Waituna Creek School won the small business category at the annual South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
The awards, held late last month in Timaru, left the school “absolutely thrilled”, principal Tiffany Ottley said.
The school celebrated with a special assembly last week. The pupils were “very excited” to see the trophy and balloons in the school office, she said.
Waituna Creek is a full primary school for years 1-8 and at present has a roll of 43 pupils. A bus brings pupils from the Waimate township as well as the Waituna, Hook and Hunter areas.
Ms Ottley said people had asked how a school could be in a business awards event, but it made sense.
“Schools have objectives and goals like a normal business, and we have to operate within a budget. Our customers are our children, families and community. We have key characteristics and points of difference, and we are always looking for ways to grow and develop.”
She said the school community had celebrated the win.
“This fantastic result reflects the hard work put in by our children, whanau, staff and other members of the Waituna community.”