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Outstanding teacher and coach receives honours award

Outstanding teacher and coach receives honours award

In recognition of his service to students and sport, St Paul’s teacher Craig Hardman has been awarded an ISNZ Honours Award.

The annual awards, presented by Independent Schools of New Zealand (ISNZ), are designed for staff who stand out above and beyond what might reasonably be expected as part of their paid employment.

Mr Hardman was nominated for the award by St Paul’s Headmaster Grant Lander. “Over the past decade at St Paul’s, Mr Hardman’s passion, enthusiasm and determination has seen him work his way up through the ranks into positions of responsibility and leadership,” says Mr Lander.

Currently the Head of Physical Education, Mr Hardman joined the school after completing a conjoint degree in teaching and sports and leisure. Having held the role of Head of Department and Leader of Curriculum for Physical Education since 2011, he was also recently appointed the Housemaster of Williams Boarding House.

Since his arrival at St Paul’s, he has coached the schools' 1st XI Hockey team, culminating in the team becoming national secondary school champions in the Rankin Cup and being named the secondary schools’ ‘team of the year’ at the Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards.

Mr Hardman has developed and implemented various initiatives such as the Xccellerator programme for junior high performance sportsmen and the Character Education programme, a drive to introduce character development into the curriculum.

He forged a partnership with the regional Midlands Hockey organisation and has helped establish a Collegians' Hockey Club to enable past students and members of the community to play hockey through the school.

“Craig is a motivated, goal-driven teacher and coach. He develops strong relationships with students, is approachable and interacts with students and staff in a most professional manner. He is always prepared to do the ‘hard yards’, often going above and beyond the call of duty,” says Mr Lander.

The 2018 awards were presented to the successful recipients at the ISNZ Annual Conference on June 22 at the Grand Millennium in Auckland.

Read more about the awards here

Photo Caption: St Paul’s teacher Craig Hardman receives his ISNZ Honours Award from ISNZ Board Chair Heather McRae (left) and Associate Minister for Education Hon Jenny Salesa (right).