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Bright Minds for Years 3-5

Queensland Academies offer a range of engagement opportunities for students prior to applying to join the Academies in Year 10.  The Bright Minds program offers optional learning extensions/opportunities for students in Years 3-5.

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.

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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.

If your child is already a Bright Minds member, you can register for workshops by clicking here


The Bright Minds Program is a fee-for-service program which incurs a one off application fee of $30 (non-refundable). Ongoing members are then charged an annual membership fee of $30.00 which ensures continued enrolment.  Annual membership fees will be charged at the commencement of the academic year.

Individual workshops generally cost between $40.00 and $80.00 (depending on the duration of the workshop and resources required). Workshop fees are charged upon registering for the workshop.

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Davey, Sandra

Educational Programs Coordinator

Sandy Davey 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 is a past recipient of the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and was the first non-American to be awarded the International Exemplary Science Teaching Innovation Award by the National Science Teachers Association (Anaheim, USA).

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include the following documentation in their application:

  • Most recent two full semesters report cards (e.g. Semester 2 2017 and Semester 1 2018)
  • Year 3 NAPLAN report* showing that the child has achieved in the upper two bands across most components

*If your child is in Year 3 and has not yet received their NAPLAN report, you must include a  letter of recommendation signed by their school Principal confirmed the student's academic performance in Mathematics, Science and English is within the top 10 per cent of the student population.

If your child did not undertake Year 3 NAPLAN, please contact Admissions directly at