A diverse mix of schools and early learning providers have been celebrated for their outstanding work at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards tonight, with Manurewa Intermediate School taking the Supreme Award.
“Manurewa Intermediate School has radically changed the lives of all their students, engaging them in learning across the board,” says Education Minister Nikki Kaye.
The other winners are:Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Invercargill Middle School, Waitakere College Excellence in Leading – Te Kōhanga Reo Ki Rotokawa, William Colenso College Excellence in Engaging – Manurewa Intermediate School Judges’ Commendation – Halswell School.
The schools and Kōhanga Reo received their awards from Prime Minister Bill English at a special ceremony in Auckland.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Kaye celebrated the wide range of winners.
“The winners come from right across New Zealand, covering education in early learning, primary, intermediate and secondary schools.
“The staff, students and families at each of the schools and kohanga reo should be very proud of their achievement. To win one of these awards means they really are the best of the best in education in New Zealand.
“Even getting through to be a finalist is hugely significant, and this year the calibre of the entries meant the judges had some difficult decisions to make.”
For the first time the judges gave an additional commendation, awarding it to Halswell School for the particular focus the school has had on introducing a modern learning environment, new approaches to teaching and learning, and its use of digital technologies.
The award for Excellence in Governing was not awarded by the judges.
“The bar for winning an award is set high on purpose,” says Ms Kaye.
“In their fourth year, the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards continue to showcase the very best practitioners across the education sector. We expect others to learn from the practices that have been celebrated here tonight.”
The winning entry in each category received $20,000 and a professional development opportunity.
As the winner of the Supreme Award, Manurewa Intermediate School received an additional $30,000 plus an opportunity to represent New Zealand education.
Finalists also received a financial award to acknowledge their contribution to education.
The winners’ stories will be shared across the sector so that others can benefit from their experiences.
Notes to Editors
List of winners:
Supreme Award - Manurewa Intermediate
Manurewa Intermediate has proven to be outstanding in its shared drive to raise achievement for every student. Working alongside parents, whānau and the community, this school has changed the lives of students, giving them a strong voice in their education and choices for the future.
Excellence in Teaching and Leaning – Invercargill Middle School, Waitakere College
Recognising the needs of a diverse and highly mobile community, Invercargill Middle School has focused on making the most of every day with their students. With oral language as their foundation, the school has developed an innovative language programme to lift communication and overall achievement for all students, achieving remarkable results.
To meet the needs of their students, Waitakere College focused on work-based futures and alignment with industry to establish innovative trades’ academies, including in the health sector. Alongside deeper connections with students, their families and whānau, every student now leaves school as a confident achiever, able to realise their dreams.
Excellence in Leading - Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, William Colenso
Te Kohanga Reo ki Rotokawa has visionary goals focussing on changing the future of whānau and tamariki that are rooted in its language and cultural practices. Through a deliberate approach to grow leaders across each generation, their leaders now reach well beyond the kōhanga, empowering a wide community to achieve the outcomes they seek for tamariki.
William Colenso College inspired the community and school leaders to challenge the status quo – harnessing a raft of resources, and working closely with parents, students and whānau. Staff at this school have focused on pastoral care for students and developed meaningful pathways to learning that have significantly lifted achievement.
Excellence in Engaging – Manurewa Intermediate
“Stand up, stand tall” is a mantra in this school. With a focus on building and strengthening relationships deep within the community, this school is ensuring that students experience teaching and learning that is developing the connections and confidence to stand tall with pride.
Judges’ Commendation – Halswell School
Through the challenge of the Christchurch earthquakes, Halswell School has created change and innovation. They have introduced a modern learning environment, new approaches to teaching and learning, and made major advances in digital technologies. Alongside deep engagement with students, their community and iwi, this school has achieved richer outcomes for students.
Students learning English as a second language will benefit from a further $9.4 million being made available under Budget 2017 to support schools over the next two years, says Education Minister Nikki Kaye.
“New Zealand has an increasingly diverse student population,” says Ms Kaye.
“We’re seeing a growing number of students who have English as a second language, and consequently more schools requesting specialised support to help those students.
“The number of students receiving support from the English for Speakers of Other Languages programme has increased from 32,000 students in 2012 to 39,000 in 2016.”
Specialist ESOL programmes, supported by ESOL teachers, help students from migrant and refugee backgrounds to learn the English they need to be successful in mainstream education. The programmes also provide mainstream teachers with training and guidance on how to support students who are learning English.
On a visit to Freeman’s Bay School in Auckland today, Ms Kaye met with students and staff who are benefiting from ESOL funding.
