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Primary award recipients 2009

  1. Alach, Allan

    Hokowhitu School

    The educational value of interactive whiteboards in the 21st century classroom.

    Download: Full report (PDF 139 kB)

  2. Ayson , Peter

    Meadowbank School

    Resourcing of management and administrative structures in large, high decile primary schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 199 kB)

  3. Barber, Graeme

    Woodend School

    What difference is International Safe School Accreditation making to learning at Woodend Safe School and other International Safe Schools in New Zealand?

  4. Barriball , Brian

    Mt Roskill Primary School

    Investigating how school design structure and effective use of school facilities influence learning outcomes.

  5. Berezowski , Steven

    Te Wharau School, Gisborne

    Comparison report on Schools' Assessment Schedules. A refined draft assessment schedule to present to the board and staff for their input and consideration.

  6. Black , Steve

    Naenae Intermediate

    Study of strategies used to successfully manage student behaviour, and programmes implemented to maintain a positive school culture.

  7. Bridge, Nevan

    Nelson Park School

    A first-hand look at Virtues Education in action in Canadian schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 90 kB)

  8. Cain , Murray

    Ranzau School

    The extent to which planning and reporting has assisted schools in improving outcomes for students, and ways that it could become a more effective tool.

    Download: Full report (PDF 94 kB)

  9. Callanan, Peter

    St Anne's School, Woolston

    Ways in which school leaders engage and consult with their communities to implement the new curriculum by 2010.

    Download: Full report (PDF 284 kB)

  10. Carter , Marion

    Corstorphine School

    Growing Great Learners: The journey to raise learning, social, and achievement outcomes for pupils in a small, low-decile suburban school.

    Download: Full report (PDF 106 kB)

  11. Chamley, Patrick

    Flat Bush School

    Ways in which ICT clusters and individual schools have successfully sustained the gains made through the ICT contract.

    Download: Full report (PDF 105 kB)

  12. Culhane, Jane

    Waimataitai School

    The place of 'nurture groups' in primary schools as a means of supporting at-risk students in the school environment.

    Download: Full report (PDF 190 kB)

  13. Davis, Nigel

    Wesley Intermediate

    How are thinking skills and inquiry learning being implemented in schools that cater for the 'middle years' (students aged 12–14) in New Zealand and Australia?

    Download: Full report (PDF 121 kB)

  14. Direen , Sally

    Balaclava School

    Investigating effective principalship with principals in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and reflecting on an alignment to Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) and the Kiwi Leadership Project. Attendance at the international principals' conference in Singapore, July 2009.

  15. Drysdale, Douglas

    Bunnythorpe School

    Strategic Assessment: Catering for the diversity of our school community. How do schools develop community partnership through effective consultation and reporting procedures?

    Download: Full report (PDF 206 kB)

  16. Duckworth, Barbara

    Papakura Central School

    Reflection on professional knowledge and skills of mentoring and coaching.

    Download: Full report (PDF 887 kB)

  17. Edlin, Murray

    Banks Avenue School

    Learning Walks and their application for leadership in primary schools to improve student achievement.

  18. Fisher, Anthony

    Kimihia School

    What do school leaders do to ensure that schooling improvement initiatives are sustained and that student achievement levels are maintained over time?

  19. Fitzgerald , Peter

    Awakeri School

    The teaching of maths in Singapore and the reasons why Singapore tops the international assessment ranking in maths. What aspects of their teaching programmes can be incorporated into this school?

    Download: Full report (PDF 4 MB)

  20. Foster, David

    Kelston Deaf Education Centre

    The actions of the Kelston Deaf Education Centre, in particular the management practices and relationships they have managed with the Ministry of Education and stakeholder groups over the past eight years.

    Download: Full report (Word 76 kB)

  21. Foster, Nigel

    Irongate School

    Research into implementing thinking strategies in schools, with a particular focus on 'Thinking Maps'. Attendance at the 9th World Convention of the International Confederation of Principals 2009.

