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Gifted Awareness Week 2011
13-19 June
Gifted Online is delighted to support New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week. We will post information about G.A.W. events as they come to hand. On this page, information is organised by host organisation, and the organisations at the top are those who gave us their information first. Subpages are organised by date and region, with a further subpage for the blog tour, a mass blogging event for Gifted Awareness Week. In most instances, the fullest information about an event will be on this page. Look at dates carefully, as some events are a little outside of Gifted Awareness Week itself, and check costs with organisers when booking, as many events are used as vital sources of funding for services.


Annual competitions are run by New Zealand Association for Gifted Children. If you are not aware of this fabulous organisation, here is their website, their forum, their magazine and their academic journal. The competitions are as follows:
  1. A film competition for students in Years 4-13.
  2. Writing and art competitions for preschoolers through to adults. Parents and teachers, have a look. There are good sponsors for the prizes!
  3. A photo competition for students in years 0-13.
While school year levels are indicated, I am confident that homeschooled children are also eligible to enter these competitions. We will be very proud of any members of the GO community who enter these compettions, and even prouder of those of you who do well. Good luck!

Explorers' Expo:  NZAGC's Auckland Explorers' Club will be hosting an afternoon with challenge centres for children to participate in, and providers of resources and services for gifted children. This will take place on Saturday, 2-5 p.m. on 18 June at Mt Albert Presbyterian Church Hall. More information in NZAGC Forum and at eventfinder

South Auckland Discoverers: Forensic club day, 19 June, Pukekohe.

The Gifted Education Centre

Parent Forum, 6.30 – 8.00pm “Parenting Gifted Teenagers” with Lynn Berresford and Chris Herbert. ODS classroom, Owairaka School.

One Day School and Small Poppies open sessions:
Tuesday 14th June - Poppy Peek - Owairaka School
Wednesday 15th June - One Day School - Laingholm School
Thursday 16th June - One Day School - Papatoetoe North
Saturday 18th June - One Day School - Owairaka School
For more details or to book (which is essential) please email head.office@giftededucation.org.nz or ring 09-845-4176.

Friday 17th June, 7:30pm: Quiz Night - Owairaka School. Teams of up to six teens or adults required.
Saturday 18 June, morning: Parent Forum “Schooling Transitions for Gifted Children” with Sue Breen and Gay Gallagher. Owairaka School.
Saturday 18 June, afternoon: Explorers Expo, Mt. Albert Presbyterian Church Hall.
Friday 17 - Sunday 19 June: Education Expo, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane.
Tuesday 14th June, 7.30pm:  The Hamilton premiere of Davorin Fahn's documentary "Gifted School"  for present parents, friends, teachers and families who have enquired about One Day School. Refreshments, discussion and questions afterwards. Hamilton West School, ODS Classroom, Fow Street, Hamilton. Bookings at 0508GIFTED.
Palmerston North: Quiz - details to be advised.
Wednesday 15 June:
Information stall at Karori Mall.
Wednesday 15 June:  The Wellington premiere of Davorin Fahn's documentary "Gifted School" , at Johnsonville Community Centre.  7 p.m.
Friday 17 June: Quiz night, 7 p.m. Two different venues. Cardinal McKeefry School and Rangikura School.  Bookings at 0508GIFTED.
Friday 24 June: One Day School Taster Session -  Cardinal McKeefry School, Wellington.  Bookings at 0508GIFTED.
All enquiries to leanne.pressman@giftededucation.org.nz or call 0508GIFTED.
Friday June 3 - Poppy Peek session.
Monday June 13 to Monday June 20 - Gifted Education window information display at Paper Plus at Richmond Mall. Lots of ideas for kids and parents to think about! Games, Art, Event lists, Books, Website help, Skype chat listings. Need something special ordered? Talk to 'Anna' inside Paper Plus!
Tuesday June 14 and Thursday June 16 - Infomation and registration booth at Richmond Mall in front of Farmers's. Leanne Pressman, Coordinator for the One Day School and Small Poppy programmes, will be there all day to talk, answer questions, and give support.
Wednesday June 15 - The Nelson premiere of Davorin Fahn's documentary '"Gifted School". Daytime session for families, evening session for adults. Discussion/Info session for One Day School and Small Poppies after movie. Richmond Tasman Library. Koha.
Monday June 20 - Mind Adventure Day - Come and try a half day session of specialised gifted education at One Day School (at Appleby School). 6 to 12 year olds. 
Monday 13 June
- Open Sessions - Come and try ½ day 'tasters' of the One Day School™ programme. (Kendal Primary School). Bookings essential, please email andrea.wong@giftededucation.org.nz or ring 0508GIFTED.
Tuesday 14th June
- The Christchurch premiere of Davorin Fahn's documentary "Gifted School" will be shown at Kendal Primary School. After school showing at 3:30. Evening showing and discussion with Rose Blackett at 7:30. Entry by gold coin donation.
Friday 17 June: Quiz night

Gifted Online

Base pic by daccap.
Here at Gifted Online, we will be offering some free Skype Meetings. Topics will be:
  • Identifying gifted children. 7:30 p.m., Saturday 11 June.
  • Differentiation of curriculum for the gifted.  7:30 p.m., Monday 13 June.
  • How to join Twitter and take part in Twitter chats on giftedness.  7:30 p.m., Wednesday 15 June.
  • How to join Second Life and take part in monthly gifted meetings. Fast computer and broadband required.  7:30 p.m., Friday 17 June.
Sometimes in bad weather, Skype has very poor sound quality. In most cases we will reconvene the following evening at the same time if sound quality is an issue. However, the Friday Skype session will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Saturday 18th if need be. Please e-mail mail4mary@xtra.co.nz to register.


On our website there is a list of suggested activities for schools, teachers, communities and families and there is also a cool "Did You Know" poster that can be printed, emailed, and shared with others. If you or your school are not members of giftEDnz, please visit our website to find out more about us - or feel free to contact me or a member of our Board directly!


GiftEdNZ have also drafted a template for a letter to your Member of Parliament.
|| MS Word file || RTF File || Poster ||


Te Kete Ipurangi Gifted &Talented Online

TKI have their Gifted Awareness Week event page at http://gifted.tki.org.nz/Upcoming-events/Gifted-Awareness-Week. If you join their Interact mailing list using the link on the left, you can meet many wonderful people involved in Gifted Education in New Zealand, and you can also ask to have your GAW events listed on their page.
Public Blog Tour
The blog tour bookings are being coordinated by Mary St George from Gifted Online, but it is a public event across all contributing organisations and beyond. Here's an explanation:

Since shifting to teaching online I have been privileged to meet a number of people whose expertise is social media, and from these people I have learnt about blog tours. Blog tours give issues prominence in search engines and can therefore be very effective advocacy tools. If you have a blog, or if children you teach blog, and you would be happy to devote a blog post to gifted education, I would love to add you to a blog tour timetable. Just give me a date during or before Gifted Awareness Week when you will be blogging on giftedness, talent, creativity or closely related ideas, and the URL for your blog, and I will add you to a blog tour list. If you are a more spontaneous blogger, let me know when you've posted. You can also help by visiting the blog tour and posting comments, mentioning great posts in e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, etc., or linking to blogs on the tour.

If you are too busy to maintain a blog of your own but have something to say on giftedness for Gifted Awareness Week, we can organise for you to be a guest blogger on somebody else's blog.

What should you blog about? An open letter to the world about the issue dearest to your heart in connection with giftedness and provisions for it may work for you. Otherwise, Tracy Riley suggests using some of the questions in the GiftEdNZ poster as a focus.

University on Wheels and Holiday Seminars
Open Day Saturday 18th June

Elaine and Jean will be at Mt. Albert Presbyterian Church Hall on Saturday 18th June from 2 to 5 pm and will be available to answer all your questions about University on Wheels. If you would like the UoW Team to visit your school this year, come along and find out how it all works!

Secondary (Auckland) Gifted Educators
SAGE Gifted Student Conference at Massey University Albany (Auckland) Campus. Book by 7 June, event 7 July. See http://www.giftedconsultant.ac.nz/studentconf.html for enrolment forms and programme. Keynote speakers are Tracy Riley and William Pike. This event is for secondary school students, and they do not need to live in Auckland to attend.

Whakatane Mini-Symposium
EastBay REAP is hosting a mini symposium on July 23rd at Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi from 9-3. Watch this space for more information. 

Francoys Gagné
will be joining us. 

Waikato Association for Gifted Children
Library Display at Central Library, Garden Place from 13 June. Information pamphlets will be available from all Hamilton City Libraries.
Two Science Workshops on Saturday 9 July, at the Hamilton West School Hall, 36 Hammond Street, Hamilton. Morning session for families with young gifted children, and afternoon session for ECE and Primary School Teachers. Bookings, phone Louise , 07 856 9416 or e-mail waikatogifted@gmail.com.

