CPIT restaurant tutors win $20k

21:10, Jul 17 2012

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology's restaurant, wine and bar team have won $20,000 for teaching excellence.

Teachers Kathryn Fortescue, Heather Dyksma, Katrina Fisher, Frances Oberg-Nordt, Jenny Ritchie, Kent Slocombe, Cheryl Stokes and Susan Taylor were presented the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching Award at the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, held at Parliament last night.

They also received membership to the prestigious Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Excellence.

This is the third time in less than 10 years that staff from CPIT's School of Food and Hospitality have been recognised.

The CPIT cookery team won the same award in 2003.

Teacher Selena Chan won in  2007 and was also awarded the Prime Minister's Supreme Teaching Excellence Award.


CPIT chief executive Kay Giles said the teachers' response to the ongoing earthquakes and determination to embed literacy and numeracy into their students were key to success.

''This prestigious award is a wonderful recognition of the restaurant, wine and bar team's commitment to providing excellent, innovative and supportive teaching.

"Their continued improvement of the student learning experience has resulted in consistently high student satisfaction and achievement in the School of Food and Hospitality."

The winnings will be put back into the CPIT restaurant.

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