Stepping Up

Including Gifted and Talented Students

Why Stepping Up?

Arahoe Primary School believes that the “purpose of defining and identifying giftedness is to uncover individual abilities, qualities and interests, and the objective of differentiation is to further develop them. Gifted education, in its simplest terms, is about enabling gifted and talented students to discover and follow their passions. It’s about opening doors, removing ceilings, and raising expectations by providing an educational experience that strives towards excellence.”

To ensure our gifted students are identified and receive specific educational opportunities, Arahoe School has established a “Stepping Up” programme. Children are nominated and selected, to take part in a variety of enrichment programmes which are run by passionate and talented teachers within and outside the school. These programmes are designed to extend the children’s existing abilities and enable them to reach their potential.

For more information about Gifted and Talented Students

To read our definitions of Gifted and Talented or to submit a parent nomination form for a gifted child, please visit the Gifted and Talented page on our website or click here.

Stepping Up Programmes for 2018:


This programme is designed to teach new skills and develop existing ones in students who have shown some talent and ability in art. Projects include observational drawing, painting and ceramics.


Stepping Up Gardening involves selected students from Year 5 and 6. The activities are designed to encourage learners to think about sustainability in school and in the wider community. We also cook with what we have grown and do experiments with plants.

Te Reo

The Stepping Up Te Reo Group is made up of children from Year 5 and 6 who meet weekly on Fridays. We learn greetings, simple phrases, commands and some basic tikanga/customs. We may learn through arts, games, sports and practising our reo with peers.


Stepping Up Singers include students from Year 3 up to Year 6 who have been involved in various choirs and show a passion and talent for singing. The students are auditioned by Mrs Sadgrove to be in this programme and need to be able to sing in tune, and successfully pass a pitch test. The choir rehearses a repertoire of songs for performance and often has opportunities to perform in the community.