McAuley High School took home the Supreme Award at the 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, presented last night by Prime Minister John Key at a ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum.
The Auckland girls' school was a finalist in three categories and, in addition to winning the Supreme Award, won the Excellence in Engaging trophy.
Education Minister Hekia Parata praised the school's "cohesive, respectful and supportive environment".
“It has high expectations and strong connections with its parents and the community and tonight’s awards are recognition of its vision and effort,” she said.
The other category winners were:
- Excellence in Leading: Rotorua Boys’ High School
- Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Te Puna Reo o Puhi Kaiti, Gisborne
- Excellence in Governing: Rangitoto College, Auckland
- 2016 Focus Prize: Karanga Mai Young Parent College & Early Learning Centre, Kaiapoi.
The winning entry in each category received $20,000 and a professional development opportunity. As the winner of the Supreme Award, McAuley High 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 awards, in their third year, recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. This year there were more than 200 entries - a "record number" according to Parata.
“The winners and all the finalists are a credit to the teaching profession. They showed the difference that great teaching and great leadership backed by strong governance make to kids’ lives.”
Photo: Supreme Winners, McAuley High School, with the Minister, PM and Associate Minister. Photo credit: Brendon O’Hagan.