We are living in a world that is forever evolving and changing. For our students, it means that their schooling is an emerging environment; far different and more dynamic than when we were at school.
Our Year 10 and Year 11 students face many continual pressures. For some, it is figuring out how they can use their devices for their studies rather than just for the latest app or game. Others are thinking about the career path they could follow, while pondering ever changing pre-requisites and grades necessary for entry into different tertiary courses or apprenticeships. Some of our students must manage all this while juggling learning needs, family demands or a pressure cooker of sport, music, drama and other busy calendars. Amongst this, we expect them to take responsibility, learn from their mistakes, aim high, be the best that they can be, manage their time … the list goes on!
This year our Year 11 students have taken the above in their absolute stride, and I am very proud of them. The number of students who will achieve Level 1 this year with a Merit or Excellence endorsement is high. Most students have taken the opportunity this year to study hard, take their studies seriously, and most importantly, self-manage. Between study, internal assessments and homework, it has been wonderful seeing so many students in Year 11 gain awards for co-curricular activities in assemblies and at prize giving ceremonies. Gaining such valuable experience will put them in good stead for NCEA Level 2 in 2016. I wish them well.
Many of the Year 10 students are in the middle of learning NZQA jargon like internal assessments, endorsements, credits, university entrance, etc. Most will have already gained some credits this year and will start 2016 on the right track. For them, managing their time and processing their learning style will be of importance. There are many support people in the school – such as careers advisors and faculty deans – who can also assist them in this.
We are living in a world that is forever evolving and changing. I am so pleased to see students at Long Bay College being flexible and purposeful with their education.
Melissa Ibbett, Director of Learning, Years 10 and 11