Culture shift attracts students
A central city school is seeing a jump in popularity with year 9 enrolments doubling since 2012.
St Paul’s College in Ponsonby is a single-sex character school that draws students from central, southern and western suburbs.
Principal Mark Rice says the shift in the learning culture has attracted students with a 50 per cent increase at year 7 and 8, and a 100 per cent increase at year 9.
‘‘I think word is getting out about the teaching quality here and our senior academic results. Word of mouth is really powerful.’’
The decile 3 school got good NCEA results from last year – 91 per cent reached the level 1 pass rate.
Mr Rice says the positive changes have also echoed outside of the school grounds with students demonstrating greater self-discipline and pride in their appearance.
‘‘It’s about self responsibility rather than the school imposing discipline on the student.’’
The school opened a learning centre in June last year that has old boys tutoring students one-on-one after class.
There is set to be further changes later this year with plans for property development in the works.
– Principal Mark Rice Welcome: St Paul’s College principal Mark Rice and head boy Xavier Rice welcome year 9 students to the school.