National Gifted Awareness Week
“What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.”
Chuck Grassley: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/gifted
As part of National Gifted Awareness Week, which is celebrated nationally 17-23 March, the QAHS Gifted and Talented Committee invited guest academic, Dr/Professor Justin Craig, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Bond University Business School.
Dr/Professor Justin Craig currently holds many prestigious positions all over the world and he shared his passion of taking academically gifted and talented “minds” and challenging them to develop their own thinking to become leaders in whatever fields they pursue. Dr/Professor Justin Craig began by challenging students, parents and teachers alike to create their own agenda, rather than relying upon what has been done before, what is comfortable, or what is expected.
This was the first of several challenges, put to the audience with humour, humility and compassion. Students, parents and teachers in the Lecture Theatre were actively engaging in thoughtful consideration of the questions which seemed to be posed directly to each individual. Dr/Professor Justin Craig further presented his view on active leadership, with the concept of helping others as a central tenet, which coincides perfectly with QAHS and the IB Learner Profile.
As future leaders in their chosen professions, students studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme are well grounded in a service mindset in leadership. Allowing talents to meet passions in academic pursuits leads to careers purposed through service leadership that will take our students far beyond a job mindset. Students were made aware during last week’s Assembly of the opportunity to apply for a sponsored place to attend the Gifted and Talented Student Conference being held in Brisbane on May 20, 2019.
Mr Paul Haydock