Brisbane West


Welcome to the Brisbane West Branch of the QAGTC. 

You are invited to become involved in supporting Gifted Children by attending, participating or volunteering at our meetings and events.


We host a parent/teacher information session once a term on Monday nights usually from 7:30-8:30 in the Kenmore Library Meeting room 3.  Check the "events" tab for details on these events and booking.  Sign up to have events emailed directly to you so you don't miss out!

Want more than an information session once a term?  Come along and join our team of committed parents and teachers dedicated to providing support and raising awareness for gifted children in our community!  We meet on the second Monday of the month during school terms from 6:30-7:30 in the Kenmore LIbrary meeting room 3.  Email west [at] qagtc [dot] org [dot] au for details on membership.



We hold one competition every term on a Sunday usually from 10-11 at the Kenmore Library meeting room 3.

Topics vary every term.  Check the events tab or sign up to have events emailed directly to you when they are posted to avoid missing out!

Please email us at west [at] qagtc [dot] org [dot] au  for payment and entry details.

This competition is open to all children up to the age of 15 years.  If you feel your child is older or younger but would benefit from attending, please email us.

Check out our competitions from our first season:

Competitions 2015

We have some fabulous entries for our last competition, which had a history theme. The students shared their enthusiasm and new knowledge and proudly described their entries while parents were amazed at how much information was gleaned, the interest imbued and the diligence with which their children partook in their research. 

The winner of our Competition #1 – Writing, was Paddy Taylor. He received a certificate and a $50.00 voucher for Presents of Mind. The history competition is currently with the panel of judges and the winner will be announced on Sunday, 16th August when we come together to submit our chemistry competition, launch our term 4 competition and partake in a children’s activity.

Looking forward to a cache of beautiful crystals!


On Sunday, 22nd February, eight enthusiastic gifted young people met at Kenmore library to partake in our inaugural Children’s Competition. The theme was creative writing.

Before the start, the children gathered in the games corner, and despite mainly being strangers to each other, eagerly challenged each other to a game. It was a joy to see such convivial rivalry. They were then invited to sit at a desk and tackle the task of the first competition. The intense concentration was palpable in the otherwise silent room, with even the parents being moved to reduce their discussions to a mere murmur. As the children completed their task, they quietly drew off to play more games whilst the others finished.



We all had such a good time at our last competition, that we’d like to offer the opportunity to more people. It would be great if you could come to our competition space next time, which will be Sunday, 24th May, but we understand if you can’t make it. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enter the competition though - it is open to anyone 7-15 years old in Queensland! Cost is $5.00 for members and $7.00 for non-members and the theme of the next competition is history.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to west [at] qagtc [dot] org [dot] au   and we’ll give you all the details on how to enter. Watch for this term’s winning entry printed in Mindscape. 



Type:                 a writing competition

When:               Sunday, 22nd February 

Time:                 9:30 am

Where:              Kenmore Municipal Library

Entry fee:                  $5.00 members and $7.00 non-members.

What to bring: your favourite writing implements AND A                      DICTIONARY

Plan for the morning:

Participants will be given time to complete a writing task with free use of their dictionary. When completed, participants are free to enjoy some strategy board games whilst other participants complete the task. Judges of the competition will be literacy specialists and winners will be announced in Mindscape.

During this morning, the 2nd competition for 2015 will be introduced. This will have a historical theme and will be taken home for completion and submitted for judging by 24th May, (the launch date of competition #3). This allows participation by students statewide. The same entry fee applies and remote contenders may request entry details via email west [at] qagtc [dot] org [dot] au

This event has now finished.

We plan to facilitate the following activities:

Support Group Meetings:

Brisbane West Support Group welcomes Parents, Carers and Teachers of gifted children.  Meetings will be held on selected Monday evenings (7:30 – 9:00pm).

These meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss the needs of our gifted children by sharing of knowledge and experiences.  We hold these meetings in one of the following formats:  Support Group (sharing & resourcing), Focus Topic(s) or Guest Speaker(s).

We can also identify topics of interest for future West Branch Events, eg: Children’s Activities, Gifted Family Networking Events, Guest Speakers or Support Group Meetings.

Please be aware that our Support Group meetings are purposed for Parents, Carers & Teachers, do not bring children to these meetings.

Parent Information Nights (PINs):

Our PINs are suitable for interested Parents, Carers & Teachers.  Please note that children cannot be accommodated for at these evenings.

We will be providing an information night each term.

West Branch Committee Meetings:

Our Branch Committee meets once per month immediately before our Support Group meeting.  If you would like to help, join the committee, contribute to or facilitate activities for Parents and Children in the local area please contact us via: west [at] qagtc [dot] org [dot] au

Attending our Events

Note:  For Registration & the latest details, please check the Events menu to access all events, or scroll down to the News Items at the bottom section of this page to access West Branch events.

Please regard instructions for child free events (ie: Parents, Carers & Teachers only) versus Children's Activities or Gifted Family Networking Events.  At this stage for Children's Activities purposed events our Branch will not be having any 'drop & go'  arrangements.

Please email our Branch if you need to clarify any instructions:  west [at] qagtc [dot] org [dot] au

Office bearers

President - Melissa Dornhart
Treasurer - Sue Stevens

Secretary - Leisa Taylor


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Susan Stevens

Term 4 Competition Launch

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Launching of QAGTC West’s 4th Children’s Competition

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