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Life Beyond Woodford

WOODFORD_7188-copy‘Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.’

Winston Churchill

Our HitiT (Hodge Inspired Time for Integrated Thinking) programme is blossoming nicely from Term 1 and the focus for Year 13s is on preparation for what journey and destination they take beyond Woodford.

Mrs Bentley and Ms Perry are supporting the girls’ transition to life in 2016 and beyond through a series of workshops. An introduction to flat cooking, health issues, ethics and finances are just some of the topics being delivered. One of the most important elements in the Year 13 HitiT programme is university structure information, halls of residence selection and testimonial collation. Even if girls are not anticipating attending a tertiary institution until 2017 (ie: completing a GAP year in 2016) they are encouraged to follow all of the processes now.

Should you have any queries around these processes please do not hesitate to contact any of the following staff members:

  • Careers/Tertiary Training: Mrs Pam Knight, Careers Advisor
  • Tertiary Halls and Scholarship Applications: Mrs Catherine Bentley
  • Transition: Ms Jane Perry.

NCEA Student App

NZQA have launched the NCEA Student App which complements the NCEA Guide App to help parents and employers understand how NCEA works.

The app allows students to track their NCEA credit progress and set goals for their NCEA achievement. It will help students, parents, schools and whānau track learning progress and encourage excellence. All content is available in English and Te Reo Māori. Although other apps are available this app provides an officially maintained database of standards and a goal-setting function. It is free to download from the Apple App and the Google Play stores.

The NCEA Student App makes it possible for students to:

  • Create a record of the subjects and standards that they are studying
  • Select and set their NCEA credit goals and targets
  • See how they are tracking towards NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3, including Literacy, Numeracy and University Entrance (UE)
  • Set reminders for each standard, eg when assignments are due
  • Capture results as they are achieved and cross check with the school or NZQA
  • Personalise with information such as their NSN number or details about a course or standard (such as the teacher’s name or timetabled classroom)
  • Customise with different colour coding options and the ability to add photographs
  • Use in English and Te Reo Māori.

The app has a standalone database with a powerful search engine which allows students to easily find NCEA courses and standards that they are doing, or would like to do, and to set and track achievement goals.

More information for students, teachers, parents and whānau is available on the NZQA website at www.nzqa.govt.nz/student-app and we are regularly promoting the app on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Other available apps in the Apple or Google Play stores as at 20 April 2015:

NCEA Pal

NCEA Credit Tracker

Credit Watcher

Credit Counter

NCEA Credits

NCEA Hub

We encourage students to look at all the apps available and to use the one that suits them best.

Mrs Dionne Thomas, Director of Learning