Message from the Chairman

|| February 15, 2021

One Tree Hill College Board of Trustees

11 February 2021

Kia ora,

It is with great pride that I inform our community that our long-serving One Tree Hill College Principal, Mr Nick Coughlan, has recently been awarded a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA). 

These are very prestigious awards presented to teachers and educational leaders across Australia and New Zealand who are performing at exceptional levels.

Nick was recently presented his award in a very special ceremony held online due to covid-19 travel restrictions. There were only 6 awards presented across New Zealand.

NEiTA Foundation Chairman Allen Blewitt said, “In a lot of ways, the last 12 months cannot be compared with any other year in history. When the covid-19 pandemic forced countries across the world to go into lockdown and for schools to close for undetermined periods, many communities were caught unawares. The speed at which teachers and principals rose to the occasion, supporting children of frontline workers in schools and those in lockdown via remote learning, truly makes them superheroes.” 

Futurity CEO Ross Higgins said a NEiTA nomination is proof that the members of the wider school community acknowledge the contribution of the teachers and principals and value them. “I congratulate all the NEiTA recipients. They represent dedicated teachers who have each demonstrated in this pandemic year how they genuinely care about the educational success and wellbeing of their students. These teachers are leaders and innovators in the classroom, in school systems and in the teaching profession.”

NEiTA is the only nationwide teaching award in Australia and New Zealand where nominations are community-based, predominantly by parents and school communities. The NEiTA selection process includes a comprehensive nomination outline, a written paper, and a video interview with the NEiTA judging panel, including esteemed educators associated with school and higher education.

Nick was recognised for his outstanding stewardship of student education. Mr Coughlan’s nominator said that throughout last year Nick displayed outstanding leadership. “Under lockdown he was calm and lead from the front, with strong communication as key. Nick is highly community focused and parents, staff and students all felt supported and listened to.”

On behalf of the One Tree Hill College Board of Trustees and our entire school community, I wish to congratulate Nick on this award and his continued leadership of the college.


Ngā mihi nui,

Max Guptill
Board Chair

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