Kia ora Year 10s!

2018 is a big year for you with many changes. My job as your Dean, alongside your Tutor Teacher, is to ensure you are making the most of your time here at Wellington College. 

Junior Assessment Framework
For information on our junior assessment system please click here

Nga Mihi,
Mr Peter Maitland

Dean's Announcments

  • Keep updated with the latest in discussion topics during Tutor Time and Pastoral Care Time (PCT), as well as other news for Year 10s.


    NCEA = National Certificate of Educational Achievement

    Credits needed to get NCEA Level 1 = minimum of 80 (across all subjects) and this must include 10 numeracy credits (mainly got in maths but also available in other subjects eg:  science, geo and others)  plus 10 literacy credits (mainly got in English but also available in other subjects eg: History, Economics and others)  

    Credits are gained by passing standards

    Two types of standards internal (school run, happen on a regular basis throughout the year = tests, portfolios, assignments etc) and external (NZQA run, happen in November via examinations, sat here at WC)

    Credits per standard vary but most are worth 3 or 4 (with some worth less and some more), number of credits per standard are determined by NZQA

    Standards are marked using 4 point scale with the last three all gaining the credits assigned to the standard:

    Not Achieved

    Subjects vary, but most have around 24 credits for a full year course, with most subjects having approximately 50% of credits as internal and 50% as external


    Get 50 credits or more across all subjects at Merit level or higher and get NCEA Certificate endorsed with Merit

    Get 50 credits or more across all subjects at Excellence and get NCEA Certificate endorsed with Excellence


    Get 14 credits (must include at least 3 internal and 3 external credits) or more in a subject at Merit or higher and get that subject endorsed with Merit 

    Get 14 credits (must include at least 3 internal and 3 external credits) or more in a subject at Excellence and get that subject endorsed with Excellence

    RULES FOR INTERNALS  eg  absent for a class assessemt must have Dr Certificate otherwise Not Achieved (unless absent due to bereavement or on school trip etc), assignment handed in late = Not Achieved etc

    OTHER – practice exam week in term III, rules for externals etc

    Year 10 Streaming

    Academic classes have been created which are named after native NZ trees.  These will be used for English, Science, Social Studies, Health & Physical Ed and Technology:  

    - 10Kowhai & 10Matai are the streamed classes for Advanced Science studying Cambridge & NCEA L1 respectively. Maths is streamed separately from the academic classes.
    - 10Rimu is the only streamed English class, based on Year 9 English attainment.  There is no Year 10 Literacy class.  Students take Integrated Studies by invitation only.
    - Mixed ability classes: 10Rata, 10Kauri, 10Towai, 10Whau, 10Toro, 10Inaka, 10Totara, 10Miro, 10Karaka & 10Karo.  

    Contact the Year 10 Dean, Pete Maitland if you have any queries.

Appeals Process


Students have the right to appeal any assessment-related decisions, including breaches of the rules, missed and late assessments, as well as grades awarded for assessments. Appeals are to be made within five school days from the time of the event, or once assessed work is returned and gone over by the teacher. For all appeals, an ‘Appeal Application Form 2017’ is to be completed by the student and handed to the appropriate HOD to process. Mr Thorp may be involved in the decision if needed. The decision made on the Appeal by the HOD/Mr Thorp will be final.

Click here for the appeal application form.