RE teacher receives National Excellence Award

A year 13 RE teacher and deputy principal at Aquinas College has received a National Excellence in Training and Leadership Award.

Terry Consedine was one of 23 New Zealand teachers to receive his award from Minister of Education, Hekia Parata at Parliament last week.

Awards are given to teachers after being nominated for outstanding work in their schools.

Calling it “a great thrill”, Mr Consedine was delighted to learn of his 2013 nomination by senior students at Aquinas College.

However, to be selected as one of 23 out of a total of 600 nominated teachers was “very uplifting,” Mr Consedine told CathNews.

“This is most certainly one of the greatest highlights of my career, a real source of encouragement,” he said.

An enthusiastic teacher of Religious Education, Mr Consedine has been actively involved in Catholic education for nearly thirty years.

As well as teaching Religious Education, Mr Consedine is Deputy Principal of Aquinas College, Tauranga.

“Being able to walk alongside young people as they begin to formulate their spiritual journey is an added feature of a Catholic school; something I particularly value,” he said.

At the presentation of his award Mr Consedine gave a five minute presentation on “Empowerment of the key players in education.”

Lunch with Minister of Education, Hekia Parata and other winners followed.


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