter this year's Screen It competition for your chance to create something amazing and win some awesome prizes! Every year, hundreds of students across the nation enter Screen It – ACMI’s epic moving image competition for Primary and Secondary school students. Screen It is designed to educate, encourage and foster the next generation of young moving image makers. It’s fun and, best of all, it’s free!

Screenshot Competition  The Screenshot competition offers students an opportunity to develop their photographic skills and gain recognition for their efforts. Students could submit up to three photographs each, in one of the following categories: Intermediate (Years 7–10) or Senior (Years 11–12).Each winner receives a copy of the book The photograph and Australia and two tickets to the next paying exhibition at the Gallery. Highly commended also receives two exhibition tickets. The winning and highly commended entries are published on the Gallery website.

Vivid  The Event - Vivid Sydney in Chatswood   During Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, WildLight – The Bio-Kinetic City will transform Chatswood with an amazing collection of installations and activities inspired by the animals of Gondwana. Volunteering Opportunities for Vivid Volunteers play an important role in not only making Vivid Sydney at Chatswood possible, but also in engaging and interacting with the public, and instilling a sense of community around their experience. This year we need volunteers to assist us in the following roles: Installation assistant, Information officer and Event Assistant. You will be required for a minimum of 3 shifts during the 18 day period for all roles. Three shift times are available each day. You must be available for at least one of these times 9.30am - 12.30pm, 12.30pm - 3.30pm, 4.45pm – 10.45pm. Click here for an Application form.

Vivid at Taronga Zoo  Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is on its way and we are calling on you to help us create an amazing experience at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is part of our 100th birthday celebrations and will be the first time such an event has taken place at the Zoo. The Zoo will be alive with up to 5,000 guests per night, enjoying projections and light installations that showcase our legacy species and encourage guests to ‘Be the Light for the Wild’. Volunteer shifts for VIVID will commence from 5pm – 10.15pm with dates ranging from 24 May (VIP Night) with VIVID opening 27 May through to 18 June. Please note for those that volunteer you will receive 2 free tickets to attend VIVID Sydney at Taronga.

Wakakirri  The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools. Your students will learn more about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and in the process develop their education outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness.

Economics and Business Studies:

Australian Economics and Business Studies Competitions  The Economics and Business Studies competitions provide a great opportunity for students to test their economics and business studies skills against other students from all across Australia. All participants will receive a certificate signed by a representative from UNSW Australia. Furthermore, high-scoring students will be awarded with monetary prizes ranging from $50 to $400.

BlueShift Business Case Competition  BlueShift is a business case competition for high schools, hosted by QUT Business School. With tips and support from successful QUT Business School students and experienced business professionals, you'll apply the theory you've learnt in class to a problem faced by real businesses. As you compete against other teams from across Australia, you'll develop professional presentation and creative problem-solving skills, and find out what it's really like to work in the exciting world of business.

Money Stuff Challenge  This year's competition asked students to: Be involved in the classroom, Be informed about fair trading consumer issues, Be creative with a consumer message and develop an interactive presentation for peers and Be smart and ensure the presentation is submitted on time, meets the brief and doesn’t breach any copyright laws. We have received hundreds of entries from year 8-10 high school students across the state all hoping to share in the cash prize pool of $16,000.

Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition  The CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise competition encourages secondary school students to apply their business education to a real life scenario. Participants are asked to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business. Winning student gets $2,500 cheque courtesy of CPA Australia.

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition  A global programme to empower young entrepreneurs to create a sustainable world. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global programme and an online platform, which supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets address the most important social, economic, environmental, health and governance challenges of our time.

English and Languages:

Australian Writer's Resource Competitions  A huge list of Writing Competitions! Some are Enrichment Activities others are for Gifted and Talented. There are new ones every month!

Catholic Schools' Debating Association  The CSDA has had a long history of success in raising the awareness of public speaking and debating in Catholic schools since 1968. We endeavour to maintain this proud tradition and promote a healthy competitive and social spirit in our young men and women.

