Primary award recipients 2017

  1. Adamson, Janice

    Victoria Avenue School

    Undertake a literature review and gather evidence on current thinking and research around leading from the middle/distributed leadership.

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  2. Allan, Rachel

    Te Uku School

    Investigate effective practices for successfully transitioning children from early childhood to school, including effective practices for transitioning children with special learning needs, to develop our school's early years learning programme in alignment with Te Whariki.

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  3. Baillie, Shane

    Ross School

    Investigate effective management systems and processes that successful primary schools (U1 and U2) use to enable greater progress in students' writing.

  4. Baldwin, Alistair

    Brightwater School

    Examine the research literature behind the Dunedin Study – Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit – which predicts success in adulthood from children's self control at the age of three years. Research and implement action plans to assist students, families/whānau and teachers in the Waimea Schools Community of Learners to assist students who display poor self control to become better controlled.

  5. Barber, Graeme

    Woodend School

    Identify and explore effective elements, strategies and techniques that will help learners, whānau and teachers to thrive in the BYOD environment.

  6. Benade, Gina

    Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School

    Find out what makes true collaboration and better understand how professional collaboration can make a difference to student achievement.

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  7. Bewley, Susan

    Nelson Park School

    Research new change management to support the development of new pedagogy in innovative learning spaces.

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  8. Billington, Suzanne

    Tauriko School

    Inquire into possible options and designs for structured leadership – learn to support middle and senior leaders in schools to carry out their leadership roles effectively to support 21st century learning and teaching, and grow them as leaders within their schools.

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  9. Blair, Stephen

    Tokoroa North School

    Investigate what school leaders believe about equity and social justice and what innovative school systems and practices are aimed at reducing the effects of economic deprivation on learning outcomes.

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  10. Bole, Catherine

    Five Forks School

    Research how best to retire from a long-term teaching principal position with the least disturbance to the students and community.

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  11. Brisco, Karen; Hepworth, Lynette

    Omata School and Oakura School

    Inquire into how full primary schools in our region transition their year 8 students to local secondary schools. Inquire into the perceived effectiveness of the transitions and develop ideas on how the process could be strengthened.

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  12. Brock, Terrence

    Otaika Valley School

    Research Drama for Learning/Mantle of the Expert to support my school's journey of learning in this area.

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  13. Callister, Leyette

    Howick Primary School

    Investigate the keys to sustainability and longevity in the principal role.

  14. Campbell, Adam

    Postgate School

    Investigate how the Education Review Office reviews schools using the new evaluation indicators.

  15. Chapman, Eden

    Horohoro School

    Explore neuroscience, positive psychology, and education.

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  16. Chesswas, Andrew

    Te Pahu School

    Undertake research related to accelerating student achievement in writing.

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  17. Cook, Alison

    Bluff School

    Research and explore possibilities around student-driven initiatives linking the school to the community, in order to effectively lead a review of what our school currently does and what is possible in our context.

  18. Debidge, Alan

    Otaki School

    Investigate the impact of the Learning with Digital Technologies implementation on student outcomes at Otaki School.

  19. Diamond, Trevor

    Henderson South School

    Gain a better understanding of the cultural background and schooling experiences of Samoan migrant children attending school in NZ by visiting schools in Samoa. Research strategies and successful programmes operating in NZ schools that accelerate Pacific (predominantly bilingual Samoan) students' learning.

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  20. Dooley, Kathleen

    Mt Richmond School

    Visit schools using the Reggio Emilia philosophy in their teaching and learning programmes to learn how these schools facilitate their students' learning in innovative learning environments.

  21. Eastwood, Petrina

    St Gerard's School (Alexandra)

    Investigate ways to build resilience in students, especially priority and targeted students and those with on going behavioural issues either as the victim or wrong doer.

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  22. Edwards, Teresa

    St James School (Palmerston North)

    Research current best practice pedagogies about culturally responsive leadership and teaching practices.

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  23. Farrelly, Raymond

    Ferndale School (Christchurch)

    Investigate the best way to implement TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-related handicapped Children) at our school. My research will include exploring how to move this intervention from a therapeutic base to an educational base.

  24. Fitzgerald, Peter

    Awakeri School

    Investigate the teaching of mathematics in Singapore and the reasons why Singapore constantly tops international assessment rankings in maths.

  25. Fletcher, Noelle

    Te Atatu Intermediate

    Investigate best practice around acceleration.

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  26. Fox, Christopher

    Puketapu School (Hawke's Bay)

    Research the impact of the Talk4Writing intervention programme in the UK.

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  27. Friis, Michael

    Te Puru School

    Develop and document a clear vision of what a collaborative teaching/co-teaching model will look like in our school.