“Freeman’s Bay School is a great example of a multicultural school with a growing number of diverse students," says Ms Kaye.
“The school has a strong focus on ensuring that children are well supported as they settle into school, and on making community connections. There are strong bicultural practices, and the school celebrates cultural diversity in a range of ways.
“In addition to ESOL funding for supporting students, additional funding has been used to support staff with training for teaching English as a Second Language, and there are several bilingual tutors working at the school.
“The type of support that ESOL funding makes possible has a significant impact on thousands of children in schools right across New Zealand.
“For them to be truly successful in their education they need more than a basic grasp of the English language. Just attending class won’t give them the level of English they need, which is why ESOL funding is so important.
“It means schools can provide children with targeted, intensive support in individual or smaller group settings that’s delivered by trained and qualified ESOL specialists.
“Schools are using their ESOL funding to provide support in a range of ways.
“For example, a school in Auckland is using digital tools and resources to support students and their families who are learning English, and at a school in Wellington the ESOL teacher maintains a calendar of festivals to help celebrate the diverse cultures of the students.”
ESOL programmes have demonstrable success. NCEA achievement data shows that students who have received ESOL support achieve NCEA level 2 as often as English speaking background students do.
“The extra funding for ESOL announced in Budget 2017 will ensure that teachers and principals can access funding to teach English to students from non-English speaking backgrounds so they can successfully participate and achieve in education," says Ms Kaye.
“This Government values every student and it’s important that all young people in our education system feel supported to achieve.
“We also recognise that schools need specialist support to ensure that they’re providing the best opportunity for all their students to achieve.
“This is why funding for programmes such as ESOL is so important, and I’m pleased that in Budget 2017 we have been able to commit to ensuring this support is available for the growing number of eligible students.”
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye tonight announced details of the $6 million investment over four years under Budget 2017 to fund more youth enterprise initiatives.
Ms Kaye made the announcement at Victoria University’s Rutherford Building in Wellington, where eight teams of young people had gathered to take part in the Greater Wellington Region finals of a ‘Dragons' Den’ competition, pitching their ideas for innovative companies to a panel of local business leaders for a share of $5000 of prize money.
“Youth enterprise funding is about supporting young people to develop entrepreneurial skills through a range of youth-focused business and enterprise initiatives,” says Ms Kaye.
“It was great to announce details of the funding at an event where the ingenuity and business acumen of young people was on show for all to see.
“In a rapidly changing global economy, young people with entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and aptitude are more likely to succeed in all areas of life, so this is about inspiring our next generation of potential leaders and innovators.”
The funding announced as part of Budget 2017 will include the following investments:Around $1.2 million in the contestable Youth Enterprise Opportunities for Young People Fund, to directly support young people who have a new or innovative enterprise idea or project, to enable them to develop and execute their project Around $1.6 million for a targeted fund to support organisations with a track record increasing enterprise learning in a school environment, and/or supporting the establishment of enterprise start-ups involving young people Around $1.2 million in the contestable Youth Enterprise Fund, to support organisations which are working with young people to help them develop entrepreneurial skills, business acumen and financial competencies Around $2 million in the Partnership Fund, which was set up in 2016 and involves the Government and business, philanthropic and iwi partners working together to grow youth development opportunities – this $2 million investment will support partnerships aimed specifically at generating enterprise opportunities, which enable young people to develop entrepreneurial skills and/or innovative products or businesses.
“Young Kiwi entrepreneurs are already developing new and exciting businesses that are succeeding here in New Zealand and overseas, some already worth millions of dollars,” says Ms Kaye.
“This funding is about inspiring and supporting more of our young people to develop the skills and confidence they need to take their innovative ideas to the next stage and turn them into reality.
“Through the initiatives the funding will support, young people will develop a range of transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, decision making, team work, financial acumen and leadership.
“I expect around 5,000 new opportunities will be created through this funding.
“The next big company to make waves on the international stage could be born out of one of the initiatives that will be supported, just as it could emerge from the young finalists gathered in Wellington tonight.”
Over 80 young people living in small, offshore communities will get to participate in leadership and mentoring opportunities as part of the latest funding allocated under the Small Communities Youth Grant Fund, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“A total of $25,000 will be allocated to initiatives supporting young people on Waiheke, Great Barrier, Matakana, Rangiwaea and Stewart Islands,” says Ms Kaye.
“Young people living in these communities generally have a more limited range of opportunities than their peers on the mainland, because they don’t have access to the same range of clubs, facilities and people such as coaches and mentors.
“This fund is about ensuring that young people get opportunities to grow and develop new skills and confidence, no matter where they live.
