Marking and testing is used to monitor progress. Once the boys reach Year 11, we also add internal assessments, which go towards their NCEA qualification.
All boys sit formal examinations to test their understanding of their learning up to that point. For boys working towards an NCEA qualification, these examinations will be practice versions of the NCEA external assessments they will sit in November and December.
To improve literacy levels in all students, we use Ministry of Education asTTle (Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning) tests for students. These tests assess Writing and Reading, enabling achievement to be tracked against national standards.
Throughout the year, we report back to parents and caregivers on students’ progress. Full reports are provided in Terms 2 and 4. Twice a year there are opportunities for parents and caregivers to visit the Senior Campus to meet teachers and discuss their boy’s academic programme.
Regular assessment and reporting helps to ensure each student remains on track with their learning.
Specialised help is available where a student has a particular learning need. We provide programmes in individual reading, language development and mathematical development for students or small groups.
Each house has a Dean, who also assists with the academic development and pastoral care of each student, and academic tutors are also available after the school day ends.