The Tauhara College junior
graduation system is a mechanism by which we recognise high but
expected standards in work, attitude and behaviour, irrespective of
academic ability. It is an essentially positive system, where staff
assign points out of five in each of three categories, which are
then accumulated to give an overall percentage.
This assessment happens at the
end of each of the four terms, and the results are averaged out to
give a cumulative total. Students who gain an average of 60% or
more now “graduate” their level at school, and those who gain 80%
level or higher, gain a “merit” award, with the very top grades of
95% or more gaining an “excellence” award.
The assessments are based on key
competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum. These are all basic
competency statements required for successful work habits. It is
This system is designed to also
alert our junior students to the way in which the NCEA standards
based system works, so they can aim for excellence rather than
cruise through with a mere pass.
The end-of-year ceremony is a
very positive one, because it is acknowledging the results of
student effort, attitude and behaviour.
Every year we identify some
students who seem unable or unwilling to rise to our school
expectations, despite a lot of extra help, encouragement, and
communication with home. These students do not graduate at this
time. Some come back to school for retraining, and one or two will
have to repeat the entire year at their current level, and then try
again to progress through the school system with others of their
age and outlook.