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Fiordland Kindergarten head teacher Claire
Maley-Shaw has been honoured for her
excellence in teaching and leadership, with
a national award presented during a special
celebratory luncheon at Parliament last
Twenty teachers nationwide were singled
out for recognition by Education Minister
Anne Tolley, who presented regional awards
to 12 ASG National Excellence in Teaching
and Leadership Awards (NEiTA) recipients
and eight Cognition Education Excellence in
Mrs Maley-Shaw has more than 22 years of
teaching experience and, as head teacher
at Fiordland Kindergarten in Te Anau, is
widely known for the excellent relationships
she has with children, families and the
wider community. She actively encourages
children to explore the outdoors and has
pioneered programmes as diverse as
weekly outdoor education to the extensive
use of information and technology.
Nominated for the award by the
kindergarten committee and endorsed by
her employer Kindergarten South, it was not
until she was seated at the awards dinner
that she realised what a big deal it was.
There she learned she had been chosen
from around 650 nominees and it doesn't
end there as the final phase of the awards
process takes place in October when a
further 10 will
be singled out for
for an award but
was as big as what
it is. It was quite
really," she said.
said the other
to lunch by their
Minister John Key
was in attendance.
MP and Finance
Minister Bill English) was a bit busy" as the
lunch coincided with budget day.
This is not the only honour to come her way.
This weekend Mrs Maley-Shaw flies out
for Scotland on a Joyce Barnes Fellowship
where she will give presentations on early
childhood education in New Zealand and
attend an international conference entitled
"A child's right to be heard -- weaving
children's voices into meaningful outdoor
She will also take some time to visit early
childhood education centres in the Glasgow
and Edinburgh areas.
Top Te Anau teacher honoured
Claire Maley-Shaw of Fiordland Kindergarten receiving a Cognition
Education Excellence in Leadership regional award from Education Minister
Anne Tolley during a celebratory luncheon at Parliament last week.
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The Tuatapere Lions Club's much
anticipated annual Hay, Baleage and Silage
competition will be held next Friday at Crack
Corp Contracting in Grove Burn Road.
Once again a full programme has been lined
up including static displays, refreshments,
spot prizes, equipment demonstrations
and a host of fun competitions from swede
throwing to guessing the weight of a native
Entries can be made by contacting Quinton
Donald (03) 226-6409 or Peter Ashcroft
(03) 226-664 and these will be collected
on Tuesday and Wednesday thanks to the
support of local truck owners.
Proceeds from the event will go to the
Waiau Health Trust towards the purchase of
a spirometer and audiometer, the Orepuki
Hall's roof replacement fund and Hospice
Southland. Assisted by the sponsorship
support of JJ Ltd and McDonald Agri-Fert,
more than $3000 has already been raised
Mr Donald said judging would start at
11am, with activities running throughout
the day culminating with "happy hour food"
hot off the barbecue from 5pm.
Thousands of dollars worth of prizes were
up for grabs thanks to the generosity of
the 100 sponsors the competition had
attracted, he said.
Hay, it's on again!
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