Cul­ture shift at­tracts stu­dents

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

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.

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

– Prin­ci­pal Mark Rice Wel­come: St Paul’s Col­lege prin­ci­pal Mark Rice and head boy Xavier Rice wel­come year 9 stu­dents to the school.

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