Edgewater College impresses minister

Last updated 05:00 26/02/2014
Hekia Parata meets students
Rose Cawley

BEST FUTURE: Minister of Education Hekia Parata meets Edgewater College head boy Martin Yerkovich, 17, head girl AJ Garcia, 17, and deputy head boy Raphael Bato, 17.

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Impressive provisional NCEA results earned Edgewater College a special visit from the education minister.

Hekia Parata says the school is doing well to set students up for the best future possible.

"Edgewater has a very good track record of achievement with a very diverse roll.

"They are doing some really exciting collaborative type programmes that I wanted to come and see," she says.

Nationwide results for 2013 show that 71.8 per cent of Pacific students left school with at least NCEA level 2, up from 64.8 per cent in 2012 and 55.3 per cent in 2008.

The college is involved in the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme which aims to foster a culture where positive actions and learning thrive.

Principal Allan Vester says NCEA has allowed a lot more freedom to tailor to children's needs.

"We are very pleased with the results especially at level one and two. The results have been steadily getting better, at level three we still have some work to do.

"In the old days you waited until exams and then it was almost too late, where as now we have a much better picture."

Mr Vester says while he may not always agree with the minister he can't fault her enthusiasm for raising student achievement.

"For the visit I'd give her at least an achieved with merit, maybe even excellence."

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