Winners of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards announced

Outstanding education practices in early learning services and schools were celebrated at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards ceremony held on 3 July 2018.

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 and judged to be among the outstanding education practitioners in New Zealand.

They have set the benchmark high in their work 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 in to the excellent work going on in our communities to improve education.”

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

Go to the Awards website to watch videos about the winners.

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards 2018 winners


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