Teaching That Changes Us All

Inspiration

Hei whakahihiko

Our entrants have always showed enterprise, drive and dedication, as well as a commitment to make a lasting difference for children, young people and communities across New Zealand.

Feeling inspired for 2020? Start thinking about your entry now - find out more on the 'Enter 2020' page.

I ia tau, whakanui ai ngā Tohu Kairangi Mātauranga a te Pirimia i ngā kaiako pai rawa e mahi ngātahi ana ki te whakaumu i ngā kura, ngā ratonga kura kōhungahunga, ngā whānau me ngā hapori hei āwhina i a Aotearoa i roto i ngā whakatipuranga kei te heke mai. Mātakihia te kiriata i raro nei kia mōhio he aha i whakanui ai ngā kāiwhakawā i te pai o ā rātou mahi.

E hihiri ana koe mō 2020? Whakaarohia tō tono i āianei.

Winners & Finalists

Winners & Finalists

EXCELLENCE IN ENGAGING

TE HIRANGA O TE TUITUI TĀNGATA

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Halswell Residential College, Christchurch

Halswell Residential College, Christchurch

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Halswell Residential College, Christchurch

Halswell Residential College, Christchurch

Halswell Residential College in Christchurch is a specialist national school that enrols students from Years 3 to 13 with intellectual and/or learning disabilities and complex and challenging behaviours. To enhance the outcomes of those students, the College focused on modernising its programme to provide a 24/7 educational environment, and developed a joined-up, intensive intervention programme which includes a high fidelity wrap-around service for their students.

Data suggests the joined-up residential and wrap-around programme is highly effective in improving outcomes academically, socially and emotionally. The shift in life and learning outcomes enables students to succeed. Students’ ratings in managing themselves have improved as have their social competencies, attitudes and perceptions.

The College used research to achieve and sustain improved outcomes for their students by developing active and powerful connections with Te Kahu Toi Intensive Wrap-around Service (IWS), the students and their whānau. They deepened professional knowledge, distributed their leadership structure, invested in staff wellbeing, built a robust relationship with IWS, developed a culture of collaboration and reflection, operated a restorative model and introduced therapeutic elements into their practice which has resulted in deep engagement in student learning, self-management and enhanced ability to develop positive relationships.

Halswell Residential College in Christchurch is a specialist national school that enrols students from Years 3 to 13 with intellectual and/or learning disabilities and complex and challenging behaviours. To enhance the outcomes of those students, the College focused on modernising its programme to provide a 24/7 educational environment, and developed a joined-up, intensive intervention programme which includes a high fidelity wrap-around service for their students.

Data suggests the joined-up residential and wrap-around programme is highly effective in improving outcomes academically, socially and emotionally. The shift in life and learning outcomes enables students to succeed. Students’ ratings in managing themselves have improved as have their social competencies, attitudes and perceptions.

The College used research to achieve and sustain improved outcomes for their students by developing active and powerful connections with Te Kahu Toi Intensive Wrap-around Service (IWS), the students and their whānau. They deepened professional knowledge, distributed their leadership structure, invested in staff wellbeing, built a robust relationship with IWS, developed a culture of collaboration and reflection, operated a restorative model and introduced therapeutic elements into their practice which has resulted in deep engagement in student learning, self-management and enhanced ability to develop positive relationships.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

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Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

This Kōhanga identified the issue of a modern society where whānau had become disengaged with their children’s learning. They focused on engaging their whānau fully to enable the Kōhanga to reach its full potential to improve and sustain positive outcomes for their tamariki as well as the iwi of Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

The Kōhanga looked at the level of awareness of whānau, accessibility and barriers to attending hui, and whānau perception in relation to the benefits of kōhanga for their tamariki. They changed their governance and management structure and created one management committee for whānau to streamline processes. They now use on-line tools to engage whānau with tamariki learning, include whānau in curriculum design, and collaborate with the wider iwi to ensure the iwi supports and contributes to the success of the Kōhanga.

