I was disappointed to read Judith Collins comment Newsletter to her Papakura constituents. As a result of this notice I have had to reply to enquiries regarding a change in program for senior students. There is no change that negatively affects a student’s capacity to pursue the full-range of post-school pathways.

My disappointment was that this is misinformation and Judith Collins has not been in touch with the college. I take exception to our school being pulled into politics and used as a platform to voice her personal issues with the current government’s education policies. 

Whilst true that most Year 12s will only select 5 subjects in 2024, the implication that Rosehill College would make changes that negatively impact on student future pathways is disappointing. It is incorrect to claim that students need 6 subjects to qualify for medical and health sciences pathways, the rank-score system for selective entry only counts 5 subjects.

I also take exception to the misinformation regarding Manaakitia Mai. Manaakitia Mai is an expansion of an existing compulsory programme for all year levels, it is not a new subject. The kaupapa of Manaakitia Mai is focused on pastoral, academic tracking, literacy and numeracy skills appropriate for all Year levels including mentoring all students to ensure they have the correct subjects to pursue their career pathway. The programme also includes the opportunity for senior students to pursue New Zealand Scholarship and develop study skills.

Rosehill College has always had 5 subjects for Year 13 students and those gifted and talented students have always been able to select 6 subjects – this will not change. In the past, academically able Year 12 students have been able to select Level 3 NCEA courses – this will not change.

Rosehill College is focussed on ensuring all students of Rosehill College achieve excellence. 

I do not intend to be pulled into a political arena – My focus is on our ‘Rosehill College community’. 

Parents are more than welcome to contact the College directly.