Primary award recipients 2014

  1. Allomes, Susan

    Terrace End School

    Investigate if "Daily Five" and "Cafe" reading has the potential to support diversity, connectedness and coherence in a New Zealand integrated curriculum and improve learning outcomes for all but especially Maori, Pasifika and Non-English language speakers.

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  2. Anderson, Garry

    The Terrace School (Alexandra)

    Focus on mentoring and supporting teacher trainees, associate teachers, and postgraduate teaching support using the school's work with Iowa State University USA Teacher Education Services.

  3. Andrew, Nolian

    Wainui Beach School

    Develop a fundamental movement skills programme that involves simple, but necessary movement skills required to develop core strength.

    Download: Full report (PDF 402 kB)

  4. Barker, Paul

    Kaeo School

    To visit similar schools (low decile, largely Māori, rural) and to read, reflect upon, and investigate methods and strategies that are used in other schools that lead to success in mathematics.

    Download: Full report (PDF 92 kB)

  5. Barnett, Peter

    Parkland School (P North)

    To enquire into the development and use of e-portfolios at the primary school level and the impact of these as tools to enhance learning and parent/teacher/student partnerships.

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  6. Booth, Marianne

    St Francis Catholic School (Pt Chevalier)

    Investigate the implementation of Māori and Pasifika in the teaching and learning of literacy, across the New Zealand science curriculum.

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  7. Boxen, Willem

    Ponsonby Intermediate

    Strengthen the schools' use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching and in particular 'best practice' of, and protocols surrounding the implementation and use of "Bring Your Own Device" strategies.

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  8. Brenton, Timothy

    Richmond School (Nelson)

    To investigate effective governance and management practices in schools.

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  9. Bridgman, Alister

    St Mary's School (Blenheim)

    To attend a 7-day intensive study course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education entitled 'Leadership: An Evolving Vision'- which is aimed at experienced school principals responsible for thinking strategically about their schools. The purpose of attending the course is to strengthen my leadership and management skills and revitalise my personal vision of leadership, and to learn new methods for improving individual, group and organisational performance.

  10. Brooks, Wendy

    Cromwell Primary School

    Investigate whether the current trend of online professional learning for teachers is having a positive impact on their teaching practice and making a difference for students' learning and achievement.

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  11. Brown, David

    Westburn School

    Examine the characteristics of a team inquiry approach to professional learning, how that is demonstrated in schools, and how it impacts on student achievement and school improvement.

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  12. Brown, Parekura

    Muriwai School

    Creating user friendly educational resources from Ngai Tamanuhiri Waitangi tribunal claim historical archives.

  13. Bruce, Jeffrey

    Jean Batten School

    To study how the school library can be developed into a multimedia learning hub in order to further facilitate student research.

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  14. Bullôt, Carmel

    St Patrick's School (Panmure)

    To investigate how student led conferences support and enhance student achievement, student engagement, and parental/whānau engagement in student learning.

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  15. Campbell, Bevan

    Waikanae School

    To investigate and reflect on the theory and practices and gather innovative ideas in the fields of leadership theory, school improvement and effectiveness, and systems thinking with eye to developing effective and innovative practices to enhance learning and raise student achievement; to improve professional knowledge and practice by engaging with other leaders.

  16. Chalmers, Cathryn

    Greenmeadows Intermediate

    Investigate how to build a caring, safe, respectful, and inclusive environment in which learning can flourish. Research how aspects of the Emilio Reggia principles of learning could support the achievement of this in an intermediate environment.

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  17. Christophers, Moya

    St Joseph's School (Waitara)

    To visit with schools to interview and collect information of successful practice around teacher inquiry in lifting Māori learning.

  18. Cleaver, Kay

    Bankwood School

    Explore the question "How do we continue to grow a culture that focuses on enhancing teaching and learning and where there is an expectation that all students will experience success."

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  19. Cooper, Gavin

    Ashburton Intermediate

    Investigate the integration of technology/specialist staff into a school-wide inquiry based learning strategy.