This Kōhanga identified the issue of a modern society where whānau had become disengaged with their children’s learning. They focused on engaging their whānau fully to enable the Kōhanga to reach its full potential to improve and sustain positive outcomes for their tamariki as well as the iwi of Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

The Kōhanga looked at the level of awareness of whānau, accessibility and barriers to attending hui, and whānau perception in relation to the benefits of kōhanga for their tamariki. They changed their governance and management structure and created one management committee for whānau to streamline processes. They now use on-line tools to engage whānau with tamariki learning, include whānau in curriculum design, and collaborate with the wider iwi to ensure the iwi supports and contributes to the success of the Kōhanga.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Holy Family School, Porirua

Te Kura o Whānau Tapu A'oga 'Aiga Paia

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Holy Family School, Porirua

Te Kura o Whānau Tapu A'oga 'Aiga Paia

Whānau and family engagement and capacity building has been at the forefront for Holy Family School for the past four years. The School is multi-cultural which they have identified as one of their strengths.

The School set about creating an education that fits the needs of all their students, and focused particularly on transforming relationships between home and school through a programme called The Family So’otaga. They have developed a professional development framework focusing on connecting their learners with their whānau. Their mantra of going above and beyond for their whānau is embedded across the School.

As a result the School’s roll has increased, educational outcomes for children have substantially improved, and positive connections with families have strengthened learning partnerships.

Whānau and family engagement and capacity building has been at the forefront for Holy Family School for the past four years. The School is multi-cultural which they have identified as one of their strengths.

The School set about creating an education that fits the needs of all their students, and focused particularly on transforming relationships between home and school through a programme called The Family So’otaga. They have developed a professional development framework focusing on connecting their learners with their whānau. Their mantra of going above and beyond for their whānau is embedded across the School.

As a result the School’s roll has increased, educational outcomes for children have substantially improved, and positive connections with families have strengthened learning partnerships.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Elstree Kindergarten, Rotorua

Elstree Kindergarten, Rotorua

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Elstree Kindergarten, Rotorua

Elstree Kindergarten, Rotorua

This Kindergarten developed a strong partnership with their local marae and a shared vision with their community to ensure tikanga is a strongly embedded aspect of children’s early years. This grew into the development of strong relationships between tamariki, kaiako, whānau, and the marae, with te reo, waiata, pakiwaitara, karakia and māra kai becoming an integral part of the Kindergarten’s programme.

The relationship with the marae has ensured mātauranga Māori and te reo are evident in teaching and learning in ways that reflect the identity and language of Māori children and their whānau. The children with the support of their whānau have become culturally competent, confident and connected and have developed positive attitudes towards hauora through the community garden project.

This Kindergarten developed a strong partnership with their local marae and a shared vision with their community to ensure tikanga is a strongly embedded aspect of children’s early years. This grew into the development of strong relationships between tamariki, kaiako, whānau, and the marae, with te reo, waiata, pakiwaitara, karakia and māra kai becoming an integral part of the Kindergarten’s programme.

The relationship with the marae has ensured mātauranga Māori and te reo are evident in teaching and learning in ways that reflect the identity and language of Māori children and their whānau. The children with the support of their whānau have become culturally competent, confident and connected and have developed positive attitudes towards hauora through the community garden project.

EXCELLENCE IN LEADING

TE HIRANGA O TE ARATAKI

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Nayland College, Nelson

Te Kāreti o Neirana

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Nayland College, Nelson

Te Kāreti o Neirana

This College has been on a transformational pathway for the last five years. The College reflected on leadership, attitude, values and entrenched systems and initiated a
values-based learning revolution. They localised the curriculum and made a
research-grounded pedagogical shift which has transformed learning across the school.

The implementation of cultural responsiveness and relational strategies have ensured the College is a safe, supportive and respectful environment for all learners. Learning is now a true partnership between home and the College.

The result has been an increase in the College’s roll and retention of students in the senior years. Achievement levels have significantly increased, particularly for Māori students.

