The Eureka Program

Guidelines and Information for Presenters
Please click here to download the Planning sheet to complete and return

General information

The Eureka Program is for gifted or highly able adolescents in Years 8 – 11. The program will run for 3.5 days and is intended for students identified as gifted or performing at a very high level in secondary school. Students may be registered by their parents or by the school the student attends.

A number of different sessions will run during the 3 day program. Each morning students will participate in their selected course (4 hours per day). Sessions during the afternoon and evening will focus on a range of other topics and student groupings during these sessions will differ from the subject based workshop groups of the morning, allowing students opportunities to mix with other like minds and potentially establish friendships amongst the group.

 Information for teachers to assist planning

 Expect students to move at a fast pace through the work you provide and be prepared to use language, concepts and delivery methods suitable for students beyond high school.

 When you are planning your workshop, give some consideration to the different learning styles of the students you will meet and how they can be accommodated in your course.

 Course Length

The course you plan will run for 12 hours, from approximately 9am – 1pm on each of the Tuesday to Thursday of the Eureka Program.

 Class Size

Maximum class size will be 15 students. You will be contacted with final student numbers during the week prior to the program, class numbers will be updated on a page situated on the Thinking Ahead website which will also contain additional information for presenters. Maximum number of registrations for the 2008 program will be limited to 30.

 Workshop content

Your workshop should include opportunities for discussion and interaction in addition to covering content in some depth. Practical sessions (where appropriate) are encouraged however they should not be at the expense of the development of knowledge and discussion. ‘Chalk and talk’ should be kept to a minimum if possible. Some sort of product at the end of the course is desirable, although this could take many forms, including practical sessions, and should not be the sole focus of the workshop. Provision for students to choose or negotiate a product within limits is encouraged. Aim for depth of knowledge, where possible with the presenter acting as a facilitator for student’s learning.

 Course Title

A catchy title is very important!  Try to keep it to 5 – 10 words if possible

Course Description

You will need to include an description of approximately 200 words in length outlining the course you plan to present. This should include some detail about the content area, what the students can expect to learn, what they will be doing and what the expectations at the end of the course will be. Feel free to use technical terms where appropriate. This outline will be placed on the website.  

Presenter Profile

Please provide a short written profile describing who you are and your relevant qualifications and experience. You are welcome to include additional details about your interests or passions and a small digital photograph (head and shoulders) if you wish. This information will be included on the website. Some editing may be necessary for uniformity.

 Student Pre-requisites

Students may need to have specific skill levels to fully participate in your workshop. Please be sure to include these in your outline if necessary. If students will be required to do some pre-reading in order to have a common starting point, please indicate this on the planning sheet. You will need to send us a copy of any pre-reading material that needs to be distributed to students, at least one month prior to the program.

 Type of Venue

The location of the program will determine the facilities available for workshops. We have 2 work areas, one larger than the other. Please give us an indication of how much room you may need plus any special equipment when you complete your planning sheet.

 Consumables and materials

You will be responsible for arranging your own consumables and photocopying for use during the course. There will be very limited facilities for copying at New Norcia.

 Refunds of a reasonable sum for consumables can be made if you supply us with tax receipts and you have advised us at the planning stage, so we can include this in our costing if necessary.

 ‘Consumables’ refers to the materials the students will use up during the course, not to rewards or motivators which are your own responsibility. Some courses may have significant extra costs, and we need to be aware of these early.

 Student requirements

You may decide to ask students to bring particular materials they will need, to the course you run. Please provide all the relevant details on the Planning Sheet of any materials you require students to bring with them.


Presenters will be contracted directly, rather than through their workplace. Remuneration for a workshop will be $500 for the 12 hour course. Your meals and accommodation will also be provided for the duration of the program. Payment will be made by EFT to the account of your choice. We will forward Tax File Number declaration and payment details forms to your prior to your workshop to facilitate payments. If you have an ABN, we will pay on your invoice.

 If you have further questions, please contact Derrin by email at or by phone on (08) 9474 4594

Need some ideas??

Click here to download some ideas gathered from other courses that have been presented in Australia and overseas for students of similar ages.


The Gifted and Talented Children’s Association of WA supports this initiative as providing a valuable service for gifted young people in our state.


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