Local high schools are praising their pupils after NCEA results showed success across the board.
St Kevin’s College principal Paul Olsen said half of the school’s level one pupils gained a merit or excellence endorsement.
About 40 per cent gained excellence or merit endorsements at levels two and three as well, Mr Olsen said.
“I am very pleased with the NCEA results which continue to be well above the national averages, especially for the number of excellence and merit endorsements,” he said.
“It is rewarding to see our results outstripping the big city schools.
“Parents can be confident that a local education can open doors to our top universities with exciting career opportunities.”
Waitaki Girls’ High School principal Tracy Walker said the recently released 2013 results showed staff and pupils were working hard.
“We feel very happy that we are preparing girls well,” she said.
“Results were up at level two and three.”
At level one, 43 per cent of girls received merit endorsements and 21 per cent received excellence endorsements.
At level two it was 22 per cent for merit and 8 per cent for excellence endorsements.
Level three results saw 15 per cent of girls get merit endorsements and 2 per cent of girls achieve NCEA with excellence, Ms Walker said.
The school would was expanding their academic mentoring programme this year in an effort to further increase pupils’ success in NCEA, she said.
Waitaki Boys’ High School rector Paul Jackson said the school was “very happy with where we are”.
Mr Jackson said more pupils were seeing NCEA through now, and he was “quite thrilled” to see results in NCEA generally improving.
“I’m very, very pleased with the performance this year,” he said.
While pupils sitting level three exams last year had not done as well as he’d hoped in terms of merit and excellence endorsements, pupils who sat level one and two had done very well.
The school would focus on ensuring boys were not only passing, but getting merit and excellence endorsements as well, he said.
“We want them to be the best.”
By DAVID DE LOREAN