Students from all around the country uploaded more than 2000 artworks to the “I Love Learning” website.

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Students from all around the country uploaded more than 2000 artworks to the “I Love Learning” website, generating huge volumes of traffic as friends and family jumped on the site to admire their work.

The quality of the entries once again demonstrates the New Zealand public education system is in good health, despite the difficulties of reductive education reform and tight budgets. The arts are certainly under threat as National Standards drive teaching and learning toward a narrow focus on numeracy and literacy. However, educators are clearly holding on the idea of a broad curriculum, and creative thinking.

Finalists

In September 2012, around 150 finalists were selected – with a great deal of difficulty! The judges, Ali Teo and Gretchen Buwalda, made their final selections in early October, and the winners will be announced mid October.

The entries were in 10 categories – one for ECE, one each for years 1-8, and one a digital category. Each winner received an iPad, and their school or centre received one too.

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