Opening up their minds

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Student numbers are up and the Mid Canterbury cluster of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE) will shortly celebrate its first year of operation.
Some 13 schools from around the district are involved with the cluster and student roll numbers have grown from 32 to 45 since last July.
Three classes each week are hosted by Ashburton Christian School and offer the NZCGE’s curriculum via the Mind-Plus programme.
In addition to running the programme, the cluster also supports educators to better understand gifted children and their learning.
Classes cater to students from Years 3-8 who are identified by their school as being ‘‘talented’’.
Teacher Mel Simons says the MindPlus programme is used to nurture ‘‘gifted’’ children in a way that supports their creativity, abilities and potential.
Students experienced intellectual challenge and explored their talents and passions, while learning what it meant to be gifted.
A workshop would be held in September for the parents of prospective students enrolling in 2017, said Mrs Simons.
An open day for prospective students and parents, as well as for parents of those on the current roll was held last Friday as part of Gifted Awareness Week (June 13-19).
Photo: Olie Mills, 9, (Carew Peel Forest School), Liam Register, 8, (Ashburton Borough School) and Brendan McCrea, 8, (St Joseph’s) explore with electronic devices at Friday’s open day.