The large signs around Hawke’s Bay may have loudly congratulated our girls on 100% NCEA pass rates but the success stories behind these need to be heard even louder.
The stories of individual excellence and personal growth continue to be talked about at school and we have great pleasure in sharing these with our community.
In an Academic Assembly on Tuesday 1 March, we celebrated extraordinary numbers of girls achieving course and level endorsements, at a level never seen before. Our endorsement rates can be described in no way other than outstanding.
The Year Level NCEA results are:
|Woodford House||National Results|
|Year 11 students gaining NCEA Level 1 with excellence||56.8%||18.9%|
|Year 11 students gaining NCEA Level 1 with merit||29.7%||35.8%|
|Year 12 students gaining NCEA Level 2 with excellence||50%||14.7%|
|Year 12 Students gaining NCEA Level 2 with merit||42.1%||27%|
|Year 13 students gaining NCEA Level 3 with excellence||23.3%||13.7%|
|Year 13 Students gaining NCEA Level 3 with merit||46.5%||28.8%|
We are also exceptionally proud of the growth in the number of endorsements awarded during the past four years. (An endorsement is given to students who consistently perform above the achieved level.)
The growth in excellence endorsements has come after continued focus on students being at the centre of all that we do which includes course design, teaching spaces and resource allocation.
Alongside the acknowledgement of endorsements was the awarding of school colours and letters and an exciting new initiative, the Athena Award. Athena is known as the goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology. This award was given to those girls who gained 100% excellence in a course; this means every internal and every external they entered was attained at excellence level. This is often referred to as a Grade Point Average or GPA of 100%. Lindisfarne has the Centurion award and Karamu High School calls it the 100 Club.
The Academic Committee for 2016 will be working on what this award will physically look. We look forward to seeing what Hannah Stone and her team come up with.
The inaugural recipients of Athena Awards are:
|Award in one course||Award in two courses||Award in three courses|
|Farren McGregor-Smyth||Physical Education|
|Anna Boult||Physical Education||Science|
|Annah Knowles||English||Home Economics|
|Catherine Nettlingham||Home Economics||Physical Education||Science|
|Susannah Hansen||Accounting||Science||Level 2 Mathematics|
|Olivia Ward||Physical Education|
|Manae Feleu||Physical Education||Chemistry|
|Eva Goodisson||Chemistry||Physical Education|