Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:02

News Update: Term 4 Week 2

In this week's edition:
-  NCEA External Examinations Support
-  NCEA Examinations
-  Young Enterprise Success

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NCEA External Examinations Support 

Please support your child to study for the upcoming NCEA external exams. They must focus and work their hardest to ensure success.

DownloadNCEA Exam Timetable 2019 

The following link with tips could be helpful

You can also download the NCEA Guide App here

Called NCEA Guide, the app is for parents, whānau and employers and provides quick and easy access to key information about NCEA. NCEA Guide includes key content about the structure of NCEA, how the qualification is used after studying, how credits work, and how endorsements are earned. Users can also choose to view the content in English or Te Reo.

Importantly, parents and whānau can also get information about how they can support family members studying towards gaining their secondary school qualification.

NCEA Examinations 

Over the next couple of weeks, senior students will be completing revision and preparing themselves for the upcoming NCEA examinations.

It is important that all students check their examination timetables and begin organising their time during study leave. The last full day of school for all seniors (Years 11–13) is Friday 2 November. Before they leave, they will receive their examination admission slips and they will need to do a final check of their entries. I will also go over the process and guidelines for the examinations.

NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations are of three hours duration. The examinations start at either 9.30am or 2pm. Students must arrive at least 30 minutes before an examination starts to find out the location of the examination room and then line up for entry. If they arrive more than 30 minutes after the examination has started they will not be able to sit the examination or enter the examination room. Students are responsible for taking correct equipment to the examination and must make sure it is in good working order.

Students cannot bring the following items into an examination room:

• blank paper or refill paper
• correcting fluid
• books, written notes or electronic notes
• cell phones or pagers
• English dictionaries, foreign language dictionaries, or te reo Maori dictionaries or translators
• any electronic device which has the capability to store, communicate and/ or retrieve information, except approved calculators

Derived Grades

Students may apply for a derived grade if they have been prevented from attending an examination because of illness, injury, bereavement or exceptional circumstances beyond their control, or they consider their performance has been seriously impaired by illness, injury, bereavement or other exceptional circumstances either close to or during the examination period.

If a problem arises, the Learning Centre must be notified immediately. A derived grade application form will be forwarded and will need to be completed by the student and his/her parents. A medical doctor must complete a section of this form if the reason is medical, which replaces the need for a separate medical certificate. An information sheet will be provided with the application form to help with the completion process.

All applications for derived grades must be completed and with the Learning Centre by Friday 30 November. This is the day of the last NCEA examination at College and earlier than the date stated by NZQA in its documentation. Please note, it is extremely difficult to process applications after the school term ends.

If there are any problems associated with either making or completing the application, please contact the Learning Centre on 576 2316 ext 766.

Examination Leave

During examination leave, subject teachers will run a tutorial timetable for students who would like to seek assistance. I strongly recommend students email teachers beforehand, particularly if they have something specific they want to go over.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me on my College extension 780.


Bruce R Farthing
Deputy Principal

Young Enterprise Success 

Otumoetai College had huge success at the recent Regional Awards. With 15 teams from 6 other schools competing, there were 6 finalists, 5 from Otumoetai College.

The Overall Regional Champions 2018 - the students that now go on to Wellington to compete at Nationals are: Tilks  NZ - with their salted caramel coconut spread. Year 12 students Shalya Holloway and Louise Bremner (they also received the Runner-up for Innovation Award).
Regional Runner Up - Wider Horizons with their Te Reo number knowledge set. Year 13 students Phoebe Alder, Adriana Vickers and Amia Wharry (also winners of the Financial Management Award).

Runner Up for Market Stall Award - Little Koko (coconut based rollie snacks) Year 13 students Kayla Dawson, Ricky Doran, Madeline Lewis, Nathan Hyland and Paige Taylor.

Runner Up for Financial Management - Ember (glass cheese boards with a sandblasted picture of the mount) Year 12 students Maddison Duffy, Ella Hayley, Monique Bevin, Reuben Longely, Alyssa Oxenham and Alex Dunlop.

Not placed, but a group in the final top 6 - BerryGood (Blueberry chocolate to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer) Year 13 Sam McGowan, Katya Blake-Whata, Finn Benton, Mitch Collins, Liam McDonald. This team raised over $600 for the foundation - a great achievement.

Thank you to all the mentors, businesses and staff that helped and supported these students.


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