Taupo-nui-a-Tia College has a proud tradition of academic achievement. Cornerstone to this is having high expectations of students and backing this up with well-structured and student centred programmes and with a focus on effective quality teaching.
At all three levels of NCEA Taupo-nui-a-Tia College students have average pass rates higher than the national average, as shown on the graph below (source: NZQA).
While acknowledging the efforts of the students, Principal Mr Moyle also paid tribute to the teaching staff – “Students coming to Taupo-nui-a-Tia College from other secondary schools often mention the fact that the teachers here have a genuine desire for their students to do well.”
Often referred to as the only true measure of comparison in academic achievement between schools, the University Entrance figures for Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is an area of pride. As shown in the following graph, Taupo-nui-a-Tia College average percentage of Y13 students gaining University Entrance is well above the national average. (source. NZQA).
The highest award available to secondary school students in New Zealand is Scholarship. Between 2007 and 2011 34 Scholarships have been awarded to Taupo-nui-a-Tia College students, including six Outstanding Scholarships.
In 2011 the following awards were received by:
Anna-Rose Davies: Outstanding Scholarship in Economics, Scholarship in History, Scholarship in English
Harkaran Aujla: Outstanding Scholarship in Economics, Scholarship in Accounting, Scholarship in English
Cameron Brown: Scholarship in Physical Education
Daniel Guinto: Scholarship in Chemsitry
Cole Holyoake: Scholarship in Graphics
Samuel Lincoln: Scholarship in Graphics
Larissa Lacey: Scholarship in Visual Art painting
Pagan Tawhai: Scholarship in History