Academic Talent Development (ATD) Updates

Dr Sarah Bond

The ATD Centre is buzzing with activity in term one!

We wish the best of luck to our Ethics Olympiad team (Jinxiang Lee, Daniel Aloysius, Ayden Charles, Connor Murakami, Max Carr). These talented “Ethletes” took home the Bronze medal in the 2020 State competition and will represent Queensland in the Australasian Finals next week (February 24). The Ethics Olympiad cultivates the virtues central to democratic citizenship and prepares students to navigate challenging moral issues in a systematic and open-minded way. Many thanks to Mr Ellis in Life & Faith for his collaboration and support of our teams!

Our Future Problem Solving (FPS) teams are forging ahead with their 2021 Practice Problem One – Youth in Competitive Sport. FPS is a research-based, academic program that teaches problem solving strategies, collaboration, critical and creative thinking and effective communication. The interdisciplinary approach helps develop ethical leadership skills and provides a unique opportunity for students to learn and apply essential life skills in the 21st century.

Jr Masterclass (JMC) is now available on Tuesday afternoons from 3.15-4.15. JMC offers boys an opportunity to find a topic or interest, create a research question, engage in the inquiry process, and present their results to a real-world audience. Some of the boys’ topics in the past have included The Physics of Flight, WWII history, Linguistics and Space Exploration.

Any boy who is interested is encouraged to email Dr Bond to join the ASX Sharemarket Game, as registrations are now open. Students in the ASX Sharemarket game receive a virtual $50,000 they can invest over a 10 week period. The prices students buy and sell at are the same prices as they would get in the live market so this is as close to real life share trading as you can get. Students in the ASX Sharemarket game build critical thinking and teamwork skills through forming investment syndicates.

The Academic Talent Development Centre is open periods 1-3 on Mon-Thu and p2-3 on Friday for identified boys who may be working ahead of their class and will benefit from accessing enrichment during the school day. Boys in years 7-9 wishing to access the ATD Centre during the day should please see Dr Bond for goal-setting. The Centre is also open during most lunch and breaks and after school on Tuesdays from 3.15-4.15 for games, puzzles, study and independent research. All are welcome.

Boys in the ATD program are strongly encouraged to read the Daily Notices and to regularly check their email, as this is where they will be notified of registration for upcoming ATD events.

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