Primary award recipients 2010

  1. Ashmore-Smith, Mark

    Ouruhia Model School

    To ensure that our school is aware of possible pressures, pitfalls and new opportunities faced by schools with growing rolls, and explore various ways of using a teaching principal's strenghts as the school grows; to explore the most effective use of a principal's time in small schools with growing rolls.

  2. Bain, Delwyn

    Maeroa Intermediate School

    To select suitable texts, list and categorise them to enable Year 7 and 8 teachers to use these to support the exploration and teaching of virtues and Key Competencies.

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  3. Batten, Neil

    Takaka Primary School

    How can creative capabilities be developed in primary school?

    Download: Full report (PDF 606 kB)

  4. Bayly, Brian

    Macleans Primary School

    To observe and explore the development of children's thinking competencies within authentic learning programmes.

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  5. Biggs, Anne-Marie

    Glendowie School

    To look at early intervention in helping children with dyslexia.

    Download: Full report (PDF 173 kB)

  6. Bishop, Beverley

    South City Christian School

    To investigate restorative practices in primary schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 108 kB)

  7. Bonallack, Louellen

    Ngati Toa School

    Research into effective and useful principal appraisal, and what is seen to be best practice with particular regard to NZ context.

    Download: Full report (PDF 129 kB)

  8. Braun, Pieter

    Redwood School (Tawa)

    Leadership in education beyond the school: how do school leaders contribute to the wider education sector and how does this impact on their own school and their role as principal.

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  9. Broodryk, Jaco

    Whakarongo School

    To carry out a detailed evaluation of literature to develop a greater capacity to provide leadership in the field of 21st century learning environments. Focus on exploring the nature of learning in the 21st century and the realtionship between physical school environments and teaching and learning.

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  10. Bull, Allan

    Hamilton East School

    To research successful ways of delivering the revised New Zealand curriculum, through inclusive practice ideas to raise achievement and the connection with the philosophy of Ka Hikitia.

  11. Burton, Michael

    St Joseph's School (Nelson)

    To investigate current practices related to teacher aide appraisal and develop an authentic and relevant method of appraisal which increases teacher aide capacity, is developmental in nature and raises student achievement in my school.

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  12. Caddie, Gordon

    Waltham School

    To carry out an inquiry into accelerating literacy acquisition during the first year at primary school.

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  13. Cayford, Terry

    Te Anau School

    To examine models of best appraisal practice that are in place in schools of similar size and how management teams undertake the appraisal process.

  14. Clark, Barrie

    St Peter's School (Beckenham)

    To gather information on best practice in years 7/8 education to better inform the school's efforts to develop and provide quality learning experiences for its senior students.

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  15. Clark, Graeme

    Postgate School

    To investigate how schools are sustaining ICT following involvement in a three-year ICT contract.

    Download: Full report (PDF 188 kB)

  16. Conrad, Patricia

    Mansell Senior School

    To investigate transition programmes across Auckland for Year 6 students moving to intermediate school and for Year 8 students moving to secondary school.

    Download: Full report (PDF 140 kB)

  17. de Beurs, Leo

    Pukeoware School

    Looking at models of effective leadership enhancing learning, management and governance, monitoring effectiveness in schools.

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  18. Debney, Michael

    South Wellington Intermediate

    What strategies do teachers use that they believe are most effective in modifying student behaviour (punishments and rewards)?

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  19. Dibben, Christopher

    Tawhero School

    To research the innovative interventions/programmes that are implemented in Decile 1 & 2 primary schools that contribute to increasing student engagement and/or improving student achievement and outcomes.

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  20. Doherty, Margaret

    Hobsonville School

    To compare opportunities for Y7/8 students and survey parents to find out how they make their choice of school for this age level; examine technology programmes and the management of these at Year 7/8.

    Download: Full report (PDF 193 kB)

  21. Dorman, John

    St Paul's School (Richmond)

    Refreshment; to go to Australia on an organised Apple tour to look at their digital environment and to take part in the Renaissance Education bus tour in NZ.

    Download: Full report (PDF 65 kB)

  22. Duncan, Jacqui

    Cashmere Primary School

    Critical school-wide self review. (Note: there are two documents to download).

    Download: Full report (PDF 218 kB)

  23. Eccles, Barrie

    Milson School

    To investigate and explore current effective pedagogy in the use of e-learning and ICT that enhances pupil learning.

    Download: Full report (PDF 205 kB)

  24. Edmonds, Simon

    Gracefield School

    How can schools effectively reduce bullying?

    Download: Full report (PDF 133 kB)

  25. Exon, Janet

    Remuera Intermediate School

    To look at and reflect on senior management teams, their structures, and how principals are preparing deputies for principalship.

