Maori school's pupils shine in NCEA results

22:09, Apr 07 2010

A Maori-immersion school in Christchurch has recorded a 100 per cent pass rate for all three NCEA levels.

Te Kura Whakapumau Te Reo Tuturu Ki Waitaha's five year 11s (level one), seven year 12s (level two), and two year 13s (level three) passed the 2009 National Certificate of Educational Achievement, results show.

Two Catholic schools, Christchurch's Villa Maria College and Timaru's Roncalli College, were the only other state schools in Canterbury to record pass rates above 90 per cent at all levels.

Four private schools, Christ's College, Rangi Ruru Girls' School, St Andrew's College and St Margaret's College, also achieved the feat.

Canterbury-Westland Secondary Principals Association chairman Denis Pyatt said data for smaller schools, or schools with low National Certificate of Educational Achievement participation rates, was often skewed by low pupil numbers.

He said it was important to realise all schools were not "on a level playing field".

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Schools drew pupils from a variety of socio-economic situations and backgrounds.

"Low [National Certificate of Educational Achievement pass rates] may simply be a reflection of the students that walk in the gate and their cultural capital," he said.

"Some schools have considerably more cultural capital than others."

Schools should be judged by the value they had added to pupils since year 9, Pyatt said.

In Canterbury at level one, the Akaroa Area and Cheviot Area schools shared the 100 per cent honour with Te Kura Whakapumau.

Rangi Ruru was next, with 99.2 per cent, while St Margaret's College recorded 98.3 per cent.

At the other end, Twizel Area School's level-one pass rate was 16.7 per cent.

Linwood College (38 per cent) was the only other school to dip under 50 per cent at level one.

All pupils studying National Certificate of Educational Achievement level two at Akaroa Area, Kingslea, School and Rangi Ruru passed, while Christ's College recorded 98.4 per cent.

Aranui High School had the lowest regional rate, with 42.2 per cent, followed by Linwood with 46.9 per cent.

At level three, Rangi Ruru was second to Te Kura Whakapumau, with a 98.2 per cent pass rate, followed by Roncalli with 95.2 per cent.

St Margaret's College and St Andrew's College rounded out the top five, with 92.9 per cent and 91.8 per cent, respectively.

Villa Maria College and Christ's College were next, with 91.7 per cent and 91.6 per cent, respectively.

Aranui had the lowest level-three rate, with 25 per cent.

Amuri and Twizel were higher, both at 37.5 per cent.

Four other Canterbury schools had less than half their pupils pass National Certificate in Educational Achievement level three.

The Press