Otamatea High School’s deputy principal Dirk Smyth accepted a Woolf Fisher Fellowship recently — one of 15 are awarded to principals and secondary teachers each year, ‘to recognise and reward excellence in education’.
A passionate supporter of education in New Zealand, the late Sir Woolf Fisher founded the trust in 1960 to advance education through fellowships and scholarships.
The fellowship will give Dirk a three-week study trip to the value of $7,000 or up to $10,000 if accompanied.
Countries are suggested by the trustees and the Ministry of Education supports the award by paying the relief teachers employed during the fellowship.
“Dirk is a well respected member of the school who leads teaching and learning as the deputy principal,“ said principal Rachel Clothier-Simmonds.
“He will be travelling to Australia and visiting different schools to look at their curriculum design.
“We are all very proud of Dirk and are excited to see what ideas he will be bringing back from Australia, that Otamatea High School may benefit from.”