The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) scholarships provide recognition and monetary reward to top students who are assessed against challenging standards, which are demanding for the most able candidates in each course.
Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations.
In 2016 Woodford House gained the following NZQA scholarships:
1 Physical Education
1 Classical Studies
Seven scholarships from 16 candidates are impressive. 2015 was the first year of the Woodford Scholarship Academy and feedback from the girls was positive. The initiative was designed with the following rationale:
- To strengthen our scholarship results
- To create links with academics in our community who can support our scholarship candidates
- To support staff with the resources to run effective scholarship programmes.
This year we have continued to engage high calibre speakers and presenters to ensure our girls have the best opportunities for success in their chosen course. In Term 1 and early Term 2 we enlisted Rob Miller from Life NZ to facilitate workshops around developing vision and goals.
Tessa Williams, 2014 Dux and triple Scholarship recipient, recently visited to share her journey of success and the pathway she has taken since leaving Woodford. During Terms 2 and 3 the girls have been attending workshops run by the Hawke’s Bay Principals’ Association.
We look forward to seeing the progress of the 25 candidates and their 60 entries this year.
Mrs Dionne Thomas, Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning