Horowhenua Regional Finalists in Education Excellence Awards
For Immediate Release
Friday 5 May 2017
Horowhenua Regional Finalists in 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
Levin’s Horowhenua College is among the finalists 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.
Horowhenua College has been selected as a finalist in one Awards category:
· Excellence in Engaging - Atahāpara Award.
The Rangatahi Ora programme developed at Horowhenua College aims to improve enjoyment in learning among Māori students so that their academic potential can be realised. The programme is focused on te ao Māori and provides opportunities for Rangatahi to work alongside students in neighbouring schools as strong role models. As a result of the programme, students’ achievement in NCEA has lifted significantly and iwi play a supportive role in the life of the school.
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