This College has been on a transformational pathway for the last five years. The College reflected on leadership, attitude, values and entrenched systems and initiated a
values-based learning revolution. They localised the curriculum and made a
research-grounded pedagogical shift which has transformed learning across the school.

The implementation of cultural responsiveness and relational strategies have ensured the College is a safe, supportive and respectful environment for all learners. Learning is now a true partnership between home and the College.

The result has been an increase in the College’s roll and retention of students in the senior years. Achievement levels have significantly increased, particularly for Māori students.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

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Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

This High School, through effective leadership and culturally responsive teaching and learning, focused on a journey of achievement for their students in the school’s hostel with the provision of expert guidance and whānau support. Teachers as housemasters and strong involvement with whānau have provided increased educational opportunities for the students.

The High School and Tai Mitchell Hostel set out to remove the disparity of educational achievement by focusing positively on Māori potential. Māori enjoying education success as Māori has led to outstanding academic results.

This High School, through effective leadership and culturally responsive teaching and learning, focused on a journey of achievement for their students in the school’s hostel with the provision of expert guidance and whānau support. Teachers as housemasters and strong involvement with whānau have provided increased educational opportunities for the students.

The High School and Tai Mitchell Hostel set out to remove the disparity of educational achievement by focusing positively on Māori potential. Māori enjoying education success as Māori has led to outstanding academic results.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Waimairi Primary, Christchurch

Te Kura Tuatahi o Waimairi, Ōtautahi

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Waimairi Primary, Christchurch

Te Kura Tuatahi o Waimairi, Ōtautahi

This School developed a new way of teaching and learning to smooth children’s transitions from early childhood services to their school. They have woven the early childhood curriculum (Te Whāriki) into their teaching and learning, and developed their understanding and delivery of dispositional learning. The teachers took the lead in changing the way they teach, and the environment and messaging in the early years’ classrooms.

Their programmes have become more child-focused with the provision of feedback and feed-forward. The result is happy, engaged children who settle into school easily. They are involved in learning and enjoying their own progress.

This School developed a new way of teaching and learning to smooth children’s transitions from early childhood services to their school. They have woven the early childhood curriculum (Te Whāriki) into their teaching and learning, and developed their understanding and delivery of dispositional learning. The teachers took the lead in changing the way they teach, and the environment and messaging in the early years’ classrooms.

Their programmes have become more child-focused with the provision of feedback and feed-forward. The result is happy, engaged children who settle into school easily. They are involved in learning and enjoying their own progress.

Excellence in leading

Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

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Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Toitoi Manawa is an immersion unit at Fairhaven School, which offers a whānau-led and established Māori-medium setting where their tamariki are succeeding as Māori. Toitoi Manawa delivers localised learning experiences that are relevant and which enhance Māori success.

Kaiako undertook professional development and aligned best practices. They also reviewed the support needed for the students and included relevant services as part of that support. Consultation with kaumatua, iwi and whānau is a key part of the success of this unit.

The improvement in academic outcomes has been significant, particularly in literacy. There has also been a huge improvement in the engagement of students in their learning, and of whānau at hui and student conferences. Whanaungatanga and Kotahitanga underpin Toitoi Manawa’s holistic approach to Māori education.

Toitoi Manawa is an immersion unit at Fairhaven School, which offers a whānau-led and established Māori-medium setting where their tamariki are succeeding as Māori. Toitoi Manawa delivers localised learning experiences that are relevant and which enhance Māori success.

Kaiako undertook professional development and aligned best practices. They also reviewed the support needed for the students and included relevant services as part of that support. Consultation with kaumatua, iwi and whānau is a key part of the success of this unit.

The improvement in academic outcomes has been significant, particularly in literacy. There has also been a huge improvement in the engagement of students in their learning, and of whānau at hui and student conferences. Whanaungatanga and Kotahitanga underpin Toitoi Manawa’s holistic approach to Māori education.

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING

TE HIRANGA O TE AKO

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

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Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

This Kōhanga embarked on a journey to develop an assessment approach grounded in kaupapa Māori principles. The approach empowered kaiako to document, analyse and present progress and achievement in a Māori way whilst acknowledging the important role of whānau.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has become the name of the approach that utilises wānanga. Tracking progress through Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has resulted in mokopuna becoming more confident, creative and connected in te reo and tikanga Māori.

Connections with whānau have also been strengthened, and whānau now assume a shared role in identifying and analysing learning for all kōhanga reo mokopuna.

 

This Kōhanga embarked on a journey to develop an assessment approach grounded in kaupapa Māori principles. The approach empowered kaiako to document, analyse and present progress and achievement in a Māori way whilst acknowledging the important role of whānau.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has become the name of the approach that utilises wānanga. Tracking progress through Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has resulted in mokopuna becoming more confident, creative and connected in te reo and tikanga Māori.

Connections with whānau have also been strengthened, and whānau now assume a shared role in identifying and analysing learning for all kōhanga reo mokopuna.

 

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Winton Kindergarten, Southland

Winton Kindergarten, Murihiku

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Winton Kindergarten, Southland

Winton Kindergarten, Murihiku

This Kindergarten’s high quality nature-based programme includes cyclical planning, evaluation, and an inquiry/project-based learning programme to improve educational opportunities for all learners. They developed a strong sense of ecological identity and active participation as citizens in their children.

The result has been children making strong connections with the land, with strong connections also being developed between kaiako, tamariki, whānau, and the local community. The children thrive in an environment where their language, culture and identity are valued and are reflected in the curriculum design.

This Kindergarten’s high quality nature-based programme includes cyclical planning, evaluation, and an inquiry/project-based learning programme to improve educational opportunities for all learners. They developed a strong sense of ecological identity and active participation as citizens in their children.

The result has been children making strong connections with the land, with strong connections also being developed between kaiako, tamariki, whānau, and the local community. The children thrive in an environment where their language, culture and identity are valued and are reflected in the curriculum design.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

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Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

This High School, through effective leadership and culturally responsive teaching and learning, focused on a journey of achievement for their students in the school’s hostel with the provision of expert guidance and whānau support. Teachers as housemasters and strong involvement with whānau have provided increased educational opportunities for the students.

The High School and Tai Mitchell Hostel set out to remove the disparity of educational achievement by focusing positively on Māori potential. Māori enjoying education success as Māori has led to outstanding academic results.

 

This High School, through effective leadership and culturally responsive teaching and learning, focused on a journey of achievement for their students in the school’s hostel with the provision of expert guidance and whānau support. Teachers as housemasters and strong involvement with whānau have provided increased educational opportunities for the students.

The High School and Tai Mitchell Hostel set out to remove the disparity of educational achievement by focusing positively on Māori potential. Māori enjoying education success as Māori has led to outstanding academic results.

 

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Ōpoutere School, Coromandel

Te Kura Tuatahi o Ōpoutere

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Ōpoutere School, Coromandel

Te Kura Tuatahi o Ōpoutere

This School has developed an innovative and unique approach to teaching and learning through their Adventure Learning Programme, which aims to build on the potential of their learners and improve engagement with students and their whānau.

The approach sought to move the focus from addressing disparity to expanding success for Māori learners through challenging outdoor experiences.

The School engaged a specialist teacher and shifted their pedagogy and teaching practices across the school to develop competencies that enable life-long learning. This includes fostering connections with students and with their local environment, providing opportunities for leadership and service to others, and setting high expectations.

The result has been students’ key competencies improving over time in relation to thinking, use of language symbols and text, managing self, participating and contributing, and relating to others.

This School has developed an innovative and unique approach to teaching and learning through their Adventure Learning Programme, which aims to build on the potential of their learners and improve engagement with students and their whānau.

The approach sought to move the focus from addressing disparity to expanding success for Māori learners through challenging outdoor experiences.

The School engaged a specialist teacher and shifted their pedagogy and teaching practices across the school to develop competencies that enable life-long learning. This includes fostering connections with students and with their local environment, providing opportunities for leadership and service to others, and setting high expectations.

