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Can-do attitude wins school award
Northern Advocate, Whangarei Northland  30 Oct 2017
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Size proved no barrier to a small Northland school when it won a big national award.

Kaeo School, with a roll of 154 students, was named the Outstanding Kiwi Can School at the Graeme Dingle Foundation's 2017 Excellence Awards.

The award was presented to principal Paul Barker at Government House in Auckland last week. He was joined by Tracy Rouse, the school's Kiwi Can coordinator and former deputy principal Glenys Grace.

Mr Barker said the award acknowledged excellent work and commitment at the decile 2 school.

"Kiwi Can not only supports what we do here at Kaeo, our culture and our values, but it adds and deepens our work. It has helped to change and influence many children's lives over the years," he said.

"What I really enjoy about Kiwi Can is that the programme's values mirror those of our school, and that the children learn important skills that will hold them in good stead for the future. Our school, with the support of Kiwi Can, has become well known as a kind and generous place, a place where manaakitanga is evident every day.

"This leads naturally to success in learning and in all spheres of the children's lives, and has helped Kaeo School be the special place that it is." About 200 people attended the ceremony with awards presented to schools and young New Zealanders involved in the foundation's youth development programmes, including Kiwi Can, Stars, Career Navigator and Project K.

Sir Graeme Dingle, a mountaineer and outdoor education pioneer, said the foundation's goal was to ensure all young people could be confident contributors to New Zealand.

"The awards highlight not only some of the circumstances and harsh realities a lot of our Kiwi kids face, but most importantly, celebrates their courage and resilience to be able to come out the other said," he said.

Kiwi Can is a values and life skills programme for children aged 5-12. Its physical, mental and creative challenges are delivered to almost 19,000 children.

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THINKING BIG: Kaeo Primary School principal Paul Barker says being small doesn't stop schools achieving big things.

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