We are very proud of our academic results achieved by our students. NZQA data shows that St Mary's College students consistently perform well above the national average for all New Zealand schools, including other girls' schools. Despite the challenges of 2020 and 2021 our students have achieved at similar or higher levels than previous years.
In 2021 our achievement rates for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 were above 96% at each level. At each of these levels over 44% of students achieved their respective qualifications with an Excellence Endorsement. Our Māori and Pasifika achievement is also very high.
The graphs below are generated by NZQA at the beginning of February and show St. May's academic results (blue) compared with the national rates (red) and the 8-10 Schools Band (green).
This is not just applicable to 2021, this level of academic achievement is consistent as is illustrated in the graphs.
2020 was the first year that Religious Studies was offered as a Scholarship subject. Scholarship is a separate examination to stretch and challenge students. There were 67 Religious Studies Scholarships awarded throughout New Zealand, 6 of these went to students from St Mary's College. What is also impressive is that 67% of students at St Mary's who attempted this examination were successful. In 2021 16 Scholarships, including 2 Outstanding Scholarships were awarded across a variety of subject areas.
These outstanding academic results reflect the continuing high standards of our students and staff. Teachers and Deans know each student, their story and work with them to achieve their goals. Achieving is part of the St Mary's culture. Students are guided and supported to achieve to their potential, our smaller class numbers are an advantage to both students and staff who enjoy close working relationships with their students St Mary's College teachers are specialists in their fields. Students are taught by these specialists right from Year 7, which does make a difference.
Achieving is not just about success at the Scholarship level, it is about students stretching and challenging themselves to achieve to their full potential. Some of the best anecdotes are about students who worked really hard to achieve their certificates and were so pleased when they did! Each person is on their own path, which is something that we respect here at St Mary's College. This is why our NCEA achievement results will never be at 100%, we have students who are not working towards NCEA, but are an integral part of the College.
St Mary's College is about excellence in more than academic results. Our aim is for students to leave the College as 21st Century Women of Mercy. This can be seen in contributions made back to the community, service, leadership and participation in a wide variety of activities. This is recognised by the over $750,000 worth of Tertiary and other Scholarships being offered to our senior students in the past two years.
Scholarships Awarded included those from:
- Sir George Elliot Charitable Trust
- Robert Ned Covich Scholarship
- First Foundation
- Auckland University
- Auckland University of Technology
- Massey University
- Otago University
- University of Canterbury
- University of Waikato
- Victoria University Wellington