Gisborne Boys’ High School Supreme winner in Prime Minister’s Awards

Gisborne news
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley has congratulated Gisborne Boys’ High School for winning the Supreme Award for the Whakairo Course of Study programme in The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

The initiative addresses issues of engagement for Māori students through a culturally engaging curriculum-based achievement programme. The programme also won the Teaching and Learning category.

“I offer my congratulations to Gisborne Boys’ High School, their principal Greg Mackle, teachers and staff who continue to make a difference in the lives of these young people,” Mrs Tolley says.

“I’ve watched Greg Mackle and his staff work consistently over the years to lift the achievement of all their students. I am absolutely delighted to see that hard work so well recognised by winning the Supreme Award.

“The judges said Gisborne Boys’ High School was a school ‘defying stereotypes and transforming lives’ and I wholeheartedly agree. It was an honour to attend the awards at Te Papa and congratulate the school.

“Quality education is essential and gives any child the opportunity to get ahead in life, regardless of their background. I’m pleased to see our local schools are making sure all students have every chance to make the most of their education.”

The award celebrates the work teachers are doing to recognise and address barriers students face and help raise achievement in schools. Category winners receive $20,000, and the supreme winner receives an additional $30,000.

“I would also like to congratulate Kaiti School and Te Kura Reo Rua o Waikirikiri, who were also finalists in the Excellence in Engaging category for their joint programme One Community, Two Schools, 300 Whanau. Gisborne Boys’ High School was also a finalist for their Tū Tāne programme in Excellence in Engaging.

“It’s fantastic to see so many good initiatives coming out of Gisborne schools making sure our students are engaged in education and achieving to the best of their ability,” Mrs Tolley says.