PE students top-notch
Paraparaumu College had one of the highest achieving physical education departments in Wellington last year with four students passing the scholarship exam.
Only eight students in the Wellington region passed the 2011 exam, making Paraparaumu College results stand out.
Department head Aaron Mead said he had high hopes for Jacob Morgon, Matt Fowler, Jess Barker and Dayna Lawton in 2011, when he identified them as high achievers in PE.
"We have a good core group of these guys that want to do well. A lot of it comes down to them being willing to put the time and effort into doing well," he said. "It's also down to the fantastic young teaching staff we have in PE at the college. They do a wonderful job here."
Those who pass a scholarship exam in any subject are in the top 5 per cent of the country in the subject with marking structured so the top five per cent pass.
Matt Fowler said a group of eight students would often spend their lunch- times doing extra learning with Mr Mead, which paid off in the end.
"We also had three or four regional sessions with other colleges.
"I think you do it for pride more than anything, wanting to know you're one of the top 5 per cent."
Jacob Morgon was the top achiever in the school for PE with a 17 out of 24 rating in the exam.
The students also get $500 from NZQA, towards text books at university.
Matt and Jacob will be studying commerce at Victoria University next year, while Dayna is studying nursing in Auckland and Jess is doing early childhood care at Whitireia Polytechnic.
Others to pass scholarship exams at the school were Joseph Englert and Samantha Coombes in economics and art, respectively, achieving "outstanding" marks.
Claire Reeves, geography; Guinevere Cherrill, technology textiles; and Luca Duckworth and Cameron Speirs, statistics; also passed their scholarship exams.