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Southland kindy a finalist in the PM's Education Excellence Awards

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Winton Kindergarten was selected as finalist in this year’s Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

It’s one of four finalists chosen for the Excellence in Teaching and Learning 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.

Winton Kindergarten, Winton

This kindergarten’s nature-based programme aims to support their learners to develop a strong sense of ecological identity and participate as active citizens of their community.

As a result, children are 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.

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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