Links and Resources
Gifted web resources
Learning disabilities links
Clubs & Associations
Gifted / Alternative schooling and programmes
Email newsletters - subscription details
Gifted web resources
The NZAGC's discussion forum on this website:
Answers and moral support from parents and professionals.
REACH Education Consultancy:
REACH Education Consultancy is an agency created specifically to support schools in working successfully with gifted learners.
Ministry of Education site for gifted children:
News, links, help and resources on this professional and well-maintained website.
Min. Ed.'s Frequently Asked Questions:
Answers to typical questions from parents and teachers.
www.anyquestions.co.nz/en/anyQuestions.html - can't find the resources you need for schoolwork? ask an online librarian. A collaborative project of NZ libraries, govt. and education sectors. (link added 9 June '05).
StudyIt www.studyit.org.nz/ - designed with input from secondary students, a student-centred website to support achievement in NCEA maths and science (English coming in July); general study and exam advice; and a forum to discuss issues with other students, teachers. (Added 9 June '05).
Nexus Research Group (Taranaki):
Based in New Plymouth, New Zealand's only school based not-for-profit research organization actively supports gifted
Gifted Education Centre: www.giftededucation.org.nz
The Gifted Education Centre provides support for parents, teachers and researchers; a web-based "classroom"; as well as articles, useful links, news of events and other features.
Gifted Education Services:
- providing professional support. A range of services to meet the needs of gifted / talented students, porfessional workshops for schools, sepcific targeted assistance for students and teacher resources.
West. Auck Education Centre:
A good resource for books on giftedness from provider of professional learning opportunities and quality services for
Philosophy for Children:
This page is maintained by the Philosophy Department at the University of Otago
Living Heritage www.livingheritage.org.nz provides great opportunities for students to research and publish real-life research in their communities. (link added 9 June '05).
Software for Learning
www.tki.org.nz/r/ict/software/index_e.php - Min. Ed. reviewed software suitable for teaching and learning in New Zealand. (link added 9 June '05).
Rate My Teachers
www.ratemyteachers.co.nz - Teacher ratings by students and parents for all New Zealand schools.
Gifted and Creative Services Australia:
Gifted and Creative Services Australia provide services and support for gifted people of all ages, not just children, and receive many overseas enquiries.
Queensland Association for the Gifted and Talented:
Australian Ass'n for the Education of the Gifted and Talented:
NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children Inc:
Gifted and Talented Children's Association of South Australia Inc:
The Gifted and Talented Children's Association of Western Australia:
Tasmanian Association for the Gifted Inc:
UK Dept of Ed National Strategies for G&T
interesting and useful reading for those interested in helping their school improve in this area, also free downloadable resources for teachers or to help parents be better advocates
Renzulli Learning - web-based individualised learning programmes
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children:
Council for Exceptional Children:
National Association for Gifted Children (UK): www.nagcbritain.org.uk
G&T Wise (UK): www2.teachernet.gov.uk/gat/
state-funded website of resources and advice for teaching the 10% of pupils whose special needs relate to exceptional ability
National Association for Gifted Children (USA): www.nagc.org
UK Qualifications Authority:
Guidance for teachers, co-ordinators and others involved in teaching gifted and talented pupils in the context of an
(support society for Children of High Intelligence)
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center):
A resource base in the United States. This link takes you to their page on disabilities and gifted education, including
identification, assessment, intervention, and enrichment.
Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE):
The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education was set up to provide more structured, articulated and challenging off-site programmes for students with exceptional talent, and to promote the concepts and practices of gifted education.
Learning disabilities links
Radio NZ Podcast (6.8 MB)
Upside Down Thinking, a Podcast on Radio NZ's "One in Five" programme on 21 May 2006 in which Thomas G west argues for better recognition of the visual skils of people with dyslexia.
SPELD NZ, the Specific Learning Disabilities Federation, was set up in 1971 to help children who were not realising their educational potential because of a cluster of specific learning disabilities ? children who learn differently.
Parents and teachers provide assistance to people of all ages with learning problems, notably dyslexia. Other conditions include dyscalculia, dyspraxia, aphasia, attention deficits (ADD and ADHD) and various degrees of autism.
