Philosophy behind Cluster Days
GATSTA Cluster Days offer gifted students the opportunity to work and socialise with like-minded peers, while collaborating to explore an area of particular interest. Cluster Days are designed to allow a challenging, in-depth exploration of selected concepts, with inquiry guided by experts in the field. Allowing sustained focus on complex ideas provides opportunities for gifted students to experience deeper levels of engagement and develop depth rather than breadth of understanding.
The level of challenge and the complexity of the ideas explored, allow students with high potential to sharpen and extend their thinking skills in a supportive and inspiring environment.
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Cluster Days for the current year
The Free Thinkers Forum
A Festival of Dangerous Ideas for Adolescents
Tuesday July 28, 2020
9am – 3pm
Rosebank College, Five Dock
This event is for students in Years 9,10 and 11.
Schools are invited to bring eight – ten students. One student to speak on a topic provided, one student to adjudicate, one student prepared to complete a spontaneous speech and the remaining students will form the audience.
A guest speaker will talk about the importance of freedom of speech in a democracy.
Three rounds of three speakers will receive feedback from the adjudication panel followed by questions/discussion from the floor on the topics presented. Two opportunities for spontaneous speeches from the floor - names of schools drawn out of a hat.
Teachers will be expected to judge speakers and identify winners for three categories. A list of topics will be sent to participants in Term 2.
Please email Cheryl McArthur to register for this event firstname.lastname@example.org