College offers new subjects

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Agri-business, project-based media studies and outdoor education are among the new offerings for Mackenzie College pupils this year.

Principal Jason Reid said the school had decided to offer the three new classes, alongside a trial of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for year 9 and 10 pupils this year.

“There’s a heap of new stuff happening.”

Mr Reid said he saw plenty of schools launching into the BYOD scheme without consulting families, but he was pleased the scheme had plenty of backing after “lots of consultation” with the Mackenzie College community.

“I feel good about the aspect [of consultation],” he said.

Mr Reid was also pleased with his pupils’ NCEA achievements. Preliminary results suggested 96% of the school’s year 11 pupils had passed the level 1 assessments.

Within that, 74% had received endorsements and almost 50% of those were at excellence endorsement level.

He said the school had focused on boosting the endorsement rates of NCEA achievements, and pupils had got behind the plan.

“It’s a real show of the [school] pulling together.”

He said 93% of year 12 pupils had passed level 2 and 73% of the school’s year 13 pupils had achieved level 3.

Pupils had been gradually coming back to school in the past week. School would officially begin with a powhiri for new pupils tomorrow.