High praise for Waitaki Girls’ after NCEA results improve

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Waitaki Girls’ High School has received top-level praise for its NCEA results.
Principal Tracy Walker has received a commendation letter from Education Minister Hekia Parata, saying “NZQA results show your students have achieved significant improvement in NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 over the past two years”.
It also acknowledged that Waitaki Girls’ overall achievement levels were above the New Zealand average for 2015.
“Congratulations on your students’ success,” the minister said in her letter.
Waitaki Girls’ was included in a poster showing the 40 schools with the greatest upswing in NCEA, out of more than 400 secondary schools across the country.
Ms Walker, who was “feeling very proud of the girls, their teachers and their whanau”, said the poster would be hung in the school lobby.
Although she could not guarantee strong NCEA results this year and further ahead, Ms Walker said she was “confident” they would continue. Three years ago the school introduced more mentoring support to help individuals learn in their own style.
That seemed well-suited to the “complex environment” of today’s curriculum, with internal assessment combined with exams. It could take “a wee while” for some girls to get used to the NCEA system, she said.
Waitaki Girls’ was a member of the Girls’ School Alliance, often visiting other schools to exchange ideas on how to maximise pupils’ learning.
“We also have a good collaborative relationship with Timaru Girls’ High School.”
Waitaki Girls’ staff were always seeking new ways of helping their pupils, Ms Walker said.
“We definitely offer a good education. We have really good teaching.”