Senior Assessment Week 2018October 24, 2018
The exciting but dreadful time of year in Term 3 rapidly approached senior Students of One Tree Hill College. Upon the month of September, two straight weeks of hard work and the urgency to hustle for practice mock exams was underway to secure checkpoint grades for the official NCEA end of year exams. Deputy Principal Mr Middleton solidifies the idea of mock exams being necessary to meet NZQA protocols as “every student who is entered into external assessments must be presented with an opportunity to be assessed in a controlled setting, providing evidence for derived grades”. He effectively communicates that the assessments prepare students for the pressures associated with formal NZQA externals and that continuing the support of students and promoting awareness for the breadth of opportunities available are important. Like all continuous years, Year 11 students experienced a first-hand run regarding the process of external examinations that they are preparing for and sitting amongst all other senior students towards the end of the year. Majority of Year 11’s found this process to be nerve wracking but exciting as it provided a clear personal perspective of how the system works and additionally, how the externals will pan out. Mr Middleton positively states that “the year 11 students, some of whom who never sat formal assessments in that context were particularly impressive”. Being studious and delegating in-school/home time to revise and prepare for all upcoming mock exams were part of the daily regimen for each student to achieve the best outcome possible. Mr Middleton can successfully say that results obtained this year are encouraging as many students are gaining critical credits towards their respectful NCEA levels. It’s time to keep up the effort, push, and strive to obtain the best results you can achieve!
News Media Team - Hanna Ali