New centre for talented pupils

Celebrating with pupils the opening of a new space for gifted children are (from left) Enrich...
Celebrating with pupils the opening of a new space for gifted children are (from left) Enrich centre manager Peter Forde, Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti, ILT chairman Alan Dennis and Invercargill Labour list MP Liz Craig. PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO
Invercargill's gifted children have a new space to call home.

Enrich@ILT’s centre for talented and gifted pupils officially opened its doors yesterday at the Elmwood Gardens.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, attended by Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinett and Labour list MP Liz Craig.

The centre is for pupils aged between 7 and 10 from Invercargill’s 22 primary schools.

Centre manager Peter Forde said it was good to see life inside the building.

"It has been great to be able to be here after a couple of months of drought. It is a great space for learning as we can have five to six teaching spaces at once.

"We look forward to see what those kids can achieve with that space."

The new facility has more educational equipment, a garden and a kitchen.

"The old space at Dee St was one room which used to be a nightclub. We adapted and created a great space for children but this one is much more suitable."

He said the space could give the freedom for the children to explore their talents and strengths.

ILT chairman Alan Dennis agreed.

He said the board was delighted to continue to support the growth and development of Invercargill’s gifted young people.

"The programme at Enrich has been going from strength to strength.

"The move to Elmwood will ensure they have a space that is fit for purpose."

Those children are the future leaders and thinkers of our community, he said.

 

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