    Download: Full report (PDF 145 kB)

  26. Fletcher, Ian

    Pillans Point School

    Child-centred learning.

    Download: Full report (PDF 160 kB)

  27. Franklin, Vaughan

    Te Rapa School

    To research and analyse classroom building design characteristics in a variety of New Zealand schools where best practice can be enhanced through possible links to modern school architectural classroom design.

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  28. Gabriel, Wendy

    Sonrise Christian School

    To investigate how principals as the lead learners in their schools, provide effective staff professional development to improve teaching and learning in their schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 71 kB)

  29. Gameson, Martyn

    Hororata School

    Effective school governance.

    Download: Full report (PDF 126 kB)

  30. Gordon, Penelope

    Ormond School

    To explore and develop simple science activity programmes, which are user friendly, hands-on, boy friendly and which encourage and maintain a love of science, especially in the junior school

  31. Gordon, Philip

    Ormond School

    To explore and develop simple science activity programmes, which are user friendly, hand-on, boy friendly and which encourage and maintain a love of science, especially in the junior school.

  32. Goulstone, John

    Broad Bay School

    To investigate innovative approaches in primary schools to teaching and learning especially in small schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 118 kB)

  33. Greenstreet, Paul

    Coatesville School

    To examine the key elements of positive relationships between principal and staff in primary schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 163 kB)

  34. Hardcastle, Shirley

    Devonport School

    To investigate listening programmes currently in used in primary schools and ascertain which are effective in increasing listening skills so that we can implement these listening programmes at Devonport School.

    Download: Full report (PDF 183 kB)

  35. Harris, Robin

    Arrowtown School

    To identify the most effective means for encouraging teachers to use ICT in their classroom programmes.

    Download: Full report (PDF 172 kB)

  36. Harrop, Brian

    David Street School

    To investigate what student self-assessment and reporting practices schools currently use in numeracy and literacy that align with the intent of the NZ Curriculum and provide a sound platform for implementation of the National Standards.

  37. Heath, Sue

    Hawea Flat School

    To investigate whether the application of restorative justice principles in primary schools is an effective way to help children manage their own behaviour.

    Download: Full report (PDF 190 kB)

  38. Hewetson, Sandra

    Western Heights School (Auckland)

    Action research project on transitioning five-year-olds into the context of a primary school.

    Download: Full report (PDF 112 kB)

  39. Howe, Tony

    Opotiki School

    To investigate what is being done to help lift the achievement of minoritised students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 176 kB)

  40. Johnson, Jon

    Karaka School

    To investigate innovative programmes and practices that support student achievement in schools with particular emphasis on Years 6 to 8 students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 221 kB)

  41. Johnson, Mike

    Puketapu School (New Plymouth)

    To gather information on how schools cater for the special needs of boys in their classroom programme, outside the classroom activities and in their recreation. To look at behaviour management schemes that improve/strengthen the behaviour of boys in the classroom and outside the classroom.

    Download: Full report (PDF 248 kB)

  42. Jury, Barry

    Waimate Centennial School

    To explore further the extent, type and effectiveness of physical activity in schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 72 kB)

  43. Kennedy, Ross

    College Street Normal School

    To use findings from my research to further develop the school's efficacy in maximising the benefits of teacher professional development experiences, particularly in relation to pupil learning outcomes.

  44. Kennedy, Stasia

    St Joseph's School (Levin)

    To work with Dr Ken Merrel (Director of the Oregon Resiliency Project, University of Oregon) in order to gain a deeper understanding of his work on resiliency and use this to reflect on the St Joseph's resiliency programme.

  45. Kingston, Paul

    Papanui School

    The implementation of Key Competencies into primary school programmes and the reporting of progress/achievement of children in the Key Competencies.

    Download: Full report (PDF 186 kB)

  46. Leggett, Diane

    Karori Normal School

    To explore the sustainability of our EHSAS Normal Schools' Cluster to further enhance quality teaching and learning in our schools through collective professional development.

  47. Lendrem, Bruce

    Paengaroa School

    To inquire into "creativity" in the New Zealand primary school curriculum.

    Download: Full report (PDF 372 kB)

  48. Lynch, Deborah

    Maromaku School

    To study to complete a teaching degree to help retain my position in a rural school, improve my knowledge, skills and practice through engagement in professional learning and enchance my enthusiasm for leadership.

  49. Mackay, Kevin

    Greytown School

    To further investigate the use of 1:1 laptops to increase engagement in learning, enhance learning opportunities, provide learning opportunities for under-achievers, provide enchanced learning opportunities for gifted and talented children.

