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Winners of the 2018 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards Have Been Announced

Teaching awards and scholarships New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 12 July 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9j_u

Outstanding education practices in early learning services and schools were celebrated at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards ceremony held on 3 July.

Flaxmere College in Hastings was the biggest winner of the Awards, taking home the Supreme Award | Takiri ko te ata and Excellence in Teaching and Learning | Atatū Award.

The judging panel said of Flaxmere College:

“This college has a robust, distributed leadership model and huge community, parent, and whānau involvement.  Using data to adapt their teaching practice and programmes the college has seen an enormous change.

The improvement in student attendance and achievement is remarkable, with significant improvement in NCEA results and education outcomes for all students.”

The other winners are:

  • Excellence in Engaging | Atahāpara Award – Toru Fetū Kindergarten, Porirua
  • Excellence in Governing | Awatea Award – Rotorua Girls’ High School, Rotorua
  • Excellence in Leading | Atakura Award – St Paul’s Collegiate, Hamilton
  • 2018 Education Focus | Takatū Prize – William Colenso College, Napier

Deputy Secretary of Early Learning and Student Achievement Ellen MacGregor-Reid says:

“The winners and finalists have been through a rigorous selection process and judged to be outstanding teams of education practitioners.

They have set a high benchmark and are intent on making a difference for the children and young people in their communities.

I congratulate all the winners and finalists. They represent an insight into the excellent work going on in our schools, early learning services and communities.”

Each winner receives $20,000 and a professional development opportunity. Supreme Award winner Flaxmere College receives an additional $30,000 and an opportunity to represent New Zealand in an international education event.

Go to the Awards website to see what the winners achieved.

Further information

Contact: PM Awards team

 0800 PM AWARDS (0800 762 927)