Learning Labs

Enrichment Opportunities for Newman Selective  Gifted Education Students​

​As Newman Facilitator, it is my priority to provide ​opportunities​ for gifted students  to work beyond the school curriculum and environment​,​  working with like minded students and engaging in experiences which stimulate their interests and passion for learning. The following enrichment opportunities are ​targeted to high achieving students from Year 7 to 10. ​

The​ University of Wollongong offers LEARNING LABS​, an academic enrichment holiday program ​that builds ​critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills. 

​The feedback from students who participated in this wonderful enrichment opportunity last year was so positive – they made wonderful friends and developed ​their understanding of skills and knowledge in areas such as creative writing, forensics and robotics. 

Please have a look at the information below and follow the links if you wish to participate. ​See your Newman teaching or Mrs Smit if you have any inquiries. 

University of Wollongong 

Dates:                 16 – 17 April, 2018

Venue:                University of Wollongong (Wollongong campus)

Applications close:          7 March, 2018



  • Students to view attached brochure and workshops found at https://www.uow.edu.au/in2uni-myway/learninglabs/. See relevant blue button for age group.
  • Parents/Guardian (or school if parent/guardian is unable to) fill out the online application form found at: https://www.uow.edu.au/in2uni-myway/learninglabs/.
  • Parents/Guardians supply one piece of supporting documentation that demonstrates their ability (see ‘Supporting Documentation’ section on website). Please note that the attached ‘Teacher Nomination Letter’ can be used as a supporting document.

For further information about workshops and the application process please go to: https://www.uow.edu.au/in2uni-myway/learninglabs/, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the Learning Labs team via email at learning-labs@uow.edu.au or phone on (02) 4221 3348.


The What Matters? writing competition

Each year, the entries for What Matters? offer fresh perspectives on the Australia of the future. They examine our nation’s triumphs and defeats, and answer the question of What Matters? in bold and personal ways. The common thread is humanity, connection and dignity.

How to enter: Students submit a 400-600 piece of writing online.  The work must be an original piece completed in 2018. One entry per student. What Matters? is free to enter, and all entries are assessed by qualified markers. All participating students will receive a Certificate of Participation. Guidelines and tips are available online.

​T​ell us What Matters? to  you this year! ​ Entries for the 2018 competition are now open.


Kelly Smit 

Newman Facilitator and Assistant HSIE Coordinator