A new scholarship programme has been launched at Kaikorai
Valley College, aimed at raising academic achievement levels
in pupils in years 12 and 13.
Kaikorai Valley College deputy principal John Downes said the
college had identified about 23 pupils who had a strong
interest in academic excellence and should be opting to
complete New Zealand scholarship examinations at the end of
These pupils had been selected to participate in the
scholars' development programme, which is sponsored by Downie
The programme would provide the generic skills needed by
pupils to improve academic achievement, such as critical
thinking and analysis, integrating knowledge and advanced
writing techniques, he said.
''As well, we will be inviting guests and our own staff from
different subject areas to deliver thought-provoking
It was hoped University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene
Hayne and other academic mentors from the university would
speak to the pupils.
Mr Downes said it was important to make those in the
programme feel like a team, so a number of inclusive
activities, panel discussions and a pizza afternoon had been
College staff were determined to give pupils the structure
and support to realise their potential, he said.
''Our particular programme has a number of objectives,
including lifting the number of NZQA subject scholarships
achieved by the school, developing advanced academic skills
in our high-achieving students, and enabling students to
manage their workload and achievement goals - especially
around the time of external exams near the end of the year.
''We believe that some of the strengths of what we are
offering are the opportunity to engage outside motivational
speakers, and to foster a culture of high achievement and
academic excellence amongst the scholarship programme
The development programme sessions would be held for an hour
on Tuesday afternoons, and were intended to supplement the
Dunedin-wide Otago University secondary schools' scholarship
tutorial programme, he said.