North Shore Times : February 8th 2011
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Tuesday, February 8, 2011 OPEN DAY MARCH 2 BOARDING AVAILABLE for Boys & Girls BR - j5765/02 Saint Kentigern College SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Round the Bays is the way to go says Olympian By JUSTIN LATIF Champion effort: Nick Willis celebrates Olympic success in Beijing. Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis is urging people to sign up for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run on March 13. The 1500-metre runner will be racing in Christ- church on February 26 and says registering for the event could be the first step towards a fitter lifestyle for many people. Having a race as a goal -- where you line up with thou- sands of others -- provides the daily motivation to get out there and put in the work on the roads, trails, or treadmill,'' he says. Willis says running is an easy sport to get into. It is the most simple form of exercise as it requires the least time, equipment, and you can run virtually any- where,'' he says. Willis will be presented with his silver Olympic medal at the Christchurch athletics event. He originally finished third in the 1500m at the 2008 Beijing Games but was awarded the silver after gold medallist Rashid Ramzi was disqualified for testing posi- tive to drugs. The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is one of the world's largest events of its type with nearly 40,000 registered participants. The run is 8.4km, stretching from Quay St to the waterfront at St Heliers Bay. This year's event starts at 9.30am. Registered runners get a number and a personalised certificate recording their time. Go online to www. roundthebays.co.nz for entry details. Rosmini stands by NCEA QUALIFICATION UNDER SCRUTINY AFTER AUCKLAND GRAMMAR DUMPS STATE SYSTEM Full support: Tom Gerrard. By SARAH CODDINGTON ' I actually think NCEA is very good ... ' Principal Tom Gerrard ROSMINI COLLEGE is happy with the NCEA qualifi- cation offered to students and plans to stick to it, principal Tom Gerrard says. The qualification is under scrutiny after criticism of its ability to satisfy the learning requirements for boys. Mr Gerrard says the boys- only school looked at offering University of Cambridge international exams as well as NCEA but decided against it. I actually think NCEA is very good and offers a wider range to students. It offers internal and external assessment which is a good preparation for univer- sity,'' he says. The Shore's other boys-only high school, Westlake, offers both NCEA and Cambridge exams. Forty percent of students take Cambridge and the others follow the national standard qualification. Principal David Ferguson says the school is happy offer- ing both exams. One the country's most prestigious state schools, Auckland Grammar, became the first to dump NCEA exams earlier this month. The boys' secondary school in Epsom will get its year 11 students to sit the Cambridge University international exams in favour of NCEA exams. Some NCEA exams will be on offer, including maths and English. Headmaster John Morris says the school is confident the change was in the best interests of its pupils. Education Ministry's man- ager of secondary outcomes Tony Turnock says all state schools are required by law to make NCEA available to pupils who want it. Alternatives to NCEA are not part of New Zealand's nationally-recognised qualifications system, he says. New Zealand Principals Federation president Peter Simpson queries what the point is of preparing young students for NCEA if some schools don't offer it. The federation wants a full review of national standards. Education Minister Anne Tolley says she has full confi- dence in the NCEA qualifi- cation. Parents are responsible for decisions about their child's education. If they have any concerns they should contact their school,'' she says. Westlake boys do well in Cambridge exams -- P2 Go to www.northshore times.co.nz to see a video of Nick Willis claiming a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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