CYA Hatchlings  All writers and/or graphic novel illustrators who are between 12 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genre can apply. $100.00 per category, (1st $50, 2nd $30, 3rd $20), and submission of short listed entries to at least one children’s publisher.

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition  The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia. Our poets are encouraged to take inspiration from wherever they may find it, however if they are looking for some direction, competition participants are invited to use this year's optional theme to inspire their entries.

German Film Competition  Multiple age groups - Years 3 to 6, Years 7 to 9, Years 10 to 12. Production of a short feature film, animation or cartoon film in German. Maximum length 4 minutes.

Junior Authors Poetry Contest  FREE to enter. Contest is open to anyone between 11 and 21 years old.

Language Perfect World Competition  Do you have what it takes to be a World Champion? We welcome you to compete in the upcoming EP competitions. There is a monthly scoreboard across each subject area for you to practice in, and the World Series where you will compete on a global scale. There's a HUGE $100,000 Prize Pool up for grabs over the year, so good luck and have fun!

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award  The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award aims to encourage the use of clear and effective spoken English. Since its inception in 1995, the competition has provided an opportunity for NSW junior secondary students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech-writing and public speaking skills. The NSW winner will receive a medallion and $500 courtesy of Sydney Legacy, and the NSW winner’s school will receive a perpetual trophy.

The Liam and Frankie Davison Award. Applications are invited from senior secondary students resident in Australia or New Zealand for the Liam and Frankie Davison Award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health. This $1000* award provides an exciting opportunity for students, whether they are interested in medicine, science, health, sociology, politics or law.

MS Readathon  The MS Readathon is an iconic reading-based fundraiser that found its beginnings in schools across Australia in 1979. It encourages people of all ages to read and improve their literacy whilst at the same time empowering them to make a difference in the lives of people living with MS. Participants read as much as possible during the month of August and ask friends and family to sponsor them either online or by giving a donation in cash or cheque. This money goes towards providing vital support and services for people and their families living with MS.

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge  The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.

OzCLO - Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad  OzCLO is a contest for high school students. It challenges them to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages. The program is designed for high school students from year 9 to year 12.

Rostrum Voice of Youth  Public Speaking Competition for Secondary School Students. Run by Rostrum.

Spellmasters  SPELLMASTERS Spelling Competitions are open to all school children aged 15 years or younger and from Year 9 and under. Great prizes to be won each round. Any Australian school student up to Year 9 may enter.

What Matters?  A writing competition that gives Year 5 - 12 students in NSW and the ACT a chance to say what matters to them in society today. Write a 400-600 word opinion piece on what matters to you and why. Prizes include $350 for each category winner and $200 for each category runner-up. Overall Competition Winner will receive an iPad and a trophy.

Write 4 Fun  Students all over Australia are invited to enter their poems OR short stories, and battle it out for the great cash prizes on offer. There is no theme!! Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on ANY TOPIC and in ANY STYLE. Students from ALL Years are welcome to enter - Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Film Making:

FlickerUp  National competition for primary and secondary school students or filmmakers under 18 years old. Part of Flickerfest. To be eligible for Flickerfest competitions all shorts must be no more than 35 minutes in length. All productions screened at Flickerfest 2016 must have been completed within 2 years of the entry closing date and must be in English or have English subtitles.

General/Multi Discipline:

Big History Today we have more information available to us on our phones than was available in all the great libraries of Alexandria. How do we decide what claims we can trust? Big History teaches students to examine their intuition, looking at the authority, evidence, and logic of claims across disciplines and scales. Students learn to apply a thoughtful, consistent, and rigorous approach to engaging with new ideas and information and using evidence to construct effective arguments. Register now to explore the course.

