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Monday, 8 June 2015


 Gifted Awareness Week 

Parent Meeting

We are holding a meeting for parents who have an interest in gifted education PN City Library (George St entrance) , Monday 15th June, 7.30pm.
Come and hear what is currently available in our region and discuss what families of gifted children see as current/future needs and possibilities with student voice being welcome. (We will not have activities for young children but we promise not to leave them out in the cold!)
Please RSVP by Saturday 13th June


Our next  next session, open to parents, educators and other professionals will be on Thursday 30th April at Palmerston North Girls' High School Huia Centre from 5pm. 

Nationally-respected gifted educator, Tanya Thorogood, will be exploring a  couple of theoretical models that maximise effective study skill habits for students. This is based on her highly effective 'Essential Study skills (ESP)' programme she runs for high school students.  You can RSVP at 

*******************The Next CenGATE meeting is Thursday 26th March*****************
    Huia Centre, Palmerston North Girls' High School 

Coffee and a catch up from 4.15pm, with our discussion session starting at 4.30pm. This is a chance for educators to spend time further exploring the issues raised by the Rose's 'Imposter Syndrome' presentation, as well as share problems and successes experienced this year on any gifted related theme.


If you haven’t already registered then don’t miss popular and inspirational speaker on autism spectrum disorders, SUE LARKEY, in an informative and empowering one-day seminar with inspirational UK speaker DEAN BEADLE. Our term 2 seminars are designed to give participants practical strategies and ideas to help children with an autism spectrum disorder learn, and show them how they can make a real difference.
Don't miss Sue Larkey’s exciting joint sessions with Dean Beadle!

Auckland (Albany)
Monday 11 May 2015
QBE Stadium
Tuesday 12 May 2015
Napier War Memorial Centre
Wednesday 13 May 2015
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Early bird registration ($170) closes Monday 20 April 2015 (payment after this date is $190).

These joint seminars were hugely popular in New Zealand and Australia in 2014 and we are delighted to see Dean back in 2015! After receiving a standing ovation in Auckland in 2014 we expect to see these events sell out this year - so book early!!

Sue Larkey is a highly qualified special educator and has authored several books and resource material. She is a truly inspirational speaker and not only is her one day seminar informative ‑ it is also a lot of fun! She has a remarkable ability to captivate her audience for an entire day, and attendees come away fuelled with strategies and ideas to teach children with autism and aspergers syndrome.

Dean Beadle is a public speaker and writer who is proud of being on the autism spectrum. He will share his journey from a child proclaimed a "Monster" to an A-Grade student, and provide strategies for teachers to help make a difference. Dean encourages his audiences to see the condition in a much more positive light, through his humorous and poignant anecdotes.

For more information please contact Jo Adkins

To keep up to date with our upcoming seminars please like us on Facebook – just search for Creating Success Limited.

The following is from TKI....You may be interested know about a new film coming out called X + Y, about a young twice exceptional mathematical prodigy. It releases in New Zealand next week and I’m sure will be a great watch for all of us involved in gifted education. I also think it could provide a wonderful opportunity for our gifted children, particularly our twice exceptional children,  to experience some “like-minded-otherness”, watching a film about someone perhaps like them. The film is rated M.
Please find links below to the synopsis from BBC films and the trailer on Youtube.

Manawatu Branch  of the Royal Society of New Zealand event: Student research in the Manawatu – a showcase

The February meeting of the Manawatu Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand will showcase the research of three students for Gold and Silver CREST (Creativity in Science and Technology)  awards and the Genesis Energy Realise the Dream national celebration of secondary level science and technology excellence, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  •  Zoe Glentworth: Safe Sunscreen Solution. Zoe’s Silver CREST and science fair project from 2014 focused on developing a natural, safe and effective sunscreen, building on the results of her previous research to create a kawakawa balm. 
  • Brittany ViningProtein: Pro Teen? Brittany’s Gold CREST project aimed to investigate whether an increase of whey protein in the diet of female adolescents improves their endurance, agility, and leg power in set physical tests.
  • Minushika PunchihewaDeciphering the ambiguities of Trifolium ambiguum. Minushika wanted to identify a number of morphological traits that the plant breeder can use quickly and inexpensively determine the number of sets of chromosomes a clover plant has before cross-breeding. 
Details7.30pm Tuesday 17 February, Te Manawa Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North. All welcome.
All these scientists are either current or former PNGHS students.

Columbus Group to give Symposium in New Zealand

REACH Education
 is delighted to share with you the very exciting news that ALL TEN MEMBERS of the Group will present a special symposium here in New Zealand in April of next year. This is a great honour for our country: the Group have never before presented outside the United States. It’s also a unique opportunity for us to meet face-to-face with these leading experts, tap into their wisdom, ask our questions and receive their guidance.
Want to know more?
If you’d like to receive the full details of this special symposium – where, exactly when, format (and we’ve got something novel in that respect), costs, earlybird discounts, how to book, etc etc – then write now to We’ll put you on our mailing list for email updates about bookings, fee discounts, and so on.
Meanwhile ….. check out the accompanying articles for more background information, and for details of exactly who’s who in the Columbus Group!

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