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Old Apr 25th 2010, 7:53 pm
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Hi all, well after much twoing and throwing it looks like Chistchurch is back on, yeah. ok now for the science bit! has anyone got any advice on High schools in the Christchurch area? I have looked at Lincon High suggested by teebrown, but would love to here any views from anyone who goes there. We Should be coming over July this year all going well! My daughter will finish her GCSE's hear in june and is keen to start school asap when we arive. I have looked at a couple of schools but only found one that does the cambridge style of exams? and not knowing the area am not sure which aeas are better than others. Any advice greatfully recieved.
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http://www.acsnz.org.nz/privatecandidates.cfm

This is all I can find. My kids go to Rangiora New Life School (state integrated) in Rangiora and a couple of pupils have recently done some CIE exams.
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Thanx Team embo, guess i might have a problem getting her into a boys school lol guess its back to the drawing board.
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NCEA level 3 is equivalent to A levels, isn't it? She'll still be able to do years 12 and 13 at high school here to sit that. Or you could try a private/state integrate school and see if they'd consider CIE. Like I said, our kids school does and they're not on list!
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NCEA level 3 is equivalent to A levels, isn't it? She'll still be able to do years 12 and 13 at high school here to sit that. Or you could try a private/state integrate school and see if they'd consider CIE. Like I said, our kids school does and they're not on list!
NCEA level 3 is supposed to be the same, but in reality not quite. For example, if someone has outstanding A levels (i.e. all grades at A/A*) Uni may let them miss the whole of the first entry year into some subjects. NCEA Level 3 students have to do preparatory studies in those subjects, although it may only be 6 months. It's quite a subtle difference, and not true for all subjects, but for "hard " stuff like Engineering and Physics, outstanding A levels can help you progress through the Uni system quicker.

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Hi Killercat, most schools are pretty good, but the higher the decile the better, so it comes down to where you live. My oldest goes to Rangi Ruru which has a pass rate up around 98% I believe, and Christchurch Girls High also has an extremely high pass rate. If you are trying to make a direct comparison with the UK or other countries, the following rankings may give some comfort (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program...ent_Assessment) and also this thread has lots of comments on schools generally in NZ; http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=660973. Most importantly, I think you will find that your kids will enjoy all aspects of life here. Good luck, Tony
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Originally Posted by Jan n Neil View Post
NCEA level 3 is supposed to be the same, but in reality not quite. For example, if someone has outstanding A levels (i.e. all grades at A/A*) Uni may let them miss the whole of the first entry year into some subjects. NCEA Level 3 students have to do preparatory studies in those subjects, although it may only be 6 months. It's quite a subtle difference, and not true for all subjects, but for "hard " stuff like Engineering and Physics, outstanding A levels can help you progress through the Uni system quicker.

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Umm apart from the cost (which is covered here by VERY generous loans system - get an interest free student loan for as long as you like at the moment ) why would anyone want to rush university? Best time ever!

The thought of doing basic stuff for 6 months while I settle in...sounds GREAT!
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Thanx Tony,
have been looking at that one and was impressed with their music facilities, do you know if they do cambridge exams their? shes quite happy not too but i feel they are easily transferable and although im hoping she will want to stay in NZ long term, realistically shes 16 and may decide to return to the uk for uni. how easy would it be to commute to this school from Rolleston area?
on the plus point i have now been offered a job so looks like it will be all go now.
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Hi Killercat, most schools are pretty good, but the higher the decile the better, so it comes down to where you live. My oldest goes to Rangi Ruru which has a pass rate up around 98% I believe, and Christchurch Girls High also has an extremely high pass rate. If you are trying to make a direct comparison with the UK or other countries, the following rankings may give some comfort (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program...ent_Assessment) and also this thread has lots of comments on schools generally in NZ; http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=660973. Most importantly, I think you will find that your kids will enjoy all aspects of life here. Good luck, Tony
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NCEA level 3 is supposed to be the same, but in reality not quite. For example, if someone has outstanding A levels (i.e. all grades at A/A*) Uni may let them miss the whole of the first entry year into some subjects. NCEA Level 3 students have to do preparatory studies in those subjects, although it may only be 6 months. It's quite a subtle difference, and not true for all subjects, but for "hard " stuff like Engineering and Physics, outstanding A levels can help you progress through the Uni system quicker.

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Hi Jan, this is an interesting slant. What you say is true but only because Uni's have had to start making the first year of "hard" stuff cover what used to be taught/examined at O and A level, ie the first year of Uni has become the "bring them up to standard in the basics" year.

Good to know some Uni's will take into account top A level results and allow the student to bypass that period though!
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Originally Posted by killercat View Post
Thanx Tony,
have been looking at that one and was impressed with their music facilities, do you know if they do cambridge exams their? shes quite happy not too but i feel they are easily transferable and although im hoping she will want to stay in NZ long term, realistically shes 16 and may decide to return to the uk for uni. how easy would it be to commute to this school from Rolleston area?
on the plus point i have now been offered a job so looks like it will be all go now.
Jacki
Hi Jacki - I don't know I am afraid, but Rangi is regarded like Cheltenham Ladies / Eton over here, so if she stays, the old girl network will be very valuable to her. On another note, having made it my business to meet as many current and old girls of all ages as I can, I am impressed by how they all sing it's praises. A constant comment by all and sundry here is how Rangi turns out very self-confident young women. How easy it will be for her to get in, I don't know (they have a maximum number of students of about 700, as many as they can fit in their chapel) - most people here apply for several high schools at once... Chch girls high also excellent, and free!!... If my girl weren't so difficult, thats where she would be going..
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i feel they are easily transferable and although im hoping she will want to stay in NZ long term, realistically shes 16 and may decide to return to the uk for uni.
Hmmm. Once she has left the UK as a 'habitual resident, she needs to live in the UK for 3 years prior to going to a UK uni to aviod international fees and to qualify for any sort of grant or loan. International fees can be above 20,000 pounds each year for tutition only.

The only possitive in this is that Kiwi universities are very good.

...and all the UK Universities I have researched have NCEA standards for entry, which imho are easier to reach than the "A" level equivalent
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