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Welcome to New Zealand Scholarship

Scholarship provides recognition and monetary reward to top students in their last year of schooling. Scholarship exams enable candidates to be assessed against challenging standards, and are demanding for the most able candidates in each subject.

Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations.

For further details go to the NZQA website: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/scholarship

St Dominic’s Aim for Scholarship

St Dominic’s Catholic College provides a quality opportunity for potential students to prepare for and attempt one or more courses of scholarship study. You should be working towards excellence at NCEA Level 3. Mr M Shiu coordinates the St Dom's Scholarship Programme. 

New Zealand Scholarship fee in 2015

A fee of $30 (GST incl.) per subject will be charged for entry into New Zealand Scholarship from 2015. The $76.70 NCEA assessment fee will no longer cover entry to any New Zealand Scholarship subjects. International students will continue to pay the full fee of $102.20 (GST incl.) per Scholarship subject entered.

Selection Process

1.         1. In Term 1, Week 4-5, the Scholarship Coordinator will evaluate the NCEA assessment data to establish an initial pool of potential candidates. 

You need to have gained:

2.     Confirmation of tutors 

3.     Meet in school with potential candidates. 

4.     Scholarship Coordinator will discuss with Academic Advisor and Year 13 Dean to finalise a preliminary list and organise an information meeting.

5.     Information evening meeting with parents, dean and principal. At this meeting a general outline about Scholarship and question and answer session. Students, parents sign a contract and return to Mr Shiu asap. Students file a copy in their organisers.

Students communicate their tutor(s) and together agree to undergo a scholarship programme.

Most scholarship programmes of study begin at the beginning of Term 2. Assessment data from Term One may be used to confirm the potential candidates. During Term 2, students will be monitored and the list of candidates will be updated. In Term 3, expect to have a practice assessment and/or equivalent formative feedback. Subsequently, final candidate list will go to Mrs C Munro - NZQA Liaison who will enter you into the end-of-year examination / assessment.

 

Preparation for Scholarship

You will be mentored or tutored by a volunteer teacher. They are likely to be currently teaching the Level 3 equivalent of the Scholarship subject. You are expected work independently most of the time, at least 90%.

A subject programme is set-up by you with your tutor's guidance and must include:

a)     Introduction with an emphasis on the step up from Level 3 to Level 4

b)     A signed contract which your tutor has sighted

c)      Topics and content covered

d)     Dates and times of study required i.e. timetable

e)     Resources e.g. a specific and relevant textbook and/or websites

f)      Practice examination, assessment specifications, marking of assessments

g)     Scholarship skills, literacy and related thinking skills

h)     Opportunities to attend external providers where relevant e.g. School or University workshops.

Record of achievement

Our record of achievement continues to improve. The graph below shows the percentage of scholarships achieved from the total number of entries. In fact, in 2013, five scholarships were achieved in History, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Physical Education. One scholarship in Painting gained 23 out of 24 marks to be classified as an "Outstanding Scholarship"!