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STAR Gifted Programme

The STAR (Students Thinking Achieving Reaching) Gifted programme allows gifted children to work with ‘like’ minds – that is with children who think and enjoy the same high-level thinking challenges.
The programme is co-ordinated by Central Otago REAP and provides a One Day a week school for students identified as gifted.
REAP Schools and Early Childhood co-ordinator Steve Brown says research was unequivocal in stating gifted children needed to be clustered together to cater for their specific intellectual, social and emotional needs.

By being involved with the One Day a week school, students have the ability to learn with other gifted students who share similar characteristics, who think in similar ways and who can provide intellectual challenge and strive to go ‘beyond the known’.
Steve says for students who struggled socially, the One Day school environment has proven to help them to develop strategies to interact with their peers and also adults both in the STAR programme and back at school.
To be part of the STAR programme, students identified as potentially gifted in Years 5-8 complete a Woodcock Johnson III assessment. If the assessment finds they are gifted, they can then take part in the One Day school programme.

The school is based at Clyde Primary School on a Wednesday between 9am to 3pm throughout the school year, and at Wanaka Primary School with two classes held on a Wednesday and Thursday.
Steve says two community meetings were held in Alexandra and Wanaka in June for interested people, as well as an ‘open morning time’ where parents and children could visit the classes in action.
“There was a good level of interest, which is good because often these children are not identified and miss the important opportunity One Day School provides to truly cater for their needs.
“Our One Day School teachers also visit schools at this time of year to talk with teachers about what to look for in terms of identifying these children.”

Anyone interested in the programme or who would like an assessment pack can contact Steve at Central Otago REAP on (03) 448 6115 or by email at
Article written by Emma Maddox - Journalist


Bookings essential for all workshops:
  • U3A Alexandra Series 5 - Locals Have Tales to Tell starting 18 August, 10am - 12pm
    18 August - Ship Wrecked in the Pacific Loretta & Andrew Bush/Graye & Wendy Shattky
    25 August - Latin American Heritage Sites, Museums & Galleries Maurice Watson
    1 September - Cycling is In Our Blood Tony & Bernie Lepper
    8 September - The Reality of Journalism and How To Get Your Own Story Into Print Pam Jones
  • U3A Cromwell - Alcohol Consumption & Public Health
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  • Tarras REAP Day Wednesday 2 August, Tarras Hall, $20, 9am - 3pm 
  • Bannockburn REAP Day Wednesday 23 August, Bannockburn Bowling Club, $20 
  • Reusable Produce Bags - Sewing Workshop Wed 9 August, 7 - 9pm, $5
    Make your own reusable bags for produce and eliminate single use plastic from your life
  • Choices – Literacy based programme for adults, FREE
    Set your own goals, work at your own pace. This NZQA programme is designed to meet your own needs. Alexandra always open for enrolments
  • Literacy or Numeracy One to One Tuition FREE
  • English as a Second Language free for NZ residents
  • One to One Computing – 1hr free tuition - ideal for beginners
  • Careers Support & CV’s for all ages (school leavers - 29yrs free)

For more information on these courses please go to our website:
www.coreap, or phone the REAP office 03 448-6115


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