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Adventure racing success
Dunstan High School senior girls won the girls
section of the New Zealand Secondary Schools'
Adventure Racing Championships in Cromwell on
Saturday. Dunstan High School intermediate girls
placed third. Mt Aspiring College won the boy's
section and Wakatipu High School was third in the
mixed team's section. More than 30 teams
Tagger targets cars
Alexandra police are seeking information about
two cars which were tagged in Alexandra and
Clyde during the weekend with a black Vivid pen
and Twink. Sergeant Derek Ealson said both
incidents probably happened early in the morning
and anyone who had information about the
incidents was urged to contact police.
People's Choice award
The People's Choice Award for the Form and
Function Photo Competition at Central Stories
Museum and Art Gallery has been won by
Alexandra's Chris Roughton's image Love is in the
Air. The image of two birds was the clear winner
with more than 30 votes separating it from the
next choice. This year's photo competition
attracted a record number of entries and more
than 500 votes were cast for People's Choice
during the four-week exhibition at the Russell
Health Camp open day
The Roxburgh Children's Health Camp will host an
open day on Friday from 11.30am. The public is
welcome to attend the day to celebrate the official
launch of the new brand and visual identity for Te
Puna Whaiora Children's Health Camps.
The Central Otago District Council approved its
draft annual plan 2013-2014 last week and is
seeking public feedback. The council wants to
know what ratepayers think about the way water
services infrastructure is funded (target rated per
scheme) and how it should be funded in the future.
Copies of the 127-page plan are available at council
offices and service centres and online at
codc.govt.nz. Submissions close on May 13.
Students doing better
Push to do more than just pass pays off with results
NCEA Results 2013
& how schools fared
This list shows the NCEA results from secondary schools in The Mirrors
circulation area. The gures in red show the national average for that
decile, a method of comparison that many school
principals say is fairer than comparing results against
the overall national average.
Note: Roll numbers are 2012 (From Ministry of
Education).Other stats are NZQA
More detailed tables
are available from
8 379 70 85.7 55.6
78.1 80.6 67.6
DUNSTAN HIGH SCHOOL 9 514 73.1 71
MANIOTOTO AREA SCHOOL 7 189 44.4 45.5 ND
78.3 80.6 67.6
MOUNT ASPIRING COLLEGE 10 689 93.8 84.5 72.4
72.7 71.3 64.7
ROXBURGH AREA SCHOOL 4 152 100 88.2 33.3
59.7 64.8 48.1
WAKATIPU HIGH SCHOOL 10 689 72.1 68.8 56.2
72.7 71.3 64.7
(decile) Roll Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
(%) Pass (%) Pass (%) Pass
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
%) Pass (%) Pass (%) Pass
By JESSICA MADDOCK
A ''concerted push'' on stu-
dents to achieve excellence
or merit, rather than just
pass, was evident in last
year's Dunstan High School
NCEA results, says principal,
Simply ''achieving'' NCEA
was no longer sufficient for
students to be accepted for
some university courses,
which demanded they be
performing at merit or excel-
lence level, he said.
''It's about encouraging the
students to do more than the
The 2012 National Certificate
results for all high schools
were released this month.
Mr Russell said his students'
results in all three NCEA
levels were better than last
year's, particularly for year
13 students, who usually sit
NCEA level 3.
The amount of merit and
excellence endorsements also
grew and the number of
scholarships awarded to
students at the college dou-
bled from last year, to eight.
Cromwell College principal,
Mason Stretch, said he was very
pleased with the results of the year 12
students who sat NCEA level 2.
The results of the school's year 11 and
year 13 pupils were ''sound . . . but they
are not yet where we want them to be''.
The college has set a goal for senior
students to consistently be 10 per cent
above the national average.
Its annual plan includes several
initiatives to help achieve this,
including the appointment of an
academic dean to closely monitor
individual students' NCEA progress,
tutorials and academic scholarships.
The number of students who achieved
merit and excellence endorsements
continued to grow -- a focus of the
school for the past three years.
The 26 students received a Business
Sponsors Scholarship valued at $200 to
$500. Mr Stretch said, while academic
achievement was ''No 1'', the college
was also focusing on building ''young
people of character''. More than 80
students were enrolled in the Duke of
Edinburgh Hillary Award scheme, with
more than two-thirds of its 75 year 10
students gaining their bronze award
last year and 15 students achieving the
prestigious gold award in the past three
Maniototo Area School principal David
Hunter said NCEA statistics did not
accurately reflect the results of
students who attended small schools.
For example, all but one of Maniototo's
year 11 students achieved NCEA level
1, but this, along with two students
leaving during the year but still being
included in the statistics, reduced the
percentage pass rate to 67 per cent.
Schools of Maniototo's size focused on
the results of individual students to
gauge success and all the pupils who he
had expected to do well had done so.
The level 2 results were disappointing,
but that was a ''reality'' given the
students had had to deal with two
tragedies involving their peers during
the year, which had significantly inter-
rupted their learning, Mr Hunter said.
No Maniototo students sat NCEA level
3 last year, as the small number of year
13 students had studied toward voca-
Roxburgh Area School principal Gary
Pasco agreed small schools needed to
use actual numbers to gauge results,
rather than percentages.
Seven year 11 students sat NCEA level 1
and 15 year 12 students studied toward
level 2, and all achieved the required
standard giving the school a ''pleasing''
100 per cent pass rate.
But only one of the three year 13
students who sat level 3 passed, giving
an overall pass rate of just 33 per cent.
''We need to look at every individual
student and ask if they're performing
as we would expect,'' Mr Pasco said.
He felt the results were better than last
year's and the number of students who
had received excellence and merit
endorsements had increased, which
was the school's focus.
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