Kavanagh's GATE programme ensures that students who need to be challenged and supported with extending their learning are provided for. The Dean of Gifted and Talented works with parents, students and subject teachers to not only provide accelerated learning opportunities when needed, but also pastoral support through understanding the variety of needs of our gifted and talented students.
We gather information from staff and whānau to triangulate the individual needs of our gifted and talented students. Most will be well catered for in class with our kaiako understanding their students' needs. Some may need more differentiation and a few will need individual learning plans outside of the curriculum. We review our gifted and talented students throughout the year and extensive conferencing is undertaken to ensure that the students, their whānau and their teachers are happy with the progress they are making.
Kavanagh College also offers opportunities outside of the curriculum and mentoring with people within our school community who can cater to different talents, such as writing, philosophy and politics. We also have opportunities to work with outside providers such as the Otago University Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou and Otago Polytechnic Te Kura Matatini ki Otago.
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“I am really grateful for the opportunities provided by the GATE support at Kavanagh as it has allowed me to extend my maths abilities by studying at a higher level and reach my fullest potential while remaining in a familiar and friendly school environment.” (Tobias Devereux)
Wednesday August 17, 2022
Our wonderful team came second on Tuesday Night in the annual Otago University Classics Quiz. Josh Elliotte, Martyna Twardowska, Mina Suwanarusk, and Elijah Letchford Bullard stretched their collective brains with their knowledge of myths, history, arts, architecture, and literature.
Tuesday August 2, 2022
Looking for teams of four Y7/8s and four Y9/10s who are SUPER KEEN on Greek/Roman knowledge to take part in this year's Otago Classics Quiz!
Wednesday July 6, 2022
Congratulations to Beatrice, Jeremy, and Oliver for getting a place in this years' Marine Studies - Deep Thought expedition.
Thursday June 23, 2022
We were lucky enough to have a visit on Wednesday from the Classics department from Otago University.
Sunday June 19, 2022
Applications are open for this years' Deep Thought extension opportunity with the Marine Studies centre.
Monday June 13, 2022
Next Wednesday we are being visited by Dan Osland and Sean McConnell from Otago University's department of Classics.
Tuesday May 31, 2022
The first meeting/tryout for Tournament of Minds will be Week 7 at Thursday Interval in M2.6.
Wednesday May 4, 2022
Tournament of Minds is a problem solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics, Social Sciences, Language & Literature, and The Arts.
Wednesday May 4, 2022
The NZ Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) have some more exciting opportunities coming up for Year 9 and 10 students.
Tuesday February 8, 2022
We are constantly creating educational programmes for our students that match their skills and talents. As part of this, we need to hear from parents and carers about our gifted learners.
Thursday November 18, 2021
Following on from his songwriting success, Oliver has been awarded $1,300 to support his music-making next year.
Sunday August 8, 2021
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