Suc­cess counts for Mt Roskill stu­dents

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Stu­dents at Mt Roskill Gram­mar know that suc­cess is ex­pected of them.

Prin­ci­pal Greg Wat­son and his team make sure of it.

‘‘The sin­gle most im­por­tant fac­tor is be­lief, be­lief that we all can learn,’’ he says. ‘‘That has to come from the teach­ers and the stu­dents so that achieve­ment is pos­si­ble and at­tain­able for all.’’

Last year 82 per cent of stu­dents who left Mt Roskill Gram­mar had at least NCEA level 2. The na­tional aver­age was 73 per cent.

Year 13 stu­dent Hay­den Couper says the sup­port sys­tem for Maori and Pa­cific Is­land stu­dents has helped put him on the path to ful­fill­ing his goal of study­ing law next year.

‘‘It is not sin­gling us out and say­ing ‘this is the worst kids, we have to give them the most at­ten­tion’,’’ he says.

‘‘It is just a help­ing hand, they make it known that they want us to achieve.’’

Wat­son says the school has struc­tures in place to en­able suc­cess.

‘‘These are in re­spect to goal set­ting, count­ing cred­its and know­ing where we are up to.

‘‘We ex­pect each stu­dent to take own­er­ship of where they are up to and our job is to sup­port them in that think­ing.’’

Solomon Penny, 17, says the teach­ers care and they care­fully track ev­ery stu­dent’s learn­ing out­comes.

‘‘It is a place that you can do well and where a lot of people have done well.’’

He is proud to be a Mt Roskill stu­dent.

‘‘We are punch­ing well above our weight.’’

Deputy prin­ci­pal John Wilkin­son has been at the decile four school for 19 years. He says its suc­cess is no overnight won­der.

‘‘We have al­ways been im­prov­ing school,’’ he says.

‘‘We are re­flect­ing and re­view­ing all el­e­ments. We are con­stantly in a cy­cle of ‘ what are we do­ing, how can we do it bet­ter?’’’

Year 13 stu­dent Theodore Loretz says the school fos­ters an en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery­one can be happy in their own skin.

‘‘The best thing about Roskill is that the great­est sin you can com­mit is to not be yourself,’’ he says.

‘‘Em­brac­ing yourself and di­ver­sity is a big thing here.’’

Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice eval­u­a­tion ser­vices man­ager Stephanie Gre­aney says the schools in­volved in the re­port show that suc­cess can hap­pen any­where.

‘‘De­spite wider chal­lenges, when schools and com­mu­ni­ties have a vi­sion for suc­cess and work to­gether to keep ev­ery stu­dent en­gaged and achiev­ing, it can hap­pen.’’

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