Supporting our Young Men to secure success

Ensuring that all of our young men are prepared for their NCEA is a key role undertaken by the College.

This year a number of initiatives are being taken to ensure that students are guided through the process of examination preparation and feel supported through each stage.

In addition to the information that they will receive through assemblies and discussions with teachers we have put together these resources to ensure that all students are in a position to take responsibility and secure their potential in the forthcoming externals.

Practice Exams

Senior exam week will commence on Monday 28 August. You can view the examination timetable here. It is important that students prepare themselves fully for these examinations - if you are ill/unable to sit one of your externals for a medical reason these results will be used to submit a derived grade application (If conditions are met). Students must take these exams seriously and put in the required revision so that they are performing at their target grade. Please make sure that you have READ this information.

NCEA Externals

NZQA have now released the examination timetable for 2017.

Students should be downloading and printing a copy of this for themselves and use the information during term 3 when they are constructing their revision plans.

This year NZQA have made available a great timetable tool for students to access from their Smartphones and tablets, all they need to do is visit the mobile site.

We recognise that for many of our students getting started is the biggest hurdle.

To help them get started we encourage them to download a copy our revision planner template for 2017 (Word, PDF) and to sit down and plan a realistic revision schedule for term 3 and 4.

We have also put together a 'Revision - What Works' document which all students and parents should read.

NCEA - Securing Success Evening

A video of our presentation is below.

You can download a pdf version of this presentation here.

The learning styles survey can be found here.

Tutorials Programme

This year there will be a number of after school tutorials running specifically to support the completion of internals at Levels 1-3 as well as helping to support students with preparation for externals. The schedule will be placed here once finalised.

Past Exam Papers

A number of subjects have past external exam papers available for some standards.

These can be found on the NZQA website but are not that easy to find. Click here to go the site where you can enter the subject and Level that you are looking for.

Study Success

In order for students to achieve to their potential, sometimes they need a little help along the way. 

Study Success provides a venue and a teacher who can help – all the students need is a little motivation to succeed.  

Below are the venues, times and teachers where students can get help for the various subjects:

Mathematics - Tuesdays and Wednesdays in R04 with Mr Plant. Some assistance can also be given on Mondays and Thursdays.

Science – Tuesdays in the library with Mr Wood

English and Social Sciences – Wednesdays in the library with Mr Tierney

All sessions start at 3:20pm and in most cases, teachers can stay until 5:00pm.

Students are encouraged to come prepared with specific questions they have or areas in which they are experiencing difficulty.

Students just looking for a quiet place to do homework with a teacher present in case they run into difficulty are also encouraged to come to Study Success.

Students are welcome to work in groups on projects if they wish.

Study Success is not extra tuition, but simply a place for students to get help with their school work free of charge.
 

Kamar Portal

Students and parents have access to the Kamar web portal.

They are encouraged to use in order to track NCEA progress as the year progresses.

More information on this can be found on the Parent Portal page.