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Hawkes Bay Regional Finalists in Education Excellence Awards

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For Immediate Release

Friday 5 May 2017

Hawkes Bay Regional Finalists in 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

Napier’s William Colenso College is among the finalists in three out of four categories at the 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

Ministry of Education Acting Deputy Secretary for Early Learning and Student Achievement, Karl Le Quesne, says the commitment and dedication the finalists have shown towards their children and young people is to be commended.

“This year’s finalists demonstrated passion and drive to ensure best possible outcomes for all their children and young people. We wish them all the best.”

Now in their fourth year, the Awards celebrate the best of teaching in New Zealand.

William Colenso College

William Colenso College has been selected as a finalist in three Awards category:

· Excellence in Leading - Atakura Award

· Excellence in Teaching & Learning - Atatū Award

· Excellence in Governing - Awatea Award.

William Colenso College set out to transform the achievement of students, especially among Māori learners. While relationships between teachers and students were positive, they lacked a focus on achievement. Analysis showed that there needed to be better quality interaction between students and teachers that was focused on learning.

Involvement in Te Kotahitanga in 2013 started a change which has transformed teachers’ knowledge of te ao Māori, restorative techniques, curriculum design and delivery. Teaching practice is more responsive, engaging and inclusive, which has led to a lift in student engagement and achievement in NCEA.


Awards Information

The Awards celebrate some of the best of teaching in New Zealand. This year saw 14 finalists selected from more than 140 entries.

Members of the judging panel are visiting finalists during May and June. Winners from each category will be awarded $20,000 and a professional development opportunity.

Winners will also qualify for the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, which is presented to the school or early childhood service that has had the greatest influence on education outcomes for children and young people.

The Supreme Award winner will receive an additional $30,000 and an opportunity to represent New Zealand education.

Winners will be announced in late June. For more information on the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, please visit their website: www.pmawards.education.govt.nz


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