You will notice that we recently emailed out the mid-year reports for the senior students. We also went through an interviewing process where each senior Year level dean talked with their individual students about their academic goals. This process will begin in Week 9 for the junior students as well.
We are halfway through the academic school year and it is a good time to stop and take stock of where each senior student is academically. Tracking their progress early is one of the ways in which we ensure that students are positively progressing towards their goals of achieving NCEA for that level. Ways in which you can check in with your child is to:
1) Access their portal and view their grades
2) Encourage them to log in to their NZQA Profile account as well
3) Praise their progress
4) Have the necessary conversations around achievement
5) Ask the question - ‘What’s next and how are you getting there?’
6) Contact their teacher for any queries you may have regarding a particular subject area
7) Contact the Dean for any questions regarding their overall progress
Year 11s should be working towards 10 credits of Numeracy and 10 credits of Literacy as part of their 80 credits required to gain Level 1. The Year 13s should have established by now, the subject areas they want to gain University Entrance with and checked that they have gained UE literacy, which comprises of 5 credits of Reading and 5 credits of Writing. Students may already have established what they will be doing in 2019 - a trade, work or a tertiary program - and they need to check to ensure that they have taken the appropriate actions to gain NCEA level 3 by the end of this year.
Many of you have been following the news regarding the review of the NCEA education system. One of the areas that have been reviewed is NZQA fees. As of this year, domestic students do not need to pay NZQA fees however International students will continue to pay NZQA fees. Financial assistance also does not apply to international students. We will continue to keep you updated with NCEA changes as they roll out over the next few years.
Tamar Aiono, Assistant Principal