OtahuhuCol­lege records out­stand­ing NCEA re­sult

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

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.

TORIKA TOKALAU/FAIR­FAX NZ

Otahuhu Col­lege prin­ci­pal Neil Wat­son says teach­ers and stu­dents put in a lot of ex­tra hours re­vis­ing for na­tional ex­ams.

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