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Friday, 9th March 2018
Ngā mihi nui,
Thank you to all parents and caregivers who attended the Parent-Student Conferences last week. We appreciate meeting with you and discuss how we can work together to see your child(ren) succeed in 2018.
The busy-ness of the school start-up with school-wide events such as Year 9 camps and Athletics Day are successfully behind us. This week we enjoy Summerfest - a weeklong celebration of the arts at the college. Thanks to the Arts student leaders and staff who have organised the many events around the school at intervals and lunchtimes this week.
The college’s final NCEA results are now available and, as indicated previously, are very strong. The college’s results are summarised below.
The most important thing about statistics are the people behind them. The statistics reflect the hard work and support of students, family and staff. The best part of these results is seeing students returning to school the following year, proud of their efforts, whether it was gaining a scholarship, an endorsement or a straight pass.
GDC 2017 Results
GDC Academic Targets
Decile 10 National Average
GDC 2016 Results
Level 1 NCEA
Level 2 NCEA
Level 3 NCEA
Endorsements and Scholarship
To briefly explain this data, each year we compare our results to our internal targets, similar (Decile 10) schools and previous years. The purpose of these targets is to define our expectations of students and to achieve these.
At Glendowie, we expect every child will achieve NCEA. At Level 1, we expect over three quarters will gain NCEA with an endorsement, and at the other levels we expect two thirds of our students will do so.
With such good results, it is inevitable that our results cannot continually go up. The purpose of our academic targets is to ensure that we maintain a similarly high level of achievement annually.
We also compare our results to other Decile 10 schools across New Zealand rather than an average of all schools. Our students achieve significantly above the overall New Zealand average, so instead we compare their achievement to schools in similar communities. Hence the comparison to other Decile 10 schools in New Zealand.
It is also important to note that we do not manipulate our data. Sadly, some schools can and do, e.g. by not entering students expected to fail into the system, and therefore they do not show up in the final data. We will not do this. We track and monitor all students.
Finally, it was pleasing to see the strong results of our Māori and Pasifika students. Overall 96% of Māori students achieved their respective NCEA, which is well above the Decile 10 national average of 89% and above other ethnic groups at the college. Pasifika students also achieved well with 85% achieving NCEA compared to 80% at other Decile 10 schools.
Next week, we have five teams competing in their national summer sports tournaments - Rowing, Cricket (boys and girls), Baseball and Volleyball. I wish all the teams and their managers/coaches well.
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