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Christchurch 8025

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The Rigorous Pursuit of Academic Success

Achievement is the primary focus at Hillmorton High School. All students are encouraged to believe in their own ability. Developing this potential so that our students achieve to the best of their ability, is the driving force at the school.

A culture of continuous school improvement exists, where achievement in broad terms -academic and social - is emphasized.

Our Curriculum is broad, designed to meet the diverse needs of our school community. Hillmorton High School is committed to the delivery of the curriculum as outlined in the New Zealand Curriculum document.

In Years Nine and Ten, students are placed in classes appropriate to their achievement levels.

There are numerous opportunities for the high-achievers and a Learning Centre allows for interventions to help students at all levels, achieve their best.

In the senior school a wide variety of both academic and vocational courses are available. Students are able to multi-level study, choosing a course that best fits their individual learning needs. Our expectation is that all students in all classes, at all levels, will gain success.

Hillmorton High School provides the best possible education for its students by promoting quality teachers and teaching, thereby providing opportunities for all students - leading to an engagement in, and success from, the challenges of learning.

We encourage respect for others in our society, and we are committed to building New Zealand as a worthwhile place in which to live and prosper.

At Hillmorton High School, we are a Professional Learning Community where we:

• ensure all students learn

• work collaboratively

• focus on results

In this way, our students learn in an inclusive, authentic learning community which focuses on students’ individual and collective needs.


How NCEA works

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand. NCEAs are recognised by employers, and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas. Credits are the currency of the NCEA qualification. Generally speaking one credit represents ten hours of learning and assessment. This includes teaching time, homework and assessment time.

Students need a total of 80 credits for each NCEA qualification:

• NCEA Level 1 – 80 credits at any Level, including credits in literacy and numeracy.

• NCEA Level 2 – 60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus 20 credits from Level 1 or above.

• NCEA Level 3 – 60 credits at Level 3 or above, plus 20 credits from Level 2 or above.

• Each year, students study a number of courses or subjects.

• In each subject, skills and knowledge are assessed against a number of standards. For example, a Mathematics standard could be: Apply numeric reasoning in solving problems.

• Schools use a range of internal and external assessments to measure how well students meet these standards.

• When a student achieves a standard, they gain a number of credits. Students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA certificate.

• There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. In general, students work through levels 1 to 3 in years 11 to 13 at school.

• Students are recognised for high achievement at each level by gaining NCEA with Merit or NCEA with Excellence. High achievement in a course is also recognised. For more information, read about Endorsements.

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