Gifted Education Programme

Gifted Education Programme

GIFTED refers to a student’s outstanding ability in one or more domains e.g. intellectual, creative, socio-emotional or sensory motor. TALENTED refers to outstanding performance in one or more fields ... that is, talent emerges from giftedness as a consequence of the student’s life experiences.
Robert Gagne 1996 (US Educational psychologist)


Gifted Education Programme students are given more challenging academic tasks and opportunities than mainstream students. This work is regarded as being instrumental in advancing learning, building confidence in personal abilities and widening horizons for future learning and aspirations.

These students follow an enriched curriculum with a particular focus on developing higher order thinking skills. We aim to foster their creativity and critical thinking in a supportive and inclusive environment. Students are provided with a range of opportunities, both within and outside of the classroom, to broaden and deepen their knowledge and acceleration in key areas.

Each year all Junior classes are involved in cross-curricular projects. There is also an Integrated Learning Programme underway for select Year 9 students.


Each year Gifted and Talented students from contributing intermediate schools are invited to different departments to face subject challenges and experience the academic curriculum at Lynfield College.


Gifted students from Lynfield College consistently win or rate highly in regional, national and international events and competitions. Our Robotics teams have won New Zealand championships and multiple awards at the World Championships in the United States.

Gifted students are also encouraged to take part in the Debating Programme. Lynfield debating teams have enjoyed tremendous success at all levels in recent years. Talented students in Drama, Music, Art, Dance, Fashion and Design are welcomed and encouraged to contribute to the College’s annual production. Opportunities for students to submit their writing to a number of national publications are also promoted.


The Academic Council is a forum where student representatives can meet and explore avenues to enhance and celebrate the academic life of the school.

Two Academic Captains are elected to lead the council. Student representatives from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 and staff representatives meet every week. The Council recognizes and supports academic excellence by presenting outstanding scholars with certificates during assemblies. They also  collaborate to provide a range of exciting  intellectual challenges for students throughout the year. 


Each year opportunities are provided for students to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities, often in collaboration with outside providers. Such examples include, the annual student conference hosted by Academy Conferences, the Tournament of Minds challenge, where teams compete regionally and nationally, and the Maths Olympiad.  

The Gifted Learner Awards recognise diversity in giftedness and support students to develop their potential. Since their inception in 2019, a number of our gifted students have benefitted by receiving one of these.

Each year opportunities are provided for students to be involved in cross-curricular initiatives. Our gifted students get to choose from a wide variety of projects to explore areas of interest and potentially work directly with other members of the community.

We also offer annual Lynfield College Sports or Creative, Innovative Scholarships to students showing potential in their field.


Lynfield College has a record of high achievement in New Zealand Scholarships. In 2020, 28 scholarships were awarded to 14 Lynfield College students across nine subject areas. One outstanding scholarship was awarded.

You Ting Lei from Year 12 gained three scholarships. While Year 13 student, Julien Verzyde, was awarded six scholarships across a range of disciplines. Also in Year 13, Sharjl Kazi received four scholarships.

This is a fantastic result and indicates the high achievement for this group of students. Top academic achievers at Lynfield College also have a history of success in the scholarships awarded by tertiary institutions. 

Competitions Junior and Senior Gifted Programme students are encouraged to participate in school, national and international competitions. At Lynfield College students are offered the opportunity to participate in the following:

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test
  • ICAS Competitions (Computing, English Writing, Science)
  • New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra Auditions
  • University of Otago Junior Mathematics Competition
  • Casio Mathex Quiz
  • The Casio Victoria University Senior Mathematics Competition
  • Auckland School Geography, History, Classics and Business Quizzes
  • National Quiz competitions in Geography and History
  • National Flash Fiction Writing Competition
  • History Debate
  • New Zealand Young Physicist Tournament
  • Model United Nations Conference
  • The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme
  • CETA Accounting and Economics Pursuit and International Business Challenge
  • International Olympiad in Informatics Monetary Policy Challenge Competition
  • Brain Bee and Science Fair
  • New Zealand Spelling Bee
  • Analytical Chemistry Competition
  • Word Up! Competition
  • Auckland Uni Economics Competition
  • The New Zealand Hospitality Challenge
  • New Zealand National Culinary Fare Competition
  • Auckland Community Theatre Trust Inc. AMI Showdown Competition
  • ‘Play it Strange’ Secondary Schools National Song Writing Contest
  • Matariki Song Writing Competition
  • Auckland Goethe Society Quiz Night and Auckland Goethe Society Examinations
  • Vocabulary Olympics
  • New Zealand Lions Young Speechmaker Contest
  • Auckland Schools’ Debating Competition and New Zealand Schools’ Debating Competition
  • New Zealand Biology and Chemistry Olympiads
  • The Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Award
  • Hokonui Fashion Design Awards and Bernina Young Designer Awards
  • Auckland Chinese Bridge Speech and Essay Writing Competitions
  • Language Perfect World Championships
  • Secondary Schools Barista Competition at MIT
  • VEX Robotics Competition
  • Next Top Engineering Scientist Competition
  • Auckland Regional Secondary School Japanese Speech Competition


Tess Morrison, Gifted Education Programme Coordinator
191 White Swan Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
Telephone (09) 627 0600, Email: