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Student results make ACG Strathallan top school in South Auckland

Excellent University Entrance pass rates have earned ACG Strathallan the title of South Auckland’s top-ranked school in Metro magazine’s Best Auckland Secondary Schools list.

UE pass rates at the Karaka-based school increased by 4% from 2016 to 2017, with rates of 83% and 87% respectively – and Principal Danny O’Connor is aiming for even better results this year.

“These pass rates reflect the hard work and commitment to excellence shared by students, families and staff at the school, and we’re now looking to build on last year’s improvements in our upcoming 2018 Cambridge exams,” he says.

All ACG Strathallan students study the internationally-recognised Cambridge programme, which features a curricula that is progressive, flexible and learner-centred.

Principal O’Connor believes the robust qualification not only generates high UE pass rates, but even more importantly, sets students up for success at university.

ACG Strathallan graduate Sean Chen couldn’t agree more. His outstanding results at the school secured him a place at one of the world’s top art schools – University of Arts, London (UAL). Now, one year into his art studies, Sean says his time at ACG Strathallan was instrumental in his success.

“The thing that appeals to me most about art and photography is the freedom to express myself and do things how I want, in my own style,” Sean says. “ACG Strathallan allowed me to discover that style. I don’t think I would have produced the work I produce today if it wasn’t for my art teacher who taught me and provided me with a lot of valuable advice and guidance over all these years.”

ACG Strathallan prides itself on equipping students with a first-class academic education in a safe, and nurturing environment. But Principal O’Connor is quick to point out that academic achievements are just one measure of success.

“Our overarching goal is to provide our students with a holistic education that will help them to grow and develop into good people that will go on to make a positive difference in their communities.

“We have a strong culture of learning and our dedicated team of teachers continue to go above and beyond to support our students to achieve their potential. But that culture is not just limited to the classroom. ACG Strathallan students are also achieving exceptional results in everything from arts and music to sport.”