Home' Special Publications : Nelson Building strong foundations Contents Choosing a secondary school is
an important decision which can
have a big impact on your child’s
happiness and wellbeing, as well
as affecting how they do at school.
So it’s worth you and your son or
daughter taking time together
to look at possible schools and
explore all the options available.
Many secondary schools
will advertise open days and
parents evening for you to find
out more about their school.
Secondary schools encourage
you to also arrange your own
meeting with the school if
you are not able to attend
Some secondary schools
will have an enrolment scheme
that guarantees enrolment
to students living in the area
defined as the school’s home
zone. If you have any questions
about meeting the criteria
you should raise this with
The National Certificate of Educational
Achievement (NCEA) is the main
national qualification for secondary
school students in New Zealand.
NCEAs are recognised by
employers, and used for selection by
universities and polytechnics, both in
New Zealand and overseas.
Each year, students study a number
of courses or subjects.
In each subject, skills and
knowledge are assessed against a
number of standards. For example, a
Mathematics standard could be: Apply
numeric reasoning in solving problems.
Schools use a range of internal and
external assessments to measure how
well students meet these standards.
When a student achieves a standard,
they gain a number of credits. Students
must achieve a certain number of
credits to gain an NCEA certificate.
There are three levels of NCEA
certificate, depending on the difficulty
of the standards achieved. In general,
students work through levels 1 to 3
in years 11 to 13 at school.
Students are recognised for
high achievement at each level by
gaining NCEA with Merit or NCEA
with Excellence. High achievement in
a course is also recognised. For more
information, read about Endorsements.
NZQA has a formal quality
assurance process to ensure that
the assessment of each standard is
fair across all students, regardless of
the school they attend. This includes
internal moderation, external
moderation and assessment system
checks. To find the Managing National
Assessment (MNA) report for a specific
school, find the school through the
Search education organisations tool.
NCEA is a national qualification
on the New Zealand Qualification
Framework. Standards that secondary
school students achieve as part of
NCEA can be used as building blocks for
Choosing a secondary school
Handling homework stress
How NCEA works
With today’s heavy homework
loads, time-management and
organisational skills are essential
weapons against stress, experts say.
Teach children and teens to
budget their time wisely with
homework and try to do parts of
assignments every night instead
of cramming at the last moment.
Following these stress-relieving
homework tips can also ease the
• Teach your kids to use a
planner to keep track of
assignments. When they finish
each assignment, kids can
check them off for a feeling of
• Ensure your child has a
quiet place to study, free of
distractions, away from TV and
• If possible, have kids study
earlier rather than later in the
day. The later it is for most
students, the shorter their
• Ask the school about resources
if your child is struggling
academically. A number of
schools now have homework
clubs, maths clubs, and tutoring
programs after school.
For younger children,
schedule homework in as any
other activity. Establish a daily
homework time and reinforce
it. Parents at work should call to
make sure that the homework
is done. By doing so it shows
children their parents actually
care even though they are
at work Make sure children
maintain common interests or
activities (cultural or athletic)
outside of school.
Establish a daily homework
time and reinforce it. Parents at
work should call to make sure that
the homework is done. By doing
so it shows children their parents
actually care even though they
are at work Children should do
homework independently, but seek
help when needed.
Make sure children maintain
common interests or activities
(cultural or athletic) outside
Until Year 10 all students have
opportunities to achieve to the
best of their abilities across the
breadth and depth of The New
Zealand Curriculum within all
learning areas – including values
and key competencies. This lays
a foundation for living and for
further learning. Students’ learning
progress is closely linked to their
ongoing development of literacy
and numeracy skills
In Years 11 to 13, students can
choose which subjects they want
to study forNCEA. Taking a wide
variety of subjects will help keep
their options open as plans often
change as teens’ interests and
A key time when students need
help is when they are choosing
the subjects they want to study
in Year 11. In most schools this
happens midway through Year
10. This is when they need to start
looking into the qualifications
they will need when they leave
school and move on to work or
Tertiary courses have differing
requirements so students need
to make sure they keep their
options open as long as possible,
especially if they are not sure
what they want to do.
In addition to the traditional
subject areas, many schools
offer courses that lead to trades
or vocations such as travel
and tourism, engineering and
hospitality. These courses may be
assessed by unit standards and
credited to the NCEA.
Who can help
The careers advisor at your teen’s
school will be able to provide
advice on subject choices and
how they may affect future
options. In many cases they may
be able to help your teenager to
develop an individual learning
plan. They can also advise on
whether there are some subjects,
like English and mathematics that
BACK TO SCHOOL TIMETABLE 2015
A warm welcome to all new and returning students
Re-enrolment for Ye ar 12 & 13 Students
• All Ye ar 12 and 13 students are required to re-enrol on or
before 26 and 27 January.
• Please refer to the information that was sent home mid-January
in the Back to School newsletter (also available on website).
Tu esday 3 February - Ye ars 9, 13 and all new students
• All Ye ar 9 students and other new students to the Assembly
Hall at 8.40am in uniform. Bring paper, pen and lunch.
• All Ye ar 13 students to the Assembly Hall in uniform at 8.40am.
Wednesday 4 February - Special Education & Ye ars 9, 10, 11, 13
• School starts at 8.45am
ll Ye ar 10 & 11 students to meet in the Hall by 8.45am
ear 12 students are not required to attend unless requested
to do so by the tutors.
Thursday 5 February - Normal school day for all students
ear 12 students meet in the Assembly Hall at 8.45am.
Please refer to the Back to School newsletter on our website or
phone the College Office for a copy of the timetable.
For any enquiries
Visit our website: www.waimea.school.nz
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (03) 544-6099.
Creating future leaders
School recommences for
Tu esday 3 February at 9am.
The office will be open for
Friday 30 January, 9am- 3pm.
Te lephone: 03 5450532
Ta pawera Area School
Te Kura ã Rohe o Ta pawera
2011 Date s
Tuesday 1 February - Year 12 & 13
Thursday 3 February - Te acher Only Day
Friday 4 February - Te acher Only Day
(Prospective families are aske d to enrol on 3&4
Monday 7 February - School Starts
8:45am All Students
Friday 11 February - Afte rnoon School Ta bloid Sports
For further information .......
Phone: 522 4337
Email: sellis@tapawera .school.nz
Executive Officer: Susan Ellis
Principal: Kelvin Wo odley
Re-enrolment Date for
Senior Students: 27 January
Prospective families are asked to
enrol on Tuesday 27 January
Wednesday 4 February -
For further information:
Phone: 522 4337
Executive Officer: Susan Ellis
Principal: Kevin Woodley
Find this info and more on nzqa.govt.nz
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