Saturday Enrichment for Gifted Students

The Centre offers a number of courses for gifted primary school aged students from any school.

The Saturday Enrichment Classes have been running for over 30 years and have a  well-established reputation for excellence in educational approach and care for our students. Dedicated tutors are carefully selected for their experience and expertise.

Programs are designed to assist students to thrive, perform to their potential and achieve their personal best. Topics covered vary from term to term and cover a wide range of subjects and interests. Different methodologies are used to maintain stimulation and engagement for each student.

Entry Into The Program

All students seeking to join the Saturday Enrichment Classes need to be assessed for eligibility. 

  • Entry into Kindergarten/Year 1 course: requires a psychometric test, school report or teacher recommendation to support the application.
  • Entry into Years 2-6 course: requires a psychometric test conducted by an educational psychologist is required.

NB: Psychometric testing and assessment is also available at the Futures Centre.

Term 1 Program

  • Term 1 Programs commence on Saturday 11 February and finish on Saturday, 01 April 2023 (eight weeks).
  • All courses start at 1.00 pm and finish at 4.00 pm. Each course runs for 1 hour 20 minutes with a 20 minute break in between. 

The first Saturday of the term will include an online orientation for students and their parents, which will provide a chance for parents to meet with teachers.

Enrolments close on Sunday 29 January 2023

Structure of the Program

Courses are offered as a package, with two courses in each package, meaning all students enrolled will do both courses. Each class integrates hands-on activities around an interesting and exciting central theme. For Term 1, we will be looking at a number of varied and interesting topics within the courses.

Kindergarten / Year 1: Two Courses

  • Ethics: Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should!
  • Adventure Playgrounds: Geographic Features of Urban Environment

Years 2 - 6: Two Courses

  • The Science Behind Rockets
  • Welcome to the Brain Gymnasium

For more information about the specifics of each program, please click on the tabs below for: Kindergarten/Year 1 Course and Years 2-6 Course.

Ethics, Just Because You Can Doesn't Mean You Should with Catherine Ishak

Our children are growing up in a complex world, and ethical awareness is becoming increasingly important to them as they negotiate through a world that has been impacted by unequal opportunities and climate change. Ethics is a fundamental part of philosophy that allows a framework for better coexistence between all human beings and the world around us. With this in mind, we will be seeking to explore ethical concepts, in particular, encouraging critical and independent thinking, as well as welcoming the creative potential this offers the children to internalise their own set of moral patterns. We will be exploring themes such as social responsibility, tolerance, respect and justice, all through the lens of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato.

Adventure Playgrounds, Geographic Features of Urban Environment with Paula Van Oploo

Children know a good playground when they see one. Ever wonder why? Children in this course will explore the geographic features of our environment. They will identify and group geographic features that surround where they live and explore how to care for them. Then children in the course will explore the major features within a feature. Looking closer at a feature helps us to make better designs. Playgrounds are constructed features. The best designs are fun and have adventure, offer a challenge, appear risky but are not risky. A challenge for the children in this course is to design their own adventure playground. During the course, students will investigate and map the various features of the school grounds. Children will be developing their mapping skills, directional language, recognise the importance of giving clear directions and photography skills, like camera angles and light within these activities. As the children will go outdoors at times in this course, they should bring their hats and have comfortable walking shoes on.

The Science Behind Rockets with Jeanine Kobylinski & Lachlan Ryan

The space race was one of the most exciting times for science, and still today, gazing up at the stars often brings more unanswerable questions.

This course will take a look at engineering, flight, the history of rocketry and many other topics that will culminate in students assembling and (if they wish to) flying their rockets as an observable instance of what they have learned throughout the course. This course is designed to encourage deep learning into the world of science and space.

Welcome to the Brain Gymnasium with Bethwyn Serow & Anastasia Toumasatos

Thinking about thinking- what are your thoughts? Saturday afternoon will be a source of stimulating dynamic discussions, hands-on activities, games, and sharing of stories about the things that matter to explore some of life’s big questions, including What is friendship? How do we recognise truth and reality as we enable growing corners of our existence to be shaped by AI and digital simulacrums? Am I the same person I was five years ago, and is it my mind or my body that defines me? Do you see what I see, feel what I feel? Will having fun make you happier than studying? Learn about different philosophical perspectives, from the pursuit of happiness, and our relationship to the environment to frames on creativity and reality through thought games, sensory illusions, real-life dilemmas and analysis of artistic expression.

Philosophy is the love of wisdom that has shaped human history from our earliest times. Ancient Greeks believed it begins with wonder. In small groups and whole class discussions, drawing on their own life experiences and observations, students help guide the direction of the conversation and draw connections to their own worlds. By encouraging flexible thinking, resisting binary approaches and embracing diversity, ambiguity and complexity, Saturday afternoons this term offer students the space to develop their metacognition and the potential to discover new truths and new understandings.

For further information, please email the PLC Sydney Futures Centre on futures@plc.nsw.edu.au or call (+612) 9704 5634 / 5713.  

Term Cost of Program

The cost of the term package is $520.00 inc GST. This fee includes all resources and materials.

*Please note that cancellation attracts a 5% administration fee. Courses will operate with eight or more participants and spaces are strictly limited.

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Ready to book an Assessment?

PLC Sydney Futures uses assessments for making informed schooling choices, and is required for consideration for entry into our Saturday Enrichment Classes. The assessment procedure includes: 

  • Parent interview 
  • Observation and psychological assessment of the child 
  • Parent meeting to discuss the results and recommendations 
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