24 Jan 2018

Gifted & Talented Opportunities (Spring & Summer 2018)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At Sha Tin College, we have begun our learning in full swing this term 2.  There is no denying that regular communication and  home-school coordination enhances student achievement, so  I would like to inform you about some opportunities within school and courses and programmes both  in Hong Kong and elsewhere that may extend your child’s learning beyond the school curriculum.

Most of you would be aware that Sha Tin College will join the internationally acclaimed Tournament of Minds (TOM) in 2018. TOM is a problem solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Details can be found on their website http://www.tom.edu.au/ . If your child is in Year 7, 8, 9 or 10 and he or she would be interested in participating, there is a sign up on the Google Doc.  Trials will be held before Chinese New Year and preparations will begin, in earnest, after we resume, culminating in the Hong Kong Finals Day on the 9th June. Please check the bulletin on SMART in the coming days for a confirmed schedule.

Furthermore, the Education Bureau ( EDB) and The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) conduct courses and competitions throughout the year. If you are still interested in enrolling your child on any courses, please click here for further details. They have various face to face programmes  and numerous learning opportunities. The self nomination application period will commence from 25th January, and it is offered in Humanities, Leadership, Mathematics and Science.

Additionally, The Chinese University of Hong Kong will be taking applications for their summer programmes for gifted learners soon. Their courses are specifically designed for gifted students from Hong Kong and details of their courses and application process can be found by clicking  here. For senior students, the University offers the Hong Kong Scholars Program ( HKSP) in collaboration with University of Iowa; the details can be found on the link.

Focussing on Science and the older students, there is also an opportunity to submit an application for the 2018 edition of the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC). BIYSC is a two-week international excellence programme organized by Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation.  It aims to stimulate scientific talent among young people from all over the world and encourage their enthusiasm for careers in science and technology. Details are on their website.

Further afield, there are some excellent opportunities available at leading worldwide universities. Courses aimed at pre-college students in a diverse range of locations, can be found athttp://www.summerdiscovery.com/

If you need  assistance in applying for any of the programmes mentioned above, please do not hesitate in writing to me at tewarn1@stconline.edu.hk

Kind regards,

Nandita Tewari

Gifted and Talented Coordinator