A Silver Tie is a recognition of academic excellence and is awarded to students who:
Achieve at least 32 points in the Year 11 Foundation Diploma
Gain NCEA Level 2 with an Excellence endorsement (i.e. with 50 Excellence credits). The endorsement must be achieved for the year in which a particular NCEA level was entered and not retrospectively (e.g. an Excellence endorsement for Level 1 when a student is entered primarily for Level 2 will not gain a Silver Tie).
Meet the requirements of the award at the end of their Year 12 International Baccalaureate course of study. These requirements are, currently:
Achieving 35 points. Two of these points come from meeting the course requirements for Theory of Knowledge, CAS and the Extended Essay. The remainder comes from a grade of 1–7 awarded in each of the six subjects studied. This grade is based upon achievement in examinations and internal assessment during Year 12. The grade is the result of Year 12 achievement and is not a predicted final grade.
Gold Academic Excellence Bar
This award recognises students with the highest academic achievement in either NCEA or Year 12 IB.
It is awarded to students who:
Achieve at least 38 points in the Year 11 Foundation Diploma
Achieve NCEA Level 2 with 70 or more Excellence credits at Level 2.
Achieve 40 points or more in their Year 12 IB course. Two points come from meeting the course requirements for Theory of Knowledge, CAS and the Extended Essay. The remainder comes from grades awarded on a scale of 1–7 in each of the six subjects studied.
Academic Honours Blazers are awarded twice a year for consistent outstanding academic achievement. The prerequisite is a Silver Tie and the student must also gain High Distinction (or equivalent) in at least four other academic competitions, examinations or events. Academic service such as peer tutoring, debating coaching, helping in the library, or being a member of the Academic Committee at Years 12 and 13 is also required for the award. A description of the criteria and the application forms are available from the Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning. The red blazer is designated as being for Academic Honours by the silver band on the lower left sleeve.