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Primary award recipients 2015

  1. Adam, Joyce

    Miramar North School

    To make transitions more effective for Māori and Pasifika students with a view to raising achievement in literacy and numeracy in the Eastern cluster.

  2. Ahern, Peter

    St Joseph's School (Upper Hutt)

    To develop understanding of student agency and the implications this has.

    Download: Full report (PDF 591 kB)

  3. Aitken, Sandra

    Pt Chevalier School

    To observe and investigate the 'spirals of inquiry for equality and quality' programme operating in schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 214 kB)

  4. Appleyard, David

    Rata Street School

    To identify successful digital strategies that low decile schools are using to engage parents and whānau in student learning.

    Download: Full report (PDF 91 kB)

  5. Atkinson, Debbie

    Galatea School

    To investigate how restorative practice makes a difference in schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 226 kB)

  6. Ayson, Ronald

    Meadowbank School

    To examine how schools use reflection in the teaching process.

  7. Bainbridge, Wayne

    Matipo Road School

    Assess the effects of pedagogy, curriculum, time, and resources in teaching maths, comparing NZ's system with Singapore, to bring about higher achievement in own school and others.

    Download: Full report (PDF 2 MB)

  8. Beamsley, Nicholas

    Eketahuna School

    To investigate programmes and initiatives to support students who struggle academically.

    Download: Full report (PDF 692 kB)

  9. Beere, Gavin

    Hillpark School

    To consider and evaluate educational partnerships, the thinking synergies for ongoing improvement.

  10. Bernard, Jennifer

    St Joseph's School (Grey Lynn)

    To strengthen relationships with the community and the impact it has on learning outcomes for priority learners.

    Download: Full report (PDF 73 kB)

  11. Bokser, Lloyd

    Fenwick School

    To raise the understanding of Pasifika identities, languages, and cultures and raise awareness of these in the development of effective programmes and innovative strategies to lift Pasifika students' achievement.

    Download: Full report (PDF 636 kB)

  12. Booth, Sharon

    Goldfields School (Cromwell)

    To develop teachers confidence in Te Reo Māori so that learners can have access to quality Maori language in classrooms.

    Download: Full report (PDF 225 kB)

  13. Broodryk, Jacobus

    Whakarongo School

    To investigate pedagogies that support successful modern learning environments.

    Download: Full report (PDF 125 kB)

  14. Buckner, Shane

    Wairakei School (Christchurch)

    To investigate best communication methods with diverse communities.

  15. Carpenter, Allan

    St Joseph's School (Waipukurau)

    To investigate how rural schools network with others to design an engaging and motivating innovative learning environment with their priority learners, families and community.

  16. Clarke, Michael

    West End School (New Plymouth)

    To identify strategies and pathways that identify and successfully promote the engagement of gifted and talented students with a particular emphasis on Māori students as priority learners.

    Download: Full report (PDF 468 kB)

  17. Conroy, Peter

    Papatoetoe North School

    To improve engagement, inclusion and achievement of Māori pupils at Papatoetoe North.

    Download: Full report (PDF 650 kB)

  18. Cormick, Ian

    Bathgate Park School

    To investigate the impact network reviews and school organisation have on students and school leaders.

    Download: Full report (PDF 136 kB)

  19. Daniel, Graeme

    Allenvale School

    To explore the enablers and barriers that are evidenced through examples of a co-location between a special and regular school.

    Download: Full report (PDF 215 kB)

  20. Davidson, Kathleen

    Sir Keith Park School

    To investigate modern learning environments in action.

    Download: Full report (PDF 2 MB)

  21. Davies-Crook, Cheryl

    Halsey Drive School

    To explore theories and practices that lead to improved learning outcomes for Māori akonga.

    Download: Full report (PDF 348 kB)

  22. Davis, Nigel

    Wesley Intermediate

    To investigate how schools accelerate student achievement in reading.

    Download: Full report (PDF 98 kB)

  23. Dennison, Susan

    Mataura School

    To investigate the Reggio Emilia approach and how that might enhance the PB4L and pastoral care systems.

    Download: Full report (PDF 104 kB)

  24. Dickson, Deborah

    Remarkables Primary School

    How are learners using skills in a transforming world? Are they using the power of transference to connect knowledge and skills with meta social learning (social physics), feedback, and different learning contexts?

