History of Pakiki Kids
Pakiki Kids first opened for classes in February 2011 after more than a year of planning by a dedicated group of Dunedin parents, principals and teachers. From its beginnings until December 2015, Pakiki Kids was located at North East Valley Normal School and was managed by the Dunedin Gifted Kids Charitable Trust.
At the beginning of 2016, Pakiki Kids transitioned to Dunedin North Intermediate and is now being run by the Dunedin North Intermediate Board of Trustees with DNI Principal Heidi Hayward as the primary management leader. There are two Pakiki Kids paid staff members - the Lead Teacher and the Coordinator.
How Pakiki Kids works and is funded
In order to be eligible to apply for Pakiki Kids, a student must attend a PK Cluster School. Local schools individually decide whether or not they will be part of Pakiki Kids as there is a financial contribution required for them to participate. A financial contribution is also requested each term from the families of students attending Pakiki Kids to assist with the cost of running of the programme as PK receives no government funding.
New schools are always to become PK Cluster Schools - please contact the PK Coordinator if you could like more information about becoming a Cluster School and what it involves.
Students are referred to Pakiki Kids by their school principal. However, parents are also encouraged to talk to their child's classroom teacher or principal if they think their child might benefit from the programme.
Applications to attend Paiki Kids
Acceptance into the Pakiki Kids programme requires an application (which comes via the child's school principal). Part of this application is completed by the child’s school (the principal and the class teacher) and part of it is completed by the child’s parents/caregivers. Once the applications are received, students are invited to attend an assessment workshop which is run by staff from the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education. NZCGE is entirely responsible for our entry selection process which ensures that it is rigorous, fair and transparent.
Generally Pakiki Kids has only one intake per year (at the start of the school year in February) and one entry selection workshop (towards the end of Term 3 or early Term 4 for participation in the programme the following year).