The result has been students’ key competencies improving over time in relation to thinking, use of language symbols and text, managing self, participating and contributing, and relating to others.

EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH AND WELLBEING EDUCATION

TE HIRANGA O TE MĀTAURANGA ORANGA

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

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Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

This High School, through effective leadership and culturally responsive teaching and learning, focused on a journey of achievement for their students in the school’s hostel with the provision of expert guidance and whānau support. Teachers as housemasters and strong involvement with whānau have provided increased educational opportunities for the students.

The High School and Tai Mitchell Hostel set out to remove the disparity of educational achievement by focusing positively on Māori potential. Māori enjoying education success as Māori has led to outstanding academic results.

This High School, through effective leadership and culturally responsive teaching and learning, focused on a journey of achievement for their students in the school’s hostel with the provision of expert guidance and whānau support. Teachers as housemasters and strong involvement with whānau have provided increased educational opportunities for the students.

The High School and Tai Mitchell Hostel set out to remove the disparity of educational achievement by focusing positively on Māori potential. Māori enjoying education success as Māori has led to outstanding academic results.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Tiaki Early Learning Centre, Rotorua

Tiaki Early Learning Centre, Rotorua

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Tiaki Early Learning Centre, Rotorua

Tiaki Early Learning Centre, Rotorua

Tiaki Early Learning Centre set out to authentically connect with their local community and its history and culture, so that their children are able to access the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional benefits these connections offer. The centre re-looked at its vision in consultation with their whānau and local marae, and made connections with their local schools. They wanted their children to benefit by having a strong relationship with the land to enhance their health and wellbeing and that of Papatūānuku. The programme includes moving beyond recycling towards zero waste and the provision of plant-based meals, which is supported through the development of many vegetable gardens.

The centre, which values place-based education, initiated a Tangata Whenuatanga day in the community involving all the children, and a visit to their marae every week.

The result has been significant growth in the health and wellbeing of the children and the development of a real respect and appreciation of Papatūānuku. The children have gone on to display these characteristics when they start school.

Tiaki Early Learning Centre set out to authentically connect with their local community and its history and culture, so that their children are able to access the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional benefits these connections offer. The centre re-looked at its vision in consultation with their whānau and local marae, and made connections with their local schools. They wanted their children to benefit by having a strong relationship with the land to enhance their health and wellbeing and that of Papatūānuku. The programme includes moving beyond recycling towards zero waste and the provision of plant-based meals, which is supported through the development of many vegetable gardens.

The centre, which values place-based education, initiated a Tangata Whenuatanga day in the community involving all the children, and a visit to their marae every week.

The result has been significant growth in the health and wellbeing of the children and the development of a real respect and appreciation of Papatūānuku. The children have gone on to display these characteristics when they start school.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kauwhata College, Te Kauwhata

Te Kareti o Te Kauwhata, Te Kauwhata

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Te Kauwhata College, Te Kauwhata

Te Kareti o Te Kauwhata, Te Kauwhata

This College recognised the need for powerful sustained connections with parents and whānau and formed a group called Manaakitangata to enable support for students coping with pressures of modern life and changing times. They made genuine connections with their local community and worked collaboratively and creatively to find proactive solutions. A wellbeing survey of their students provided crucial data for the College to identify areas of risk.

They created a risk register which was further developed into a wellbeing register so that their most at-risk students can access the support they need to enable them to reach their potential. A Kaitiaki Hauora role has been established to support Māori students in a culturally sensitive way.

The result has been noticeable changes in their young people where they are able to cope and see a way forward. Students have become proactive in seeking the support they need, have built their resilience, and are attending classes.

This College recognised the need for powerful sustained connections with parents and whānau and formed a group called Manaakitangata to enable support for students coping with pressures of modern life and changing times. They made genuine connections with their local community and worked collaboratively and creatively to find proactive solutions. A wellbeing survey of their students provided crucial data for the College to identify areas of risk.