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  28. Gameson, Martyn

    Hororata School

    Investigate examples of Discovery Learning Theory in the primary education sector, including research into the theory, examples of New Zealand best practice and a visit to Brightworks in the United States.

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  29. Hahn, Jane

    Good Shepherd School (Balmoral)

    Research how schools are catering to the needs of gifted and talented students from minority ethnic groups in the 21st century classroom.

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  30. Harlick, Verity

    Maori Hill School

    Review and strengthen our school's current practice of identifying 'at risk' learners in literacy to ensure programmes of support or intervention are based on sound evidence and delivered in a timely manner.

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  31. Hayward, Steven

    Green Island School

    Identify and explore useful strategies, approaches and techniques that assist children to more effectively develop their social and emotional intelligences, with a particular emphasis on the 15% Tier 2 and 3 children whose behaviour is hard to shift.

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  32. Heath, Suzanne

    Hawea Flat School

    Research current literature around leadership and teaching practices that are future focused. Visit schools where there is an emphasis on future-focused issues to see what this looks like in terms of teaching and learning, the learning environment, and student, parent, whānau and community engagement.

  33. Hedley, William

    Kapanui School

    Investigate how schools accelerate the rate of progress of target students in written language with a particular focus on boys and Māori students.

  34. Hepburn, Julie

    Red Beach School

    Identify effective leadership and explore the question: What prevents schools from reaching Tier 3?

  35. Hewlett, Shona

    Longford Intermediate

    Investigate the effectiveness of the process of student transition into/out of our school. Investigate the range of practices, sharing of information, and the involvement of whānau and families. Research effective transition models used in other areas.

  36. Hill, Gaylene

    Linden School

    Effectively engage in true partnership with our Māori whānau and students to enable our students to be highly engaged, successful, confident, proud and achieving as Māori.

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  37. Hornblow, Roger

    Pegasus Bay School

    Observe classrooms in a range of deciles and areas, talk with as many teachers, principals and experts as possible, widen my professional reading, and observe or research different initiatives.

  38. Horne, Susan

    Maungatapu School

    Investigate how leadership organisation and practices in dual-medium schools support improved outcomes for students and teachers.

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  39. Jenkin, Peter

    Wakaaranga School

    Research the theme of "BYOD and ILE – the myths and realities, what is or isn't working". Look at whether PD in the necessary pedagogies is being delivered or funded; whether the focus is more toward the acquisition of the latest IT tools, equipment or infrastructure, rather than improved learning outcomes; and how schools evaluate the impact of digital learning on student achievement.

  40. Jennings, Carmen

    Discovery School

    Research to better understand dyslexia and how best to identify and work with students who have dyslexia.

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  41. Kaa, Margaret

    Tuakau School

    Investigate successful transition to primary school. Visit schools, early childhood education providers and Kohanga Reo, and talk with family groups.

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  42. Kane, Anthony

    Hamilton North School

    Read material from leading researchers, organisations and advocates for purposeful activity, work and employment of students with intellectual disabilities after their time at school. Visit areas where rural-based employment situations have been established to accommodate people with disabilities. Develop a questionnaire to gather information on what families think is important for their adult child on leaving school. Reflect on and refine our school's transition programmes of study and work.

  43. Kemp, Rosemary

    Our Lady Sacred Heart School (Epsom)

    An investigation into how different schools bring their changing culture into school life and how can I use this information to influence and support our school’s changing culture.

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  44. Koberstein, Gerald

    Onerahi School

    Develop a strategic planning model that is concise, purposeful and genuinely drives what and who we are as a school – ensuring the key driver is better progress and outcomes for children and staff.

  45. Kofoed, Wendy

    Newmarket School

    Gain a better understanding of how school leaders utilise small, innovative inquiry as part of future-focused curriculum design.

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  46. Kumeroa, Melva

    TKKM o Ngati Ruanui

    Investigate effective technology practice to support students in Kura Kaupapa Māori who require specialist support and effective practice for te reo Māori through sign language.

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  47. Langford, David

    Awapuni School (Gisborne)

    Develop a greater understanding of the importance of traditional Pacific voyaging to indigenous people of Aotearoa in terms of identity and whakapapa. This to include historical facts, learning about the traditional narratives connected to the landscape features of Tairawhiti, the broader Pacific voyaging heritage and the possible opening up of other, as yet unknown, areas for inquiry such as the traditional navigation links to modern maritime navigation.

  48. Le Marquand, James

    Arohanui Special School

    Explore the use of musical pedagogy to engage students with a significant intellectual disability.

  49. Leonard, Bernadette

    St Joseph's School (Temuka)

    Research, inquire, observe and learn about best practice for increased student agency in learning.

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  50. Leverton, Andrew

    Geraldine Primary School

    Investigate how schools sustain their involvement in Positive Behaviour for Learning Schoolwide (PB4LSW) once their Ministry funding ends and they enter the sustainability phase of their development.

