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Innovation and effectiveness acknowledged and winners announced

June 24, 2021

Congratulations to all schools/ kura that have been named as finalists in the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards 2021. These awards recognised innovative, effective and excellent teaching practice.

Sylvia Park School’s outdoor classroom

Two of the finalists in the Focus prize, Environmental and Sustainability Education, are Green-Gold Enviroschools – Manurewa Intermediate (Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland) and Oruaiti School (Te Taitokerau/Northland).

Another Green-Gold Enviroschool, Sylvia Park School, was named as a finalist in the Excellence in Teaching and Learning category.


Silver Enviroschool, Nelson College for Girls (Whakatū/Nelson) has been recognised for Excellence in wellbeing.

Toimata Foundation our governing body also holds the vision for Te Aho Tū Roa. Congratulations to Te Kura Taumata O Panguru (Te Taitokerau), (updated) winner in the Excellence in Engaging category!

All the best to everyone involved. Your commitment to student-led learning and action towards a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world is inspirational.

Ka mau te wehi!

Banner photo: Oruaiti School – image acknowledgement Woven by Nicole

Caption: Growing the kaitiaki of the future through student-led environmental projects that teach ākonga skills resilience and most importantly hope.

Update! Congratulations to Oruaiti School in the Far North (Te Taitokerau) for being announced winners of the 2021 Education Focus Prize. What a rich story of inquiry, ākonga-led action, reflection and change you have undertaken and shared.