Gifted and Talented, He mÄhuri
He mÄhuri, young saplings, reflects our vision for Gifted and Talented students.
Te Whare Tapa WhÄ has been used to illustrate the four dimensions of Gifted and Talented Students. Te Whare Tapa WhÄ has four cornerstones (or sides) – Taha Tinana Physical, Taha Wairua Spiritual, Taha WhÄnau Family, Taha Hinengaro Intellectual. With its strong foundations and four equal sides, the symbol of the wharenui is used to illustrate the balanced focus for identifying and supporting students.
Gifted and Talented students are identified by information from parents and previous schools, test results and teacher observation. Students may be talented in one particular area or over a range of subjects. Gifted and Talented Students are provided with extension opportunities both in and out of the classroom. These include external competitions, conferences, in-school interest groups and clubs, all of which provide opportunities for challenge and growth. Each learning area has a range of extension programmes for able students. in addition there is a year 9 Creative and Critical thinking option focusing on thinking skills.