Gisborne Schools named finalists in the PM’s excellence award

Gisborne news
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley congratulates three local schools who have been selected as finalists in the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

Gisborne Boys High School is a finalist in two categories – Excellence in Engaging for its Whakairo Course of Study and Tū Tāne programmes, and Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Whakairo Course of Study.

Kaiti School and Te Kura Reo Rua o Waikirikiri are finalists in the Excellence in Engaging category for their collaborative programme One Community, Two Schools, 300 Whānau.

“Our local education professionals do a fantastic job and work hard every day for our children. It’s great to see their contribution publicly and formally recognised,” Mrs Tolley said.

“The awards celebrate the work our teachers are doing to recognise and address the barriers our students face and help raise achievement in our schools.”

The One Community, Two Schools, 300 Whānau programme utilised Whanua Ora navigators to increase family engagement which helped to reduce truancy and behavioural incidences and raised achievement.

The Whakairo Course of Study was developed to address engagement levels among Māori students through a Culturally Engaging Curriculum Based Achievement Programme. Tū Tāne addresses detention, suspension and stand down issues by targeting year 10 students.

Other categories include excellence in leading, and a prize that celebrates a focus on collaboration that helps children learn as they move from early childhood to schooling.

The category winners will receive $20,000, and the supreme winner will receive an additional $30,000.

“High-quality education provides the opportunity for any child from any background to get ahead and make the most of their life, and the teachers who contribute to this should be celebrated,” Mrs Tolley said.

The awards cover early childhood education, primary, through to secondary schooling.  For more information visit: