Rangi Ruru Art Teacher Receives ISNZ Award

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“Creative” would be one word to describe Kate but she is much more than that, she is humble, dedicated, insightful, collaborative and reflective.

This from Melanie L’Eef as she reflects on talented and widely respected art teacher, Kate Rivers who has been recognised in the 2016 ISNZ Honours Awards for her service to art education.

Melanie L’Eef, Rangi Ruru’s Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning says it is actually hard to quantify the extraordinary contribution Kate makes to Rangi Ruru and to Art Education in general as her involvement in learning extends well beyond the classroom.

“Kate gifts hundreds of hours of extra mentoring and support to her students and colleagues. She is always one of the first to volunteer for staff community service projects and she willingly covers classes for her colleagues contributing to cross-learning area projects as a facilitator and mentor. Her focus is always on the learner and providing the richest of conditions to enable all learners to flourish – whether they be her colleagues or students,” said Melanie.

Kate is well-known within both the Rangi Ruru and art communities. Kate joined the staff as an Art Teacher in 1999 and is currently Head of Printmaking and Head of the Visual Arts Junior Curriculum.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, Kate also facilitates community learning opportunities in the evening and during term breaks and has driven a number of community engagement projects. She can also be found at many school and community events providing support and guidance, and is heavily involved with the school’s Kapa Haka group.

In 2015, Kate was appointed Director of Sustainability. As a passionate advocate for green living, Kate has led the design and implementation of the school-wide Sustainability Project, which has completely transformed how the school manages waste.

“Rangi Ruru has embraced ethical and organic food practices all because of Kate’s advocacy and inspiring leadership,” said Melanie. “She leads by example in all regards, and has engaged and mobilised the entire school community to think and act responsibly about the environment“.

Kate is also a member of the school’s Wellbeing Group that has planned and is currently implementing a school-wide Wellbeing Programme. She has been instrumental in developing the resources and support materials for all staff and student leaders.

“Kate’s recognition with this award is well-deserved and we thank her for all she does for the school and wider community in sharing her passion for art and the environment with us.”


Photo credit: ISNZ

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