Pupils footloose and fancy-free

Dance pupils from King's and Queen's High Schools (from left) Josh Elisara, Ana Maka, Ashley Hughes, Sophie Hiko-Piho and Moti Anthony (all 17) celebrate after their last exam - NCEA level 2 dance. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Dance pupils from King's and Queen's High Schools (from left) Josh Elisara, Ana Maka, Ashley Hughes, Sophie Hiko-Piho and Moti Anthony (all 17) celebrate after their last exam - NCEA level 2 dance. Photo by Craig Baxter.

When dance is one of the last examinations in the NCEA exam schedule, it is not unusual to see pupils doing pirouettes or flash mobs outside their school.

King's High School dancers Josh Elisara and Moti Anthony, and Queen's High School dancers Ana Maka, Ashley Hughes and Sophie Hiko-Piho, broke out some of their own dance moves yesterday after their last exam for 2012 - NCEA level 2 dance, at Queen's High School.

They were among 6320 pupils in Otago and more than 143,000 pupils nationwide who officially completed the NCEA and New Zealand scholarship exam season.

NZQA deputy chief executive qualifications Richard Thornton said, so far, more than 310,000 papers had been marked and results had been entered by a team of about 1850 markers around the country.

All papers would be marked by Christmas and all NCEA results would be available online from mid-January, he said.

New Zealand scholarship results would be released in mid-February.

''We advise students to have a practice run using the 'learner login' section of the NZQA website so that they're not held up on the day results are released by having to find login details or change passwords.''

NZQA will also advise students via twitter [@NCEAexams] when results are available online.

From January, all pupils who had paid their fees and completed NCEA or university entrance would be able to order their own certificates online. Answer booklets would be returned to candidates from late January onwards, he said.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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