  22. Freeman, Jeff

    Knighton Normal School

    Improving teacher performance.

    Download: Full report (PDF 210 kB)

  23. Godfery, Brent

    Pembroke School, Oamaru

    The value of investing school funds in electronic equipment, namely interactive white boards.

    Download: Full report (PDF 169 kB)

  24. Grose, Judith

    Wilford School

    How some Australian schools are using Glasser Choice Theory and Reality Therapy and other cognitive behaviour models to manage student behaviour, develop students as independent learners, and create a positive school.

    Download: Full report (PDF 148 kB)

  25. Hamill, Maria

    Ngaruawāhia School

    Success factors in raising student achievement in low-decile, mainstream primary schools that have a very high proportion of Māori pupils.

  26. Harrison, Michael

    Motueka South School

    The potential of e-learning to support learning across the curriculum, with specific focus on strategic planning, professional development, resourcing/equipment, and classroom implementation.

    Download: Full report (PDF 118 kB)

  27. Hawke, Warren

    Governors Bay School

    Survey of schools that have moved out of an ICT contract and how successful they are.

    Download: Full report (PDF 5 MB)

  28. Hildyard , Gary

    Redwoodtown School

    Exploring how schools in Marlborough, Nelson, and Canterbury are or intend to include values teaching in their school curricula.

    Download: Full report (PDF 73 kB)

  29. Horsfall, Tony

    Hutt Central School

    The impact the increasing number of children with special needs is having on our schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 273 kB)

  30. Huddleston, Lynne

    Pahiatua School

    What is 21st century learning? What are the conditions required for models of 21st century learning to be successfully implemented in our three schools?

    Download: Full report (PDF 1 MB)

  31. Inder, Richard

    Gate Pa School

    What is being done to address the under-achievement of boys in literacy in a primary school context?

    Download: Full report (PDF 198 kB)

  32. Jeffries, Trevor

    Levin Intermediate

    How are New Zealand schools redesigning their curricula to meet the needs of emerging adolescents in light of the revised New Zealand Curriculum?

  33. Kaiser, Peter

    Tirimoana School

    New Zealand primary schools that offer the teaching and learning of other languages. Visiting the Ministry of Education and teacher training institutions.

  34. Kelly, Linda

    Takanini School

    Options for building resiliency and emotional literacy in students, to develop a consolidated approach for Takanini students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 291 kB)

  35. Knight, Andrea

    Heaton Normal Intermediate

    A professional learning model for development of teachers as effective mentors for pre-service trainee teachers and beginning teachers, that can be practically implemented in a busy school setting.

  36. Koberstein, Gerald

    Onerahi School

    Some of the different approaches undertaken by schools to implement curriculum change and how these approaches impact on the demands of principalship.

  37. Lambert, Keith

    Paraparaumu Beach School

    School leadership: The theory and the practice. What do school communities want and expect from their principal?

    Download: Full report (PDF 132 kB)

  38. Langford, David

    Awapuni School, Gisborne

    Characteristics of Asperger-autism students in the mainstream setting, with particular reference to relationships between school, parent, and support agencies. A literature search and professional learning programme.

  39. Limbrick , Richard

    Arahoe School

    Ways in which primary schools manage a personalised learning approach within the context of 'traditional' organisational structures.

  40. Luff, Mark

    Vogeltown School

    Reflection on the role of a principal, and what challenges lie ahead. Where will schools fit in tomorrow's society? What does creativity look like in New Zealand schools? How is creativity the key to the future success of our children?

  41. Malcolm, Helen

    Waipahihi School

    Research into learning environments that promote the same pedagogical and technical considerations, which enable successful 21st century learning.

    Download: Full report (PDF 852 kB)

  42. Marshall , Raewyn

    Mount Biggs School

    How easy is it for schools to promote and engage students and staff in personal initiatives and ensure real participation in sustainable projects to ensure environmental education makes a difference in our future?

