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Celebrations for Gifted Awareness Week 2018



What did you do to celebrate Gifted Awareness Week this year?giftEDnz celebrated this year's Gifted Awareness Week (11-17 June 2018) by:

Having members participate in the #NZGAW Blog Tour
Working with the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE) and the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC) to release a collaborative Position Statement on Defining Giftedness in Aotearoa
Working with you, the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE) and the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC) to contribute to the Education Conversations currently running across the country, to raise awareness and advocate for the needs of gifted and talented children/learners - don’t forget to contribute to the Draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan. This is where the government is making sure that gifted education has a voice
Contributing to this year’s annual New Zealand Gifted Awareness Blog Tour 2018

Past Years' Celebrations


In celebration of Gifted Awareness Week (15-21 June 2015), the Board of giftEDnz was involved in raising awareness through a range of initiatives.

To celebrate, giftEDnz:

Wrote a letter to the Secretary of Education, Peter Hughes
Released a position statement on Inclusive Education and will soon also release a position statement on the Early Years
Had members contribute to the Blog Tour
‘Should We Push In or Lean In?’ by Tracy Riley
‘I Just Want to Fly’ by Vanessa White
‘A Journey for our Gifted Kids’ by Tracy Riley
‘The Ruamano Project’ by Emma Scobie-Jennings
Supported the Taranaki Gifted Community Trust, through Speakers’ Bureau funding, to host two presentations by Associate Professor Tracy Riley during Gifted Awareness Week
Released the latest e-zine with its focus on inclusive education
Ran a special membership offer
Other national and regional organisations are also working hard to raise awareness of the needs of our gifted and talented children and young people, as well as the needs of the professionals working with them.

Some of these organisations are:

The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children
The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education
Canterbury Association for Gifted Children and Youth (CAGCY)
REACH Education
The Christchurch Association for Gifted Education (CAGE)
Otago Association for Gifted Children
Gifted Education Consultant
Secondary Auckland Gifted Educators (SAGE)
Gifted Seminars on Wheels
Ministry of Inspiration
Central Region Gifted and Talented Education Network (CenGATE)
What will you do to celebrate the next Gifted Awareness Week?
Click here for a list of ideas our members and stakeholders can use to celebrate Gifted Awareness Week.

Read and share the Position Statements.

We encourage you to read the letter that was sent to Peter Hughes, the Secretary of Education, and to consider asking similar questions of your own local MP as part of our drive for advocacy in this special week of focusing on the needs of gifted and talented children in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The address you need to use is:

Member of Parliament (see or click here for a current list of MPs’ contact details).
Care of Distribution Services
Private Bag 18041
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160
No postage stamp is needed when you are writing as an individual to a Member of Parliament or a Minister. Postage is required if you are writing on behalf of an organisation.

Join or follow the #NZGAW Blog Tour. You can find out more about the blog tour, including how to join it, here or follow the tour from the growing list of posts at

We are at a critical time in gifted and talented education and it is up to us, as educators, to make the difference!

Share with us your events, successes, ideas and stories to celebrate. Email

Celebrations for Gifted Awareness Week 2018

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