Waitomo News : 27 February 2014
Waitomo NeWs Thursday, February 27, 2014 7 School of choice celebrates significant success OTOROHANGA COLLEGE NCEA Success is celebrated in many fields at Ötorohanga College. Term One is the time when we review and analyse the academic progress students have made in NCEA. Students breathed a sigh of relief on the January 15 as the long wait for their NCEA results came to an end. There is no better feeling than passing exams and at the College, we are incredibly proud and excited to report another excellent set of student results in NCEA. 2013 achievements showed a continuation of the upward trend seen over the past few years for the number of students achieving their relevant qualification. This is testament to the dedication and hard work of staff and students. The 2013 NCEA results reveal many reasons to celebrate success. Of particular note is the percentage of students gaining Literacy at Level 1. Ötorohanga College stands at 88%, outperforming the national percentage of 83. The percentage of students gaining Level 1 NCEA has risen from 74% in 2012 to 79% this year while Level 3 NCEA stands at 79% with the national percentage at 78. Ötorohanga College is recognised as having equitable results for Mäori students com- pared to overall statistics. A standout result is Mäori achievement at Level 3 which is 89% compared to a 78% pass rate for all Level 3 students in New Zealand. NCEA Certificate Endorsement The College is also pleased by the numbers of students who gained their NCEA with endorsement. At Level 1, four students gained an Excellence endorsement; at Level 2, there was one student with an Excellence endorsement and at Level 3, two students attained this standard. Given that an Excellence endorsement requires students to gain 50 or more credits at excellence level, this is no mean feat. NCEA Course Endorsement Course Endorsement provides recognition for students who perform exceptionally well in an individual course. Students gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single year, theyachieve 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence level with at least 3 of these credits coming from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards. Individual course endorsements in 2013 were awarded to 79 students over 25 separate courses. All these academic achievements are a great credit to the Ötorohanga College students, their teachers and their families. The college’s students and teachers continue to shine. Bledisloe Avenue, Ōtorohanga, Waikato p 07 873 8029 f 07 873 7414 e email@example.com w www.otocoll.school.nz Some of the students who achieved certificate and course endorsements at both excellence and merit, pictured with deputy principal in charge of learning Mrs Lyndsay Kurth.. School News FROM P6 He held a New Zealand Amateur Athlet- ics Association top level (level 3) Coaching Diploma; was a member of the Otorohanga Amateur Athletics and Cycling Club from 1949-1987 and president for 15 years. He was also president of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Athletic As- sociation for 10 years, president of Athletics Waikato, vice-president of the NZ Amateur Athletic Association and coaching co-ordina- tor for Athletics Waikato (1992-1996). In honour of his untiring commitment to athletics he was made a life member of Waikato Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Athletic Association, Athletics Waikato and Otorohanga Amateur Athletics and Cycling Club. The red jacket that adorned his casket was a nod to his service as a field events official at two Commonwealth Games. Charlie was a shot put and discus official at the Commonwealth Games in Christch- urch in 1974 and a shot put official at the Auckland games in 1990. He received an international grading for officiating from the International Amateur Athletics Federation in 1993. He was national co-ordinator of the New Zealand Swimming Education Authority from 1987-1995. Charlie’s many athletics awards included the Comité International Olympique Cer- tificate in 1989, the NZ Secondary Schools Athletic Association Scroll of Appreciation in 1989, the Waikato Athletics Merit Award for services to children’s athletics in 1991, the Otorohanga College Certificate of Ap- preciation for services to athletics in 1994 and the Sports Waikato Service to Sport Award in 1999. He received a Queen’s Service Medal in the 1992 New Year Honours for public service. Charlie poured thousands of voluntary hours into making Otorohanga a better place through his community involvement in Jaycees, the business association, St Bride’s Church, St John Ambulance, Family Sup- port, Citizens Advice Bureau, the district council, community board and Lions. A well-read man with a wealth of knowl- edge, his family referred to him as “The Ora- cle” and there were few questions he couldn’t answer at local quiz nights – his specialty was sports, of course. He loved all sports and would be glued to the television at all hours watching the Olympics or the All Blacks on tour. A loving father, he supported his daugh- ters Jennifer and Susan-Jane in everything they did, at the same time coaching them in the qualities he deemed important – honesty, courtesy, integrity and fairness. Some years ago Charlie said he wanted to live long enough to see four events – his 60th wedding anniversary, the 2010 Com- monwealth Games, the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the 2012 London Olympics. He made it. Charlie is survived by his wife Nan, daugh- ters Jennifer and Susan-Jane, and grandchil- dren Katey and Kelly. OBITUARY HONOURED: Charlie Owen, with his wife Nan, received a Queen’s Service Medal for public service in the 1992 New Year Honours List. BY DEGREES: Known as ‘The Oracle’ for his wide general knowledge Charlie and Nan celebrate capping day with their daughters Susan-Jane (left) and Jen- nifer.
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