At Te Puna School we are extremely proud of the clever and creative kids that we get to work with. We endeavour to provide a variety of programmes that reach out to students with special abilities across a wide range of subjects/disciplines. Teachers are asked to nominate students from their classes who they think will be suitable to attend the GATE courses being offered. These like-minded groups then work together to learn new skills, extend their thinking and ultimately demonstrate their new learning in a variety of ways.
Examples of student work is celebrated on our GATE blog, which can be viewed by clicking here.
The New Zealand Curriculum/Marautanga o Aotearoa acknowledges the particular needs of gifted and talented learners. It is designed to allow for flexibility of application so that the needs of diverse learners can be appropriately responded to. This is fundamental to providing a learning environment that meets the abilities, interests and needs of the gifted and talented.
Gifted and talented practice in New Zealand aligns with the vision for young people identified in The New Zealand Curriculum.
As the curriculum explains, New Zealand educators aim to develop young people:
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