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Excellence Awards

Each year NZFDC presents an award for each year level of school, from primary through to the end of secondary school. These awards recognise the greatest achievement across the country, either academically or as part of the social environment within education, of a deaf or hard of hearing student.

We would like to acknowledge the extra hard work and dedication that children with a hearing loss put into school to merely keep up with their peers, and the amazing effort it takes to excel.

The awards are:

  • Years 1 - 8 The New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children Medal
  • The Year 9  Bensley Cup and $100.00
  • The Year 10 Zis Lurajud Cup and $100.00
  • The Year 11 Makere Mason Trophy and $100.00
  • The Year 12 Margaret Cooper Trophy and $100.00
  • The Year 13 Devine Family Cup and $250.00
  • And the Norma Taylor Memorial Trophy and $500.00

This award honours Norma's memory and recognises the highest achievement nationally of a deaf or hard of hearing student who has consistently achieved recognition within their school over five years at secondary level.

The nominations are open each year from 1st August and close on the last day of School Term 3 (Friday 29 September 2017). NZFDC endeavours to co-ordinate the presentation of these awards with the student's end of year School Award Assembly.

Please note - for all our financial assistance, families MUST be financial members of an affiliated Parent Group. For information on your local Regional Parent Group, or for any other information on our financial assistance, please contact us.

Download the Excellence Awards application form

NZFDC Paton Family Award for Sporting Excellence 

This award has been kindly donated in 2013 by the Paton Family of Otago in recognition of the support NZFDC gave to Emma Paton during her school years.

Download the NZFDC Paton Family award for sporting excellence nomination form