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We are really excited to be sharing this powerful framework with you. It is great to see registrations coming in from both the secondary and primary sectors. The workshop is designed for both as the framework is suitable for both. If you would like to secure a place for yourself or your colleagues then please do so by Monday 4 July as we need to confirm workshop numbers with our various venues and for catering requirements. More information can be found on ourwebsite or you can register directly using this link.
1.       Monday, 11th July: Christchurch: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
2.       Tuesday, 12th July: Auckland: St Cuthbert’s College: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
3.       Wednesday, 13th July: Wellington: Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
NZCGE Membership Schools: In recognition of our support for each other a 50% discount on registration applies but for 2016 only.
“It is all very well to want depth and complexity but when you empower the students to understand those concepts in a practical way for themselves, you are much more likely to achieve them!”
Sue Bufton | Regional Lead Teacher NZCGE
Anna Meuli I Consultancy Manager
027 544 1497 I I

7.30 pm Tuesday, 15 March, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
The Power of Pollen: My life as a Palynologist
Dr Kat Holt
Massey University
Pollen, a seemingly simple component of the plant reproductive system, is often underestimated. Yet it is an extremely powerful tool that is harnessed across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including climate change research, honey quality control, allergy studies, forensic science, and more.
Dr Kat Holt is a Senior Lecturer in Geography and a Palynologist at Massey University. She is also consultant palynologist to Veritaxa Ltd, a New Zealand company developing the ‘Classifynder’ system for automated pollen analysis, and winner of the 2013 NZ Engineering Excellence Awards Supreme Award. This talk will highlight the key roles pollen plays in our society, as well as how palynology may be transformed with new technologies like the Classifynder, illustrated using examples from Kat’s research into New Zealand pollen and experience with the Classifynder.

CenGATE (Central Gifted and Talented Educators) 2016
You are invited to Palmerston Girls High School on Thursday 10th March 4.30 to 6.30 pm with presenters Jo Dean and Monica Cameron
the first in a series on
Raising Achievement: Blue Sky Thinking
Jo and Monica will be discussing key ideas from:
Giftedness in the early years: Informing, learning and teaching
This book is about changing perceptionshelping parents, early years teachers, and other key individuals to understand giftedness, and providing them with resources to help in identification and assessment for learning.
The main audience is teachers in the early years, but the content will also be informative and helpful to parents, managers, principals, policy makers and researchers. The book draws on a range of overseas and New Zealand research evidence and literature, shares teaching and research experience, and suggests practical resources that have been found helpful for the early years educational context.
We all know the importance of the whole gifted child and their journey throughout the education system. This is a wonderful opportunity to closely consider issues that are pertinent to the early years and to the impact this has on the childs present and future.  We believe the book to be of value in a wider setting and are looking forward to this opportunity to discuss this further at the meeting.
OPEN to teachers and parents. Coffee and a catch up from 4.30, presentation starting at 5pm. There will be time for questions at the conclusion of the session.
Gold coin donation. Please RSVP to by March 8th.
Check out for other upcoming events, resources, and support .

Jo Dean is:
a senior tutor at Massey University, Institute of Education in Palmerston North and teaches within the Graduate Diploma (Early childhood) teaching programme and BA education papers. Jo is a registered teacher and has previously worked within the local Kindergarten Association.
A Board Member of GiftEDnz and is part of the Early Years Special Interest Group for          children from birth to 8 years of age.
An experienced presenter.
Co-editor of Giftedness in the early years: Informing, learning and teaching with Valerie Margrain and Caterina Murphy.

Monica Cameron is:
a former kindergarten teacher and professional development facilitator
a teacher in the Institute of Education at Massey University. Her particular  interests are around assessment, transition, supporting childrens learning and working with student teachers.  
  Undergoing her doctoral research which is focused on the assessment of four year old   childrens learning, and in particular teachers understandings, beliefs and practices in regards to this.


giftEDnz and NZAGC are delighted to announce the publication of a new edition of APEX, The New Zealand Journal of Gifted Education. Volume 17, Number 1, 2015 is now online at

This edition is a collaboration between giftEDnz and NZAGC. The articles in this publication predominantly represent work presented at the giftEDnz and Ministry of Inspiration conference of 2014, Ignited: Gifted Education in Action. Several of the authors were also supported in getting their article to completion by the giftEDnz Emerging Researchers’ writing retreat.

It is a pleasure to be able to publish scholarly, evidence based research that has been carried out in schools and centres in Aotearoa New Zealand. Thanks must go to the editors of APEX for their work in producing this edition – Kate Niederer, Tracy Riley and guest editor, Lynda Garrett. Particular thanks go to Tracy from both our organisations. This is her final edition as editor and we thank her for the many years of work as editor on this peer reviewed publication.

So do have a look at the wonderful articles! Find out more about REAPS, June Maker’s model for teaching gifted students, about gifted girls and social media, about ways of providing for visual spatial learners in classrooms, about one school’s approach to identifying gifted and talented Maori learners and why NZ schools are still not embracing acceleration despite the positive research evidence – plus more!! Enjoy reading New Zealand research about our gifted students in ourschools and centres.
Kind regards.
Louise Tapper - Chair, giftEDnz
Andrew Patterson – President, NZAGC


Special Education Update Meeting for Parents

On behalf of Jann Marshall and Margaret Carvill:

When:                 Thursday 30 July 2015
Time:                    5.30 – 7.00 pm
Where:                Palmerston North MoE Office (possibility of venue change if we have more than 50)
                              1-3 Oxford Crescent
                              Palmerston North
RSVP:                 By 28.7.15 to or 0800 737275 and ask for Daughne Black

About the Update

We’d like to invite parents to join a further forum to discuss the Special Education Update. The Update is about finding ways to make educational progress and achievement easier for these children and young people with special education needs. 
While much has been achieved in recent years in inclusive education, there is more to be done to reduce fragmentation of services, simplify access to support and increase consistency of services across the country.

This forum will follow the same format as the previous initial forums we held on the Special Education Update. It will be the start of an ongoing engagement process as we work through the Special Education Update.

The Update includes all support for children and young people with special education needs - from early childhood, through primary, secondary and tertiary education.

The Update aims to:
·         Ensure achievement is the focus of  support for children and young people with special education needs
·         Simplify funding and access to services
·         Ensure schools and other key parties are integral to decision-making
·         Ensure end-to-end management of each child’s education pathway
·         Make it easy for everyone to play their part in supporting the child’s progress and achievement 
·         Improve information about how the education system is working for children and young people with special education needs.
Background reading and the areas for discussion are attached. 

Your valuable input will contribute to the success of this progressive piece of work and we look forward to working with you.

Kind regards
Jann Marshall, Director of Education, Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu
Margaret Carvill, District Manager, Special Education Taranaki and Central

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