School takes pride in NCEA re­sults

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

Aca­demic re­sults for Toko­roa High School are on the up – a trend it has been fol­low­ing for the past four years.

If the pre­lim­i­nary 2014 NCEA re­sults are any­thing to go by then it seems as if Toko­roa High School’s re­cent growth is here to stay.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing praise from Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata, the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice and fea­tur­ing in an Ed­u­ca­tion Gazette ar­ti­cle in 2014 for the pos­i­tive di­rec­tion the school was head­ing, prin­ci­pal Wil­liam Ford was once again proud of the school’s aca­demic per­for­mance for 2014.

With NCEA achieve­ment rates above the na­tional av­er­age a spe­cific chal­lenge was put to the school by the Board of Trustees to raise the lev­els of aca­demic per­for­mance even more by fo­cus­ing on gain­ing Merit and Ex­cel­lence level endorsements, he said.

The num­ber of sub­ject/ course endorsements range from 14 in 2011 to 67 in 2013. Last year the school re­ceived 102.

‘‘ The great ma­jor­ity of th­ese re­quired stu­dents to gain at least one ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion at Merit or Ex­cel­lence level, Ford said.

He puts the suc­cess down to a shift in at­ti­tude by teach­ers, stu­dents and par­ents.

‘‘Ex­am­i­na­tions are im­por­tant at Toko­roa High School as they show our stu­dents can pre­pare and per­form un­der pres­sure.

‘‘My staff are as ex­cited about the stu­dents’ exam re­sults as the stu­dents are.’’

Even more pleas­ing was the mas­sive in­crease in the num­ber of stu­dents gain­ing their NCEA cer­tifi­cates with over­all Merit or Ex­cel­lence endorsements.

That num­ber went from five in 2012, when the new ini­tia­tives and shift in at­ti­tudes came in, to 20 in 2013 and 36 in 2014.

Ford said 18 stu­dents were able to gain their cer­tifi­cates at Ex­cel­lence level which re­quired them to have gained at least 50 ex­cel­lence cred­its.

Board of Trustees Staff rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dean Tereu said it was ‘‘in­cred­i­bly pleas­ing’’.

‘‘ It shows that given the right learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, hard­work­ing teach­ers and a fully staffed timetable, our stu­dents are ca­pa­ble of aim­ing high and achiev­ing ac­cord­ingly. This cul­ture of ex­cel­lence is a joy to be a part of.’’

He said the chal­lenge is there to keep on im­prov­ing.

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