Secondary award recipients 2020

  1. Ackroyd, Angela

    Napier Girls' High School

    Research the work that Michael Fullan is doing with his project NPDL. Visit schools that are involved.

  2. Basse, Kim

    Ruapehu College

    Investigate how cultural connectedness occurs, particularly the things which contribute positively to a sense of wellbeing and resilience. Analyse how positive connections impact on a sense of who we are as a culture and how this could impact on positive learning outcomes.

  3. Blakely, Susan

    Rosehill College

    Investigate in-school truancy, that is students arriving at school and choosing to not attend some classes, while remaining onsite. This aspect of behaviour has rapidly changed. It has a direct impact on a positive school culture.

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  4. Bovey, David

    Palmerston North Boys' High School

    Visit other boys' schools to look at their academic and co-curricular programmes, and attend the 2020 1BSC (International Boys' Schools Coalition) international conference.

  5. Brosnahan, Deborah

    Villa Maria College

    Investigate school governance models for Catholic schools, with a focus on Boards of Trustees, Boards of Proprietors and principal relationships.

  6. Carter, Kevin

    Rongotai College

    Undertake professional learning activities to reflect on, reinvigorate and develop my own leadership.

  7. Cooper, Nixon

    Rosmini College

    Observe some leading global examples of excellence in boys' schools.

  8. Forgie, Elizabeth

    Kerikeri High School

    Investigate Te Rerenga Kotuku, one school's long journey, to tell the story of long term commitment to school reform with a vision of equity for Māori and how it benefited all.

  9. Fouhy, Kieran

    St Paul's College (Ponsonby)

    Investigate the practical implementation of "connecting the family culturally and digitally". Review literature around this theme and visit schools of various types in New Zealand, Samoa and London, to come up with five major initiatives to be implemented at St Paul's College.

  10. Fuller, Simon

    Kuranui College

    Investigate how the changes being made to learning are linked to the workforce, how schools are preparing and developing the future work skills required, and whether these skills form the basis of core curriculum. 

  11. Gainsford, Katherine

    Aotea College

    Investigate the design and implementation of localised curriculum in Porirua primary and secondary schools, including professional reading and engagement with community.

  12. Grinter, Albert

    Rotorua Boys' High School

    Explore the theme of building mana motuhake (high expectations) for young Māori men through study, research, visiting schools and other institutions, and attending a conference.

  13. Hiha, Heitia

    Te Aute College

    Learn to speak Māori fluently.

  14. Hume, Susan

    Avonside Girls' High School

    Further develop my understanding about leadership that supports development of an effective collaborative culture in a time of constant change.

  15. Hutt, Joanne

    Kamo High School

    Investigate the various methods used in state co-educational schools for tracking and monitoring student achievement.

  16. Impey, Susan

    Opotiki College

    Investigate the role of the female principal in state and state-integrated schools.

  17. Kumar, Janet

    Gisborne Girls' High School

    Undertake professional reading and research, visit schools and education providers.

  18. McMillan, Grant

    James Cook High School

    Investigate how school leaders have successfully sustained and embedded new practices and culture in their schools after periods of radical transformation or turnaround.

  19. Miller, Linda

    Otago Girls' High School

    Research the concepts of cultural identity and belonging, and their impacts on educational outcomes in relation to my students, my school and myself.

  20. Moore, Louise

    Sancta Maria College

    Undertake relevant research, gather student voice from current learners and recent school leavers, have dialogue with identified community including kāhui ako and business-based groups/organisations that encourage and promote authentic learning contexts, visit identified schools who engage in project-based learning and visit the Buck Institute for Education, Hamilton, California, USA and Loreto Normanhurst Catholic School in Sydney.

  21. Morrison, Ian

    Mission Heights Junior College

    Investigate the theory behind successful school leadership development and growth, with a special emphasis on practices which promote the wellbeing of senior leaders and principals. Examine individual practices and compare successful international initiatives to the local context.

  22. Olivier, Louw

    Edgecumbe College

    Visit schools to explore how indigenous students are taught differently and how school timetables are changed to support their learning. Focus on hands-on learning or teaching that supports vocational pathways for students.

  23. Peterson, Julie

    Woodford House

    Research and strategic planning for an education project I am scoping: To advance the educational experiences and outcomes for students via a university/school/industry partnership.

  24. Pierce, Gregory

    Aorere College

    Investigate the structure of senior leadership teams in a range of schools and how they reflect organisational culture.

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  25. Preece, Ross

    Ashburton College

    Examine where we should be heading in terms of best build and conceptualising our school, and where we should be steering our education.

  26. Romana, Harry

    Mairehau High School

    Research the sustainability of successful interventions to raise student achievement, which directly aligns to the current secondary sector and national priorities.

  27. Sim, Glenis

    Tokomairiro High School

    Investigate the question "Are we preparing our students for a world of the future, or are we still clinging onto the world as it is or was?". Examine programmes where local curricula are preparing students for beyond 2020, even beyond 2030.

  28. Smith, Lynlee

    Fiordland College

    Explore how we support teaching staff who experience significant grief through the death of a partner or child.

  29. Solomone, Robert

    Alfriston College

    Investigate the provision of quality education for indigenous peoples and the application of indigenous knowledge to local curriculum design.

  30. Symes, Irene

    Rodney College

    Investigate what wellbeing for students looks like in the secondary school context by observing schools that effectively promote and incorporate student wellbeing into their daily practice.

  31. Wells, Paula

    Sacred Heart Girls' College (New Plymouth)

    More deeply understand prayerful contemplation by visiting the Religieuses De Notre Dame des Missions (RNDM) Order in France, the founding order of Mission Schools. Visit New Zealand schools to inquire into the benefits of planned, routine, prayerful contemplation and mindfulness, and its impact on reducing anxiety in adolescent girls.

  32. Wilson, Daniel

    Nayland College

    Research how schools have created successful community partnerships to improve the health and wellbeing of their learners.