  20. Crawford, Clare

    Kahutara School

    Develop and grow the leadership qualities and potential in U1 and U2 staff teams, through purposeful, empowering learning conversations.

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  21. Crofskey, Jennifer

    Welbourn School

    To investigate pathways to promote student engagement, progress, and achievement of gifted and talented students.

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  22. Crowley, Elizabeth

    St Mary's School (Hastings)

    Investigate coaching as a development and improvement model for the creation of an effective school, with a focus on teacher learning and growth.

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  23. Culhane, Jane

    Waimataitai School

    Investigate how schools could manage the development of digital citizenship across a child's time at school, as a key competency, and in the growing context of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

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  24. Dibben, Christopher

    Tawhero School

    To investigate how lower decile schools from lower socio-economic areas in the United Kingdom actively engage their learners and community into learning which will contribute to improving and raising student achievement.

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  25. Drummond, Paul

    Tahunanui School

    Investigate the purpose, function, and place of professional supervision in the education sector.

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  26. Elliott, Albert

    Mimi School

    Research school transitions, specifically Year 6 to intermediate and full primary Year 8 to secondary school.

  27. Epp, Deborah

    Mokoia Intermediate

    Investigate meaningful and effective distributed leadership for the professional growth of teachers with consequent improved long term learning outcomes for students and, the ways outside organisations and whānau might contribute to these, particularly in science and associated mathematics and writing.

  28. Ferris, Myles

    Te Kura o Otangarei

    Identify the effects of programmes within decile 1 and 2 schools that look to overcome the barriers to learning that students living in poverty face.

  29. Fraser, Linda

    West Gore School

    To investigate the identification of and provision for gifted students, with a particular focus on Māori giftedness.

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  30. Fraser, Neil

    Leithfield School

    Investigate how smaller rural South Island schools can better cater for and recognise Māori students when they are already keeping par with their peers academically.

  31. Friar, Phillip

    Papamoa School

    To research current leadership theory and investigate practise toward improving skills to lead staff, grow leadership in others and extend learning and teaching opportunities that will accelerate learning outcomes for all students in today's highly demanding and changing educational environment.

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  32. Gallagher, Shayne

    Highfield School

    To further develop the schools' approach to supporting students with developing their ability to self regulate behaviour thereby increasing school engagement and lifting student achievement.

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  33. Gibson, Charles

    Lepperton School

    To investigate modern learning environments and the impact they are having on student learning and achievement.

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  34. Green, Louise

    Khandallah School

    Investigate how leaders personalise professional learning for teachers and how they know learning has been successful.

  35. Grey, Tony

    Te Kowhai School

    To explore how effective e-learning schools are successfully utilising and implementing and Ministry's e-learning planning framework; to investigate the effective use of mobile technologies in modern learning environments to enhance the engagement and achievement of students, including priority groups of special needs learners and Maori students.

  36. Griffiths, Colin

    Okiwi School

    Research the current knowledge of brain development and how we learn, then investigate the implications of this for classroom practice and the learning programmes provided.

  37. Grundy, Paul

    Lucknow School

    Review teaching and leadership strategies proven to enhance accelerated progress for priority learners in literacy.  In particular the success and sustainability of accelerated literacy learning initiatives in school settings and how these can be further developed.

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  38. Hainsworth, Libby

    St Brendan's School (Heretaunga)

    Investigate the exploration of leadership behaviours that best enable New Zealand teachers to inquire into the impact of their actions on the teaching and learning relationship.

  39. Hamill, Maria

    Ngaruawahia School

    Explore the theories and practice of schools' which are effectively utilising technologies to benefit students.

  40. Harrison, Michael

    Motueka South School

    Investigate modern flexible learning environments, including learning technologies and how they enhance 21st century teaching and learning pedagogy.

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  41. Hastie, Ian

    Avalon Intermediate

    Find successful strategies in which to engage with Pasifika communities and families in intermediate schools in the belief that successful engagement and consultation with families alongside quality teaching will improve and accelerate student learning.

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  42. Heath, Trudy-Anne

    Addington School

    Investigate student achievement in low decile schools.

