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
THE IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOLS FOR GIFTED KIDS
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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