December 7, 2000
New Zealand schools have been invited to enter the fourth Goodman Fielder School of the Year Awards designed to pay
tribute to excellence in education.
Patearoa School principal Anne Wright, co-winner of the 1999 Goodman Fielder School of the Year title with Piopio
College, urges all schools to embrace the 2000 Goodman Fielder School of the Year Awards following their success.
“To have our achievements recognised through a Goodman Fielder School of the Year award has been a real boost for all
involved in the school. We commend Goodman Fielder for organising such a programme acknowledging excellence in New
Zealand education and encourage other schools to embrace this opportunity,” she says.
Goodman Fielder Milling and Baking managing director Colin Wise says the awards offer schools the unique opportunity to
have achievements officially acknowledged and celebrated.
“Goodman Fielder is once more delighted to invite schools to enter the awards, a programme which has proved extremely
rewarding for all involved, particularly at a time when many are feeling financial pressure,” says Mr Wise.
“The Goodman Fielder School of the Year Awards’ success is, as usual, dependent on support from schools and I encourage
principals to embrace the chance for their school to shine and have hard work rewarded.”
Schools have until 5pm Friday, May 4 2001 to submit their entries under one of the five competition categories based on
the size and type of school. Entries will be judged on criteria developed to measure achievements alongside other
schools in similar circumstances.
The $100,000 prize pool for the 2000 Goodman Fielder School of the Year Awards will see five schools each receiving a
cash prize of $10,000 and a trophy, with a further $40,000 and supreme trophy awarded to the overall winner. The 10
runners up will also receive $1000 cash and a certificate.
Merit certificates will be awarded to 20 schools that show outstanding achievement in a particular aspect of their
The Goodman Fielder School of the Year website was set up last year to help schools when preparing their entry. This has
been advanced to enable schools to download the entry form and submit their entry via the site. Visiting
www.goodmanfielder.com.au through the Community Relations’ link accesses the site.
The high calibre judging panel will again be chaired by the Rt Hon David Lange with panel members including Dame
Catherine Tizard, Gary McCormick, April Ieremia and Colin Wise. Educationalists Pat Riley, Noel Scott, John Boyens and
Gae Griffiths will serve on a pre-selection panel with Pat and Noel representing the panel on judging day.
Fifteen finalists will be advised in late May 2001 and winners announced at a special ceremony in Wellington on
Thursday, June 21 2001. A student and staff representative from each of the 15 schools will be flown to this awards’
Prepared on behalf of Goodman Fielder by Porter Novelli New Zealand.
For further information please contact:
Colin Wise Goodman Fielder Milling and Baking 09 272 1200
Carolyn Wellburn Porter Novelli New Zealand 09 373 3786