Polyfest 2021

Thank you to everyone who visited us at ASB Polyfest 2021!

What is NCEA?

NCEA stands for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement.  It’s the main qualification for senior secondary school students, and it’s available at Levels 1, 2 and 3 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

NCEA is open for everyone, whether you want to do an apprenticeship, go to university, or be ready to get a job when you leave school.

Find out more here.

How can we find out more about NCEA?

Does your church, sports team, community group or extended family want to learn more about NCEA? Contact our NZQA Pasifika team now to organise a NCEA ma le Pasifika workshop. 

NCEA ma le Pasifika workshops are informative, fun and interactive and help Pacific students, parents and school communities understand NCEA. 

There is information on subject choices, career pathways and options for digital exams.

Find out more here.

What are STEM subjects and why are they so important?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths. The government has identified these subject areas as very important for New Zealand’s future. It is predicted that almost all future jobs will require some STEM knowledge.

There are many reasons to study STEM subjects at secondary school:

  • they can lead to better paid, more secure jobs
  • STEM jobs are increasingly important for New Zealand's future
  • there are skill shortages in related sectors such as IT, engineering and health
  • starting tertiary study in STEM areas will be much easier.

Read about Pacific people in STEM here or watch our STEM It Up! videos here.

Have you considered doing your exams on a computer?

Almost all students are doing some of their learning and assessments online and it makes sense to do your exams online, as that is what you are used to. Online copies are digital versions of paper exams, and you still sit them at a school.

In 2021, digital exams will be available in 24 different subjects, across NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3. Lea Faka-Tongan and Cook Islands Māori will be available for the first time as NCEA Online end of year exams.

To learn whether online exams might be an option for you, talk to your school.

Find out more here.

Did you know you can gain NCEA credits for your Polyfest performance?

Achievement and Unit Standards recognise success in the following performance subjects:

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Māori Performing Arts
  • Niue Arts

Check with your school to see what credits you might be eligible for and to make sure assessment opportunities are available for you and your fellow students.

What extra help is available for students when they are being assessed?

Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) can provide extra help for students when they are being assessed for their NCEA or New Zealand Scholarship. 

Examples of SAC include:

  • Special papers for vision impaired students
  • Writers or Readers for students with learning disorders, such as dyslexia
  • Rest breaks for students with diabetes
  • Separate accommodation for students with anxiety disorders

Find out more here.

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