This year our particular focus areas for our Gifted andTalented Education programme are Visual Art, Science, Technology, Speeches and Maths Problem Solving.
Well done to the problem solvers on completing the Otago Problem Challenge. A special congratulations to Liam Hutchinson ( Year 6 ) and Briain Dixon ( Year 5 ) who received a MERIT certificate; one point off receiving an excellent certificate. This is a competition run by Otago University for Year 7 and 8 students.
Congratulations to Rayna who won the School Speech Competition today.
Second place to Keeley and third place to Cameron.
Fourth place to Briain.
Keep an eye on the front of the library over the next week or two. Our visual artists are at work. . .
Four of our students recently attended a Speech (writing and delivering) workshop at REAP. We have fourteen students who work with Mrs Sue Smith weekly. They are learning and practising the skills to become public speakers. Writing a speech is their challenge at the moment.
Will it be entertaining, informative or persuasive?
Term 2 onwards. . .
A group of nine problem solvers meet with Mrs Roz Dakin weekly, to challenge themselves. These students also take part in the Otago Problem Challenge. In the latest test Briain, Naisau and Tayla scored 4 correct out of 5. YAHOO!
Mrs Lee-Anne Sheather has completed two Visual Arts projects with a group of students who show particular strength and passion in this area.
Mr Cliff Schreiber had a six week intensive with a group of budding scientists. The focus for this intensive was Magnets and Magnetism.
Mrs Shelley Forster worked with a group of students on the BP Technology and Hamilton Zoo Challenge. These students have displayed talent in the areas of creativity, problem solving and technology. The students had to research an animal, create a suitable feeder for the animal and build a prototype. These were photographed and sent off to the competition. We are awaiting the results.