We are proud of the achievements of our young men in their Scholarships examinations. These represent the highest level of achievement possible in a New Zealand secondary school, and we encourage all of our students to enter them if they are interested. In 2017, our students achieved 151 Scholarships, the fourth highest total in New Zealand, including 20 Outstanding Scholarships. We are committed to ensuring that our students continue to achieve at the highest levels in the future.
What are Scholarship awards?
They are awards rather than qualifications, which means that there are a limited number available [around 3% of the national entry for most university-approved subjects at NCEA Level 3], and that candidates are therefore competing against each other for recognition. The top 1% of students who achieve Scholarships in a subject are awarded an Outstanding Scholarship.
Full details of Scholarship are available on the NZQA website at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/scholarship/
At Westlake, we have an established programme to ensure that our most academically able students are given the full support they need to achieve:
The Scholarship programme should be consistent with the principles of the Academic Institute pathway. That is to say: it should seek to engage and enthuse more able students through a stimulating and challenging academic programme.
The Scholarship programme is therefore far more than an exercise in helping students to pass Scholarship examinations at the end of Year 13. It is a chance to broaden and extend the education of our most able students.
Timetabled sessions are taught to Scholarship Group students in the following subjects for two lessons in every cycle, adding up to a total of around 50 lessons:
- English [2 groups]
- Calculus [2 groups, 3 lessons a cycle]
- Statistics [2 groups]
- Chemistry [2 groups]
- Art History [2 groups]
- Classics [2 groups]
- Geography [1 lesson a cycle]
- Physical Education [1 lesson a cycle]
Students take four or five subjects depending on whether they choose Calculus. Most students will be given at least three of their choices. All courses will be taught by teachers as part of their timetables.
Some students will not be in the Scholarship Group, but will wish to enter one or more Scholarship examinations; some students in the group will wish to enter Scholarships for which they’re not timetabled; and some subjects are not taught in timetabled sessions because of low demand.
This means that we also run after-school tutorials or offer additional support in the following subjects:
- Physical Education
We hold a Scholarship Evening for students and parents in Term 1 to explain how the year will work.
All students will have mentors with whom they will meet at least termly. Mentoring sessions will focus on academic achievement, co-curricular activities, general well-being, university courses and wider intellectual interests.
Old boys who achieved Scholarships will be invited back into school periodically to support students in their work. Early in Term 2, we will schedule specific times for these support sessions.