Exams resume at quake-damaged AGHS

17:02, Nov 13 2012
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ONE DOWN: Megan Thompson, left, and Aimee Jones discuss their English paper after today's exam.

Avonside Girls' High School pupils are relieved their first major exam is over.

''It was quite nerve-racking, but it was all right,'' Megan Thompson, 15, said.

Some 209 pupils at the school sat the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 1 English exam today.

They joined 46,000 pupils across New Zealand and 5723 in Canterbury to sit the three-hour exam.

Megan said the English exam was the one she was least looking forward to and would now concentrate on studying for her remaining four exams.

Aimee Jones, 15, said she was happy with the first essay she wrote.

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Stacy Fleck, 15, said she thought the exam was ''all right'' and was similar to the mock exam she sat at the school this year.

This is the first time the school has held the exams at its Avonside Dr site since the February 2011 earthquake.

The exams were sat last year at Burnside High School, where Avonside Girls' had been site-sharing.

The school returned to its home at the beginning of this year after most of its original buildings were pulled down and replaced with more than 60 new buildings.

Avonside Girls' deputy principal Pam Butler said the school was not able to use its hall because of quake damage ,so eight or nine classrooms had been set aside for the exams.

''We have managed it quite satisfactorily. We've got lots of good classrooms here,'' she said.

Some 17,696 Canterbury pupils will sit NCEA exams during the next three and half weeks.

The Press