BRAINways EDUCATION  is pleased to offer Academicus – programs of workshops for gifted and talented students of Sydney. BRAINways EDUCATION programs provide opportunities for highly able and gifted students, and are tailored for their special educational needs. Incorporating information and learning from a great variety of international curricula, the BRAINways EDUCATION programs provide learning experiences that are advanced in content and process, providing challenging yet interesting, hands on learning; specifically designed to stimulate motivation and interest among gifted and talented students. Creating opportunities to engage with complex, abstract and multi-disciplinary problems, events or phenomena, the BRAINways EDUCATION programs meet the fundamental principles of gifted education and stimulate higher order thinking, analysis and reflection.

da Vinci Decathlon  Leonardo da Vinci’s bold and imaginative intellectual legacy continues to inspire us all. He was skilled in a range of disciplines, which are reflected in the tasks that students will be undertaking. Students will compete in ten disciplines including Mathematics and Chess, English, Science, Code Breaking, Engineering Challenge, Philosophy, Creative Producers, Art and Poetry, Cartography and General Knowledge.

Defence 2020  Defence 2020 was a multi-faceted education program designed to encourage young Australians to become informed about the role of Australia's Defence Force and to engage in constructive dialogue on a wide range of Defence related issues such as national security and our rights and responsibilities as global citizens.

Future Problem Solving  It takes you beyond traditional subject learning and allows you to grapple with some of the important issues we face today. You can be part of the solution and part of the future by learning how to think, not what to think.   FPS develops your skills in teamwork, research and creative thinking; skills that are applicable to all learning.

Macquarie University Gifted and Talented Entry Program   Our Gifted and Talented Entry Program allows a select group of high achieving students the opportunity to enrol at Macquarie while still at high school. As a Gifted and Talented Program student you'll tackle Macquarie's first year Critical Thinking unit in Year 11. You'll gain analytical and reasoning skills that will benefit you in your HSC study. Then pursue your passion with another Macquarie first year study unit to undertake in Year 11 or Year 12.If you successfully complete your units with the necessary GPA, we'll open the door to an early offer for a Macquarie University degree. Great for Year 10 students!

Sydney University Student Model United Nations  The Sydney Model United Nations is an annual model United Nations conference run by our fellow diplomats at University of Sydney in late November or early December, gathering students from New South Wales and beyond for a intervarsity weekend of engaging debates and socials. Conveniently located at the University of Sydney, the conference is a worthy option for both developed and developing delegates that are looking for an opportunity close-by.

Tournament of Minds Involves Maths, English, Science and History. Tournament of Minds is one of the fastest growing international school programmes with the involvement of thousands of participants. TOM aims to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment.

UTS School Outreach Programs  These include:

  • UTS Business School offers a series of workshops for students interested in pursuing Business as a study option and career. Designed for students from years 9 – 12, activities are integrated, hands-on practical workshops that allow students to tackle ethical and environmental business challenges and discover how day-to-day life contains the seeds of ideas for new and exciting business concepts. Phone: 02 9514 3079 |  email:
  • Engineering Discovery Day This one day event is ideal for Year 10–11 high school students who enjoy finding creative solutions to problems and who want to find out more about engineering and IT courses and careers. Students learn through on-campus hands-on workshops in areas such as humanitarian engineering, mousetrap race cars, robo-bowls, game design, programming, creativity and project management. | Phone: 02 9514 2666 | email:
  • Engineering Hands-On Day for Girls This one day event provides an opportunity for female students in years 8–12 to participate in a range of hands-on activities and get an inside look at life as a female in a male-dominant field. Phone: 02 9514 2602  | email: WIE & IT
  • Health activities Discover sessions ‘Discover’ workshops are run for students considering a career as a registered nurse or midwife. Students take part in an interactive panel discussion followed by an informal and hands-on tour of UTS’ state-of-the-art clinical facilities. Phone: 02 9514 4911 | email: | website: Discover sessions
  • Law Discovery Day This program is offered to Year 11 students and provides an opportunity to meet undergraduates, academics and professionals in law, and explore the possibilities of law as a study option and career. The program features hands-on practical activities, such as a mock trial, and workshops in popular areas of the law, such as human rights and criminal law. Phone: 02 9514 3747 | email:
  • Science activities: Science Outreach UTS Science Outreach offers many opportunities for science and mathematics engagements with school students which includes hands-on workshops, science challenges, careers forums, demonstrations. Open to school students from years 7 to 12 but with a focus on years 10-12. Activities are designed to excite and inspire students, and exposed them to applications of science and maths in our everyday life. Phone: 02 9514 8276 |  email: | website: Science outreach webpage
  • UTS Art Education UTS ART Education and Outreach program for primary, secondary and tertiary students connects participants with contemporary art, ideas and innovation and provides a foundation for working with the creative and cultural sector. Events and workshops based on the UTS ART Collection and Gallery program are held on campus, developing students’ capacity as creative thinkers. Our online resources are available through-out the year.