“A youth development opportunity can inspire young people to pursue a new direction or turn their life around, and I truly believe that tomorrow’s leaders are just as likely to come from Okiwi on Great Barrier Island, or Halfmoon Bay on Stewart Island, as they are from Auckland city.”
The initiatives that will be funded include a career expo, a kaupapa Maori immersion experience and a water and boat safety education programme.
“Through these opportunities, participants will get the chance to develop their self-confidence, leadership and decision-making skills, while contributing positively to their communities at the same time,” says Ms Kaye.
The recipients are:Waiheke Youth Centre - $5,000 to support up to 30 young people to access and deliver workshops around safe sexuality and relationships, including mentoring sessions for young males who can benefit from a positive male influence Nga Tama Toa O Te Motu, Waiheke Island - $5,000 to provide mentoring for up to 10 young people to support them to develop leadership skills through a marae-based kaupapa Maori immersion experience Aotea Family Support Group, Great Barrier Island - $5,000 to support up to ten young people to develop and run a career expo for secondary school students and their parents and guardians Te Awanui Hauora Trust, Matakana and Rangiwaea Islands - $5,000 to support up to 30 young people to receive training in governance, project development and implementation of a youth-led working group, aimed at ensuring the youth voice is heard in their communities Halfmoon Bay School, Stewart Island - $5,000 to support three young people to undertake a Day Skippers course to develop their water safety knowledge and experience, then mentor younger students about water and boat safety.
“In March I announced an increase to the total funding available under the Small Communities Youth Grant Fund, from $90,000 to $150,000 over three years,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is the second round of funding allocated since then, so it’s pleasing to see more opportunities being created for young people living beyond our two main islands.”
Around $2.5 million will be invested in Budget 2017 to expand the capacity of schools in the Waikato region, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe.
Mr Macindoe made the announcement today during a visit to Cambridge East School in Cambridge.
“This first round of school infrastructure investment in Budget 2017 will provide a total of five new classrooms to two schools in the region,” says Ms Kaye.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Cambridge East School in Cambridge (around $1 million for two new classrooms) Pirongia Primary School in Pirongia (around $1.5 million for three new classrooms).
“As with all new classroom projects, the Ministry of Education will work with the schools to ensure the new classrooms meet their needs, such as providing an environment that allows for flexible and innovative learning to raise student achievement,” says Ms Kaye.
“Cambridge is growing fast and work is underway to engage local schools about the future shape of the network. The outcomes of this work will inform future investment decisions.”
Today’s announcement is part of the first round of infrastructure investments being announced as part of this year’s Budget.
“This latest investment in Waikato schools follows the $34.6 million we have invested in the region as part of Budget 2016. This funding included establishing the new Sylvester Primary School with capacity for 700 students, extending Endeavour Primary School to accommodate a further 200 students, and providing 15 roll-growth classrooms to increase capacity at another seven schools,” says Mr Macindoe.
Investment from the last two Budgets has seen around 1300 additional student spaces added to this growing region.
“Through Budget 2017 this Government is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure, taking our overall commitment to extending and enhancing our schools to over $5 billion.”
It is expected that the new classrooms will be operational during the 2018 school year.
Further announcements about Budget 2017 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye today attended the Annual Conference of the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools (APIS), where she signed a historical $20 million property funding agreement.
“This funding is being provided under Budget 2017, and recognises retrospective property-related costs incurred by state integrated schools as a result of past education policy changes,” says Ms Kaye.
State integrated schools offer education with a special character, either religious or philosophical in nature. The land and property of these schools is privately owned, but they receive some government funding towards maintaining and modernising school buildings.
“This full and final agreement recognises that in the past, state integrated schools have incurred additional property-related costs not covered by the government funding they’ve received,” says Ms Kaye.
“An example of a policy change that potentially led to extra costs being incurred was the introduction of guidelines on recommended space allocation, which could have impacted on the standard of property that state integrated schools were required to provide.
“The funding of $20 million is allocated over two years and will be provided to APIS to distribute to individual proprietors, who intend to use the funding for purposes such as carrying out structural improvements and upgrading schools. It’s important that we have safe buildings across the school network.
“More than 20 schools are expected to benefit from this funding.”
At this morning’s conference, Ms Kaye also spoke to proprietors about her vision for education and the key part that state integrated schools play within the wider sector.
“State integrated schools hold a special place in our education system. By providing education of a special character, they support choice and diversity for students and their families,” says Ms Kaye.
“I’d like to acknowledge APIS for the positive way they engaged with the Ministry of Education regarding the terms of this agreement.”
