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What the NCEA principles mean to me – Te pūtake o ngā mātāpono NCEA ki ahau.

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Individuals or small team (max 3) entry – Ages 13-18

Express Yourself is a creative storytelling challenge inspired by the five NCEA principles: Wellbeing, Inclusion & Equity, Coherence, Pathways and Credibility. What do these principles mean to you? Use your talents as a creative storyteller to share your experience of NCEA and ideas for the future or what you think could change.

What do I do?

Think about the NCEA principles that resonate with you and share your experience. Inspire us with ideas or solutions to grow and strengthen NCEA for New Zealand.

Guiding principles for NCEA

What do I need to enter?

Tell your story by creating a video or animation (max 3 minutes), a written story (max 2000 words), or visual artwork.

Submit your work along with an entry form.

Student voices and images enrich your work. Make sure you download and submit completed consent forms from anyone who appears in your entry.

Details on how to enter will be published on this website on 6 June.

What’s up for grabs?

  • 6 laptops, Prezzy cards, and spot prizes.
  • 1st – 5 Laptops up to $2000 value, one for each age
  • 2nd - $500 for each year level
  • 3rd - $250 for each year level

 When do I need to enter by?

Entries close midnight, 27 August.

Entries will be assessed by a judging panel, against the criteria listed in the introduction.

Make your Mark competition booklet

All the information you need to know about the Make your Mark competition can be found in the competition booklet [PDF 3.4MB]


Click here for the It Starts with You. Express yourself entry form