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Gifted and Talented

At St Andrew’s we have a well-established Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programme, set up to be responsive to the individual needs, strengths and interests of gifted and talented students. High achievers in sport and culture are also well supported at St Andrew’s through a range of programmes and initiatives.

In the Preparatory School we have a large group of high achieving students on a Priority Learners’ Register, which keeps track of their activities and monitors progress.

One of our key strategies is the Differentiated Classroom programme, run by each class teacher. This integrated approach enhances problem-solving, inquiry and higher order thinking skills, and ensures the learning is engaging and suited to the individual ability of each student.

Tournaments of Mind, Future Problem Solving, Creative Writing (with writer-in-residence Kerrin Davidson who offers regular masterclasses), Extension Mathematics, High Performance Sport, and RoboCup Junior are some of the withdrawal programmes offered to able students in the Preparatory School, along with a number of in school and after school clubs and competitions.

If you believe your child is gifted and talented, please email the Preparatory School on prepschool@stac.school.nz so that we can investigate further. All enquiries will be responded to promptly. 

If your child isn’t currently enrolled at St Andrew’s College, and you would like to find out more, you are warmly invited to book a tour with Jonathan Bierwirth, Principal of Preparatory School, by clicking here.