Teaching excellence in spotlight with the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

A total of 19 finalists will compete for the top prizes at the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

The Awards recognise innovative and effective teaching practices, and the positive outcomes that come from working with tamariki, rangatahi, whānau, iwi, hāpu and the wider community to support all learners to succeed.

This year’s finalists were from Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui, Nelson, Northland and Waikato regions. They are:

The Excellence in Engaging Award

  • Frimley Primary (Hawke's Bay)
  • Te Kura Taumata o Panguru (Northland)
  • Avondale College (Auckland)
  • Wesley College (Auckland)

The Excellence in Leading Award

  • Redoubt North School (Auckland)
  • Achieving @ Waitakere (Auckland)
  • Hastings Girls’ High (Hawke's Bay)

The Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award

  • Frimley Primary (Hawke's Bay)
  • Whakarongo School (Manawatū-Whanganui)
  • Northland College Teen Parent Unit (Northland)
  • Sylvia Park School (Auckland)

The Excellence in Wellbeing Education Award

  • Morrinsville College (Waikato)
  • Henry Hill School (Hawke's Bay)
  • Wesley College (Auckland)
  • Nelson College for Girls (Nelson)

The 2021 Focus Prize: Excellence in Environmental and Sustainability Education

  • Kadimah School (Auckland)
  • Manurewa Intermediate School (Auckland)
  • Ngunguru School (Northland)
  • Oruaiti School (Northland)

“After a year like no other, the Awards is a great opportunity to showcase the inspiring work of our educators across the country that made a positive impact to our learners,” says Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary for Early Learning and Student Achievement Ellen MacGregor-Reid.

“These awards are about collaboration, and teachers working together and with their students and communities to make positive changes. I congratulate all the finalists and look forward to celebrating with them at the Awards ceremony,” Ellen says.


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