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Wellington school a finalist in the PM's Education Excellence Awards

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The Holy Family School in Porirua is a finalist in the 2019 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

The school is one of four finalists selected for the Excellence in Engaging category.

Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary for Early Learning and Student Achievement Ellen MacGregor-Reid says the Judging Panel has chosen a total of 20 finalists across all categories and they all demonstrated outstanding teaching practices that made a big difference not just to learners, but to their whānau and the wider community.

"They are a great example of the amazing work that is happening in early learning services, kura and schools across the country. We look forward to hearing their stories at the awards ceremony and sharing them with the rest of New Zealand," she says.

Holy Family School, Porirua

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

They focused on meeting the needs of all their students, 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.

Awards Information

The Awards celebrate groups of teachers and educators working together, and with students, whānau and communities to deliver excellent outcomes for children and young people. This year saw a total of 20 finalists across all categories.

Members of the independent Judging Panel of education experts are visiting the finalists between June and August to see their work and speak with all those involved. Winners from each category will receive $20,000 and a professional development opportunity.

The Prime Minister’s Supreme Award is selected from the four category winners. It is presented to the early learning service, school or kura that has had the greatest influence on education outcomes.

The Supreme Award winner will receive an additional $30,000 and an opportunity to represent New Zealand in an international education conference.

The Awards ceremony will be held in Wellington in September.

For more information on the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, please visit their website:

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