Gifted Learners

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Events and opportunities for gifted learners

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

Young Ocean Explorers 12 Day Challenge

A Thriving Ocean for Future Generations:

Young Ocean Explorers is running a FREE guided inquiry this term - starting on 24th July (week 2).

Aimed at year 3-8 (Curric levels 1 - 4) with differentiated ideas - can be tailored for younger or older students.


*To encourage an increased knowledge of Aotearoa’s precious waterways - moana, awa, roto (ocean, rivers, lakes) and how they are linked.

To build an understanding of the importance of these waterways to many people in various ways, and the importance for the creatures that live in and around those waterways.

To think about kaitiakitanga and caring for our local environment.

Overview For those on the Gifted & Talented Teachers (NZ) Fb page here is a post with more info. Sign up notes.

Junior Stretch and Challenge - Australasia 2023 - Thriving Minds

Philosophy conference

Held in Christchurch (St Andrew's College) August 1st, Nelson (Ministry of Inspiration), August 2nd, Wellington (Scots College) August 3rd and Auckland (TBA) August 4th

Tickets $50 per student and every 12 students gets a teacher free.

For more information and to register

Any Questions is a free, online chat service that helps New Zealand school-aged students with their schoolwork. Between 1pm and 6pm on weekdays, students can logon and chat with a librarian who will help guide their research and teach them valuable information literacy skills. The service is run by the National Library of New Zealand, funded by the Ministry of Education and supported by public libraries from around the country.

Climate Change action

Climate Change Commission open Zoom series - Rangatahi for climate action.

Rangatahi for climate action.

Ethics Olympiad

Ethics Olympiad schools promote respectful, supportive and rigorous discussion around current ethical issues. They are marked out by their commitment to student development in civil, critical and well informed ethical discourse. Online and face to face events are held for junior, middle and high school students in New Zealand and Australia.

For more information go to: Ethics Olympiad


FutureLearn, works with leading universities and organizations around the world to offer our learners relevant, high quality online courses across a huge range of topics. Fees apply.

For more information click here

Hooked on Books

This is a website for young adult (YA) readers all about reviewing and New Zealand books. They can submit reviews for publication and become part of a critical conversation. For more information go to: Hooked on Books

MindPlus Clubs Day

NZCGE held their first MindPlus Clubs Day in Auckland on 18 January.

MindPlus Clubs Day brought together Y3-10 gifted kids from all over Auckland (and beyond) who shared passions and interests for a day of exploration, fun and getting to know like minds at the University of Auckland. We are looking to have similar days in other cities soon - watch this space!

Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa

Tailored and affordable programmes accessed from school or home. Learners between Y5-10 can choose from a range of 15, 25 and 30 week programmes relating to their interests and/or strengths. eTeachers from Kōtui Ako (previously VLN Primary) meet weekly with a small group of learners on Zoom, with learning continued independently between sessions. Programmes from across the curriculum are available, with a selection of specific programmes tailored for gifted and talented ākonga.

Check out our available programmes & register interest by emailing


WERO - Wayfinding for Rangatahi Entrepreneurs

A fully funded coaching programme for Māori and Pasifika rangatahi about the ways and wonders of being an entrepreneur. Register your school now for 1-day Wayfinding Challenges with students in Te Waipounamu. More details can be found at: Flying Geese Pro.