Pūmanawa Gifted Education
St Mark’s School welcomes pūmanawa giftedness as a neurodivergence of exceptional aptitude and asynchronous development. We affirm that pūmanawa giftedness occurs in all societal groups, including all cultures, ethnicities, genders, socio-economic strata, and disabilities. We partner with whānau to encourage God given gifts and talents, as seen through our St Mark’s School values:
|Huatau | Grace||Ethical Awareness and Compassionate Service||Manaakitanga, Kaitiakitanga|
|Hiranga | Excellence||Aptitude in any Curriculum Area/s||Mātauranga, Te Mahi Rēhia|
|Māiatanga | Courage||Leadership and Creativity||Rangatiratanga|
|Piriponotanga | Faithfulness||Spiritual or Cultural Commitment||Whanaungatanga, Tikanga|
Neurodiversity is the idea that all brains and minds are different. Pūmanawa/Giftedness is a distinct neurological profile of rapid learning. Pūmanawa/Gifted minds thrive on advanced challenges and crave depth and complexity beyond the regular curriculum. We are a neurodiversity affirming school, where difference does not mean deficit.
📈 Exceptional Aptitude
Exceptional aptitude is the core trait of pūmanawa/giftedness. Pūmanawa/Gifted learners have the potential to significantly exceed age-level expectations in their area/s of strength. Exceptional aptitude does not require and is not limited to academic achievement.
🎂 Asynchronous Development
Pūmanawa/Gifted learners tend to be out-of-sync with their age peers. Development is advanced in their area/s of strength. Development may be delayed in other areas.
Pūmanawa/Gifted learners tend to be intense. One or more of these intensities (intellectual, imaginational, emotional, sensory, and psychomotor) create a unique lived experience, bringing different opportunities and challenges:
|Intensity||Personal Opportunities||Personal Challenges|
|Intellectual||insatiable curiosity, rage to learn||overthinking, impatience with peers|
|Imaginational||rich inner world, creativity||worries, distractibility|
|Emotional||depth of feeling, empathy, compassion||difficulty self-regulating, social isolation|
|Sensory||heightened appreciation of sensory experiences||sensory overload, being ‘picky’|
Our provisional definition of giftedness is based on community consultation, research, and evidence from our pilot programmes.
We welcome your feedback on this provisional definition.
If you are interested in learning more,
Please check out our Pūmanawa Gifted Education FAQ and Tukuna Kia Rere Gifted Learners Hui.