Seventy high-achieving students gathered for lunch at The Islander as a reward for gaining National Certificate of Education Achievements (NCEA) endorsements.
Principal Tania Morgan said it was important for the college to recognise high-achieving students as this reinforced the school’s mission of developing excellence in all that it did.
“NCEA endorsements reflect a higher level of accomplishment and for some students this is providing them with the motivation to succeed academically.”
Students can gain two types of endorsements. A course endorsement requires 14 credits at merit or excellence in a single subject requiring internal and external grades.
The second type of endorsement is given when a student gains 50 or more merit or excellence credits.
Year 12 student Isabel Drollet said she received an overall merit endorsement for Level 1 last year.
“I am proud of my achievement, but I know I could have done better. I have recognised where I can improve and I hope to make these adjustments this year so I can do better.”
Another Year 12 student, Jasmin Naslund, completed her NCEA Level 1 at Nukutere College last year.
Naslund moved to Tereora College this year to complete her last two years of school.
“I gained a merit endorsement for Level 1. I hope to aim higher this year and improve my results,” she said.
Manamea Koteka also passed NCEA Level 1 with an overall merit endorsement.
Koteka said her goal this year was to focus more on school and improve her results.