Around 89,000 students or roughly 11 per cent of our student population are educated in state integrated schools.
Around $5.5 million will be invested under Budget 2017 to expand the capacity of schools in the Canterbury region, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe.
Minister Macindoe made the announcement today during a visit to Prebbleton School in Selwyn.
“This first round of school infrastructure investment under Budget 2017 will provide a total of eleven new classrooms to three schools in the region, adding space for around 220 students,” says Ms Kaye.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Prebbleton School in Selwyn (around $2 million for four new classrooms) Lincoln Primary School in Selwyn (around $3 million for six new classrooms) Allenton School in Ashburton (around $500,000 for one new classroom).
“All of the schools receiving funding today have experienced increases to their rolls. The growth in the Christchurch area shows the resilient nature of this community following the 2011 earthquake.
“These new classrooms will also provide the opportunity for schools to incorporate flexible learning spaces that can support an innovative learning environment and encourage student achievement.”
Today’s announcement is among the first in a number of school infrastructure investments that will be announced as part of this year’s Budget.
“This latest investment in Canterbury schools follows the $278 million we have invested in the region as part of Budget 2016. This funding included support for the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme, building two new schools and delivering two relocated and rebuilt schools under public private partnerships (PPPs), and $9 million for a number of roll growth classrooms,” says Mr Macindoe
“Budget 17 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure. This takes our overall commitment to extending and improving our schools in recent years to over $5 billion”.
It is expected that the new classrooms will be up and running during the 2018 school year.
Around $10 million will be invested to redevelop Masterton’s Wairarapa College, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe announced today.
“Wairarapa College is one of the oldest schools in the region, and includes buildings with recognised heritage status, such as the main block with its distinctive octagonal tower and arched entranceway,” says Ms Kaye.
“However, many of the school’s buildings are in poor condition and affected by issues such as water damage.
“This redevelopment will balance the remediation and modernisation of facilities with maintaining the culture and heritage of the site.”
The redevelopment will include significant classroom upgrades, as well as:rebuilding of the gymnasium changing rooms and teaching area replacement of the school’s boiler.
A number of old buildings past their use-by date will be demolished as part of the redevelopment.
“This project is part of ongoing work across New Zealand to upgrade and expand our schools,” says Ms Kaye.
“Since 2008, we’ve invested over $5 billion towards modernisation and roll growth projects, the largest ever spend on school infrastructure by a New Zealand government.”
Mr Macindoe says around $127 million of school redevelopments have been announced in the Greater Wellington area, including Wairarapa, since November 2015.
“The Wairarapa College redevelopment adds to major projects at Thorndon School, Aotea College, Wellington East Girls’ College, Newtown School, Kelburn Normal School, Khandallah School, Ngaio School, Northland School, Churton Park School and Brooklyn School,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Now that funding and the broader scope of this latest project has been confirmed, the Ministry of Education will work with Wairarapa College on more detailed plans for the redevelopment.
“The planning process will ensure that the college’s vision for teaching and learning is reflected in the range, quality and layout of the redeveloped site.
“This is a great opportunity for the college and community to develop an environment that supports local students to achieve to the very best of their potential.”
Construction at Wairarapa College is expected to commence early in 2019.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye says more funding is being made available to support education in areas affected by last year’s Kaikōura earthquake.
“Budget 2017 provides $810,000 over two fiscal years to Kaikōura,” says Ms Kaye.
“This new funding comes on top of $645,000 that’s already been committed, bringing the total funding to support teachers, principals and staff in the area’s 40 schools and early childhood centres to $1.5 million.
“All of us are aware of the ongoing impact large scale seismic events can have on individuals, both on a personal and professional level,” says Ms Kaye.
“The Government is providing support packages for the schools and early childhood education centres in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Seddon/Ward districts that were impacted by the quake and subsequent aftershocks.
“The packages are tailored, flexible and responsive to meet the individual needs of schools and early learning providers so there is minimal disruption to teaching and learning.
“There’s a focus on not only ensuring there are enough staff in the area for the number of students, but also on staff wellbeing.
“As we learnt from Christchurch the ongoing impact of a major earthquake lasts for many months, even years. Teachers and other school staff need to be well equipped to provide the ongoing support students and the wider community need.
“They need to be supported to develop strategies to deal with any changes in student behaviour to ensure that every young person can continue to learn and achieve.”
These ongoing support packages are on top of the high level support that was put in place in immediately after the earthquake.
Since then the Ministry of Education has met regularly with individual schools and early learning providers to ensure they’re getting the right level of ongoing support.