Bright Minds students will be invited to participate in a range of transdisciplinary inquiry based workshops held at the Queensland Academies campuses on Saturdays and week days after school.
Workshops will be delivered by Queensland Academies staff and feature a high level of peer mentoring by our Academy students who are best placed to model the challenging learning that takes place in our unique learning environment.
While the workshops will be framed around a range of 21st Century learning attributes, workshop topics will be drawn from a range of knowledge bases including:
General Sciences, World Citizenry, Junior Entrepreneurs, Problem solving, Exploring the Natural Environment, Creative Writing, Drama, Art, Technology, Poetry, History, Coding, Robotics and World Languages and Culture.
Students may also be invited to participate in our specialised blended delivery workshops that will feature a greater emphasis on the development of complex literacy and numeracy skills. These blended models may centre around longer face to face workshops and two online follow up sessions. Students will receive a report based on a submitted task.
These courses will include:
- Introduction to Inquiry Thinking( Global Influencer)
- Introduction to Creativity/ Design Thinking
- Introduction to Research Thinking
- Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking
Once students reach Year 5, they will become Queensland Academies Young Scholars and have access to our workshops and programs offered by our university partners including The University of Queensland, Queensland Institute of Technology and Griffith University as well as a broader range of programming partners from the cultural and scientific sector.
A new Educational Programs Coordinator, Sandy Davey, joined the QA team in 2017 and looks forward to meeting and working with our Bright Minds and Young Scholar students and parents. Sandy has a rich background in working with gifted students, having spent the past ten years teaching within a full-time enhancement program for high-achieving primary school students.
She is a passionate educator who seeks to provide rich learning experiences that engage each student’s natural sense of curiosity and wonder. Within an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning, she strives to keep things authentic, relevant and child-centred. Sandy also works as a Senior Project Officer (Science and Technology) within the Curriculum into the Classroom project team.
The Queensland Academies Bright Minds Program is a fee-for-service program with an annual membership fee of $30.00. Annual membership fees will be charged at the commencement of the academic year.
Our workshops are delivered by Queensland Academies teachers and partner organisations and incur workshop registration fees of generally between $40.00 and $80.00 depending on the duration of the program. Most of our workshops are delivered on Saturday mornings. We also offer after school programs during the term. Please note that our blender courses incur a separate fee structure reflective of time and complexity.
Once membership is approved, members will receive regular email alerts outlining details of upcoming programs and how to register.