Rangi Ruru has a reputation for high levels of achievement in exam results. We know great assessment results follow learning practices that are personal, engaging and empowering.
Rangi Ruru is consistently in the top 3% of New Zealand schools for academic achievement. In national and international competitions and examinations, a high proportion of students feature at the top of their chosen fields of endeavour. More than 95% of Rangi girls go on to further tertiary study in New Zealand and overseas, many gaining substantial scholarships as a result of their work at school.
Leaving school with sound academic qualifications is known to confer individual and societal benefits. Efforts to increase qualification levels tend to focus on the secondary school years but learners come to these years with a strong “assessment careers” already in place.
Leaving school with an NCEA qualification at either Level 2 or Level 3 is associated with having established a more satisfying pathway into early adulthood. NCEA opened doors to study pathways and the learning habits developed at school carried over to ensure a greater likelihood of post-school course completion. By contrast, the small number of students who left school without a qualification were more likely to be unemployed and also to have more regrets. They were less happy and optimistic and more likely to have experienced depression and mental ill health. Post-school study did not improve the opportunities for these young people: instead, they had higher rates of not completing courses they undertook. These findings indicate the importance of leaving school with a sound academic qualification on which to build, in combination with the disposition to decide on a course of action and then stick to it.
A Level 2 or 3 NCEA award – however the award is composed (internal, external assessment modes, endorsements) – does open doors to ongoing learning opportunities, and better life chances. Aspiring to increase the numbers of students who reach this academic milestone should be seen as important work in every New Zealand school.
Starting your daughter at Rangi Ruru in Year 7 will ensure that she is future-ready, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be a powerful learner.
The stability of remaining in the same school from Year 7 through to Year 13 means no extra adjustment period at Year 9. From Year 7 girls are challenged to be resilient and responsible in preparation for transition into the secondary school.
At Rangi Ruru all girls are supported with specic programmes for their age and development, complemented by our new school-wide Wellbeing Programme, which in Year 8 includes mindfulness and learning ways to deal with the pace and stress of our busy lives.
From Year 7, girls will have an intensive focus on Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health and Digital Technology. Modules in Art, Music, Technology, Performing Arts, and Languages will give exposure to a wide range of areas of interest and enable deep learning to occur. Girls are also involved in investigative challenges, where they will explore real world problems.
We offer more than 36 subject options across different learning areas in Years 9 to 13. This breadth is important before they begin to specialise and pursue in their senior years those subjects they are passionate about or in which they have a particular ability. This provides them with flexible pathways that will support further study and careers. A language is compulsory at Year 9.
Girls in Years 11 to 13 complete NCEA Levels 1 to 3 and their focus is personalised to suit their level of study. This may include study at multiple levels, acceleration, a specifically tailored course or learning support.
The Learning Support Team delivers solutions and teaching programmes tailored to a variety of learning needs. The team of specialists teachers and teacher aides provide support to girls to overcome barriers to learning as well as providing extension and acceleration.