Winners of the National Schools of Character Awards
The winners of New Zealand’s inaugural National Schools of Character Awards were presented at an awards dinner held in Wellington on Friday 26 October 2012.
The winning schools and colleges are;
- Pomaria Primary School, a primary school in West Auckland with a roll of 502
- Kaharoa Primary School, a rural, full primary school on the outskirts of Rotorua with a roll of 197
- Taupo-nui-a-Tia College, a co-ed secondary school with a roll of 900
- Palmerston North Boys’ High with a roll of 1,733 students
- Wellington College, a state secondary school for boys with a roll of 1,539
Rod Galloway, Chairman of the New Zealand Foundation of Character Education said that the award winners were schools and colleges that were able to demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives that had yielded positive results for student behaviour, citizenship, school culture and academic achievement.
The awards, which include a $1,000 donation, are for four years and were presented to representatives of the schools and colleges by Mr. Ray Wallace, Mayor of Hutt City.
Mr. Galloway said that the range of school types, sizes, locations and decile classifications of the winning schools and colleges showed that these factors are irrelevant to effective character education. He also observed that the winners were all state schools.
The winning schools all reported a positive impact on student behaviour and overwhelming support from parents, students, staff and their school communities.
Although obviously different, the winning schools and colleges all shared common approaches to character formation. Each undertook the intentional teaching of such character traits as respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, integrity and kindness.
These traits were not only taught but each school sought to advocate and model them. Each placed a strong emphasis on the school’s culture and endeavoured to have the character traits they taught and advocated, inform and influence everything that happened in the schools.
The quality of leadership, in terms of character formation, provided by each principal is a significant factor in the effectiveness of the school’s approach to character education.
Mr. Galloway said that these five schools will provide wonderful mentors for other schools and models for the future.
The New Zealand National Schools of Character Awards, which are awarded for four years, was organized and funded by the New Zealand Foundation for Character Education Inc.