Finding the sunny side of study

Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
For Otago Boys' High School pupil Jeremy Rei (left) and Bayfield High School's Morgan Harris and Marie Schellhamer it was one of the worst days of the year to be inside. So they compromised yesterday by taking their study to a local park to enjoy the day with other Dunedin residents.

Dutifully studying for their NCEA level 3 exams which begin next week, the trio said it was difficult to concentrate when the weather was so nice.

Marie (17) said ice cream and chocolate were helping her through the stressful time.

Jeremy (18) said his motivation came from the fact that the end of a chapter in his life was near.

"It's almost over and done with. Once the last exam is out of the way, that's school finished forever."

They are among 6320 pupils in Otago and more than 143,000 pupils nationwide who will sit New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA exams this year.

The exam season began yesterday morning with scholarship drama and will conclude with NCEA level 3 Spanish on December 4.

Level 1 English will be the first major exam session, with more than 46,000 candidates nationwide sitting the exam on Monday morning.

NZQA deputy chief executive, qualifications, Richard Thornton said more than 1.4 million individual standard entries had been entered for the exams.

NCEA results are expected to be released online from mid-January.


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