Davis Dyslexia Pacific provides training and resources for dyslexics based on the work of Ron Davis.
Wellington Adult Asperger's Group:
Social activity and networking group for people 16+ with
Higher-Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in the Greater
Wellington Region. Monthly activity meeting, networking opportunities, news by email/mail.
Level 1, 4 Broderick Road, Johnsonville, (opposite Library),
P O Box 13-821, Johnsonville, Wellington 6440
Contact: Support Coordinator, 10am-2:30pm weekdays
Fax: 04 478-2701
Clubs & Associations
g i f t e d n z
giftednz is New Zealand's first national professional community in gifted and talented education.
Visit www.giftednz.org.nz for more information.
NZAGC REGIONAL BRANCHES
NZAGC's branches are clubs for gifted children and their parents. They run club-days in term time, holiday trips and
camps to provide stimulation and company for gifted children and opportunities for parents of gifted children to meet
and share experiences.
Visit www.mensa.org.nz for more details or contact Joanna Bosman, Secretary, Mensa NZ Inc. Ph: (09) 478 9552 or email
The Kidslife Foundation
The KidsLife Foundation believes that all parents have the right to free, concise, relevant and independent information that will assist
them to understand and address their children's developmental needs, which will enable them to enrich their children's lives. The Kidslife Foundation
sees its primary purpose as assisting parents in understanding their children's development and supporting them in this role.
Gifted / Alternative schooling and programmes in NZ
Private Homeschooling for new Entrants to Form 2 (Year 1-8). They have a flexible programme for full-time, part-time
and one day only options. Academic Scholarship is available for an intermediate-aged pupil beginning in 2004, with
closing date for applications being 1 September 2003. For further information Deborah Penk, Principal, 13 Clayburn Rd,
Glen Eden. 818-4449, fax 818-5394, email firstname.lastname@example.org
AUCKLAND HOME EDUCATORS INC
Auckland's regional networking group for current & prospective home educators (aka homeschoolers). A non-profit, voluntary group, providing unity, networking, support, newsletter, Government liaison, membership directory, library, optional student ID card, etc. This fulfilling & flexible learning lifestyle is enjoyed by 2,500-3,000 educated by their parents/caregivers in the Auckland region. Your research into the option will show that you certainly don't have to do "school-at-home" and misconceptions like socialisation are non-issues for the informed. Families enjoy support networks (physical & online), activities, events, & fun! Visit the website for plenty of information, dates for basic information sessions, and more.
Tel: 302-2866 (Please keep time to a minimum - manned by a volunteer with her own family!)
GIFTED EDUCATION CENTRE
One Day School: the original one-day programme, operating since 1996 for gifted learners aged 6 - 12, a challenging and wide-ranging programme which cares for all aspects of the gifted child's development on an on-going basis. Venues throughout NZ.
Phone: 09 845 4176; email:
GIFTED EDUCATION SERVICES
Gifted Education Services is committed to advocacy for gifted students through raising awareness and providing assistance to teachers/ parents and gifted students themselves.
Elaine Le Sueur, 10 Landon Place, Pukekohe. Auckland 2120
Ph :239 2852 Mob : 027 825 1217
GIFTED KIDS PROGRAMME
A day a week programme of excellence in gifted education. The Head Office is situated in Auckland. There are six
independent Day Schools hosted within existing schools, with a seventh school due to open in South Auckland later in
| Tikipunga: || Tikipunga Primary, Whangarei|
| Waikowhai: || Waikowhai Intermediate, Mt Roskill, Auckland|
| Tamaki: || Tamaki Intermediate, Panmure, Auckland|
| Rotorua: || Sunset Junior High School, Rotorua|
| Rata Street: || Rata Street School, Naenae, Lower Hutt, Wellington|
| Wainuiomata: || Wainuiomata High School, Wainuiomata, Wellington|
Madison Building, 37 - 39 Federal St, Auckland 1010
Ph 09 309 1045 or 0800 GPK KID, Fax 09 309 1048,
JEAN HENDY HARRIS HOLIDAY SEMINARS:
Holiday Seminars has provided school holiday courses in
Auckland for gifted students and those with high intellectual potential, for the past ten years.