Youth Leading The World Facilitator Training This training program will empower you to create change in your own community and learn how to help others to do the same. You will gain the skills to run a Youth Leading the World congress in your school or community and spread the knowledge and skills to a wider audience. You will meet and connect with other young people who are passionate about making a positive impact on the environment and their communities.Those who have done this training say it is highly beneficial for boosting young people’s confidence and leadership qualities. There will also be positive spinoffs for your school as the training enables students to go back to their schools and involve others in environmental projects. It is being offered for free to students, but the training is valued at $770 per person.


Australian Geography Competition  The Australian Geography Competition is an initiative of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association. We look forward to your school taking part in 2016. Why enter? For the teacher/school: to promote interest in geography in your school and to reward student excellence. For the students: to compete for great prizes - overseas trip to represent Australia at the International Geography Olympiad, participate in Geography's Big Week Out on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, books, medals - and to get certificates for their portfolios.

The International Geography Olympiad [iGeo]  The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) is an annual competition for the best 16 to 19 year old geography students from all over the world. Students chosen to represent their countries are the very best, chosen from thousands of students who participate enthusiastically in their own National Geography Olympiads. The iGeo consists of three parts: a written test, a multimedia test and substantial fieldwork requiring observation, leading to cartographic representation and geographical analysis. The programme also includes poster presentations by teams, cultural exchanges, and time for students to get to know their fellow students and explore the host city.

Yates Junior Landcare Challenge  The vegies we’ll be asking you to choose from this year are: carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, red onion, radish and spinach. Along the way, we’d like you to share snaps and stories from your growing journey, and we look forward to celebrating each step. Some of the great prizes up for grabs this year include an iPad mini, Hexies My First Garden Bed, Polaroid camera and Yates gift pack ($100 RRP).


Anzac Day Schools’ Award  Designed to encourage initiative and creativity in the way that schools commemorate Anzac Day, with an emphasis on inventiveness balanced with tradition.

Australian History Competition   Each competition will present 50 multiple choice questions. Questions will focus on key elements of the Australian History Curriculum - sound historical knowledge, historical skills and historical understandings. Year 10 and Year 8 Competition levels.

National History Challenge  The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots. It emphasises and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation.

The Simpson Prize  The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia. The student winners, runners-up and teacher chaperones enjoy a two-day trip to Canberra where they visit several of the capital’s museums and institutions, attend the presentation ceremony at Parliament House, and enjoy a formal dinner at the Royal Military College, Duntroon. Eight prize-winners will then travel to Turkey for the opportunity of a lifetime! They will embark on a twelve-day exploration of Istanbul and Gallipoli, and take part in the commemorative ANZAC Day ceremonies at various sites on the Peninsula.

Legal Studies:

High School Mooting Competition  A moot is a legal argument conducted by opposing teams before one or more judges. The argument involves the application of legal rules to fact situations like those dealt with by the courts every day. The contest is decided by assessing the advocacy skills of the participants, rather than on the merits of the case. The competition is designed to challenge students to prepare, articulate and defend complex arguments in order to solve problems. More generally, it introduces the students to the courtroom environment and gives them some insight into the workings of the legal system. It is not only intended for those students who are interested in a career in law - although they will undoubtedly find the competition to be of particular interest - but for all students keen to expand their horizons. Entry is targeted towards Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

Mock Trials  The Mock Trial Competition provides an enjoyable, dynamic way of introducing students to the law. It provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable skills in research and the development and presentation of a persuasive argument. The cases are presented by two teams – a prosecution/plaintiff team and a defence team – made up of students playing the roles of barristers, solicitors, witnesses and court officials.


