Ministry of Education

Gifted Learners

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Events and opportunities

We welcome information on events or opportunities that are of interest to the gifted education community and gifted learners. If you would like to contribute an item, please contact the moderator with details, for consideration.

Waka Kōpapa: TAKING the LEAD

This is a 4-module online course covering practical strategies for educators responsible for learners with additional needs including all Gifted Coordinators, SENCos, RTLBs, future Coordinator’s and related professionals to lead provisions for learners with additional needs, such as gifted learners, in your school or kura. Waka Kopapa is designed to encourage networking opportunities while also providing individual support.

The March 2019 Intake begins on Friday 15th March and will finish on Monday, 24th June, 2019. It is free to participate. Places are limited.

To find out more and to register for both the Gifted Aotearoa Network and Waka Kōpapa, go to

Future Problem Solving workshops

Training workshops for Future Problem Solving for this year:

Global Issues Problem Solving workshops are planned in Auckland, Cambridge, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Timaru. Community Problem Solving workshops will be held in Nelson and possibly Auckland. Check out venues and dates and register .

2019 Senior School Ethics Olympiad

The Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland will host an Ethics Olympiad on Saturday 8th June and St Andrews College, Christchurch will host one on Thursday the 6th June.

You are invited to bring a group of five/ten students from your school to participate in this unique, challenging and inspiring event. Whereas the Ethics Olympiad is usually run online between schools, these events will be held in selected cities. These Olympiad heats will be an ideal opportunity for your students to become familiar with the Ethics Olympiad and more importantly develop skills around how to construct good moral and ethical arguments collaboratively.

During the day students will be involved in a series of three Ethics Olympiad heats whereby teams will engage with other school teams as they deal with exciting and relevant ethical cases. Teams will be scored next to criteria which rewards clear, concise, respectful discourse. All students will gain a great deal from the experience, but at the end of the day, two teams will face off for the Gold Medal. Silver and Bronze medals will also be awarded to each member of the winning teams.

For more information and to register go to: Ethics Olympiad