News release from the Royal Society of New Zealand
For immediate release
11 December 2012
Palmerston North Primary School Gets Boost For Science
Russell Street School in Palmerston North is now financially better off thanks to a highly effective teacher who is
taking the science programme to new levels.
Joy Kitt has won the 2012 Primary Science Teacher Fellowship Alumni Award valued at $30,000, two thirds of which goes
directly to her school to further enhance science education. The aim of the award is to recognize the effort, commitment
and success both the teacher and school have made in improving the teaching of science.
Mrs Kitt was a Primary Science Teacher Fellow in the first half of 2010, based at Plant and Food Research Institute in
Palmerston North. Her Fellowship focused on developing her understanding of plant structure and growth.
On her return to Russell Street School, Mrs Kitt has greatly enhanced science teaching by leading the professional
development of other teachers in her school in science, modelling best practice in the teaching of science both with her
colleagues and also with other teachers in the region, and developing an engaging science programme for the students.
Mrs Kitt is thrilled to win the award. “I love teaching science but even more I love watching the students’ getting
involved in ‘doing’ science and their wonder and excitement about what they are learning.
“My best advice to teachers is to find a way to do a little bit of science every day. Just have a go and ‘grab life by
The Principal of Russell St School, David Reardon, is also very pleased with Mrs Kitt’s win. “The school is proud that
Joy’s leadership in science has been recognised and we welcome the opportunity to put the substantial award funding
towards further extending the opportunities and experiences for both staff and students. Students are very much the
winners in this.”
Brian Halkyard from Glamorgan School in Auckland is runner up and receives $1000 to acknowledge his leadership in
science education in his school and wider community.
“The Primary Science Teacher Fellowship programme supports the development of effective science teaching in primary
schools,” says Richard Meylan, Manager – Education at the Royal Society of New Zealand.
“Teacher Fellows engage in a programme of learning that focuses on familiarisation with the Nature of Science strand in
the New Zealand curriculum and the development of leadership skills to enhance the quality of school-wide science
teaching in their schools.”
The Fellowship programme is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and managed by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
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