The Ngā Matapuna ō Ngā Pakihi Learning Community Cluster is excited to introduce the Gifted Education Programme in 2015 in partnership with the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (www.nzcge.co.nz). The Cluster consists of Broadfield School, Ladbrooks School, Lincoln Primary School, Lincoln High School, Prebbleton School, Springston School, and Tai Tapu School.
The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE) was established in 2014 as a merger of Gifted Kids (est. 2000) and the Gifted Education Centre (est. 1996). The Centre is committed to ensuring that the potential of gifted students is recognised, nurtured, and developed. They advocate that every gifted child has the right to educational opportunities which challenge their unique interests and special talents. The focus is on affirmative education, promoting talent development and encouraging potential through experience and opportunity.
The Gifted Kids programme provides students with academic enrichment, accelerated learning, and creative extension in addition to social, and emotional support that matches their unique learning and development needs. The programme challenges students, and enables them to work with like-minded peers and specialist teachers.
Gifted Kids offers a differentiated curriculum with a specific focus on talent, conceptual and personal development, and thinking and research process development. The programme provides holistic educational instruction and recognises potential as well as performance.
The Gifted Kids programme benefits gifted and talented students by providing the following;
Interaction with like-minded students (acceptance, friendship, challenge)
IQ and EQ support
New learning, new opportunities and new challenges
Growth in the ability to think conceptually
Growth in areas of talent (knowledge, skills, inquiry)
Opportunity to create and innovate
Greater self-awareness, understanding and efficacy
Growth in in-depth research and thinking skills
Mentoring from a specialist gifted education educator and specialist tutors
Opportunity to vision future pathways and an Alumni group to support growth after Gifted Kids.
In general being involved in the programme not only develops academic achievement but also increases self-esteem and improves student engagement.
Deb Brown has been employed by the Cluster and trained by the NZCGE to deliver the programme.
The programme commenced in Term 2, 2015 and runs 4 days a week - a day for junior children, a day for middle school children, a day for senior school children, and a day for the high school children. The times will be the same as a normal school day unless advised by the Gifted Teacher.
The programme will be run in a dedicated classroom hosted by Lincoln Primary School. Children will be dropped off and picked up on their day by parents/caregivers.
Any child/ren from Year 2 to Year 10 can be nominated for an assessment. This can be by parents, the child, or the teacher/school.
Children will be assessed independently of their school by the NZCGE team. To be accepted onto the programme the children must meet 26 out of 40 criteria.
The cost is $50 per day (subject to sufficient numbers per child (user pays). Invoices need to be paid a term in advance to the school.
Complete the Expression of Interest form online here and we will be in contact with you. This must be completed for each child.
Communication and assessments will start early Term 1.
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