Published: Monday, 04 October 2021 13:10
Term 4 Health & Safety
We remain optimistic that we will return to school for the start of Term 4 on 18th October. The health and safety of our staff, students and visitors to the school is really important to us all at Auckland Girls’. We have enacted all of the health and safety protocols as advised by the Ministries of Health and Education in readiness for the start of the new term.
Extended Learning Periods
For the first four weeks of Term 4 we will be making an adjustment to our timetable to allow our students opportunities to spend longer amounts of time in classes reconnecting with their teachers and their learning. The school day will still start and finish at the usual times, but students will have 90 minutes per period rather than the usual 60 minutes. On Monday 18th October, students will go straight to their tutor classes where they will receive their timetable.
Some of our senior students may be wondering about our school practice examinations. Just like we did last year, we will be using our extended learning periods to practise external standards. Attending classes will be really important for building confidence and skills in approaching the work for these exams. In rare instances of serious illness or bereavement, the grades earned from practice examinations may be used to determine final NCEA grades.
The Ministry of Education has made several changes to what is required to gain NCEA this year. Learning Recognition Credits provide an additional credit for every 4 credits students gain. In effect this means:
- NCEA Level 1 students now only need to get 64 credits instead of 80
- NCEA Level 2 and 3 students need only 48 instead of 60 credits.
- An NCEA Endorsement now needs only 44 Merit or Excellence credits rather than the usual 50.
- University Entrance which usually requires 14 credits in 3 approved subjects now only requires 12 credits. All of these changes mean that many of our girls have either gained a qualification already or are really close to achieving which is really exciting