    Download: Full report (PDF 3 MB)

  25. Diver, Brian

    Tauranga Intermediate

    Investigate what evidence is available to demonstrate that charter/partnership schools are making a difference.

    Download: Full report (PDF 97 kB)

  26. Dowd, Michael

    St Joseph's School (New Plymouth)

    To investigate how digital devices can be used in the classroom to track and share achievement progress for priority and other learners.

    Download: Full report (PDF 2 MB)

  27. Drysdale, Douglas

    Bunnythorpe School

    Explore how to develop partnerships with the science community to improve student achievement and engagement of reluctant learners.

  28. Dunlop, Susan

    Yendarra School

    To research what future-focused, personalised learning looks like, especially using digital resources.

    Download: Full report (PDF 352 kB)

  29. Edwards, Carmen

    Patutahi School

    To investigate Ka Hikitia.

  30. Fenn, Dawn

    Ridgeview School

    To research and plan the integration of sensory tools to improve the literacy levels of students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 154 kB)

  31. Frater, Nigel

    Plateau School

    To investigate successful processes and planning that schools have used to create modern learning environments in New Zealand and the UK.

  32. Freeman, Jeffrey

    Knighton Normal School

    To look at changes in teacher pedagogy and use of ICT in modern learning environments to improve achievement.

  33. Funaki, Angela

    Dawson School

    To investigate issues related to inclusive education in order to increase meaningful participation in reducing exclusion of diverse learners.

    Download: Full report (PDF 94 kB)

  34. Gilmore, Bede

    Opiki School

    Personalising learning in primary schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 577 kB)

  35. Gordon, Anne-Marie

    Normandale School

    Increase knowledge of specific learning disorders and how they impact on children's learning and emotional well-being, developing resources.

  36. Graves, Allison

    Waingaro School

    Explore practical ways of meeting the needs of targeted priority learners and new learners within the school by observation of other schools' practices and internet research, leading to the creation of resources.

    Download: Full report (PDF 81 kB)

  37. Gray, Mary

    St Joseph's School (Kaikoura)

    To review how schools implement the transition from ECE to primary education.

  38. Greening, Simon

    Putere School

    To investigate what schools are doing to address the needs of children who are not progressing as expected in mathematics.

    Download: Full report (PDF 180 kB)

  39. Horgan, Jennifer

    East Taieri School

    To investigate how integrating aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach within a new entrant setting could be conducive to a child's transition from pre-school to primary school.

    Download: Full report (PDF 137 kB)

  40. Hough, Lynette

    Tasman Bay Christian School

    To study emerging theories, on intelligence, that impact on our understanding of students' potential to achieve.

    Download: Full report (PDF 485 kB)

  41. Hunter, Clifford

    Tahuna Normal Intermediate

    To explore 21st century future-focused pedagogies in the NZ education environment and how modern learning environments and E-learning/ ICT facilitate these.

  42. Inder, Richard

    Gate Pa School

    To increase participation rate and early childhood opportunities for Māori and Pasifika children in an ECE centre based at Gate Pa school.

    Download: Full report (PDF 295 kB)

  43. Jepsen, Bruce

    Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School

    Develop school's and own leadership capacity to raise Māori achievement.

  44. Keats, Wayne

    Onekawa School

    To investigate ways that family/ school connections can be established and maintained to ensure all students reach their full potential as learners.

    Download: Full report (PDF 254 kB)

  45. Kelly, Conrad

    Karori Normal School

    To investigate leadership models - how leaders are identified, developed and supported.

    Download: Full report (PDF 112 kB)

  46. Keohane, Lynne

    Anchorage Park School

    To improve transitioning to Anchorage School for priority learners.

    Download: Full report (PDF 794 kB)

  47. King, Lindsay

    Takitimu Primary School

    To investigate and begin to implement effective programmes/innovations to accelerate student achievement in writing, with a particular focus on Māori students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 92 kB)

  48. Langton, Marriene

    West Spreydon School

    Investigate how schools create a restorative culture that enables disadvantaged or dysfunctional children to achieve success as learners and their full potential as human beings.

    Download: Full report (PDF 133 kB)

  49. Lee-Kelleher, Keryl

    Makuri School

    To investigate whether e-learning or blended learning has the greater positive impact on student engagement and achievement.

  50. MacFarlane, Nancy

    Glenholme School

    Investigate effective approaches and use of innovation for accelerating student achievement for Māori learners who have English as a second language.

