From James...

posted 14 Jun 2017, 17:50 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 15 Jun 2017, 02:29 by James Rea ]

At Russell Street we pride ourselves on providing rich learning experiences for our children, personalised and developmentally appropriate to their needs and interests. With this week being
Gifted Awareness Week it is appropriate to highlight some of the opportunities, key people and strategies we have in place. Suzanne Smith is our Gifted And Talented Educator, this is often referred to as GATE. Suzanne often works with groups on literacy, philosophy for children and also works alongside classroom teachers to differentiate the classroom learning for children identified on the GATE register. Suzanne also meets regularly with parents who have questions or would like information or support.


As part of advocating and promoting Gifted Awareness we have Iain Lees Gallaway coming to talk with a group of parents this Friday afternoon from 2:30-3:30. The current Government has allocated little funding or resourcing for this area of education and it would be great to have as many of you there to add your voice as possible.


Giftedness is often misunderstood and hard for parents and peers to reconcile or understand. While

children can excel in certain areas they can have such extreme deficits in other areas that their giftedness can become masked or become a barrier to overall success. If you would like more information Suzanne has a link here that is great to read. If you would like to communicate with Suzanne her email is


As well as the formal GATE register all children have opportunities to work with their strengths. We are proud of the many opportunities that children have at Russell Street, much of these experiences provided by our capable and passionate staff and community. We currently have a senior band, orchestra, robotics team, so many sports teams we need additional uniforms, dance, visual and performing arts groups, senior & junior kapa haka and the many in class opportunities for children to challenge themselves and extend their passions.


As a school we plan ahead and look strategically at opportunities to develop and extend our children and develop the staff. The community, student and staff contribution to the charter helps with identifying priorities and the strategic and annual planning that expands on this allow us to focus resources and align skills and talents to these priorities.


Thank you to all the staff, parents and students who support the rich and diverse opportunities we offer our students. What a rich and diverse curriculum we have.