    Download: Full report (PDF 3 MB)

  43. McAleese , John

    Howick Intermediate

    What organisational changes could increase pre-adolescent students' opportunities to engage with the key competencies?

  44. McGimpsey , Mike

    Kilbirnie School

    Does reciprocal classroom observation and feedback translate into changes in classroom practice, and does it make a difference to student learning?

    Download: Full report (PDF 98 kB)

  45. McLean, John

    Pukeatua School

    How are U1–U4, full primary schools catering for their year 7 and 8 children? How do they retain children in years 7 and 8 and stop movement to the nearby intermediate? What factors influences parents' choices? How are boys' interests catered for?

    Download: Full report (PDF 96 kB)

  46. McMillan , June

    Chapel Downs School

    The sustainability of Reading Recovery and deeper learning through the integration process.

    Download: Full report (PDF 150 kB)

  47. McNair , David

    Gordonton School

    Researching the theories and exploring schools that have developed 'thinking skills' as part of their inquiry model.

    Download: Full report (PDF 4 MB)

  48. Moriarty , Christopher

    St Mary's School, Gore

    Content and assessment criteria for the New Zealand Curriculum and National Standards.

    Three files to download. Instructions are in report.

  49. Morrall , Andrew

    Rolleston School

    Ways to enhance the development and implementation of our "Rolly Express" inquiry model at the junior level.

    Download: Full report (PDF 150 kB)

  50. Murphy , Dan

    Winchester School, Palmerson North

    Investigating how a trans-disciplinary curriculum is implemented in primary schools and finding the common elements of success. The development of learner profiles and how they can be used to show the development of the key competencies.

    Download: Full report (PDF 164 kB)

  51. Nel , Judith

    Parkside School

    Visiting schools and special educational centres in the United Kingdom that provide an outreach service or resource centre-type model for other schools, children, and families.

    Download: Full report (PDF 1 MB)

  52. O'Rourke , Rory

    Kaitao Intermediate

    Schools and institutions that have successfully involved their communities in school activities and programmes.

    Download: Full report (PDF 110 kB)

  53. Pagan , Bruce

    Kaikoura Primary School

    The effects/benefits that the pursuit of culturally significant events can have on Māori student achievement, with particular reference to those families/students that engage regularly in hui, muttonbirding, and carving.

    Bruce Pagan PPT (PowerPoint 6 MB)

    Spencer's PPT (PowerPoint 10 MB)

    Mariana PPT (PowerPoint 6 MB)

    Download: Full report (PDF 125 kB)

  54. Parr , Judy

    Point View School

    Further research for a thesis entitled "A Missed Opportunity: Organisational Structure in New Zealand Primary Schools".

    Download: Full report (PDF 131 kB)

  55. Paton , Richard

    Chisnallwood Intermediate

    Attendance at the International Conference for Principals in Singapore in July 2009, followed by a period of reflection and research.

  56. Patterson , Dianne

    Eastern Hutt School

    Investigating and developing a performance management system.

    Download: Full report (PDF 92 kB)

  57. Peck , Debra

    Riverdale School, Palmerston North

    What is 21st century learning? What are the conditions required for models of 21st century learning to be successfully implemented in our three schools?

    Download: Full report (PDF 1 MB)

  58. Penman, Mark

    Gisborne Central School

    The use and implementation of restorative justice in schools as a mechanism to restore in-school relationships.

    Download: Full report (PDF 192 kB)

  59. Petrie , John

    Gulf Harbour School

    What are the key elements for effective leadership and governance within large, corporate, not-for-profit and educational institutions?

    Download: Full report (PDF 104 kB)

  60. Poland , Patrick

    Deanwell School

    Eliminating the tail: Effective strategies to lift the achievement of children's literacy.

  61. Popping, Henk

    Otumoetai Intermediate

    Researching and investigating the stages of development in the emerging adolescent brain and how the adolescent brain functions in the 21st century.

