An Open Letter to Parliament from a Gifted Child

A nine year old boy writes to his Member of Parliament, asking for government funding for a charitable trust which is one of New Zealand’s largest providers of gifted education. 


13 June 2013

Dear Mr McIndoe


One Day School is very important to me. It is special for gifted children and there are plenty of them. Sadly, the Gifted Education Centre office is losing money quickly and is low on resources! If we don’t act quickly, One Day School will fall into debt, and normal schools aren’t always enough for gifted children. I have experienced this myself before I went to One Day School. So I suggest that you please give some funding to One Day School.

One Day School is different from normal school because:

  • It is a small class size (less than 15 children)
  • It is much more creative
  • It has a selection of activities available which we can choose according to our learning styles
  • It gives each child a good amount of time to talk with the teacher
  • The teachers are trained to work with gifted children and help develop their gifts
  • Time is allowed for discussing ideas with the class
  • The subjects studied in class are different and mind stretching compared to normal schools

Before I started One Day School (aged 8 years) I found normal school boring and I hated going to school. Sometimes people did not accept that I was different and because of that I often felt lonely and sad too. So I am glad that One Day School is here in Hamilton so I can have a better education and work with children similar to me.

So I do not want One Day School to end. Please help!


I hope Hamish’s letter will encourage older readers to write to Parliament, too. Model letters are available on the giftEDnz site.

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About Mary St George

I teach in gifted education, both online and face-to-face.
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12 Responses to An Open Letter to Parliament from a Gifted Child

  1. MamaChicks says:

    Thank you Hamish! It is so important that children speak up to tell our MPs what they need. Gifted kids have special needs. Well done!

  2. Erin says:

    Great letter Hamish! Your school sounds wonderful. I hope you get an encouraging reply from your MP.

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  4. Vio Oertly says:

    Great letter Hamish – you have voiced your opinion well. Let’s hope Mr McIndoe listens and sends millions your way!! (Lara’s mum)

  5. Hanlie says:

    Well done Hamish! Keep your letters to the MPs rolling. New Zealand needs her gifted children so she needs to take good care of them and help them develop to their full potential!

  6. Sue says:

    Hamish, people like you are making a difference. Please keep reminding people of the importance of appropriate programmes, at the appropriate time, delivered in an appropriate way. (Isn’t your One Day School teacher awesome!)

  7. Thank you for taking the time to let Parliament know what One Day School means to gifted children and how important it is that they(Politicians) support education that challenges your minds. Nothing is worse than being made to do something you find boring day after day with no chance of something catching your interest and exciting your mind.

  8. Sam says:

    Hamish, how awesome you are for writing this.
    Just like Hamish my son found ODS Hamilton a life saver for his education, it was the first time he felt “normal” and OK to be who he was (think differently to the his peers (he is top 1% thinking ability) / like books more than sport). Unfortunately there is little to no financial help to attend ODS attendance so is based on a parents ability to pay rather than the child’s need and the benfefit on their development.
    When my son attended ODS, it was the only place which met his educational needs and was interested in doing so, and was the first time he saw he was not alone.
    For a child to say “it’s great that i’m not weird” is fantastic but very sad that mainstream schools not do cater for/understand these children to ensure they are not made to feel weird everyday of everyday school.
    We, as he did, just wanted ODS to be everyday as we had a much much happier child again. if everyday school can’t cater for these children (and yes they are meant to, but evidence shows that it doesn’t always happen) there should be funding to ensure these children have a normal experience with like minded people at least once a week without it being based on an ability to pay, given the state has the responsibility to educate and meet the educational needs of each and every child so each and every child can reach his or her potential. It’s even harder for gifted tamariki in total immersion to access appropriate programmes – they have to go into mainstream gifted programmes.

  9. Madelaien says:

    Thanks Hamish for writing this letter. It’s really important for the ‘powers that be’ to understand the importance of gifted education. You have raised lots of really good points and I hope Mr McIndoe replies (with a cheque too!).

  10. Vicki Cooper says:

    Great letter Hamish. Thank you!

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  12. Lily says:

    Hamish, I am a gifted child too. I feel as if people think I’m weird. Very weird. I sadly don’t get to go to any special schools, but I am happy that others get the opportunity. We have to take baby steps towards full schools in every country for gifted children. Well done.

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