96 students from Gifted Kids have collaborated to write an open letter to Parliament. What can this inspire you to write to someone who can make a difference?
To All Members of Parliament
You don’t know who I am, what makes me tick or just how clever I am. You may walk past me in the street and not even notice me. You wouldn’t be the first. But it’s likely I’m going to be the next Bill Gallagher, Witi Ihimaera, Michael King, Janet Frame, Trelise Cooper or … To be a successful adult, I need to be a successful kid. To be a successful kid, I need your support now.
Hi! We are Gifted Kids from the Hutt Valley. We are 96 students in years 1- 8 who attend Gifted Kids, a specialist strength-based programme one day a week with other like-minded students. We learn in an environment where everyone understands what it means to be gifted and what gifted kids need to be able to be engaged, progressing and truly achieving in our learning.
Just as you need to work with people who want the best for New Zealand in parliament, we need to work with others that help us innovate, create and problem-solve.
Do you know that there are 25,000 gifted students in New Zealand but only 1,000 of us are lucky enough to attend a programme like Gifted Kids?
This is Gifted Awareness Week!
Gifted Awareness Week is a time for us to show you what it means to be gifted. Our CEO, Deb Clark, says “Gifted Awareness Week is an important time to celebrate gifted children, their extraordinary abilities, and their needs. It is our time to advocate for the provision of equitable educational opportunities and to help our wider community to understand this need.”
Questions we often ask ourselves.
- Why is average OK?
- Shouldn’t everyone have the chance and right to be extended?
- Why are our gifts not noticed until we have left school?
- Why do we learn and think differently from our peers?
- Why we are often harshly judged for our “out there” ideas?
- Why is it that sometimes I get bored in my normal class because I’m too far ahead in my classwork?
- How come my regular teacher doesn’t have the support to meet my needs as well as the other kids in my class?
- Why aren’t we given time to use our talents in our normal classes?
What we need to succeed?
To be discovered, developed and celebrated as the individuals we are.
Like-minds to learn with!
We need to work with others who think like us, to extend our abilities and strengths. Like top scientists, we are problem-solvers who have passion and curiosity, with a need for peer review and constructive criticism to grow.
Gifted Kids helps us understand our gifts and the person behind the talent. Being gifted and different isn’t always easy and learning about ourselves gives us purpose. We’re always looking for ways to share our gifts. Our Gifted Kids class gives us the opportunity to celebrate our uniqueness and to be proud of who we are.
Gifted Awareness Week is a time to celebrate and stand up for giftedness. Please come and stand with us.
We would like to invite you into our world at Gifted Kids Hutt. Please come and meet us and find out who we are. In doing this, you will recognise who we are and that we deserve your support.
We look forward to meeting you.
Gifted Kids Hutt.
Photo Credit: CC BY-NC-SA Ben Gertzfield.
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You can contribute to gifted awareness by reading, writing or sharing posts. Please also consider talking to a parent, a teacher, a school board member or a principal about giftedness. If at all possible, write to your Member of Parliament.