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The Correspondence School 2007 Student Winners

The Correspondence School 2007 student prize winners

The Correspondence School (TCS) has announced its student prize winners for 2007.

TCS is the largest state school in New Zealand, with students from across the country and overseas. It offers programmes at early childhood, primary and secondary levels, and its roll includes both full-time and part-time students.

This year’s prize winners represent a wide cross-section of TCS students, including students who have been alienated or excluded from face-to-face schools, students who have been referred to TCS by Group Special Education (a division of the Ministry of Education), young parents, adult students, gifted students, and students studying one or two subjects with TCS while they are enrolled at a mainstream school.

This year, for the first time, winners of cross-school prizes and several other key prize winners attended a prize giving ceremony at the School in Wellington, along with their families and teachers.

Chief Executive Mike Hollings says all of the students have every reason to be proud of their achievements.

“Learning by distance can be challenging, but our prize winners have overcome those challenges and we are very proud of their achievement.”

Parents and whanau play a crucial part in the success of their students, and are often in the role of teacher, guiding and supporting the student, says Mr Hollings. “A key aspect of our role is working with parents and supervisors, and we could not do our job without their involvement.”

He says changes planned for TCS in 2008 are aimed at strengthening connections between the School, students, and their families and communities, and lifting student achievement.

“The changes to our organisational structure will enable us to better meet the needs of all our students by, among other things, significantly increasing our regional presence. This will allow a greater connection between the School and our student, families, whanau and their communities and, as a result, help to lift student achievement.”

ENDS

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