Wednesday, 11 December 2019


MBAS top academic students for 2018 announced

The top Mercury Bay Area School academic students for 2018 were announced at a whole school assembly on Thursday last week.

Last year, 11 MBAS students endorsed NCEA Level 1 one with excellence and 24 students endorsed with merit. In NCEA Level 2, 13 students endorsed with excellence and 18 students endorsed with merit. Five NCEA Level 3 students endorsed with excellence and six students endorsed with merit.

“The trends in our NCEA achievement across Levels 1, 2 and 3 continued to be strong in 2018, particularly in the levels of certificate endorsements - either at merit or excellence levels,” says John Wright, MBAS principal. “This is a superb outcome for our young people and is representative of their hard work, the support from their whānau and the input and encouragement from their teachers. 

“Overall our ‘pass rate’ for NCEA is satisfactory, however for Level 1 last year, we’ve had significantly fewer boys [55 per cent] successful than in the recent past [compared with girls at 75 per cent] and we’re looking into the reasons for this.”

The MBAS dux student for 2018 was Ella Tomkins. The proxime accessit (second highest achievement) award was shared between Jessica Alexander and Michaela Duerre.

Pictured: Jessica Alexander (on the left), Michaela Duerre (in the centre) and Ella Tomkins after the assembly on Thursday. Jessica is this year off to the University of Auckland to study a conjoint degree in commerce and science, Ella will embark on an Auckland University of Technology degree in sport and recreation at the Tai-Ohomai Institute of Technology campus in Tauranga and Michaela will be studying health science at the University of Otago in Dunedin.


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