Mark Williams Award

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The Mark Williams Award


Mark Williams was a leading light in the field of French teaching.  He taught at Otumoetai College, Tauranga, and was Secretary / Treasurer of NZAFT from 1998-2003.  He died shortly afterwards, but his legacy lives on in the professional development awards we give out each year in his name.

The Mark Williams Award (5 awards of $200 each) is for a teacher led project which focuses on enhancing the students’ French learning experience. Full details are available on  the application form and we invite applications each year by the first day of term 3 (23 July 2018).


Apply for the Mark Williams Award for 2018:


  • Download the GoogleDoc application form here.
  • To complete the form click “File”, “Make a copy” and rename the GoogleDoc.
  • Complete the form.
  • Please share the completed form with the President of the NZAFT,


  • To download a Word version of the form click here.
  • Complete the form and email it to our President


Rules and Criteria for the Mark Williams Award for 2018

The Mark Williams Award is for a teacher led project which focuses on enhancing the students’ French learning experience.

  1. Applicants for one of five Mark Williams Awards must be a paid member of the NZAFT.
  2. Application for an award must be made in writing to the NZAFT President.  Application forms are available by downloading a copy from this page.
  3. Applications close on the second Monday of term 3 ~ 30 July 2018
  4. Applications for an award must state:
    • Name, address and contact details
    • Current position and designation
    • Description of the student focused project for which the Award is intended
    • Reason for applying for funds
    • The maximum amount requested is a maximum of $200
    • Proposed ways of sharing benefits to colleagues.
  5. The selection will be made from applicants who meet all the requirements in their application.  The decision will be based on the following criteria:
    • the project must benefit more than one student
    • the project must be carried out during the school year the award is awarded.
    • adequate planning is demonstrated
  6. Members receiving an award must supply NZAFT Executive with a short written report of the project, suitable for publishing on the Mark Williams Award page of
  7. Disbursement of the award will be made upon reception of the relevant receipts and of the short written report upon project completion.
  8. The award may be granted for a project within or beyond New Zealand.


Award recipients – 2017
There were four applications for the award in 2017, all of which were successful.  Here are the names of the recipients and a brief summary of their proposed activity.  Reports on the activities will be published on this page as these are received.

  • Priscilla Pollard, St. Mary’s College
    The Award would be used towards prizes, a shared meal and materials for the activities for a Year 12 and 13 Quiz night to be held at St Mary’s College.
  • Suzy Lallemant, Shirley Boys’ High School
    The Award would be used towards two pou to be gifted to Lycee Jacques Caron in Arras and Lycee Carnot in Dijon during a visit to these schools on a cultural exchange.
  • Stephen Grimwood, Newlands College
    The Award would be used to support a trip to France in April/May 2018, during which the students intend to visit their Shared Histories partner school, Collège Louis Nucera, and attend ANZAC commemorations in Antibes.
  • Ali Rennie, Te Puke High School
    The Award would be used towards building a Lightboard Studio to flip the French classroom.

2017 Reports

Suzy Lallement’s report can be accessed here.  She has given full and impressive details about the pou; their design, construction and the handing over ceremonies.

Priscilla’s report describes a very successful quiz night, with Kings College once again taking out the first prize.  The “Hors Concours” section was won by Kristin.  Here are a few photos of the evening.

Stephen Grimwood, Newlands College, completed a successful trip to France during April 2018. An eventful trip, which included experiencing first hand the national train strikes, is outlined in his  France Trip Report 2018.

Award recipients – 2016
There were four applications for the award this year, all of which were successful.  Here are the names of the recipients and a brief summary of their activity.

• Elizabeth Roy, Southland Girls High School
The purchase of ten Education Perfect logins for students unable to afford them.

• Patsy Hall, Hamilton Girls’ High School
Contribution towards the costs of 20 students going to France on exchange with two French schools.

• Priscilla Pollard, St. Mary’s College
Contribution towards prizes, shared meal and quiz materials for a Year 12 & 13 Quiz night in the Auckland region.  This quiz was successfully held on 31 August and Priscilla has shared all her documents with us for teachers who would like to hold their own quiz.  Priscilla’s report can be read here.  The Photo Gallery can be viewed on our Teachers Page.

• Margaret Bullen, Stratford High School
Contribution towards the costs of a group of students travelling to New Caledonia and homestaying with a school in Poindimié.

Award recipients – 2015

We received a record number of applications for this award and were particularly impressed by the range of activities taking place in schools across the country. The following teachers were chosen to receive the award this year, with a brief description of their activity.

• Carole Coleman, Nga Tawa Diocesan School
Shared Histories project with College Jules Ferry in Conty, France, involving the twinning of the two towns.  Read Carol’s report here.

• Camille Dumas, Massey High School
Entry to DELF exam for students unable to pay the costs.

• Jane Skinner, Richmond Road School
Year 5 and 6 student exchange with École Internationale James Cook in Nouméa. Done in partnership with Birkdale North’s Étoile du Nord.

• Manu Ménard, St Matthew’s Collegiate
Monthly recording and broadcasting of students’ own work on Arrow FM. Read Manu’s report here.

• Anke Richmond, Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton
French “chat room”, hosted by the local Lido Cinema and facilitated by two native French speakers.

• Anne Scott and Maria Blanco, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School
Posters to be created, published and made available for purchase promoting the study of languages. Posters will contain authentic letters, emails and information provided by past students, describing how their language has benefited them in their career pathway.
Anne reports: In 2015 we contacted the Old Girls via newsletter and asked them how learning languages at EGGS helped them in their careers and in life in general. We have a poster being designed and printed for each of the languages we offer: Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin, Maori, and Spanish.

The French poster created by Anne and her team


Students from Richmond Road School in New Caledonia