Lynfield College supports Gifted and Talented (GATE) students by providing them with an enriched and challenging academic programme. The College is committed to creating an educational environment that allows GATE students to flourish as young learners, celebrate their passion for learning, and achieve to their potential. Lynfield College also recognises that Giftedness and Talent can be demonstrated across a number of different domains.
The school has a wide range of programmes and opportunities in place to support and challenge students who are gifted in either academic, musical, artistic or sporting domains. The GATE programme is coordinated by Aidan Halligan and Richard Winn, with the support of Principal Cath Knell.
HOW DOES THE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMME WORK IN YEAR 9 AND 10 SCHOOL?
There are two Advanced Learner Classes in Year 9. They each have an enriched academic programme. There is also a third class which takes an advanced Mathematics programme. Advanced Learner Classes are set more challenging work, with a particular focus on developing Higher Order and Critical Thinking.
In Year 10 there are two Advanced Learner classes that have accelerated learning pathways. One class takes Level 1 NCEA Science. Both classes take Senior Social Studies (which offers NCEA Level 1 credits). Level 1 Mathematics is offered to appropriate students. This accelerated programme ensures that GATE students are challenged academically.
HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR THE YEAR 9 GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMME?
Students are selected for the Year 9 Gifted and Talented programme based upon their performance in the entrance, asTTle and eWrite tests. Lynfield College also runs specialist tests for literacy and numeracy skills to identify talented Year 9 students. If you have any questions about the selection criteria please contact our GATE co-ordinator.
HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR THE YEAR 10 GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMME?
The Advanced Learner Classes are reviewed at the end of Year 9 and depending on Year 9 results and teacher recommendation, students may leave or join the classes.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS IN THE SENIOR SCHOOL?
In the senior school GATE students have the opportunity to enrol in advanced classes in many subjects. Gifted students are also offered the opportunity to take additional option classes in Year 11. Students who demonstrate academic potential in a range of subject areas are offered the opportunity to accelerate through the NCEA Year levels (for example, enrolling in a Year 12 programme in Year 11). Lynfield College also has a proud record of accomplishment in University Scholarship examinations. Many departments offer specialist instruction or tutorial support for Scholarship students.
DOES LYNFIELD COLLEGE RECOGNISE DIFFERENT DOMAINS OF GIFTEDNESS?
Yes! Gifted and Talented students with a passion for Drama, Music, Art, Dance, Fashion and Design are welcomed and encouraged to contribute to the College’s annual production. Students who are culturally Gifted have an opportunity to contribute their skills and understanding to the school’s Cultural Groups and Festival. Students who are gifted in Leadership are encouraged to develop their skills through the student leadership programme. Gifted and talented sports people are provided with expert coaching through the Sports Academies or through Lynfield College's SPANTT programme (see the extracurricular section on sport for more information).
WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS?
There are numerous extracurricular opportunities available to students in all subject areas. A comprehensive list of competitions and activities can be found in the GATE brochure and the extra curricular section of the website.
The Ministry of Education has a very good website Te Kete Ipurangi, which is full of information that guides schools, students and families through many facets of supporting the Gifted and Talented students. Go to https://gifted.tki.org.nz/