Our school community reflects a culture, which is predominantly New Zealand European/ Pakeha with small numbers of Māori, Pasifika, and various other cultures throughout the school. We value the diverse needs of gifted and talented students including their academic, creative, social/emotional, and physical development.
We believe that gifted students are those with the potential to perform and that talented students are those who are performing at superior levels to their same age peers. These students may show their potential or performance in one or more domains of ability. By recognising the difference between the concepts gifted and talented, we acknowledge that some of the students may not be yet achieving at their potential.
Our task is to provide gifted students with opportunities and support to realise their potential and talented students with the opportunities to soar. (Gagne, 2008)
The following domains are considered when recognising gifts and talents:
- Intellectual (one or more areas)
- Creative (thinking, language arts, performing arts)
- Cultural traditions (Wairuatanga, Manaakitanga, Rangatiratanga, Whanaungatanga, Kaitiakitanga, Auahatanga, Mātauranga)
- Music, Art, etc
- Social skills (interpersonal, leadership, etc)
- Psychomotor (gymnastic, sport, dance, etc )