    Download: Full report (PDF 371 kB)

  51. MacKenzie, Jennifer

    St Mary's Catholic School (Putaruru)

    Investigate how digital technology can be used to enhance and accelerate the progress of students who are below the standard in literacy and mathematics.

  52. Martin, Kathleen

    Hokitika School

    To increase knowledge of the Glasser Quality Schools philosophy, to explore leadership structures, to examine overall effectiveness of quality schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 524 kB)

  53. McCarthny, Craig

    St Heliers School

    To build confidence and knowledge of modern learning environments in order to develop a clear vision of modern learning pedagogies and environments.

    Download: Full report (PDF 604 kB)

  54. McDonald, Raewyn

    Kimi Ora Community School

    To investigate the self-organised learning environment initiative, its implementation and impact on accelerating student achievement.

  55. McLachlan, Bruce

    Swanson School

    To determine the extent to which creating a playground environment within a school which is largely adult free and where free play is encouraged creates an environment reducing the prevalence of bullying.

    Download: Full report (PDF 2 MB)

  56. McLean, Donald

    Hampden Street School

    To investigate innovative schools that use a broad curriculum to motivate and engage 21st century learners and improve achievement in literacy and numeracy.

    Download: Full report (PDF 8 MB)

  57. McNair, David

    Gordonton School

    To investigate best practice in math teaching and learning to improve achievement.

    Download: Full report (PDF 758 kB)

  58. Mulcahy, Suzanne

    Chelsea School

    To investigate the effects of the National Standards on learners who are "at" or "above" National Standards.

    Download: Full report (PDF 132 kB)

  59. Murfitt, Bernadette

    St Francis Xavier School (Tawa)

    To investigate successful interventions, practices, and strategies that benefit the achievement of Māori and Pasifika learners.

    Download: Full report (PDF 151 kB)

  60. Murphy, Daniel

    Winchester School (Palmerston North)

    Investigate how the use of 'rich mathematical activities' is being used to lift underachievement in primary school mathematics.

    Download: Full report (PDF 6 MB)

  61. Murray, Barry

    Pukepoto School

    To investigate and develop home school partnerships.

    Download: Full report (PDF 678 kB)

  62. Newall, Graeme

    Sandspit Road School

    To explore the most effective use of budget on resources for modern learning environment spaces within NZ.

    Download: Full report (PDF 6 MB)

  63. Nicholson, Glenn

    Rosehill School

    To develop and provide evidence-based guidelines which promote the best transition, drawing together all stakeholders.

  64. Norrish, Andrena

    Winchester Rural School

    To investigate 'participating and contributing' key competency development with a future focus, within the Reggio Emilia inspired approach.

    Download: Full report (PDF 866 kB)

  65. Osborne, Jackie-Lynn

    Ahipara School

    To investigate how to develop positive home school partnerships that focus on learning thus improve outcomes for our students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 138 kB)

  66. Payne, Karen

    St Mary's School (Hokitika)

    Participate in professional learning around effective appraisal systems that lead to improved student achievement outcomes.

    Download: Full report (PDF 106 kB)

  67. Pearce, Clyde

    Woodleigh School

    To explore how schools are effectively using e-learning technologies to enhance teaching pedagogy and raise student achievement.

    Download: Full report (PDF 464 kB)

  68. Penman, Mark

    Hamilton West School

    To investigate the positive impact of restorative practice in schools with particular focus on priority learners.

  69. Phillips, Carolynn

    St Michael's Catholic School (Remuera)

    To investigate how we embed well-being for all members of the school community.

    Download: Full report (PDF 244 kB)

  70. Powell, Murray

    Shannon School

    To investigate the use of the THRASS programme (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills) in Australia and New Zealand.

    Download: Full report (PDF 173 kB)

  71. Price, Craig

    Selwyn Ridge School

    To investigate modern learning environments and the impact these can have on student learning and achievement.

    Download: Full report (PDF 284 kB)

  72. Rivett, Adam

    Waimate Main School

    To investigate how schools can better support effective parenting in their communities.

    Download: Full report (PDF 326 kB)

  73. Robertson, Janette

    Conifer Grove School

    The links between transition and acceleration in the first year at school.

    Download: Full report (PDF 107 kB)

  74. Robinson, David

    Dunsandel School

    To research successful school transitions, investigating what this means for children in year 6–8 in the Leeston Community Cluster.

