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Friday, 8th November 2019
Kia ora tātou.
NCEA has started today across Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship. I wish all of our students good luck with their exams over the next four weeks.
You may have read in the newspaper that Glendowie College has some students sitting their exams digitally. At this stage, the number of students sitting their exams online is relatively small and only in a few subjects. Students sitting exams online do the same exam, accessing it via a secure website. We trialled digital exams in the term 3 school exams. They were popular with students and ran smoothly.
Hopefully there will be no problems over the next four weeks. NZQA has provided us with paper copies of all exams in case there are and students need to do the exam by hand. As the systems mature, I expect to see more students choose this option.
School is quieter now with the seniors gone.
With the implementation of the recent cellphone-free policy … and good weather … we have noticed a lift in the number of students being active such as playing handball, touch, football, and generally there is more conversation between students at interval and lunchtime.
We will soon block students’ cellphones from our wi-fi network. Prior to going cellphone-free we were seeing very high use of the wi-fi via cellphones for YouTube and other similar websites, and it has been our intention to do this for a while as students using our wi-fi on their phones was increasing our data usage by 30-50% and this was impacting on students’ use of the internet for learning.
This policy works on the operating system of a student’s device and so may pick up other mobile devices such as iPads and some Android tablets. If this affects your child, please get him or her to talk to their form teacher who will help them to contact our network technician. We can easily add individual students’ devices to a list of devices that are allowed to connect to the wi-fi.
This will not affect students’ ability to use their phone on mobile networks, or to make phone calls.
Each year we rely on the support of our wider community to provide high quality opportunities for our students. As the rowing season gears up, I would like to acknowledge the support of GJ Gardiner, IVECO and New Balance. Along with our many volunteers, these companies’ generous support is much appreciated.
Noho ora mai,
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