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Practice Exams...

    This is Kinoko  well this week we have practice exams to prepare for NCEA exams at the end of the year. I am not particulary fond of exams and to be honest I am a slacker and very lazy (as you can maybe see from my number of blog posts)
    Well I will try my best... so wish me luck!

    Anyway here are comments from my friends, Stat (as you all know) and Mimi (who may be the first time that has written)


    This is Stat and I have just come out of my science exam. Everyone at my school now has school exams, which are practises for NCEA exams at the end of the year. The only thing is, due to the earthquake our marks can count towards our final results for NCEA. That’s good, but also bad, because it puts more pressure on us at the moment. 


    Today’s science test had two papers. The chemistry paper was okay and I think I did alright (I hope I did alright), but Mechanics (a type of physics) was just downright horrible. It was a two hour exam (!).  That was better than the English exam this morning. We had close reading, which is where you analyse poems and short stories for language features (style, point of view, mood), and two essays to write. Our essays were about one film we studied and one book or play. My class’ film was Juno, and our play was Romeo and Juliet. I decided to write about something I found interesting in both Juno and Romeo and Juliet. It sounds easy, but it can be quite difficult to remember everything.

    Well, I hope I at least passed my two exams today. Wish me luck!


    I personally think that tests are … now lets be honest here… tedious...

    However apart from that the rooms itself are quite pleasing and entertaining in its own way. For a start, there may be the chance of having hints on the walls of the classroom. At those times use it to your advantage.


    Not that I do or anything... if you were wondering

    I guess you could say that it also depends on the test you are taking too.


    Anyhow, I do think that although tests are vital you should not stress too much. Try and have fun... well not really...

    Ok see you next time~
    Mimi, Stat and Kinoko

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    Semi formal

      Hello~ This is Stat  writing today's blog instead of Kinoko 
      Some of you who are currently in highschool may have been to a semi formal, or semi.

      This is basically a social event for a year group or several year groups. Everyone comes along and dances , eats food , whatever. They can bring dates or friends with them to dance with.

      Kinoko  and I have just come back from our semiformal, which is the year 11 semi for our school. Things you should know:

      If you are a girl, the accepted dress code is a short cocktail dress and high heels.

      But don't expect to be wearing your shoes for long; usually everyone takes them off and puts them by the walls when they start to hurt their feet.

      If you are a boy, the accepted dress code is long pants, dress shoes and a shirt. Most people wear a jacket as well, which they can check in at the coat check. You can wear a tie, but most don't.

      If you bring a coat or bag, there is usually a coat check where it can be looked after until you leave. Don't bring them in: they will just be a nuisance.

      DON'T bring someone you don't know. There is a lot of pressure to bring someone along, but that could be awkward for everyone.

      We (Kinoko, Charcoal and I) got ready at Kinoko's house, with the help of a professional make-up artist. Kinoko had no ticket so she was quite concerned, but tickets weren't even required at the door.

      We spent over three hours dancing and drinking (soft drinks) and eating the sort of okayish fast food they had provided. The theme was winter, so there was lots of polystyrene everywhere and snowflakes pinned up on the wall.

      Remember, the most important thing to do at a semi is to enjoy yourself. We did, hope you will!~


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        Hello everyone

        Today we would like to talk about NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement), which is the assessment standard (評価基準) that all highschool students in New Zealand must complete.

        All highschoolers must complete Levels 1 and 2 in Year 11 and 12, and most choose to do Level 3 if they want to go to university or into a trade (貿易)

        Each subject has a range of internals and externals that your school chooses for the subject. You can achieve them to get credits,which you need to pass the Level and move onto the next one.  

        Internals are work that is marked in the school and is completed throughout the year.

        Internals might be things like speeches, field trip essays, practicals etc. The credits you get from these assessments all count towards your totals at the end of the year.

        Externals are the tests that everyone in the country taking the same subjects as you have to complete. Each subject has a 3-hour period to complete several standards, or papers.
        In some subjects, like English, you have to write essays about books or films that you have studied during the year, and other subjects like Maths just have questions that you have to answer. 

        You will get most of your credits in the externals. The externals are all sent to NZQA assessors to get marked, using this system:

        NA = Not achieved (you don't get any credits)

        NYA = Not yet achieved (you can do more to get the credits)

        A = Achieved (minimum grade to get the credits)

        M = Merit (high grade)

        E = (highest grade in NCEA)

        For each Level, there is a certain number of credits that you need to get in each of the core subjects in order to pass. There is also a minimum for each subject. If you get a certain percentage or higher of your credits at a Merit or Excellence level, you can get the Level or subject Merit or Excellence endorsed.

        It might seem confusing at first, but it's easy to get used to. Try your best in your tests!

        Written by my helpful friend

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