    Download: Full report (PDF 460 kB)

  75. Robinson, Neil

    Blockhouse Bay School

    To research evidence that underpins IES policy and investigate the goals of its implementation in New Zealand.

    Download: Full report (PDF 185 kB)

  76. Senior, Deidre

    Oamaru Intermediate School

    Investigating the pedagogical approaches required to maximize the use of devices in a BYOD or 1:1 environment.

    Download: Full report (PDF 581 kB)

  77. Shearer, John

    Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Junior School

    Investigate how Big Noise-Sistema centres have evolved, and the challenges and triumphs of such a programme.

    Download: Full report (PDF 695 kB)

  78. Shirley, Gary

    Papakaio School

    To investigate how we can provide more effective teaching and learning of science for primary students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 872 kB)

  79. Simons, Neil

    Longbeach School

    To investigate how students with special needs can be effectively included in primary schools.

    Download: Full report (PDF 383 kB)

  80. Simpson, Peter

    Belfast School

    Investigate if digital learning engages and enhances learning and the implications of this particularly for priority learners.

    Download: Full report (PDF 84 kB)

  81. Smith, Fraser

    Oturu School

    To research ways to increase student agency within literacy.

    Download: Full report (PDF 611 kB)

  82. Stevens, Kay

    Riversdale School

    To investigate the provision of specific programmes to enhance student well-being and social skills, with a particular focus on Māori students.

    Download: Full report (PDF 176 kB)

  83. Stewart, Jennifer

    Sunnybrae Normal School

    Gain understanding of how to successfully transition 5 year olds into Sunnybrae and accelerate the learning of those students that are identified as being at risk of underachieving in literacy.

    Download: Full report (PDF 305 kB)

  84. Straker, Alan

    Whitney Street School

    To study and critique the resources (people and paper) available for schools to support them in creating an effective inclusive learning environment.

    Download: Full report (PDF 100 kB)

  85. Stuart, Lynda

    May Road School

    To research the impact of digital technology on the achievement of learners, especially relating to 1:1 devices.

    Download: Full report (PDF 1 MB)

  86. Swanepoel, Sherrilee

    Oratia School

    To learn more about and develop a teacher appraisal process that can contribute to consistently high levels of student outcomes.

    Download: Full report (PDF 226 kB)

  87. Taylor-Smith, John

    Miramar Central School

    To research successful models of performance management in primary schools in Auckland and Wellington.

    Download: Full report (PDF 2 MB)

  88. Thompson, Teresa

    KingsGate School

    To research and read into teaching and learning programmes of the Pacific Islands.

    Download: Full report (PDF 7 MB)

  89. Toothill, Robyn

    Somerset Crescent School

    To review pedagogy around modern learning environments and see how these have been implemented with limited physical changes.

    Download: Full report (PDF 339 kB)

  90. Tredray, Johnathon

    Northcross Intermediate

    To investigate how visible learning is implemented as a collaborative impact programme allowing for alignment between every level of the school system.

  91. Turner, Alison

    Ngatimoti School

    To review the current school curriculum and assessment plan and align it more closely with our environmental educational ethos.

    Download: Full report (PDF 334 kB)

  92. Turner, Gay

    Prospect School

    To investigate how homework is adapted to provide engaging and relevant learning for students as well as positive opportunities for engagement with families and communities.

    Download: Full report (PDF 203 kB)

  93. Vincent, Jennifer

    Marco School

    To investigate if remote/rural students are prepared for their transition to high/boarding school.

    Download: Full report (PDF 107 kB)

  94. Watson, Grant

    Upper Moutere School

    To increase professional understanding of and capability in the further leading of collaborative teaching and learning in flexible teaching and learning environments.

    Download: Full report (PDF 175 kB)

  95. Watts, Alan

    Stella Maris Primary School

    To raise achievement in mathematics by research, observation and review.

    Download: Full report (PDF 77 kB)

  96. Wells, Philippa

    Tasman School

    To explore the research that underpins the inquiry process of professional learning and these communities.

  97. Willocks, Grant

    Temuka Primary School

    To research current knowledge of brain development and about how we learn, then investigate the implications for this practice within the modern learning environment.

    Download: Full report (PDF 907 kB)

  98. Woon, Linda

    Otonga Road School

    Investigate how to lead multiple schools in a collaborative exercise to lift student achievement as well as to educate for religious and cultural toleration.

    Download: Full report (PDF 453 kB)