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  43. Hockley, Sonya

    Auckland Point School

    Research the affects of continuing the early years curriculum for the first year of primary schooling on student achievement outcomes in literacy after two years of school in England, versus instructional teaching in reading and writing in the first year of school in New Zealand.

  44. Hull, Christine

    View Road School

    Investigate ways of developing effective and culturally appropriate consultation models that work at engaging Pasifika fono and improving educational outcomes for students, and effective strategies for improving the attendence and engagement of Pasifika students in a small but growing Pasifika community.

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  45. Jackson, Jennifer

    St Joseph's School (Oamaru)

    Inquire into a successful, evidence-based secondary school model for engaging schools.  Reflect, adapt and develop a best practice primary school model for deep engagement in learning for success.

    Jenny Jackson recommends that readers of her report view this video first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSOriel49Lk

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  46. Johnson, Julia and Mark

    Reignier Catholic College and Greenmeadows School

    To develop leadership practice in coaching and mentoring teachers in order to raise student achievement.

    Download: Full report (PDF 169 kB)

  47. Johnston, Sonia

    Roscommon School

    Investigate how schools who have been involved in the Grad Dip TESSOL and the ASBEC 2013 Cluster professional development have used these opportunities to develop their school's leadership capability to meet the needs of Pasifika learners and their families in their own context.

  48. Kazakos-Tomczyk, Noula

    Cobden School

    To investigate whether a strategic leadership approach that increases whānau engagement in education accelerate student learning for priority students.

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  49. Keen, Sharon

    Casebrook Intermediate

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

  50. Kennington, Janice

    Wilson School

    To visit a number of educational and medical facilities in New Zealand and in the UK which provide for the learning needs of students who have significant disabilities of an intellectual, physical, and/or health nature.

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  51. Livingstone, Sharon

    Otatara School

    Re-igniting fires: enhancing literacy learning by fostering imagination and creativity with Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy and practices.

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  52. Lye, Anne

    Churton Park School

    Explore what the key components of effective appraisal are, which promote teacher ownership and engagement and lead to growth as a professional.

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  53. MacMillan, David

    St Mary's Catholic School (Rotorua)

    Inquire into how and why e-portfolios are being used in schools.

  54. Maniapoto, Lisa

    Whangara School

    Develop a teacher inquiry based on accelerated learning practices and programmes within the school and local schools in the area.  By investigating and comparing different programmes of accelerated learning in student achievement with a particular focus on Māori achievement.

  55. Marsh, Sharon

    Westport North School

    To investigate models of second language learning used in Level 2 bilingual classrooms in English medium settings, and to investigate what methodology there is behind the pedagogical choice made.

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  56. Martin, Doreen

    Riverina School

    To investigate the key factors which currently influence the type of sports opportunities being provided to primary aged students in our district.

  57. Mayow, Linda

    Glen Eden School

    Investigate successful oral language programmes in the junior departments of low decile, multi-cultural schools with a predominance of Māori and Pasifika students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 135 kB)

  58. McCallum, Mark

    Awahou School

    To investigate the role that an effective inquiry curriculum with a focus on relevancy and student voice can contribute to improved student achievement levels in relation to National Standards.

  59. McDonald, Murray

    Aberdeen School

    To look at systems and leadership in ICT in a variety of Queensland schools.

  60. McKay, Deanna

    Okoia School

    Research and explore effective professional development systems in small schools in particular relating to sustaining professional development through changes in teaching staff.

  61. McMurray, Karen

    Randwick Park School

    Inquire into various options for delivering technology to Year 7-8 students on site. Gain greater understanding of the process other schools from different socio-economic areas went through in managing this.

    Download: Full report (PDF 55 kB)

  62. Mirams, Sarah

    East Tamaki School

    To investigate how the concept of the professional learning community could be applied to Pasifika parent involvement in my school community, with the aim of improving achievement outcomes for students particularly in literacy and numeracy.

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  63. Mitchener, Peter

    Stoke School

    To study the impact of social agencies within schools to determine a possible model and approach for Stoke School.