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  51. Lind, Graeme

    Greenpark School (Tauranga)

    Research based on the importance of physical activity in both physical and cognitive development.

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  52. Mahoney, Joanne

    Tuturumuri School

    Professional learning to improve my knowledge, skills and practice in utilising e-learning in daily teaching.

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  53. Marshall, Raewyn

    Mount Biggs School

    Research the belief that teaching kindness to young children and instilling a culture of kindness at schools will lead to a decrease in bullying.

  54. McCallum, Sandra

    Mt Cook School (Wellington)

    Inquiry-based project to investigate the ways that multicultural schools engage their communities and form strong partnerships in order to help support their children's learning to achieve high student outcomes.

  55. McCulloch, Karen

    Pukekawa School

    Investigate the modern teaching and learning pedagogy, practices, and physical aspects associated with innovative learning spaces, and explore how these can be implemented successfully into our school.

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  56. McDonald, Bruce

    Kenakena School

    Professional learning relating to the Te Reo Tuatahi programme and te reo Māori in the curriculum.

  57. McKernan, Craig

    St Francis Xavier Catholic School (Whangarei)

    Investigate what professional development (leadership) and support principals find to be effective in assisting them to lead successful schools.

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  58. McLean, Donal

    Fruitvale Road School

    Undertake professional readings, visit schools within the greater Auckland area as appropriate, and administer a survey across Auckland primary schools.

  59. Morrall, Andrew

    Rolleston School

    Learn more about Project-Based Learning (PBL) with older students, 12–13 years, with a view to incorporating it into the curriculum of our year 7 and 8 students.

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  60. Morresey, Lisa

    Mt Maunganui Intermediate

    Familiarise myself with PACT. Visit schools who have implemented PACT re process, development, and aggregation and analysis of school-wide data. Interview and observe individual teachers on how the PACT learning progression can be used to develop next learning steps and inform instructional teaching. Try it myself with a group of students in our school.

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  61. Nel, Judith

    Parkside School

    Investigate some UK special schools, along with some mainstream schools, which have been given the opportunity to become teaching schools, to explore the objectives of this enterprise and the positive impact on professional learning for pre-service teachers and in-service teachers.

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  62. Odgers, Megan

    Ravensbourne School

    Find ways that Ravensbourne School can become culturally responsive in a deeper and more meaningful way to enhance student achievement.

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  63. Ormrod, Juliet

    Central School

    Observe and evaluate the power of integrating the performing and visual arts in our school so that I can better support our expert teachers to affect positive and lasting change in our school curriculum.

  64. Otene, Leanne

    Manaia View School

    Research transition programmes between full primary and high schools in Whangarei.

  65. Palfrey, Philip

    Manurewa East School

    Investigate in New Zealand and abroad, the role of the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) in supporting a school's inclusive practices.

  66. Palmer, Margaret

    Waterlea Public School

    The use of coaching as a professional development model, building learner capacity in a sustainable way.

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  67. Patara, Elizabeth

    Clyde Quay School

    Identify a digital, collaborative innovation, design and implementation plan that will be integrated into the school's innovative learning environment.

  68. Pepper, Daniel

    St Dominic's Catholic School (Blockhouse Bay)

    Review the actions taken in our Community of Learning, Kāhui Ako, one year in, and the impact on our schools and their communities.

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  69. Peri, Diana

    Oranga School

    Further professional training in the GROWTH coaching for leadership model. Inquire into the potential of solutions-focused coaching to deepen collaborative teacher inquiry and a culture of autonomous collaborative inquiry. Identify next steps for the leadership of this project.

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  70. Pomare, Dianne

    TKKM o Nga Maungarongo

    See how other Kura Kaupapa Te Aho Matua have adapted the PB4L programme.

  71. Prchal, David

    Morningside School

    Investigate play-based learning programmes in early years' classrooms, focusing on: the opportunities to enhance learner agency; positive transitions for whānau and children from ECE to school; the impact on raising achievement for our priority learners, Māori students and boys; the changes needed in teacher pedagogy to implement this approach successfully; and how teachers are evaluating the success of the play-based approach to learning.

  72. Rivers, Catherine

    St Mark's School (Pakuranga)

    Research two age groups of Māori to find out what factors they think have made, or are making, them successful. The first group I would like to interview is a group of 30 to 45 year olds who went through the education system before MOE/ERO made Māori their priority learners. I would like to compare this group with groups of students, year 5 through to tertiary education, on what the factors they think are making a difference to their education.

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  73. Roberts, Gary

    Hornby Primary School

    Observe children and speak with families and teachers in five Pasifika early childhood centres in Christchurch, four Samoan and one Tongan, to make connections with early childhood learning and experiences so our school can be better placed to meet the needs of children and families when they arrive at primary school. 

