Best practice in action

Ngā ritenga pai rawa e mahi ana

This year’s finalists showcase outstanding achievements in teaching from across Aotearoa.

I whakaatu ngā kaiwhiringa toa i tēnei tau i ngā tutukitanga pai rawa i te ako puta noa i Aotearoa.

Key dates for 2021

NGĀ RĀ MATUA 2021

Finalists announced

Ka whakaingoatia te kōwhiringa whāiti

June 2021

Pipiri 2021

Judging visits

Pekanga kaiwhakawā

July-August 2021

Hōngongoi-Here-turi-kōkā 2021



New for 2021

HŌU ANA KI TE TAU 2021

Excellence in Environmental and Sustainability Education

Te Hiranga o te Akoranga Whakapūmau Taiao

Introducing an important category for 2021

E whakamōhio atu ana i tētahi wāhanga whakahirahira mō te tau 2021

The best of the best

Be inspired by the winner of both the 2019 Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, and Excellence in Leading Award. Rotorua Boys’ High School offers students an innovative 24-hour learning environment with a strong element of whānau infrastructure.

Ngā puru rourou

Kia whakaaweawetia e te toa o tō 2019 Tohu Kairangi Matua a te Pirimia, me te Tohu Kairangi mō te Ārahitanga. E whāngaitia ana ngā tauira e te Kura Tuarua o Rotorua ki tētahi wāhi ako auaha, e tuwhera ana i ngā wā katoa, ka mutu, he kaha hoki te wairua whānau o roto hoki.

Visual

A sweeping view of a grand two-storey school building. Words above its entrance read: Ad Astra Per Aspera, and below this, Whāia Te Iti Kahurangi. A purple banner appears at the bottom of the screen with overlapping triangles in purple and teal at the start. Text in the banner reads: Rotorua Boys’ High School, Bay of Plenty. Rows of teenage boys in blazers and ties perform a haka in the carpark outside the two-storey school building. A trio of boys wearing red and blue uniform windbreaker jackets walk across a cobbled area in front of a building with a shield emblem above its large windows.

 

Audio

(Man): Through effective leadership, Rotorua Boys' High School is supporting Māori success as Māori for students in the school hostel.

 

Visual

Inside a classroom with rows of red seats, a man wearing a shirt and tie sits with four students, showing them something on a laptop. A large group of students in their red and blue windbreakers gather around the teacher. A woman with her long brown hair tied back wears a red scarf. She speaks animatedly, moving her hand. A troupe of students in beige-coloured shirts perform a haka. A teenager boy with short dark hair does a pūkana. Teens in street clothes sit at white tables, eating a meal at night.

 

Audio

(Woman): Positive male role-modelling, high expectations of student behaviour and a strong connection with te reo me ngā tikanga Māori are embedded in daily hostel life.

 

Visual

A woman with shoulder-length auburn hair uses a stethoscope on a student in a sick bay bed. The student has a blood pressure cuff around his right arm. A man in a white shirt sits with students studying at a table. Open exercise books are laid out in front of them. A young blonde child in a yellow hoodie smiles and excitedly copies the hand movements of a teenage boy who wears a black jacket bearing the emblem of the Chiefs rugby team. Students in a classroom lean forward as they write in their exercise books.

 

Audio

(Woman): Regular access to medical staff and guidance counselling and strong relationships with housemasters and their families immerse students in a supportive, safe environment.

 

Visual

In a library, a woman in a denim jacket sits beside a teenage boy in a striped school blazer. They look over documents with a man in a white shirt. A man in a checked shirt and brown shoes also sits at the table. The library wall beside their table is covered in a thick mat of plastic plants. A man in a hoodie enters a dorm room with two students. The room has a set of wooden bunk beds against one wall. One of the boys opens a drawer to show the man neatly stored clothes. In the school library, a student in a beige-coloured polo shirt stands at a table. He reads from a cue card. A student sits at the table beside him, and a third, wearing the red and blue windbreaker, stands watching as he holds a document.  A group of students at a different library table applaud.

 

Audio

(Man): Housemasters contribute to individual education plans, with strong participation from whānau in academic review days. Boarders now have 100 percent pass rates in NCEA and the school’s highest rate of excellence endorsements.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2021

NGĀ RĀ MATUA 2021

Entries open Ka tuwhera ngā tono

22 February 2021

22 Huitanguru 2021

Entries close Ka kati ngā tono

16 April 2021

16 Paengawhāwhā 2021

Entry assessment Te aromatawai tono

April-May 2021

Paengawhāwhā-Haratua 2021

Finalists announced Ka whakaingoatia te kōwhiringa whāiti

June 2021

Pipiri 2021

Judging visits Pekanga kaiwhakawā

July-August 2021

Hōngongoi-Here-turi-kōkā 2021

Ceremony & gala dinner Te pō tuku tohu me te hākari nui

7 September 2021

7 Mahuru 2021

Prizes and Benefits

NGĀ HOROTAI ME NGĀ PAINGA

Awards

Ngā tohu

The winning school, kura, early learning service or kōhanga reo in each of the four categories and Education Focus Prize will receive a package that includes a trophy, a certificate, a $20,000 financial award and professional development opportunities.

Ko riro i te toa o ia o ngā wāhanga e whā me te Taonga Mātauranga, pēnā he kura auraki, he kura kaupapa Māori, he ratonga kura kōhungahunga, he kōhanga reo raini, tētahi taonga, tētahi tiwhikete, tētahi tohu pūtea e $20,000 te rahi me ngā whaiwāhitanga kaupapa whakapiki ngaiotanga.

 

The Prime Minister's Supreme Award

Te Tohu Nui A Te Pirimia

If your entry is chosen as the winner of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, you’ll receive a package that includes a trophy, a certificate, and an additional $30,000 financial award.

Pēnā ka kōwhiria ko tō tono whakauru te toa Tohu Nui a te Pirimia, ko tāna e whiwhi nei ko tētahi taonga, tētahi tiwhikete, me tētahi tohu pūtea e $30,000.

Share your story

Tuaritia tō kōrero

If your entry is chosen as a finalist, we'll create a short film showcasing your story that will be shown at the Awards ceremony. It'll also appear online, so your great work can inspire other teams around the country.

Ki te kōwhiria tō tono hei whiringa toa, ka hanga i tētahi kiriata poto kia whakaatu i tā koutou kōrero ki te hui o ngā Tohu. Ka kitea ātuihono hoki, kia whakaihiihi ā koutou mahi i ētahi atu tīma puta noa te motu.