Small Poppies is an enrichment programme designed specifically to meet the needs of young children and their parents.
Phone: (09) 837 5937
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND ACADEMY OF MUSIC
The Academy of Music is for students aged pre-school to pre-tertiary with exceptional talent and ability. The Academy
is modeled on the programmes that have been run by the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. It is intended in no way to detract from individual lessons the student is already undertaking but as a complementary programme that will augment what they are already doing thus giving a holistic musical education. These classes take place on Saturdays at the School of Music 6 Symonds Street. Our website includes more information and also information on the Primary Programme ? www.academyofmusic.auckland.ac.nz
We also give the students opportunities to perform. Please feel free to contact us at
or phone Rae de Lisle 373 7599 ex 8348 if you have any queries. Scholarships are now available and applications are
invited for assistance to take part in these wonderful programmes.
EUROPEAN LANGUAGE ACADEMY (ELA)
Become a Star in Languages. Learn to speak German, French, Spanish or Italian at the European Language Academy at
100 Franklin Rd in Ponsonby. Language learning enhances children's ability to think in different ways and to understand
grammar not just in new language acquisition but also in their own language.
Pre-school, after school-school and holiday programmes. Sales of language games, books, tapes are available from the
For enquiries please phone ELA 361-2345; Email: email@example.com
FRENCH, GERMAN AND ENGLISH CLASSES (as a foreign language)
Classes by an experienced Montessori teacher with university degree. One on one, or in a group situation. Any level or
age 5 years and over; at your home or mine or at school or other venue.
Current classes Freemans Bay-Blockhouse Bay-New Windsor-Devonport-Pt Chevalier-Ponsonby/Grey Lynn
Flexible hours: One-off or regular tuition.
Contact: Arzhela Henton 828-2489
FUN LANGUAGES INTERNATIONAL (NZ)
Fun Languages for Children from 3-12 years. Give your child the chance to learn French, Spanish, German, Mandarin or
English. Fun Languages uses a professionally designed course involving songs, drama, crafts, and lots of lively games
with the emphasis always on FUN!
8 Margaret Avenue, Mt Albert, Auckland
Tel: 09 845 6352 Fax: 09 845 6353
Kids Club on Holiday Seminars website:
Kids Club has a writing corner; Diplomacy games; puzzles, challenges and poems on line. This page is part of Holiday Seminars, who have provided holiday programmes for gifted kids in Auckland for over 15 years.
(link added Aug 07)
Includes fun and educational activities, with links to "safe" sites on the internet.
CWA Education Web - Kidsafe Sites:
A comprehensive listing of educational sites that are safe for kids to visit.
Part of the North Shore Libraries website, Kidspace provides a list of "cool websites" amongst other things like book
reviews, project information and author studies.
Bubble Dome: www.bubbledome.co.nz
'Intelligent Fun for 5-13 years'
Email newsletters that you can subscribe to for free
Surfing the Web with Kids.
Activity Village Newsletter subscribe
How Stuff Works www.howstuffworks.com
Science by Email is a new service for members of the CSIRO's Double Helix Science Club. Offers a weekly newsletter
featuring science news, activities and more. Online web-chats with scientists Subscribe at
British Council This gives you a lot of information and news about exhibitions etc that are organised by the
British Council in NZ.Subscribe at www.britishcouncil.org.nz
TKI The Online Learning Centre. TKI is a bilingual portal-plus web community, which provides quality assured
educational material for teachers, school managers, and the wider education community. Initiative of Ministry of
Paperplanes Information, plans, news www.paperairplanes.co.uk
to see what you can achieve with the paper airplanes on my site.
FamilyEducation Fun for Kids Excellent site for information and activities Subscribe at
Skylines and Bylines All about kites www.kites.co.nz
Word of the Day. Merriam-Webster Dictionaries send out a daily word with in-depth information plus a daily word puzzle
Workshop for Kids, Auckland Art Gallery: Want to receive monthly email updates on kids programmes and events?
Call 09 307 4540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Draw That graphic art programme on www.freeautobot.com
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