Otahuhu families celebrate students success

Students from Otahuhu College achieved their best ever results at Level One, Two and Three NCEA in 2016. The improvement in NCEA pass rates over the last four years has been impressive, with Level Three being a highlight through matching the national average last year. Indeed in the last four years Otahuhu College has achieved its four best ever results for each of the three levels.

Improvements in the achievement of Otahuhu College students has been driven by excellent classroom teaching, personalised learning and a commitment to making sure students had the very best preparation possible for the exams. Knowing families could not afford private tuition, teachers gave up their holidays and weekends to run extra tutorials and senior students stayed at school till the end of November to make use of the expertise of their teachers. Such is the willingness for Otahuhu College students to improve Year 9 and 10 students have been turning up during the summer holidays to improve their learning.

There are still areas to work on, and the creation of the Otahuhu Community of Learning with five key schools in Otahuhu working together should further lead to an increase in achievement levels of students. Despite last year having more Pasifica students enrolling in degree level study at university than any other coeducational school, a key area to work on is increasing the number of students gaining Merit and Excellence endorsements and University Entrance. 

These results are based on the role of the college, as there is a very strong culture in the school that every student should have the very best possible opportunity and strive for the highest qualification available.  With more of Otahuhu’s largely Pasifika and Māori students gaining qualifications than ever before these results will help create better opportunities for the students, their families and the community.

Press Release - Otahuhu College