… and the winners are …

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The expanded Trees for Survival awards programme, now in its second year, is based on schools achieving the criteria necessary to become recognised as Kowhai Schools for the ensuing year.

The awards are designed to give recognition to schools that reach a high standard in effectively implementing the TfS programme across all facets – in nurturing and growing their plants, in related classroom activities which cover the environmental and scientific issues behind the hands-on activity and the successful execution of planting days with all their community, physical and social interactions and measurable outcomes.

This year 21 Kowhai Awards have been made and the judges (TfS Field Officer Kirsty Hardie Boys, TfS Trustee David English and Editor Robin Beckett) who remarked on the much improved standard on the entries.

The five schools selected from the Kowhai Award schools for the annual Holyoake Awards, which carry monetary prizes as well as significant prestige, were clearly superior although difficult for the judges to separate.

The judges have recommended further refinements which will be enlarged on early in the new school year. These include an enhanced publicity campaign to ensure all TfS schools throughout the country are encouraged to seek the Kowhai status, some adjustments to entry dates and further development of the entry methodology to assist in achieving a more standardised entry format which will streamline the entry process and subsequent judging.

Holyoake Awards 2014
Winner: Pakiri School
Runners-up: Moturoa School – Remuera Intermediate School – Waiuku Primary School
Highly-commended: Owairoa Primary School

Kowhai Awards 2014 – these schools will have Kowhai school status for 2015
Avondale College – Awhitu School – Kaipara Flats School – Kelvin Road School – Meadowbank School – Mellon’s Bay School – Melville Primary School – Mission Heights Junior College – Otahuhu College – Pakuranga College – Papatoetoe High School – Point View School – St Kentigern College – Takanini School – Verran Primary School – Waitakere School

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