They created a risk register which was further developed into a wellbeing register so that their most at-risk students can access the support they need to enable them to reach their potential. A Kaitiaki Hauora role has been established to support Māori students in a culturally sensitive way.

The result has been noticeable changes in their young people where they are able to cope and see a way forward. Students have become proactive in seeking the support they need, have built their resilience, and are attending classes.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

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Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Toitoi Manawa is an immersion unit at Fairhaven School, which offers a whānau-led and established Māori-medium setting where their tamariki are succeeding as Māori. Toitoi Manawa delivers localised learning experiences that are relevant and which enhance Māori success.

Kaiako undertook professional development and aligned best practices. They also reviewed the support needed for the students and included relevant services as part of that support. Consultation with kaumatua, iwi and whānau is a key part of the success of this unit.

The improvement in academic outcomes has been significant, particularly in literacy. There has also been a huge improvement in the engagement of students in their learning, and of whānau at hui and student conferences. Whanaungatanga and Kotahitanga underpin Toitoi Manawa’s holistic approach to Māori education.

 

Toitoi Manawa is an immersion unit at Fairhaven School, which offers a whānau-led and established Māori-medium setting where their tamariki are succeeding as Māori. Toitoi Manawa delivers localised learning experiences that are relevant and which enhance Māori success.

Kaiako undertook professional development and aligned best practices. They also reviewed the support needed for the students and included relevant services as part of that support. Consultation with kaumatua, iwi and whānau is a key part of the success of this unit.

The improvement in academic outcomes has been significant, particularly in literacy. There has also been a huge improvement in the engagement of students in their learning, and of whānau at hui and student conferences. Whanaungatanga and Kotahitanga underpin Toitoi Manawa’s holistic approach to Māori education.

 

2019 EDUCATION FOCUS PRIZE

2019 TE TAONGA MĀTAURANGA

PMEEA 2019 Focus Prize

Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

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Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

This Kōhanga embarked on a journey to develop an assessment approach grounded in kaupapa Māori principles. The approach empowered kaiako to document, analyse and present progress and achievement in a Māori way whilst acknowledging the important role of whānau.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has become the name of the approach that utilises wānanga. Tracking progress through Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has resulted in mokopuna becoming more confident, creative and connected in te reo and tikanga Māori.

Connections with whānau have also been strengthened, and whānau now assume a shared role in identifying and analysing learning for all kōhanga reo mokopuna.

 

2019 Focus Prize

Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

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Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

This Kōhanga identified the issue of a modern society where whānau had become disengaged with their children’s learning. They focused on engaging their whānau fully to enable the Kōhanga to reach its full potential to improve and sustain positive outcomes for their tamariki as well as the iwi of Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

The Kōhanga looked at the level of awareness of whānau, accessibility and barriers to attending hui, and whānau perception in relation to the benefits of kōhanga for their tamariki. They changed their governance and management structure and created one management committee for whānau to streamline processes. They now use on-line tools to engage whānau with tamariki learning, include whānau in curriculum design, and collaborate with the wider iwi to ensure the iwi supports and contributes to the success of the Kōhanga.

The Kōhanga has also increased its engagement with the wider Ngāti Rangiwewehi community through various community projects, creating a stronger community together.

This Kōhanga identified the issue of a modern society where whānau had become disengaged with their children’s learning. They focused on engaging their whānau fully to enable the Kōhanga to reach its full potential to improve and sustain positive outcomes for their tamariki as well as the iwi of Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

The Kōhanga looked at the level of awareness of whānau, accessibility and barriers to attending hui, and whānau perception in relation to the benefits of kōhanga for their tamariki. They changed their governance and management structure and created one management committee for whānau to streamline processes. They now use on-line tools to engage whānau with tamariki learning, include whānau in curriculum design, and collaborate with the wider iwi to ensure the iwi supports and contributes to the success of the Kōhanga.

The Kōhanga has also increased its engagement with the wider Ngāti Rangiwewehi community through various community projects, creating a stronger community together.

