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NCEA exams affected as Aotea College sends students home over security threat

Aotea College in Porirua

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A Porirua high school has been put into lockdown this morning, meaning students set to sit NCEA exams are being sent to another school.

Police said they were notified of a threat made against Aotea College, north of Wellington, about 10.30 this morning.

The closure has affected students sitting NCEA exams this afternoon.

The NZQA Level 1 Music, Level 2 Accounting and Level 3 History exams being held at Aotea College this afternoon will not go ahead.

Students were told through the school’s Facebook page they will need to sit them at nearby Mana College, which could also accommodate students sitting the level 3 digital history exam on personal devices rather than paper.

“We will be able to apply for derived grades for students affected by the disruption to both the morning and afternoon exam sessions,” the school wrote on Facebook.

“Any students unable to attend exams on Thursday 10 November due to the effects of today’s lockdown will need to contact the school, we will then give them further advice on how they can apply for a derived grade.”

Parents were being asked to collect students from the Okowai Road and Frances Brown entrances, and not to come onto the premises.

On its Facebook page the school said it had closed on the advice of the police as a precautionary measure.

The nearby Li’l Champs Early Learning Centre chose to lockdown, too, but Paremata Primary School was not affected.

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