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 moderator with details, for consideration.

Academy Conferences for Gifted and Talented Students

Big Ideas for Bright Minds Senior Students

Christchurch: St Andrew's College, Monday 14th May.

Wellington: Scots College, Tuesday 15th May.

Auckland: St Cuthbert’s College, Wednesday 16th May.

Inspire Ambition - Junior Stretch and Challenge Day Junior Students (Years 7 -9, Ages 12-14)

Auckland: St Cuthbert’s College,Thursday 2rd August.

Wellington: Scots College, Tuesday Monday 6th August.

Christchurch: St Andrew's College,Tuesday 7th August.

Nelson: Waimea College, Wednesday 8th August.


Students: A fixed fee of $45 if paid prior to conference. We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details.

Staff: A fixed fee of $45. One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay $95.

Bookings: Please contact the office with your numbers as early as possible to secure your places. info@academyconferences.com

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Global Citizenship Student Symposium on Disarmament and Climate Change

Friday 3 August, 4.00pm-8.00pm

Saturday 4 August 9.00am - 5.00pm

The Global Commons, St Cuthbert’s College, 122 Market Road, Epsom 1051

St Cuthbert’s College will host a global citizenship student symposium early in Term 3, on Disarmament and Climate Change. Experts in the fields of disarmament and climate change will present to students and mentor them through solution-based workshops – the topics covered will include:

  • Worldviews and Responsibility

  • Pacific Perspectives

  • Climate Change - New Zealand and the Agriculture Dilemma

  • Personal Responses to Climate Change

  • Disarmament and Nuclear Free Treaties

  • New approaches to grand challenges for universities

  • The Circular Economy

  • Social Entrepreneurialism

Year 10-13 students are invited to submit an application to participate in the symposium here. A detailed programme will follow. Further enquiries to Libby Giles, Head of Global Citizenship: libby.giles@stcuthberts.school.nz

Critical Thinking Skills

Baradene College (Auckland) 21st November and St Andrews College (Christchurch) 22nd November

This Critical Thinking seminar will:

  • provide a framework for introductory, intermediate and advanced levels of reasoning.

  • provide teachers with practical ways of helping students recognise the structure of arguments.

  • improve academic results through the development of critical thinking skills.

  • demonstrate new concept clarification exercises.

  • give teachers ways to help students distinguish good reasoning from impoverished reasoning.

  • explain how students can evaluate arguments.

  • outline important formal and informal fallacies.

  • provide methodologies and resources to enable your students to argue respectfully, collaboratively and creatively.

Seminar Information

REACH Education

Certificate of Effective Practice in Gifted Education

Winner 2017 US National Assn Professional Development Network Award Location: Online in 12 fortnightly modules

Next intake: March 2019

A course grounded in research but with a strong focus on practical strategies and offering continuous individual support from tutors who are amongst New Zealand's most highly experienced facilitators in this field. See the teachers' page on our website for prospectus and enrolment form!

Details here