Dr. Nicola Chisnall Memorial Award

Dr Chisnall was a pivotal figure in Montessori education in New Zealand and her work makes an extraordinary contribution to Montessori education worldwide. In her memory and to honour her work the Dr Nicola Chisnall Memorial Award was announced in April 2014.

There are many initiatives, large and small, within Montessori centres and schools that make significant contributions to children, families and communities. The Dr Nicola Chisnall Memorial Ward aims to make these actions visible thereby acknowledging the importance to Montessori education of the creation of a just community for children.

Each entry is required to provide evidence that outlines the story of what the individual or team set out to change and why, what actions were taken and the changes that were achieved for one child-one family/whānau-one centre/school or a community.

Tribute to Dr Nicola Chisnall (1955-2013) – Read more about her outstanding contribution to Montessori education by Ana Pickering, former executive officer of Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand.

The  award is pivotal to the MANZ strategic aim ‘To support the Montessori community to advocate on behalf of children (one child/one whanau-one centre/school-oone community-one town/city-one country).


Entering the Dr Nicola Chisnall Memorial Award in 2019

We like to make the announcement about the Dr Nicola Chisnall Memorial Award at our annual conference. In 2019 our conference is July 6-8th so there is lots of time to look at what you are doing in your community that should be made visible to others.

If you know someone or a centre or school that should enter – encourage them to step forward in 2019 or for more information contact eo@montessori.org.nz .


Previous Award Winners

2018 Montessori at Moturoa Primary School

2017 Wee Wisdom Montessori Paeroa

2016 The Children’s Corner, Auckland

2015 Meraki Montessori in Silverdale, Auckland

2014 Wa Ora Montessori School, Lower Hutt