John McGlashan College boarders (from left) Angus Webster (16), Ed Davies (17) and Christopher O'Connell (18) catch some of the sun's rays yesterday while studying for exams. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The same thing happens almost every year at this time - when
senior secondary school pupils have to stay indoors and study
for NCEA examinations, the sun invariably comes out and the
mercury rises into the 20s.
For many of the 6239 Otago candidates studying for NCEA exams
which start on Friday, it is a simple form of torture because
they would rather be outside enjoying the sun with everyone
But John McGlashan College year 13 pupil Ed Davies sees it
differently. He sees it as motivation.
''It's getting hard to study while it's so hot outside.
''But I'm sure the sun will still be there in another month
... at least I'm hoping it's still like this when exams are
''I need to get good marks to get into university,'' he said.
To make sure he did not miss out on too much of the vitamin D
on offer yesterday, he and some fellow pupils from the boys'
hostel decided to make the best of both worlds by arming
themselves with bags of lollies, bottled water and some
fruit, and dutifully studied for their exams outside on the
grass. Ed has been studying for International Baccalaureate
examinations, which started yesterday.
NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations begin on Friday
with scholarship drama.
The largest exam of 2013 is NCEA level 1 English on Monday
morning, with 47,138 candidates nationwide sitting it.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority deputy chief executive,
qualifications, Richard Thornton said there were more than
143,000 NCEA candidates this year, and for many it would be
their first major secondary school exams.
The NCEA exam season will conclude on December 3 with NCEA
level 1 Spanish, level 2 dance, level 3 social studies, and
scholarship Earth and space science.
Results are expected to be released online in January.