    Download: Full report (PDF 133 kB)

  50. Maddren, Rex

    Leabank School

    Investigate uniting the various principal associations in South Auckland in order to better represent the issues unique to the area.

  51. Mailman, Frazer

    Masterton Intermediate School

    The impact of 1:1 learning on student engagement, achievement and the teaching and learning environment.

    Download: Full report (PDF 88 kB)

  52. Mangan, Anthony

    Glenview School (Hamilton)

    Examine effective models of ongoing professional learning and development related to the use of interactive whiteboards (IWB) in the classroom; the use of IWB as a teaching tool in primary schools to engage and motivate children to improve student outcomes inline with sound teaching practice.

  53. Marino, Carolyn

    Westmere School (Auckland)

    Growing leaders in our schools.

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  54. McCallum, Sandra

    Mt Cook School (Wellington)

    To explore and implement a model based on the psychology of professional conversation and the impact of this approach to student learning.

  55. McDonald, Jenny

    Elmgrove School

    To investigate the best ways I can lead and support the development of leadership within my school and also within my group of principals.

  56. McGlone, Elizabeth

    Oromahoe School

    To explore the use of Web2.0 technologies and other ICT tools to support guided inquiry and collaborative learning experiences in our school community; to learn to use these tools myself and increase my pedagogical skills in facilitating students higher order thinking through Web 2.0; to investigate strategies for engaging the school community in guided inquiry initiatives.

    Download: Full report (PDF 132 kB)

  57. McKenzie, John

    North East Valley Normal School

    Schools, families and communities: where to for school leaders in the age of the super city?

    Download: Full report (PDF 167 kB)

  58. McLachlan, Bruce

    Swanson School

    Professional development in literacy - a focus on the learner.

    Download: Full report (PDF 120 kB)

  59. McLeod, Ross

    Twyford School

    To investigate successes of formative leadership practice and in particular what coaching and mentoring strategies are being effectively implemented in schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 155 kB)

  60. McNicol, Jenny

    Tauranga School

    To explore and investigate what is currently happening and what is successful as far as formative leadership practice and formative teaching practice is concerned, locally, centrally and overseas.

    Download: Full report (PDF 118 kB)

  61. Mercer, Greig

    Adventure School

    To investigate and develop professional learning and development (PLD) options for Adventure School.

    Download: Full report (PDF 244 kB)

  62. Mooney, Tim

    St Joseph's School (Hastings)

    To attend a restorative practices conference and visit schools in Melbourne that have successfully trialled then implemented Margaret Thorsborne's restorative practice model into the Catholic culture of their schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 225 kB)

  63. Moore, Maureen

    St Bernadette's School (Hornby)

    To investigate the level of confidence teachers have in teaching the sexuality component of the New Zealand curriculum.

  64. Morrison, Margaret

    Dargaville Intermediate School

    To investigate various ways to engage students in their learning and also to establish methods for student voice to be heard within their learning.

  65. Nicoll, Judith

    Makauri School

    Review and development of assessment practice towards reporting student achievement against the National Standards.

    Download: Full report (PDF 122 kB)

  66. Otene, Leanne

    Manaia View School

    To investigate media technology environments and programmes in other primary schools within New Zealand.

  67. Paton, Richard

    Chisnallwood Intermediate School

    To investigate the relationship between innovative building programmes and enhanced learning opportunities for students in the middle years.

  68. Patterson, Michelle

    Rukuhia School

    To investigate the changing face of parent, caregiver and community relationships in rural schools in New Zealand.

  69. Payne, Kevin

    Cloverlea School

    To investigate how schools are implementing the revised New Zealand curriculum with an emphasis on the future focus dimension of the principles, and e-learning.

    Download: Full report (PDF 105 kB)

  70. Pilcher, Carol

    St Teresa's School (Featherston)

    Inclusive learning education.

    Download: Full report (PDF 494 kB)

  71. Pointon, Peter

    Seatoun School

    What opportunities are school leaders providing to grow and sustain leadership in their schools; and how effective are they?

    Download: Full report (PDF 283 kB)

  72. Pond, Allan

    Marton Junction School

    Investigation of practices used in performance appraisal of support staff in primary schools.

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  73. Potter, Mark

    Berhampore School

    To explore the effect of Montessori methodology on engagement with education and learning outcomes for the indigenous community of Australia.

  74. Priddy, Stuart

    Loburn School

    Undertake research into student achievement reporting to boards by principals, specifically annual target reporting.

