The Eureka Program

Frequently Asked Questions
more information will be added here as details are finalised

How much does it cost?
How long is the program?
How big will the class be?

Where is it being held?
What are the arrangements for travel?
How do I enrol?
What do I need to bring?
Who is organising the program?

Cancellation Policy

How much does it cost?

Cost for the 3 days program will be $495 (inc GST) . Payment is by cheque payable to Thinking Ahead.  Unfortunately, at the moment, payment by credit card cannot be accepted. Please contact Derrin for account details if you prefer to pay by EFT.

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How long is the program?

The Eureka Program is a 3.5 day / 3 night residential program which will be run along a conference format, so you will attend for the whole 3.5 days. The format for each day will be similar with the morning sessions being spent on the academic course you choose. The afternoon and evening sessions will provide time for a range of other activities and sessions looking at career planning, learning styles, leadership and time to mix with the other students. Everyone will be involved in setting up and clearing up of meals.

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How big will the class be?

Total numbers for the program this year will be limited to 30. The groups for the academic courses will be between 6 and 15 students. The groups for various other sessions will vary in composition and size from the whole group to small groups. Class sizes during the workshop sessions in the morning will be between 6 and 15 students. Small class sizes ensures maximum involvement by students.

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Where is it being held?

The Eureka Program will be held at New Norcia, about 90 mins from Perth. Accommodation will be at the Old Convent which has a self contained kitchen area and a lounge/common room. Students will be in shared rooms which accommodate between 2 and 4 people per room. We will also be using 2 work areas adjacent to the Old Convent buildings.

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What are the arrangements for travel?

Students will need to make their own way to New Norcia on Monday September 29th (a public holiday) arriving around 2pm. We will organise transport to bring the students back as a group to a central point in Perth at the end of the program on Thursday. More information about the pick up point and time will be included in your information pack sent after registration.  If you have problems with transport on the Monday, we may be able to make arrangements for travel with another student.

Students travelling from interstate or from rural areas in WA will be met on arrival and arrangements will be made for them to stay with a family overnight as necessary.

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How do I enrol?

You will need to complete the registration form and medical forms and return them with your payment to secure your place in the program. You will select which academic program you wish to attend at the time of registration. Click here to go to the Registration form (now inactive).  If you have any questions, please contact Derrin. Registrations must be received by September 12th.

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What do I need to bring?

A full list of things you need to bring with you will be sent after you have registered. The weather is likely to be cool at night but could be warm during the day so you will need to be prepared for a range of conditions. You will also need to bring linen – a sheet, pillow case and either a doona or sleeping bag and towel plus basic stationery. If you place a portable musical instrument you are also welcome to bring that along.

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Who is organising the program?

Derrin Cramer taught for 10 years in the Mid West Region and some time later established the gifted and talented program in the Primary School at St Stephen’s School in Duncraig where she worked as part of the their aware winning team until the end of 2005. She currently works as a consultant to parents and teachers in the area of gifted education providing support and professional learning opportunities, in addition to organising holiday programs for bright and gifted children. Derrin holds a Master of Education (Gifted and Talented) in addition to the Certificate of Gifted Education (dist) from UNSW. She has taught in the GERRIC Poppyseeds program in Sydney and recently was able to visit a number of highly regarded selective schools for gifted children in the USA, in addition to the CDT at Northwestern University in IL providing her with valuable insights into gifted services in other places. An active member of the Gifted and Talented Children’s Association for a number of years, her experience also includes Director and WA Representative of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT Ltd). She has 2 gifted daughters.

Sian Chapman  graduated from WAAPA and commenced her teaching career in Dance and PE in metropolitan schools in the early 1990’s/ Se went on to become the Co-ordinator of the Gifted and Talented Dance program at Balcatta SHS and to complete her MEd focussing on the identification and selection of gifted and talented students of dance. Sian worked as a Curriculum Improvement Officer in the Arts at Perth District Education Office and as the Curriculum Officer for Gifted and Talented for the Department of Education. In recent years Sian held the position of Educational Measurement Officer – The Arts at the Department of Education and Training, managing the state wide testing program of government schools students in the art forms of dance, drama, media, music and visual arts at years 3, 7 and 10. Currently on leave, Sian’s interests lie in Arts education generally and in the provision of gifted and talented students across the educational spectrum more specifically. Being involved with Thinking Ahead allows Sian the opportunity to further these interests. Sian is also the mother of a young son and daughter.

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Cancellation Policy
The organisers may cancel a workshop choice one week prior to its advertised date due to lack of enrolments. In this case you will be offered a place in another workshop choice, or your money will be refunded. A refund less 20% administration costs will be made in the case of cancellation by  you up to 14 days prior to the workshop date, provided the class still reaches minimum numbers. No refund will be issued if you cancel within 14 days of the workshop commencing except where a medical certificate is provided. If the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrolments, all registration fees will be refunded.

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Registrations are required by September 12th 2008

Thinking Ahead Extension Workshops ABN 50 017 429 348
PO Box 171 Como Western Australia 6952