Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Northland College: huge improvements in NCEA achievement

16 April 2014

Northland College: huge improvements in NCEA achievement cap off term 1, 2014

The last day of term 1 is worth celebrating for Northland College as success in NCEA levels one and two increased in 2013. On Thursday April 17, the Police sound stage truck will entertain and help students celebrate their success during their lunch break while nurturing their performing spirit with a Northland College Idol theme.

Recently released figures show a 23% increase in NCEA level 1 success, and a similar increase in success for NCEA level 2 for 2013.

Attendance figures for 2013 show a strong trend in increasing attendance that has continued into 2014 with off-site truancy dropping to around 5% for Term One.

Hard work by staff at Northland College along with the Kaikohe Social Sector Trial has contributed to this success. Led by Te Pae Aronga Taitamariki, the Kaikohe Social Sector Trial is about local solutions and tailoring responses to communities through the Kaikohe Youth Action Plan which records 46 initiatives to be delivered by July 2015.

"I'm extremely proud of staff and students who worked hard against the odds last year to make an almost 25% increase in NCEA results in level 1, 2 and university entrance. Obviously we aim to get even better results this year by closer working relations with students and their whanau. Being involved with the Social Sector Trials has given us an opportunity to better liaise with our local providers and forge stronger relationships and better outcomes for our tamariki.

Our Kaumatua are very clear in guiding us to produce young Ngapuhi leaders of the future and we are determined to lift the capacity of Northland College to ensure we do just that. Rebuilding is a demanding job, but with pono and kaha we continue to climb our own maunga." Jim Luders, Northland College Principal.

Four of these initiatives have already been delivered directly at Northland College. They include anti-bullying mentoring delivered by Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe in 2013, support to establish re-engagement plans with disengaged students, the establishment of a re-integration educational facility for year 9 and 10 students who are disengaged, and a new mentoring service which started this month and focuses on year 9 students who are at risk of disengaging. The new mentoring program will be delivered by Te Kotahitanga E Mahi Kaha Trust, and trust Chairman Phil Marsh will be visiting the school tomorrow to be part of the end of term celebrations.

Action Plan Project Manager Brennan Rigby says the focus of the new mentoring program being on students at risk of disengaging reflects a wide spread determination to get ahead of youth dynamics in Kaikohe.

"With the new mentoring program the service target is firmly at the top of the cliff. We are directing resources toward supporting and nurturing students to remain engaged, not picking them up once they are dis-engaged."

"The behaviour of students often reflects background circumstances, like moving house for example, or other challenging or negative influences. By identifying these young people early we can support them in education more successfully."

Led by police, the celebrations also touch on a different Action Plan kaupapa. Through the Social Sector Trials the Police have committed to work with schools/community to foster good relations, break down barriers and spread positive messages.

About Te Pae Aronga Taitamariki
Te Pae Aronga Taitamariki is a tripartite joint venture formed in 2012 comprised of Otāngarei Trust based in Whangarei, Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services based out of Kaikohe and Youth Horizons based in Auckland. The joint venture was established to formalise a working relationship between the three parties to share clinical, cultural and local expertise, knowledge and experience, ensuring the best outcomes for the children and young people of the Northland/Te Tai Tokerau region.

The focus of Te Pae Aronga Taitamariki is the provision of clinically and culturally appropriate interventions for children and young people in Northland who are at risk of, or who have behavioural, emotional and mental health problems.

Otāngarei Trust
Otāngarei Trust provides structured youth programmes, family support, and family budgeting services.

Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services
Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services is a subsidiary of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi that provides programmes and skilled workers who support the social development and communities of Ngāpuhi.

Youth Horizons/Kia Puāwai
Youth Horizons/Kia Puāwai is a national specialist NGO providing services for Taitamariki with significant conduct issues and their families/whānau.

For the full Kaikohe Youth Action Plan please visit: http://bit.ly/1iavlri

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news