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  74. Robertson, Dane

    Kaimai School

    Investigate schools that are implementing play-based learning. Establish best practice play-based learning and cater for students' schemas and urges to help develop student learning.

    View Dane's findings on his site play-based learning

  75. Rutherford, Raewyn

    Egmont Village School

    Observe Te Whariki in action and establish strong working relationships with the early childhood services our students attend, and a good line of communication, so we can best support a good transition to school. Investigate what is done in ECE to focus on readiness for school.

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  76. Schreiber, Norah

    James Street School

    Gain an understanding of what accelerated learning looks like for students with high and complex needs, and how progress is reported to parents and whānau.

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  77. Scott, Kim

    Wyndham School

    Attend a Leading a Digital School conference in Melbourne and spend time with a successful school cluster, Manaaiakalani, to gain the future focused knowledge I need to enhance my vision for a digital school and build my leadership depth in this area for my school and then my wider community (through our LMW CoL).

  78. Simpson, Pauline

    Rosebank School (Balclutha)

    Review the factors contributing to mathematical engagement and success in school students in New Zealand and other countries. Visit schools in high performing maths countries such as China, Japan, and Switzerland to explore first hand practices that lead to successful maths learning and compare this to the New Zealand situation. Submit a plan for mathematics improvement that could be used in the South Otago Community of Learning schools.

  79. Stackhouse, John

    Redwood School (Christchurch)

    Investigate teaching and learning for priority students in a collaborative learning environment, with an emphasis on special education needs.

  80. Sutton, Pauline

    Uruti School

    Develop learner agency across multi levels in a flexible learning environment.

  81. Tappenden, Philip

    Kirkwood Intermediate

    Explore how modern learning environments link with pedagogy for successful teaching and learning of students in the middle years.

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  82. Taylor, Melanie

    Golden Sands School

    Research effective collaboration, leading in collaborative environments, and the leadership training that might benefit lead principals.

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  83. Tonks, Selena

    Grovetown School

    Research how small schools, U1 and U2, develop, sustain and improve leadership capabilities of pupils and staff.

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  84. Trezise, Alfred

    Botany Downs School

    Study the transition to and from primary school.

  85. Turrel, James

    Limehills School

    Collect data to support or challenge our intuitively held beliefs about the strengths and weaknesses of our school's curriculum design.

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  86. Van Zyl, Timothy

    Te Awa School

    Investigate the implementation of successful anti-bullying programmes or teaching strategies that have a direct impact on the culture of the school. Form partnerships with schools in both the UK and Finland that have successfully implemented the KiVa anti-bullying programme in their schools.

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  87. Varney, Helen

    Target Road School

    Learn how to grow our schools' capacity in culturally responsive teaching practices and pedagogies to support acceleration of learning for priority and target learners.

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  88. Verstappen, Peter

    Wakefield School

    Investigate how social action outcomes can be an effective component of an inquiry curriculum.

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  89. Waldron, Debra

    St Peter Chanel School (Green Island)

    Read and critique current research on effective appraisal, in particular the impact of teacher inquiry and 4 minute walk-throughs in my setting. Use professional development providers or facilitators and colleagues to critique, challenge and help me improve my professional practice. Undertake a principal inquiry around improving achievement through effective inquiry into practice.

  90. Walsh, Cindy

    Takapuna School

    Investigate the implementation of educational coaching and the outcomes experienced in schools in New Zealand and overseas.

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  91. Warren, Bruce

    Mairangi Bay School

    Investigate the effective use of the latest voice recognition software in educational contexts.

  92. Warren, Virginia

    St Albans School

    Investigate how to shape an appraisal model that promotes teachers' self-efficacy while also fulfilling the requirements of the Education Council – one that includes the natural harvest of everyday evidence and focuses on all akonga.

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  93. White, Timothy

    Frimley School

    Identify innovative approaches taken by Kāhui Ako to address achievement challenges for priority learners – in particular, those that would be difficult to implement as a single school – and foundational structures or organisational scaffolds that have helped the developing Kāhui Ako to work constructively together.

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  94. Whiting, Michele

    Corinna School

    Leading in a complex world – understanding the “why”. Explore thinking about leadership to support transformational change to meet students’ needs as 21st Century learners.

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  95. Woods, Tracey

    Manunui School

    Investigate how our school can improve children's readiness for school by improving the TeRito 4-year old programme. Create a free resource for all parents and caregivers of the children who attend Manunui School's TeRito 4-year old programme.

  96. Wootton, William

    Adventure School

    Investigate the development of student and teacher agency.

  97. Zimmerman, Karl

    St Anne's School (Wanganui)

    Investigate strategies and pedagogies that assist to personalise learning through an inquiry approach for priority learners and children with diverse educational needs.

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