The stress of high school ex­ams

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Paul Hickey

Do you oc­ca­sion­ally have those days where you wish you could be a teenager again? No ma­jor wor­ries, hang­ing out every day with your mates and just lov­ing life?

While we can look back with (mostly) fond mem­o­ries of our teenage years, one of the big ob­vi­ous down­sides was ex­ams.

The stresses in­volved in end of year ex­ams was pretty tough, and even as a par­ent it can get a lit­tle that way too as your kids face the chal­lenge.

This week is the start of the NCEA ex­ams, my daugh­ter is sit­ting her Level 2s this year, and the in­flu­ence th­ese ex­ams have on the fu­ture is be­com­ing quite real. I wish all stu­dents the best of luck.

Win­ning awards

Ex­ams co­in­cide with the end of the school year, so ear­lier this week we went along to the se­nior prize­giv­ing at Ro­torua Lakes High School.

It was a great night of cel­e­bra­tion for stu­dents, but for me it was a bit of a trip down mem­ory lane.

There were a few me­mo­rial tro­phies named af­ter some of my for­mer teach­ers (I hope the sto­ries of th­ese teach­ers gets passed down to the re­cip­i­ents at least), and there was the singing of the na­tional an­them with the words on the screen in the cor­ner.

It re­minded me how it was in the era I was at the school, when we be­gan the reg­u­lar use of both Ma¯ ori and English ver­sions of the an­them.

It was a pas­sion­ate ren­di­tion this week too, from young and old. No need to change it, de­spite what some are try­ing to pro­pose.

Speed cam­era change

There has been news this week of a new style of speed cam­era that is set to be tri­alled here in New Zealand.

I quite like the idea of th­ese ‘point-to-point’ cam­eras which use tech­nol­ogy to time your ve­hi­cle be­tween the two points.

But once again quite a few peo­ple got their noses out of joint over the pro­posal.

I’m a huge fan of speed cam­eras in gen­eral, and reckon there should be more of them.

Heck, even let the cops hide be­hind trees, just like Sher­iff Rossco used to do on Dukes Of Haz­zard.

Peo­ple com­plain about the cam­eras be­ing purely a rev­enue gen­er­at­ing idea, but those are prob­a­bly the peo­ple who speed the most.

We had one guy call the ra­dio sta­tion this week say­ing how his car does 200km/h so eas­ily, so he doesn’t care about lim­its. He just wants to drive his car as fast as pos­si­ble as of­ten as pos­si­ble.

It’s th­ese kind of peo­ple that we need to be snap­ping, catch­ing and fin­ing as of­ten as pos­si­ble and even­tu­ally get them off our roads.

Christ­mas feast

Have you started plan­ning for your Christ­mas din­ner?

We’ve got a bit of a dif­fer­ent plan this year due to some work com­mit­ments but it should all work out. It seems the roy­als are work­ing on their plans too, and it looks like Meghan Markle’s mother will be stay­ing with the roy­als at their Nor­folk es­tate for Christ­mas.

Ap­par­ently, Queen Eliz­a­beth her­self is­sued the in­vite, which is highly un­usual and breaks royal prece­dent. Kate Mid­dle­ton’s fam­ily is yet to be in­vited to stay for Christ­mas!

On the sub­ject of Christ­mas plan­ning, this week­end is your last chance to en­ter to win a Nov­elty Golf Party up at Lakeview Golf Club.

They have this fun Nov­elty Golf Chal­lenge that ev­ery­one can play, be­fore en­joy­ing a de­li­cious meal.

I’ve been and had a bit of a play and it is a heap of fun, and I can imag­ine some good work ban­ter will en­sue.

We’re giv­ing away a func­tion for 15 peo­ple in­clud­ing the bar­be­cue meal, so why don’t you reg­is­ter your work­place or fam­ily/friend group right now at the­hits.co.nz

■ Hear Ro­torua me­dia per­son­al­ity Paul Hickey week­days 9am — 3pm show on The Hits Ro­torua 97.5FM. Fol­low on Twit­ter — @paul­hick­eynz Face­book — The Hits Ro­torua.

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This week NCEA ex­ams be­gan.

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Have you started plan­ning for your Christ­mas din­ner?

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