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  64. Mokai, Michael

    St Columba's Catholic School (Frankton)

    Investigate and research how Positive Behaviour for Learning schools and schools using Restorative Practices are collecting, collating and analysing data on student behaviour to support learning for all students and especially priority learners.

  65. Munro, Charmaine

    Sunnyvale School

    To investigate the impact of Mandarin teaching and learning throughout schools in West Auckland; to use the information gathered to explore the possibility of introducing an Asian language class to Sunnyvale School.

    Download: Full report (PDF 186 kB)

  66. Nelson, Frances

    Fairburn School

    Investigate the place and use of educative mentoring and coaching within performance management processes in primary schools. To identify the way in which these components impact on the growth and development of teacher pedagogical practice leading to increased student achievement. 

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  67. Newlands, Bernadette

    Macandrew Bay School

    To follow up on the evidence from Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study about the difference that good self control skills make to the long term lives of children, and the impact these skills have on their health, relationships, career prospects, and future well being; to work out practical ideas to build children's capacity for self control and enhance their skills in this area.

  68. Noble-Campbell, Anthony

    Mangere East School

    Focus on the concept of accelerated progress for Māori and Pasifika students who are below the National Standards.

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  69. Nott, David

    Mayfield School (Blenheim)

    To attend a seven-day intensive study course at the Harvard Graduate School oif Education entitled "Leadership: An Evolving Vision", aimed at experienced school principals responsible for thinking strategically about their schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 587 kB)

  70. O'Sullivan, Amanda

    Greymouth Main School

    Visit under-5 schools and schools which have established bilingual classes working at either Level 1 or 2 and have implemented Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, to observe their management systems, appraisal procedures, self-review and reporting to school communities.

    Download: Full report (PDF 115 kB)

  71. O'Sullivan, Doreen

    St Anne's School (Newtown)

    To further develop knowledge of the minority cultures at St Anne's School; to empower community facilitators to foster whanau engagement; to actively seek out examples of best practice for working with African, Indian and Filipino communities.

  72. Opie, Geoffrey

    Otumoetai School

    Main purpose is to improve my knowledge of best practice in relation to working with and managing children who present with severely challenging behaviours. 

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  73. Quarless, Gary

    Goldfields School (Paeroa)

    Investigate how schools are developing Total Communication environments (sign language, symbolic/pictorial means of communication, Objects of Reference and te Reo) and practices to better engage students who have special needs with a focus on how staff incorporate these practices into their differentiated and personalised learning programmes; learning environments and whole school culture.

  74. Raynes, Diane

    Bayview School

    Investigate how e-learning can support and motivate reluctant and underachieving students, particularly in literacy and numeracy.

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  75. Read, Hayley

    Whangarei Intermediate

    To complete a small research project that includes collating and analysing information from interviewing schools who are also taking part of a Professional Learning Development Te Reo maori Contract in order to improve the teaching and learning programmes to improve the Maori achievement at Whangarei Intermediate School.

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  76. Reardon, David; Peck, Debra; Huddleston, Lynne

    Russell Street School, Riverdale School (P North), Pahiatua School

    Inquire into the critical factors required for all students to successfully and extensively manage/lead their own learning, and research how this approach could facilitate accelerated learning in priority learners.

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  77. Reddish, Jane

    St Pius X School (Titahi Bay)

    Visit and have professional discussions with the lead teachers of  registered Level 2 and Level 3 4D (for Dyslexia) schools in the Wellington region. Then fine tune the policy and procedure and write the framework for the future implementation of 4D/Best Practice within the school.

  78. Richardson, Paul

    Sacred Heart School (Dunedin)

    Review and strengthen current self-review practices in the school, by gathering information about best practice through literature reviews, school visits and interviews.

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  79. Riley, Christine

    Tawhiti School

    To support and develop the restorative justice and behavioural management journey that the school has begun to take.

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  80. Schaw, Alastair

    Kairanga School

    Investigate the EOTC experiences available for small schools in the Manawatu area, how they are used to support student learning, the variety of opportunities available, and their effectiveness.

