Hato Paora College wins top award

Hato Paora College, in Cheltenham, near Feilding in New Zealand has won a National School of Character Award recognising its efforts in encouraging positive results for student behaviour, citizenship, school culture and academic achievement.

Winning schools are those able to demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives fostering success among students.

The Maori boys’ Catholic boarding school centred its culture on the principle that “respect plus responsibility equals results”.

Principal Debra Marshall-Lobb said students were taught four simple rights – to be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing with the right attitude.

Palmerston North Boys’ High School leadership director Paul King nominated the school, saying that Hato Paora was “leading in education and developing educated men of outstanding character”.

A group of 20 Boys’ High staff and students visited Hato Paora for a leadership exchange earlier this year, encouraging King to put the school’s name forward for the award.

Other recipients this year included Rathkeale College, Otago Girls’ High School, Hamilton Boys’ High School, and Malfroy Primary School in Rotorua.


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