Queen Bea flies through NCEA

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Former Tawa Col­lege stu­dent Bea Wood­ing was qui­etly de­lighted with her ef­forts af­ter she opened the let­ter con­tain­ing her NCEA re­sults.

Wood­ing passed level 3 with fly­ing colours and fin­ished her fi­nal year with a stag­ger­ing 138 ex­cel­lence cred­its.

Re­flect­ing on her years at col­lege, the 18-year-old said she had been con­fi­dent that with hard work and study she would pass.

Wood­ing is now study­ing for a bach­e­lor of science at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity, ma­jor­ing in maths and physics.

She also takes a cou­ple of phil- os­o­phy papers just be­cause she can.

‘‘Peo­ple tell me it’s an in­ter­est­ing mix, but I’m just so in­ter­ested in ev­ery­thing. I also think it would be cool to one day be an as­tro­naut, or a his­to­rian,’’ she said.

Wood­ing’s suc­cess does not stop there.

While she was still at school she also earned a schol­ar­ship for sta­tis­tics and his­tory.

Her NCEA level 1 and 2 re­sults were sim­i­lar to those from last year.

‘‘Uni is a bit dif­fer­ent, but it’s all the same – you have to work hard to get the re­sults and that’s what I plan to do.

‘‘At the mo­ment study re­ally in­ter­ests me, but that’s not to say I don’t have a so­cial life or spare time to read.’’

Wood­ing said she was happy with how well she did last year.

‘‘I am proud of where it has led me.’’

She said she planned to con­tinue study­ing, and even­tu­ally do a post-grad­u­ate de­gree.

She hoped to go on an ex­change to Bri­tain.

Tawa Col­lege prin­ci­pal Mur­ray Lucas said the school’s level 3 re­sults were the high­est his students had achieved over the past five years by some mar­gin.

He said all re­sults were above the na­tional av­er­age, which was ‘‘most en­cour­ag­ing’’.

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