2019 Focus Prize

Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Manutuke School, Gisborne area

Te Kura o Manutūkē, Tūranganui a-Kiwa

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Manutuke School, Gisborne area

Te Kura o Manutūkē, Tūranganui a-Kiwa

This School developed an innovative programme, Taki Akina, to improve the oral acquisition and competency of te reo for kaiako and tamariki, to enhance the learning outcomes across the school. Taki Akina is an effective intervention strategy and teaching tool which assists with redeeming te reo, and increasing the accuracy of te reo in the School.

The School examined selected texts and children’s reading levels when retelling these texts, to assess progress.

Involvement of all kaiako and whānau was imperative and the result has been a significant improvement in oral language acquisition and competency in te reo Māori, for both kaiako and tamariki across the school.

Three other schools are involved in the project; Tolaga Bay Area School, (Uawa), Waikirikiri School, (Gisborne), and Wairoa Primary School.

This School developed an innovative programme, Taki Akina, to improve the oral acquisition and competency of te reo for kaiako and tamariki, to enhance the learning outcomes across the school. Taki Akina is an effective intervention strategy and teaching tool which assists with redeeming te reo, and increasing the accuracy of te reo in the School.

The School examined selected texts and children’s reading levels when retelling these texts, to assess progress.

Involvement of all kaiako and whānau was imperative and the result has been a significant improvement in oral language acquisition and competency in te reo Māori, for both kaiako and tamariki across the school.

Three other schools are involved in the project; Tolaga Bay Area School, (Uawa), Waikirikiri School, (Gisborne), and Wairoa Primary School.

2019 Focus Prize

Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi, Auckland

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi, Tāmakimakaurau

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Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi, Auckland

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi, Tāmakimakaurau

Te Kete Uruao is a learner-centric tool that provides a framework for career direction, educational passion and practical experience for all learners. For each learner Te Kete Uruao requires input and support from whānau, kaiako, employers, tertiary providers and community groups. Te Kete Uruao supports the vocational, educational and holistic aspirations for all learners whether there is a university, apprenticeship, entrepreneurial and/or whānau, hapu, iwi development focus.

The programme offers the students practical skills and qualifications to prepare them to become effective members of society through empowering them in their identities as Māori. This involved providing a kaupapa Māori learning environment, culturally empowering teaching practice and culturally relevant learning programmes. It also involves strong connections with whānau, tertiary providers, industry, and employers.

The result has seen students graduating from kura with excellent qualification results, industry endorsements and relevant and meaningful experiences, coupled with positive attitudes to life-long learning, good communication and organisation skills, the ability to work collectively with a range of different people, good self-management, resilience and an ability to self-reflect and adjust their practise to empower themselves and others.

All of these results are within the context of Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Hurihuri. A strong embedding in their language, identity and culture with the skills and expertise to thrive in their whānau, communities, entrepreneurially and on a global platform as Māori has resulted in suceess for their tamariki.

Te Kete Uruao is a learner-centric tool that provides a framework for career direction, educational passion and practical experience for all learners. For each learner Te Kete Uruao requires input and support from whānau, kaiako, employers, tertiary providers and community groups. Te Kete Uruao supports the vocational, educational and holistic aspirations for all learners whether there is a university, apprenticeship, entrepreneurial and/or whānau, hapu, iwi development focus.

The programme offers the students practical skills and qualifications to prepare them to become effective members of society through empowering them in their identities as Māori. This involved providing a kaupapa Māori learning environment, culturally empowering teaching practice and culturally relevant learning programmes. It also involves strong connections with whānau, tertiary providers, industry, and employers.

The result has seen students graduating from kura with excellent qualification results, industry endorsements and relevant and meaningful experiences, coupled with positive attitudes to life-long learning, good communication and organisation skills, the ability to work collectively with a range of different people, good self-management, resilience and an ability to self-reflect and adjust their practise to empower themselves and others.

All of these results are within the context of Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Hurihuri. A strong embedding in their language, identity and culture with the skills and expertise to thrive in their whānau, communities, entrepreneurially and on a global platform as Māori has resulted in suceess for their tamariki.