Otago Association for Gifted Children
Watch this space, information coming soon, and a little bird has told us that there may be a competition involved. No promises!

The Gifted Kids Programme
Open Mornings - This is your chance to drop in to your nearest Unit or Centre to see first hand a GKP classroom in action, and learn more about our teachers, our children and our vision. As part of Gifted Awareness Week 13th -17th June 2011, The Gifted Kids Programme are holding Open Mornings at all their Units from 9 am – 12 noon. As someone who has supported GKP in some way presently or in the past we warmly welcome you to visit one of our Units and discover what amazing learning GKP has going on!

GKP Tikipunga, Whangarei Thurs, Fri
Tikipunga Primary School, Tania Place, Whangarei

GKP Tamaki, Auckland Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
Tamaki Intermediate, Tripoli Rd, Panmure, Auckland

GKP Waikowhai, Auckland Tues, Wed, Thurs
Waikowhai Intermediate, Richardson Rd, Mt Roskill, Auckland

GKP Hillary, Auckland Tues, Wed, Thurs
St Edmund Hillary College, Franklyne Rd, Otara, Auckland

GKP Rotorua Tues, Wed, Thursday
Sunset Primary, Sunset Road, Rotorua

GKP Rata, Lower Hutt Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
Rata St School, Rata St, Naenae Lower Hutt

GKP Petone, Lower Hutt Tues, Wed, Thurs
Petone Central School, Britannia St, Petone, Lower Hutt

GKP Wellington Thurs, Fri
Newtown School, Mein St, Newtown, Wellington

For more information please check out our website www.giftedkids.co.nz or call our office on 0800 GKP KID/ 0800 457 543.

Mini-Conference at Massey University, Wellington. Speakers include Francoys Gagné and Tracy Riley. Bookings phone 04 589 5095. Saturday 16 July.

Mensa will have a stand at the Auckland Explorers' Expo, 18 June, Mt. Albert Presbyterian Church Hall. 2-5 p.m. 

Future Problem Solving New Zealand
Future Problem Solving New Zealand advise us that our Kiwi contestants are currently en route to La Crosse, Wisconsin, for the international finals. Congratulations to Daniel Coats from Christchurch who came 3rd in the Middle division Scenario writing – those results come out before the finals. Some of the Future Problem Solving International Ceremonies will be streamed via the internet. Click here for links. Time zone adjustments follow:

 - Opening Ceremony:  Friday, 10 June 2011 at 12:45:00 p.m.
 - Variety Show:  Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 11:45:00 a.m.
 - Award Ceremony:  Monday, 13 June 2011 at 1:45:00 a.m.

The FPSPI Slide Show of IC 2011 starts off the Award Ceremony, followed by the 1st place Presentation of Action Plan teams performing their winning skits.  The winning teams and individuals in all components are awarded.  The ceremony ends with the recession of flags.

The Community Problem Solving team from Oturu School in Kaitaia, who are representing NZ at the finals, were featured on Close Up and people can view that at http://tvnz.co.nz/close-up/one-approach-learning-6-13-video-4186793

Hamish Hall from Kerikeri Primary School is our first ever Junior Community Problem Solving individual representative and he has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Overcome-Arachnid-Repulsion/119508571437527?sk=wall His movies are fantastic and he’s a little pocket rocket!

Sadly, some of our first placed teams weren’t able to travel but the kids competing will have a life-changing experience.

I Love Teaching Conference
I Love Teaching Conference. Guest speakers will include Francoys Gagné. 18-19 July. Bookings 03 217 9521.

Learning Network NZ
Differentiation in Your Classroom workshops with Jane Kise. Taupo, Thursday 28 June. Auckland, Saturday 30 June. Bookings online.

GAW Home Page

GAW by Region 

GAW by Date

GAW Blog Tour
#NZGAW pictures are free to use, and were modified from images by Open Clipart members "jhnri4", "nicubunu" and "rorzer".

Join a facebook group on giftedness. Parents, teachers and advocates for the gifted welcome!

GO is a service provided by the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education.

 For all enquiries about the Gifted Online Programme, please contact:
 Mary St George
 Lead Teacher for Gifted Online
 T: 07 849 4842       Freephone: 0800 547 543       Email: Please click here to send us a message.
 New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education Limited