Gifted & Talented Education

Riwaka School has a register of students that teachers have identified as having special abilities. The students on the register are ones that our teachers believe are capable of high performance in one or more curriculum areas and have demonstrated achievement and/or potential ability in any one of the following areas singly or in combination

  • general intellectual ability
  • specific academic aptitude
  • creative thinking
  • leadership qualities
  • future problem solving
  • psychomotor ability
  • interpersonal and intrapersonal

The students are listed under the following categories:

  • reading
  • writing
  • mathematics
  • interpersonal
  • leadership
  • sports
  • creativity
  • future problem solving
  • gifted intellectual
  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • technical aptitude
  • mechanical aptitude

The school caters for students with special abilities in a number of ways:

  • Providing Gifted and Talented Programmes
  • Enrolment in subject specific competitions which are designed to challenge very able students
  • Participation in category specific activities
  • Lunch time/after school opportunities
  • Provision of classroom resources
  • Opportunity for dual enrolment with Te Kura (Correspondence School)


Special Education

Riwaka School has a register of students that teachers have identified as having special needs.

The students are listed under the following categories (or in combination) :
  • physical disability
  • developmental delay
  • social
  • educational
Assessment data and medical reports are used to identify students requiring extra support. Appropriate programmes and additional staff are provided to assist these students and their progress is well tracked, monitored and reported.

We have an inclusive approach for high needs students. Classroom programmes are adapted according to their need.

The school appoints a teacher (SENCO) who has overall responsibility for these students.

Some of the programmes we deliver that help students with special needs to access the curriculum are:

  • The Lexia Core 5 Programme
  • Perceptual Motor Programme
  • Reading Recovery Programme
  • Early Words Programme
  • Stareway To Spelling Programme
  • Individualised Programmes in Mathletics

pdf Perceptual Motor Programme at Riwaka School