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Minister congratulates 2002 school of the year

Minister congratulates 2002 school of the year

Education Minister Trevor Mallard congratulated Mountain View Primary School in Mangere, named today as the 2002 Goodman Fielder School of the Year in recognition of its leadership in seeking academic excellence and a quality learning environment for its pupils.

Mountain View Primary’s success was announced at a special awards ceremony at Te Papa.

The winners of the Goodman Fielder five school categories, also announced today, are Otepopo School, Oamaru (Small primary/intermediate); Mountain View Primary School, Mangere (Medium primary/intermediate); Selwyn Ridge Primary, Tauranga (Large primary/intermediate); Mt Roskill Grammar School (Secondary) and Clover Park Middle School (Composite).

“The School of the Year Awards seek to honour the best schools in New Zealand and recognise teaching that is innovative and flexible enough to meet the needs of their students and school communities,” Trevor Mallard said.

“Mountain View Primary is a decile 1(c) school and its success today shows that schools whose communities come from the lower end of the socio-economic scale can perform at the highest level and provide innovative and enticing environments for their students.

“The school has been helped by targeted and special funding from the Government over the last three years, but it is also clear that the leadership, financial management, innovative thinking, and dedication displayed by the schools’ two principals and its teachers is playing a huge role in its success.

“The winners of these awards, and Mangere Primary in particular, are clearly rising to the challenges reflected in our Government’s two top education priorities: reducing underachievement in schools, and making sure every single young New Zealander, regardless of background, can meet the challenges presented by the 21st century.

“What young people need from schooling is changing rapidly and it is exciting to see how the award recipients are focusing on continual improvement in teaching and learning.

“I am sure these awards will continue to inspire staff and students to routinely perform at their best and to continually innovate and exceed expectations,” Trevor Mallard said.

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