    Download: Full report (PDF 117 kB)

  75. Richmond, Tracy

    Omaku School

    To investigate the use of digital portfolios as a means of recording and reporting student achievement in primary school settings.

    Download: Full report (PDF 209 kB)

  76. Ross, Peter

    Wakefield School

    To gain a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics of successful school leaders in primary and secondary schools in different socio economic circumstances across 14 different countries.

  77. Schreiber, Norah

    James Street School

    To investigate how schools develop effective home school partnerships in low decile schools in a variety of settings around New Zealand and to identify strategies with moderate to high success.

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  78. Shearer, Jeanette

    Isleworth School

    To investigate how schools in the UK have balanced the requirements of national standards with the delivery of an innovative, student lead inquiry based curriculum.

    Download: Full report (PDF 73 kB)

  79. Shennan, Mike

    Mt Maunganui School

    To investigate and summarise for colleagues and BOTS effective methodology and formats used by school leadership teams to effectively report analysed achievement data to BOTs and school communities and to review and report on quality formats being used and/or adapted to achieve the intent of the Government's commitment for schools to provide plain-language reports to parents on progress and achievement.

  80. Simpson, Anthony

    Phillipstown School

    To explore the contention that children "are powerfully shaped by the external environment".

  81. Small, Juliet

    Sunny Hills School

    High performance cycles: what structures and processes do schools adopt to promote continuous learning? How do schools use learning walks and other processes to improve teacher capability?

    Download: Full report (PDF 125 kB)

  82. Smith, Debbie

    Tauriko School

    To collate and provide evidence and successful examples of strategies primary schools are using and can use to improve the readiness to school of new entrant children and their successes within the first year of schooling.

  83. Smith, John

    Kamo Intermediate School

    To explore the reality of what it is that keeps the principal buoyant with energy to inspire the team to maintain and grow the school culture.

  84. Smith, Zita

    St Theresa's School (Plimmerton)

    To explore creative writing programmes for children with a particular focus on gifted and talented students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 135 kB)

  85. Sullivan, Graeme

    Waterloo School

    To research in depth the components, concepts and implications of "managed learning environments" in schools with particular emphasis on the relationship and impact these have through e-learning.

  86. Sutton, Bill

    Thorndon School

    To examine what schools understand by creativity, what they are doing to promote its development and to look at what the international education community thinks.

  87. Taylor, Andrew

    Colwill School

    Professional refreshment; to investigate how other principals and teachers have been able to move successfully through and into the full "recovery stage" after a statutory intervention.

  88. Taylor, Janice

    St Bernadette's School (Forbury)

    Understanding the key competencies at the pre-school to school transition stage.

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  89. Tennent, David

    St Mary's School (Papakura)

    Leading school improvement through mentoring of strong middle management - lessons from schools in New Zealand and the UK.

    Download: Full report (PDF 113 kB)

  90. Thompson, Andrew

    St Joseph's School (Onehunga)

    To investigate what factors in home-school partnership programmes demonstrably affect student achievement and to investigate benefits of parental involvement in a child's education.

  91. Turley, Bill

    Sacred Heart School (Thorndon)

    To investigate how other similar schools use their city environment to enhance learning.

    Download: Full report (PDF 48 kB)

  92. Tyson, Ross

    Cambridge Middle School

    To investigate the emergence of GATE PODs as pathways for learning within our Years7-10 GATE communities.

    Download: Full report (PDF 112 kB)

  93. Underdown, Nancy

    David Henry School

    To investigate how newly appointed but experienced principals establish their role in a new environment.

    Download: Full report (PDF 110 kB)

  94. Vermeulen, Janice

    Weymouth School

    The impact of policy making on the governance and management in the leadership of a New Zealand primary school.

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  95. Ward, Lynley

    Makarora Primary School

    To look at how Makarora school can improve to better meet the needs of its students, especially those identified as Māori.

    Download: Full report (PDF 526 kB)

  96. Whitworth, Graeme

    Mosston School

    To establish a link between AtoL Inquiry learning that enhances empowerment and engagement in learning by students. To view the Lexile reading programme in action and how it impacts on students' learning.

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  97. Windsor, Bu

    Aoraki Mount Cook School

    To support my professional learning in the areas of: leading and managing change and developing others.

    Download: Full report (PDF 337 kB)

  98. Woollard, Alison

    Carterton School

    To investigate the potential role students can have in the development of our school as a "positive learning culture which will produce students who are enthusiastic, contributing members of society."

    Download: Full report (PDF 142 kB)

  99. Wright, Paul

    Clayton Park School

    Overcoming under achievement: a review of longitudinal development of strategies to identify and combat the summer drop in literacy at Clayton Park School.

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