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Porirua school wins at 2019 PM’s Education Awards

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Holy Family School in Porirua won the Excellence in Engaging award at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards event held in Parliament.

The school was recognised for their significant work to engage with their students, whānau and community. They developed the Family So’otaga programme, aimed at meeting the needs of all their students, particularly transforming relationships between home and school. Their mantra of going above and beyond for their whānau is embedded across the school.

The judging panel said:

"The way this school has engaged with their Pasifika community was a huge step up. The entry demonstrated a significant change in roles, achievement of children, and community involvement in the school.

The school values what is important and has developed a good understanding of themselves and their community. The school’s ethos of education being fun and that children should get the education they deserve was commended. Another commendable aspect was the school’s consultation and connections with former students."

Ministry of Education Acting Deputy Secretary for Early Learning and Student Achievement, Pauline Cleaver, congratulates all the winners and says they are a testament to the great teaching that’s happening around the country to support learners to succeed.

"Their hard work and dedication to education excellence have changed the lives of children and young people, and will have a lasting impact not just to them, but to their whānau and the community they belong to," she says.

The school received a prize package that includes a $20,000 financial award and professional development opportunities.

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