For Y3 - 10 gifted kids keen to explore their passions with like minds.
8:30 - 3:30, Wed 18 January 2023
University of Auckland
In partnership with:
MindPlus Clubs Day
Run by the NZ Centre for Gifted Education, MindPlus Clubs Day brings together Y3-10 gifted kids from all over Auckland (and beyond) who share passions and interests for a day of exploration, fun and getting to know like minds.
What clubs do you have available?
We have ten Clubs: Coders, Readers, Creative Writers, Scientists, Dreamers, Artists & Artisans, Designers, Historians, Changemakers and Mathematicians.
What happens at Clubs Day?
At Clubs Day, club members come together in a ClubZone. Each club is led by two of our MindPlus Specialist Teachers and supported by university student helpers. During the day, each Club will have three separate sessions tailored just for them, including trips to see what people get up to in various faculties, time to design and create in the Unleash Maker Space, and some hands-on collaborative projects and challenges.
You can drop your children off at 8:30am at the Sir Owen G Glenn Building and pick them up at 3:30pm. Please make sure they have a packed lunch with plenty of snacks for a busy day, sunscreen and a hat.
Who is it for?
Clubs Day is for gifted kids in Y3 - 10. All current and past MindPlus students are eligible, as are children whose parent is a member of the NZ Association for Gifted Children.
We are also enrolling gifted students nominated by their schools. Your school can find out how to do this here [link to page on website].
If your child does not fit into one of these categories (eg your child is homeschooled or your school is not supportive), please get in touch with us to discuss at email@example.com.
What does it cost?
Clubs Day costs $40 per child and includes a Clubs Day t-shirt.
Scholarships are available for families who cannot afford this. If you would like a scholarship, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a discount code to use when ordering your ticket on EventBrite.
When should I register?
Register as soon as possible to ensure your child doesn’t miss out! Our Clubs each have a numbers limit. If there is not space available for your child’s first choice, we suggest you ask to go on the waitlist but also register your child for another Club. You can then change over later if your first choice becomes available.
How do I ask questions about Clubs Day?
We have FAQs here. If you have any other questions, please contact us on email@example.com .
Information for schools
Any school is able to nominate Y3-10 gifted kids to attend MindPlus Clubs Day. Please let their parents know that they have been nominated, and provide them with the registration details.
In their registration form, we will ask parents to let us know if their child has been nominated by their school.
Who are our gifted kids?
One in 20 New Zealand students are gifted, and 30% of these have additional neurodiversities such as ADHD, ASD and dyslexia. There will be a number of gifted kids at your school, although we know that many of them “mask” their giftedness - sometimes by withdrawing, sometimes by acting out.
To learn more about identifying gifted students, check out our resources.
It’s important to know that being gifted isn’t equivalent to being good at something or having a strong interest in something. Giftedness is a neurodiversity that means gifted kids’ brains are wired differently. Some kids may have had the support and opportunity to turn their gifts into talents, but many won’t.
Because of that, we suggest that, in nominating students, you look for those with strong gifted qualities and traits (including curiosity, emotional intensity, aysynchronous development), rather than those who excel in particular subject areas per se. MindPlus is not a subject-based enrichment programme, but an opportunity for neurodiverse kids to explore their interests - as unique and out-there as they may be!.
How do we talk to parents about this opportunity?
If you haven’t talked to parents before about the potential for their child to be gifted, you may find it useful to refer them to our website. There is lots of information, including mini-videos of students, parents and teachers, to help them understand what giftedness is and how programmes like MindPlus can help.
I have more questions - who can I talk to?
We have FAQs here. If they don’t cover your question, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 0800 769 243.