Published on: 28 March 2019

It was full of buzz in the Preparatory School last week as boys embraced Gifted Awareness Week and all the fun activities on offer.

The key theme this year was Belonging, offering boys plus their families the opportunity to come together outside of year groups and classes.

Activities throughout the week included:

  • an after-school picnic where all year groups were able to test their skills against our Year 7s in giant chess, Jenga, Rubik’s Cubes and Spheros, while also hearing from Senior School boys who accessed the Centre of Excellence, providing their own personal insights on the program
  • a Rubik’s Cube competition for boys in Years 4 to 6 culminating with an exciting final during assembly
  • testing out of the School’s latest 3D Doodlers in the Innovation Space
  • a spelling bee for boys in Years 3 to 6
  • a Rubik’s Cube challenge for boys in Years 1 to 3


“There was a great deal of excitement with many boys honing their skills in fun competitions during Gifted Awareness Week,” said Co-ordinator of the Centre for Excellence in the Preparatory School, Mrs Victoria Wisker.

“A real sense of friendship and active challenge was witnessed at Monday’s picnic as boys from Pre-Primary to Year 7 came together to challenge each other. Research shows that boys are motivated and engaged when they feel a sense of belonging.”

“A sense of belonging provides young people with purpose, meaning, self-worth and social control, all of which are contributors to positive mental health.”

“Parents who participated also enjoyed meeting new parents, watching the boys engage in the activities and look forward to welcoming future opportunities in this space.”

The School’s Centre for Excellence continues to encourage boys to strive for excellence by providing opportunities to showcase their talents in a fun and challenging environment.

See below for a preview of the week’s activities: