King's and Queen's High School pupils (from left) Tayla McLay (17), Taraia Donnelly (17), Sari Papps (16), Himiona Wilson (17) and Leilani Hosking (16) celebrate following the last NCEA exam of 2013 yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Some may have thought it was dancing near the front gates of
Dunedin's Queen's High School, but Leilani Hosking says it
could more accurately be described as jumping for joy.
Not only was yesterday's NCEA level 2 dance exam over, it was
the end of the 2013 NCEA and New Zealand scholarship exam
season in which more than 143,000 candidates sat 120 exams
over the past four weeks.
Leilani was one of hundreds of pupils nationwide celebrating
''It's a massive relief. I've done six exams, and now that
they've finally finished I can forget about school ... and
have a holiday.''
The last exams yesterday were NCEA level 1 Spanish, level 2
dance, level 3 social studies and New Zealand scholarship
earth and space science.
All there is left for Leilani to do now is work out what to
do with herself for the next six weeks and wait for the
New Zealand Qualifications Authority deputy chief executive,
qualifications, Richard Thornton said all exam papers would
be marked and the results entered by marking panels around
the country by Christmas.
All NCEA results would be available for pupils to access
online from January 15. New Zealand scholarship results would
be released in mid-February, he said.
''To allow for the loading of results and final system
testing, the learner login section of our website will not be
available to students for a few days in the lead-up to the
release of results.
''We advise students to have a practice run using the learner
login section of the NZQA website before Christmas, so that
they're not held up on the day results are released by having
to find login details or change passwords.
''We will let students know immediately when results have
gone live via the NZQA website, Twitter and Facebook.''
From January 15, all pupils who have paid their fees and
completed NCEA or university entrance would be able to order
their own certificates online, he said.
Answer booklets will be returned to candidates from late
Despite Leilani's excitement about the holidays, she was also
looking forward to the year ahead.
''I'm looking forward to year 13. It'll be my last year of
school - scary thought.''