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Upcoming events

We welcome information on events that are of interest to the Gifted and Talented community. If you would like to contribute an item, please contact the moderators with details, for consideration.

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Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland EDUC 738 Gifted Learners: Meeting their Needs

24 July 2017 9:00 am - 27 October 2017 4:00 pm

Location: Online and a 2 day intensive the weekend of 12th/13th August in Auckland

We are pleased to announce that the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland has EDUC 738 Gifted Learners: Meeting their Needs, which is open for enrolments for semester Two. This is a blended course with a 2 day intensive the weekend of 12th/13th August. The rest of the content will be delivered online from late July and covers approximately term 3 of the school year. The content will be personalised to suit the interests of students enrolled. 

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24 July 2017 9:00 am - 29 September 2017 12:00 pm

Location: Christchurch - places available for term 3

Interactive hands-on creativity with electronics.
Learn how to interface computers with the real world.
Starting with the basics of electronics, and progressing to more complex projects, our CreativeHub sessions will help you control the physical world with sensors and actuators.

In light of the recent announcement by the government to increase funding to schools in the field of robotics and other ICT disciplines, I’d like to remind you about my tutoring availability.

My students won the Robocup National Championship in their categories last year.

There are still some spots available in TERM3 for tutoring in the subjects:

  • Robocup
  • Creative Technology

For further details, please see the attached course flyers from last year.  You will also see from my attached Resume, that I bring to my tutoring extensive experience in technology & product development, with an entrepreneurial flair.

If you’d like your students to exceed their current progress, please contact me to discuss course options & schedule for Terms 3&4. (last year's flyer is below

Kind regards,

Simon Dyer

Tutor/2C Light Company Ltd

PDF icon. SIMON DYER Resume-1P (PDF, 191 KB)

PDF icon. CreativeTechFlyerT3-16 (PDF, 342 KB)

Certificate of Effective Practice in Gifted Education

28 July 2017 9:00 am - 30 November 2017 12:00 pm

Location: online

In response to your suggestions, we’re now offering an alternative to our traditional March start for this course. Start mid-year, complete the identification modules in Term 3 before that busy Term 4, be ready to dive into teaching strategies early next year!

This is a course firmly grounded in the current research, with an emphasis on what’s practical for busy teachers, and providing continuous individual support throughout. We warmly invite you to check us out – see the Teachers’ Page on our website, www.giftedreach.org.nz

Mid-year enrolment now available, course begins July 28

Location: online

Target audience: All teachers Y1 – Y13.

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Year 11 & 12 Māori Talent Development Extension Programme ~ Rangatahi o te Moana

27 August 2017 9:00 am - 31 August 2017 4:00 pm


Open to any Year 11 and 12 Māori students (up to 2 per school) who are exceptionally able and enthusiastic science students, with possible interest in a future in health sciences, and/or who are identified as gifted. Preference will be given to those who have participated in a NZMSC Year 10 programme previously - Year 10 Talent Development or Te Rauawa o te Pahī. (Limited to 24)  5 days ~ Sunday 27th August to Thursday 31st August 2017 Cost of the programme will be covered by the University of Otago’s Māori Health Workforce Development Unit and is funded by the Ministry of Health New Zealand. 

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Year 7 & 8 Primary Gifted and Talented Programme. Science and the Sea

08 September 2017 8:30 am - 28 September 2017 4:00 pm


Open to exceptionally able and enthusiastic Year 7 and 8 science students from schools in the Dunedin area. This is not a residential programme.  4 separate days ~ Friday 8th September, Friday 15th September, Friday 22nd September, Thursday 28th September 2017 Cost of the programme will be invoiced to schools involved, cost share/sourcing is at the discretion of the school and parents.  

Ignite Series

12 September 2017 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Christchurch

12 September 2017, 9.30am to 3.30pm, Venue TBC. www.cognitioneducation.com/workshops

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Critical, Collaborative and Creative Thinking seminar

15 November 2017 9:00 am - 17 November 2017 3:00 pm

Location: Auckland - St Cuthberts Wednesday 15th November Wellington- Marsden College Thursday 16th November Christchurch- TBA Friday 17th November

Gifted and talented students recognise the importance of critical, collaborate and creative thinking skills. Recent research provides G&T educators with evidence that these skills are substantially improved where students participate in a short weekly period of philosophical communities of inquiry. When this is done more often the impact on student learning can be profound and extensive.  The seminar is designed to answer the following questions:

  • How can we explicitly develop students’ critical thinking skills both in the classroom and in the co-curricular program at my school? 
  • What is a philosophical community of inquiry and how can my school develop a whole school approach to democracy in the classroom without forcing teachers to do something they do not want to do?
  • What is a Philosothon and how can my school develop a climate where collaborative thinking is celebrated and fostered?
  • What is an Ethics Olympiad and how can it provide opportunities for students to engage with other students around the world about important ethical issues?
  • I need interactive and dynamic resources I can use in the classroom and share with my school colleagues. Can you help?