Australian Mathematics Competition  The AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). Students mark their responses on a mark-sense sheet and these are processed by computer. The earliest problems are very easy. All students should be able to attempt them. The problems get progressively more difficult until the end, when they are challenging to the most gifted student. Students of all standards will make progress and find a point of challenge.

The Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC)  Invitational Program is a program which offers the top students from the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA) and the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) extra enrichment opportunities, and can lead to selection in the Australian team to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The IMO is the pinnacle of competition between students of pre-university level from different countries.

Australian Statistics Competition  We learn by observing the patterns and associations in the world. Statistics provides efficient methods of collecting observations and identifying patterns and associations. Statistical results and interpretations inform decision making. The Australian Statistics Competition encourages students to experience learning and decision making through the collection and analysis of data. Students will observe the importance of mathematics for identifying patterns and associations which form the basis for real-world learning and decision making. The overall process of developing, conducting and reporting the data-based project will encourage students’ creativity, planning, teamwork, accuracy, mathematics and computing skills, mathematical and statistical thinking, and clarity of communication. Participants will receive positive feedback through certificates, commendations for excellence and even cash prizes for state and national winners.

Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads  The Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO) is a not-for-profit, professional organisation that offers a range of mathematical competitions for students aged from around eight to 14. The programs are unique in that they focus on the students' ability to solve mathematical problems in a creative manner - as opposed to simply reaching a solution using a prescribed method.

The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition is a one-hour problem-solving competition which seeks to identify computer programming potential—something which students might not normally have an opportunity to demonstrate. The CAT is not a programming competition and no programming experience is required. Results in the CAT often enable a talent to be discovered that is not always apparent or sought in normal classroom activities. Some questions test the ability to accurately perform procedures; others require logical thought, while the more challenging problems require the identification and application of algorithms. The inclusion of digital technologies in the Australian Curriculum provides another reason why schools should consider this contest for their students.

Have Sum Fun Online  HSFOL is conducted by the Mathematical Association of Western Australia (MAWA) and is endorsed by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). It is a maths quiz of NAPLAN-type problems for year-level teams of four students. HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia. The competition consists of three rounds of 10 questions, where student teams have one hour to complete each round of questions. Each round is accessible on the HSFOL website for one week, and rounds are a week apart. Teams can log on at any time during each set week and have an hour to complete each round. However, completion time is important, because in the case of ties for any of the first three places, the winner will be the team that took the least time to complete all three rounds. All team members will receive a participation certificate, which will be emailed to your teacher. All student team winners will receive a MAWA place-getter’s certificate with applicable prizes, and all team results are listed online so that results between teams and between schools can be compared. The top three place-getters are shown in the League Table, and there are prize vouchers for each student in these three teams: First Place = 4 x $25, Second Place = 4 x $15, and Third Place = 4 x $10.

HSC MX 1 & 2 Day  Maths Extension 1 and 2 Tutorials.

International Mathematical Modeling Challenge  Solving real problems takes time and teamwork and often requires a mix of different kinds of mathematics. The IM2C provides students with a deep experience both of how mathematics can explain our world and what working with mathematics looks like as they collaborate over five days to solve an authentic problem.

Investigating Mathematics  Investigating with Mathematics, aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. The purpose of the investigation is to explore real life situations and problems to engage students and teachers in mathematics. It involves students formulating their own questions from a given situation. Investigating with Mathematics tasks meet Working Mathematically syllabus outcomes as well as outcomes in the strands in which the investigation takes place. All students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in NSW are eligible to enter

Mathematics Association of NSW Competitions and Activities  A huge range of Mathematics Competitions which suit students of all abilities.

Mathematics Challenge for Young People  The Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA) is a staged program designed to help teachers motivate, stimulate, encourage and develop mathematically interested students in Years 3 to 10 to bring forth the talent and potential within. The MCYA is an ideal program for extension studies and for students who would benefit from greater challenge. There are three independent stages in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians: the Challenge Stage, the Enrichment Stage and the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO).