    Download: Full report (PDF 420 kB)

  62. Prchal , David

    Morningside School

    Investigating and discussing strategies for the effective introduction of interactive whiteboards into schools, and exploring successful practices that support teacher development in the use of these as a teaching and learning tool.

  63. Reardon, David

    Russell Street School

    What is 21st century learning? What are the conditions required for models of 21st century learning to be successfully implemented in our three schools?

    Download: Full report (PDF 79 kB)

  64. Rix , Graeme

    Pukekohe Hill School

    Further develop professional knowledge and leadership capacity in a Concept-based Integrated Inquiry Approach implemented through curriculum mapping and investigate its alignment to the New Zealand Curriculum.

    Download: Full report (PDF 183 kB)

  65. Robertson, Lindsay

    Geraldine Primary School

    Investigation into planning and managing in schools: Templates and frameworks for delegations and/or specific initiatives.


    Action Plan

    Action Plan (Staffroom)

    Curriculum Review Plan

    Fixed Term U Staff Nomination Form

    Flow Chart Change Management

    Literacy Action Plan

    Literacy Leader's Job Description

    Management of Change

    Plan for Curriculum Project

    SENCO Job Specification

    These templates are part of Lindsay Robertson's sabbatical report.

    Download: Full report (PDF 83 kB)

  66. Robinson, David

    Dunsandel School

    Investigating home-school partnership practices.

    Download: Full report (PDF 46 kB)

  67. Rudkin, Athlene

    Kaikohe East School

    Completing development goals as set at the Principals Development Planning Centre attended in 2007.

  68. Ryan, Catherine

    St Ignatius School, St Heliers

    Investigating the extent to which schools are connecting advances in cognitive neuroscience to support and enhance learning of students, staff, and community.

    Download: Full report (PDF 127 kB)

  69. Ryan, Kevin

    Raroa Normal Intermediate

    The place of the practicum in Initial Teacher Education.

    Download: Full report (PDF 104 kB)

  70. Sainsbury, Denise

    Dyer Street School

    Synergy for future leaders. How do successful principal professional learning communities operate to ensure raised achievement for 21st century students?

    Download: Full report (PDF 191 kB)

  71. Shearer, Cleve

    Waimea Intermediate

    In what ways have school outdoor environments been developed to better meet the needs, particularly well-being, of emerging adolescents?

    Download: Full report (PDF 173 kB)

  72. Spence, Andrew

    Churton School

    Reviewing the purpose and direction of the current curriculum.

    Download: Full report (PDF 261 kB)

  73. Taaffe , Michael

    Mahora School

    How best to enable teachers to use assessment of learning as an integral element of assessment for learning, and embedding assessment of learning into the formative learning and teaching processes.

  74. Thomas, Pauline

    Glenview School, Porirua East

    A report on Talking Time programmes developed and implemented at Glenview for new entrant children.Teaching strategies to increase opportunities for educationally useful peer learning conversations.

  75. Tregoweth, Diana

    Owairaka District School

    The effect of 'student voice' in high-performing schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 103 kB)

  76. Wallis, David

    Manurewa West School

    How physical activity and nutrition awareness programmes in schools are effectively supporting and influencing better learning outcomes for students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 140 kB)

  77. Wargent, Christine

    Marlborough School

    The delivery of music education in state primary schools of varying deciles and grades, with a view to identifying the methods used by schools to support and develop quality whole-school music programmes.

    Download: Full report (PDF 2 MB)

  78. Weidenbohm , Jill

    Patricia Avenue School

    The implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum for learners who have special needs, with a focus on student assessment.

    Download: Full report (PDF 688 kB)

  79. Wootton , William

    Korokoro School

    How do school leaders make a difference through their influence on staff motivation, commitment, and the working environment, and what impact does this have on student achievement?

    Download: Full report (PDF 139 kB)