3rd September 2019
Kia Ora Tatou
Mai i te kōpae ki te urupa, tātou ako tonu ai –
From the cradle to the grave we are forever learning
Derived Grade Assessments
The seniors have recently completed their derived grade assessments. These were undertaken in the College Hall, and replicated examination conditions that the students would find at the end of the year. For the year 11 students this would have been a new experience for them and one that was intensive. One of the things that I found quite different this year was the number of students using their devices to complete their assessments. In the Level 2 English assessment over 90% of the students fell into this category. I was pleased with the robustness of the network to cope with all the students logging on at the same time and managing the process.
One of the important parts of the assessments is the feedback that the students will now receive. Assuming that they prepared for the assessments as best they could then they will receive valuable insights into where they are up to with their learning and where they need to focus further. This of course may well mean seeking additional help from their teachers
In the next week or so, these results will be posted on the portal. I would encourage you to check these and discuss the results with your son or daughter. You will be able to see if they have achieved their assessments, at what level, have they got enough pre-requisites for the courses they may want to take next year, and how many credits that they have still available to them. All of these things are extremely important when planning for the end of the year.
There are approximately four weeks left to the end of the term and as mentioned just over two weeks in Term 4. Allowing for interruptions such as the Risk Management Trip, Winter Sports Tournaments, several subjects having out of class assessment trips, and Labour Day, most subjects probably have 15-20 periods left until the end of the year. Needless to say, time is short and students will need to make the most of what little they have.