Mathematics Competitions for Students.  A huge range of Mathematics Competitions which suit students of all abilities.

Maths INSPIRATION  Inspire students to study STEM subjects to HSC and beyond! Maths Inspiration is marketed as a “maths enrichment program for teenagers 15 to 17 years old.

Maths Olympiad and Maths Games  The Maths Games and Maths Olympiad competitions offered by APSMO provide students with an opportunity to participate in a challenging and rewarding program that stimulates their creative maths problem solving capabilities. By entering different teams in the Maths Games and the Maths Olympiad competition you will develop a problem solving pathway of achievement in your school, and provide both mainstream and high achieving students with the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge of maths problem solving.

Maths Problem Solving Workshops  MANSW – Inquisitive Minds Problem Solving Workshops are a great way to provide students with unique, engaging maths activities. Stage 2 Out of the Box, Stage 3 Out of the Box and Year 7 – 9 Problems, Patterns, Pictures, Puzzles Workshops each include an interactive lesson on strategic problem solving and a hands-on problem solving competition. We are able to run Workshops for all ability levels in your school. The length of workshops can be adjusted to your school’s needs and we are able to run up to three separate workshops in a day. We also run Talented Workshops in central venues, where capable students are given an enriching maths experience.

UNSW Maths Competition  Secondary school students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Two divisions: Junior, up to and including Year 10, and Senior, Years 11 and 12. Designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples.


ACMF National Song writing Competition  Every year every student from every school across Australia is invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song for a chance to win prize-money that can be allocated towards musical equipment and tuition, as part of the ACMF’s annual National Song writing Competition. Our annual National Song writing Competition is a nationwide initiative designed to encourage creativity and self-expression through song writing.

Artology - Fanfare Competition  The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter write a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online. Eight selected participants will work with mentor composer Nicholas Vines to fully develop their ideas, and have their work pre-recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra .The competition is looking for works that have ‘something to say’ and that draw attention. You don’t need to have a strong musical background – your work just needs to draw attention for the intended use of cueing audiences to take their seats at the Sydney Opera House.

Australian Singing Competition   Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students. Over AUD $200,000 in prizes and opportunities were awarded at the Finals and Semi-Finals Concerts.

Music: Count Us In  Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is Australia’s biggest school initiative. More than 550,000 students from over 2,100 schools participated nationwide. Music: Count Us In brings teachers, parents, students and the music industry together in celebration of music and music education. In 2016 we celebrate our 10th anniversary! MCUI is available to all schools and registration is FREE. The program is a perfect fit for schools with an existing music program and for schools without one.  We really do encourage all schools to get involved, including those who already deliver music to their students.  Music: Count Us In exists to advocate for improved access to music education for all students across Australia. Raise your voice to help us! Can we count you in?

Triple J Unearthed High Competition  We're looking for the best high school act in the country to follow in the prestigious footsteps of acts like Japanese Wallpaper, Lunatics on Pogosticks, ASTA, Stonefield and more. If you’re a songwriter, in a band, a producer or MC - we want to hear from you! The best entries will be played on national radio, and if you're our winner, we'll fly you to triple j to record, remix or master a track. We'll play it on the radio too! You'll also get professional music advice from a top Australian act and their manager, and triple j will come to your school!


Academy Conferences  These conferences ask the Big Questions for Gifted Students: So What's it All About? Who am I? What can I hope for? What Can I Know? What do I Believe? What Ought I do? The God Conclusion? There are Junior Conferences as well as Senior Conferences.

Philosothon   Held in various Australian states. The rationale for the Philosothon methodology is based on empirical evidence that teaching children reasoning skills early in life greatly improves other cognitive and academic skills and greatly assists learning in general.


NSW CCC  A website for talented athletes to look for events to represent the school at the higher level. Much of it is individual nomination, and they do it through the website and if approval needed see Ms Knapinski/Mr Cutler.

NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge  A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time! Sport plays an important role in developing regular physical activity, provides positive health outcomes and is a fun and healthy way to connect with your local community. We invite students to take up the Challenge - and take the path to a healthier life.