OtahuhuCollege records outstanding NCEA result
A team effort from students and teachers has helped Otahuhu College record its best ever National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) result.
Otahuhu College principal Neil Watson said with a school roll of more than 1000 students and 70 teachers, the Mangere school has the highest number of Pasifika students in Auckland.
‘‘Improvements in the achievement of the students has been driven by excellent classroom teaching, personalised learning and a commitment to making sure students had the very best preparation possible for the exams,’’ Watson said.
Students and teachers worked extra hard last year, and instead of staying home a week before the exams to study - they all met up in school to continue revising together.
‘‘Even during the holidays there were tutorials and workshops happening.
‘‘Knowing families could not afford private tuition, teachers gave up their holidays and weekends to run extra tutorials and senior students stayed at school till the end of November to make use of the expertise of their teachers.
‘‘Such is the willingness for Otahuhu College students to improve.’’
In the last four years Otahuhu College has achieved its four best ever results for level one, two and three NCEA.
Watson said that while a lot of the students earned merit and excellence in their results, the real achievement was a reduction in the number of students skipping school and those who became the first in their family to gain university entrance.
‘‘Often they don’t get acknowledged for it but some of these students are the first in their families to be able to go to university and that’s fantastic.
‘‘There’s other students who stayed until year 13, got their Level 2 and they are going into their apprenticeship.
‘‘It’s those things that don’t get acknowledged and celebrated but they are real highlights and I’m really proud of them.’’
Watson said the school was going to work even harder this year to achieve even better exam results.
‘‘It is really important to keep progressing and trying to do the little things better, and there lots of the little things that we can do better.
Otahuhu College principal Neil Watson says teachers and students put in a lot of extra hours revising for national exams.