Winners of the Prime Minister's Excellence in Education Awards
Since 2014, the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards have been shining a light on teaching best practice by schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo across Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Awards focus on the work of groups, teams and partnerships in English, Māori, or Pacific-medium settings. They highlight the combined effort needed to achieve improvement, equity and planned innovation.
In 2021 Hastings Girls' won in the category of Excellence in Leading
Transformative leadership is developing high trust relationships with Māori and Pacific communities at Hastings Girls’ High School.
Junior subject hubs focusing on students’ interests, replaced class streaming. Middle leadership is developing, alongside student agency and power sharing, while cultural identity is embraced in the new uniform.
Expert mentorship supports the principal through a wide-ranging change programme, where community agencies are embedded in professional learning.
University Entrance achievement for Māori and Pacific learners has reached parity with other students, for the very first time.
What the judges said
Transformational leadership at Hastings Girls’ High School established a warm and supportive school environment that embraces diversity. The school believes in leadership at all levels, with students informing leadership roles. Whānau voice also contributed to a good partnership between home and school – creating tailored opportunities for each girl.