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This term the ACG Norton College Science examination had a section that required the iPad to be used to demonstrate learning that had taken place in the course.

Students studying the Certificate of Foundation Studies for AUT at Norton College will be commencing their examinations from Monday 25 November until Thursday 28 November.

We wish all our Norton students the very best for their examinations!


Significant changes have taken place since the 5 year review of the AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies delivered by ACG Norton College. The changes involve the entry requirements for receiving degree offers and the structure of the programme. From 2014, there will be four entry points to the course, one per term. Two of the core subjects will have a 50% online component and students who have a higher English level and solid academic background may be offered the new six month Foundation course.

An additional tool for learning

iPads 002Using new technology comes with its own set of challenges. At ACG City Campus a group of Extended Foundation Studiesstudents and their teachers have been using a new learning tool – the iPad. 

Tiritiri Matangi Island TripOn Saturday 30 March eleven students from ACG City Campus went to visit the open sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island with Mr Hodges. After several last minute lunch purchases from Subway and a relatively calm one hour ferry ride from Auckland, they arrived on the Island and headed north for a guided tour. Scenery was spectacular but the birds seem to be keeping the same morning hours as most of our students and sightings were sparse until near the northern end of the main track they encountered a family of Takahe at close quarters (7th most endangered bird in the world).

Tutor Group 2The ACG Tutor Community Programme got off to a good start on Monday 11 February. “At first I didn’t want to go to Tutor Community meeting,” said Kim Khanghyun, “but I’m glad I went. Reflecting on how I learn will help me improve the way I study and, I hope, my grades”. Each Tutor Community has a tutor who guides the students through a study skills programme designed to train them in essential academic study skills within the context of their course of study. Attendance and punctuality are also monitored by the tutors, and student welfare needs supported.

The NZIC Top 20 Club for the February intake of The University of Auckland Foundation was announced in July and students celebrated with an evening of activities and food. Some other activities are planned for later in the year. 

Read the full article of the Top 20 Club announced in July here:

Photo Caption: Top 20 construction activity


Graduation-Aug-2012-Principal-and-graduandOn Wednesday 22 August 39 students graduated from the AUT International Foundation Certificate. One of the highlights of the ceremony was the Principal's inspiring words. Mr Haines took us on a metaphoric journey of selfdiscovery and learning, 'paddling our kayaks' up the mighty Waikato River, meeting the 'rapids' and 'whirlpools' head on, with courage, initiative and creativity.

Another very good set of results in the AUT International Foundation Certificate examinations has seen almost all students in the final trimester receive an offer of place to AUT. The top AUT Foundation Graduate Trimester 1 2012, was Kim Anh Phung from Vietnam.

In June, the University of Auckland Foundation students have their final examinations and expectations are for a good showing. EAP results are excellent. Holiday tutoring proved to be popular, with students making use of the tutorials during the April break. A big thank you to the tutors.

The recent arrival of our biggest intake of students into the April Fast Track Programme in the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies is yet another indication of how popular and sought after this programme is.

The worldwide results for Cambridge International Examinations confirm that New Zealand is among the best places for secondary students to excel at their studies.

Students at private schools run by Academic Colleges Group (ACG) found themselves among the elite as several placed "Top in the World" in their CIE scores.

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