Quote from the Awards programme…
“Matariki is a time to reflect on the past and plan for a new year. It’s a time to learn and share, and a time for celebration. It’s a watershed moment that looks back on what’s been achieved and those who were held dear, and looks ahead to new horizons, yet to be explored.
Just as the sun crests the horizon and dawn makes its way towards daylight, so too does every learner embark on a journey towards knowledge and enlightenment.
This is the journey we trace with the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, recognising the four categories and Takatū prize, that mark the rising of the Matariki dawn, with a sixth award – the Supreme Award.”
I felt very privileged to attend the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards with the Roskill South Kindergarten team. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with the Roskill South team their excellence in practice. Their commitment to live Te Whāriki is without question as they seamlessly put the principles into action at every level of their practice. Their engagement with the local community is witness to the deeply respectful relationships that they practice each and every day! The commitment and high expectations for every child is fully evidenced in outstanding documentation that illuminates their practice and makes visible the powerful learning opportunities that they create in an environment that is truly responsive to each child. This documentation illustrates so impressively what is happening for each child, there is no doubt in my mind that this documentation will be in the hands of these families for generations and these teachers can be justly proud that this documentation is and will continue to be incredible trace of their professional lives. The work of this kindergarten has influenced practice on many levels not only in New Zealand but around the world. Well done for all your efforts Roskill South, I am so proud to be associated with the passion and drive of each and every one you as you continue on your journey to be the very best you can be!
Kia kaha, kia manawanui