    Download: Full report (PDF 128 kB)

  81. Shearer, Cleve

    Waimea Intermediate

    To increase professional understanding of and capability in using evidence and inquiry based leadership to raise achievement of priority learners. The particular focus will be on extending and applying this practice in an intermediate school context for middle years priority students who have had years of achievement challenges.

  82. Shortcliffe, Andrew

    Hastings Intermediate

    To investigate strategies that can successfully enhance educational outcomes for Māori and Pasifica students. To reflect on the effectiveness of our own school's strategies and programmes developed over the last four years and consider where further modifications and improvements can be made.

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  83. Simes, Geoffrey

    Durie Hill School

    Sabbatical will comprise professional reading, school visits to survey and talk with principals of three selected primary schools, and collaboration with Joseph Driessen, a researcher and presenter specialising in boys' education.

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  84. Smith, Graham

    Allenton School

    To examine the characteristics of successful transitioning of new students into primary school and identify the most successful characteristics for use in an induction or teacher awareness process for schools.

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  85. Sullivan, Neryda

    Hawera Primary School

    To investigate the practice of "student voice" in the appraisal process in primary schools, and its impact on school improvement.

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  86. Sutherland, Margaret

    South Featherston School

    To explore the benefits of students learning in a full immersion e-learning environment as opposed to following a blended learning programme as a strategy to increase student achievement and engagement.

    Download: Full report (PDF 369 kB)

  87. Taylor, Iain

    Manurewa Intermediate

    To investigate the use of professional learning and educative coaching models in schools; and to then produce an effective resource/handbook for school leaders to use to help strengthen and increase teacher quality and competence, leading to increased student achievement.

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  88. Taylor, Lynda

    Leeston School

    Investigate successful processes and techniques that schools use to facilitate long-term positive changes for children with attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or reactive attachment disorder in order to manage difficult situations so that their impact is reduced, and energy is concentrated on enhancing student achievement by increasing positive engagements in learning.

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  89. Te Tai, Noel

    Te Kura o Waikare

    Facilitate the collation of historical information and establish a relevant educational resource.

  90. Wadworth, Cheryl

    Tua Marina School

    To attend a seven-day intensive study course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education entitled "Leadership: An Evolving Vision", aimed at experienced school principals responsible for thinking strategically about their schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 468 kB)

  91. Wallis, David

    Manurewa West School

    To study how and/or if a Healthy School approach in schools with priority learners from low socio-economic communities can promote positive learning engagement and raise student achievement levels.

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  92. Watson, Andrew

    Lumsden School

    Investigate proven ways in which the progress of children who are achieving below what is expected of children in their cohort in writing can be accelerated.

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  93. Watson, Enid

    Forrest Hill School

    Develop ways to link the school's student achievement charter goals with the work done by teachers in their use of the Registered Teacher Criteria within a performance management framework; teaching as inquiry as defined in the NZC; and a commitment to keeping a professional portfolio evidencing on-going professional growth towards providing quality teaching to support the learning and achievements of all students.

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  94. Watt, Colleen

    Pukerau School

    To spend time researching sensory processing disorder with the purpose of specifically looking at how children arriving with this disorder can be integrated into a small school environment.

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  95. Whitelaw, Lee

    Ohaeawai School

    To investigate and learn more about how to work with the school and with others to design a dynamic, engaging, and motivating 21st century learning environment with children and their families in low-decile schools; to find out what physical and temporal structures best support the teaching and learning of 21st century skills.

    Download: Full report (PDF 177 kB)

  96. Wilson, Scott

    Puahue School

    To research, analyse, and implement strategies to enhance parental and whānau engagement to support their children's learning, aimed at both parents and whanau of school aged children.

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  97. Wypych, Jurek

    St Patrick's School (Napier)

    To look at schools both in New Zealand and Samoa that make a positive difference for their Pasifika students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 97 kB)

  98. Yeager, Tui

    Te Kura o Matapihi

    Investigate how to best develop, grow, and promote Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Pākehā language skills to develop students into competent thinkers, speakers, readers and writers in both Māori and English.