Can you help?

Each year we have a large number of students who require assistance to sit their entrance exams. We are currently asking for helpers from the community who are available during school time to act as readers, writers, readers & writers, or small group invigilators for our students. If you are comfortable working one on one with a student for up to three hours we would very much appreciate your help.

A short training session is required and will take place on:

Tuesday 1st August from 10:00 – 10:45 am in the Staffroom

Refreshments provided. All volunteers are required to complete a police vetting application.

To register your participation or ask any questions please contact Tracey Dowling by email or by phone 477 0150 ext 826


“I began volunteering as a reader/writer seven years ago when my son (who has dyslexia) first started at Rangitoto College. The Learning Support team were just so fantastic with him and when they put out a call for reader/writers to help in exams I felt it was one way I could give back to the department and school. I felt teachers had enough to do and this was one way I could help out.

The Learning Support Department runs the exams like a well-oiled machine, they make timetabling super easy—you can volunteer for as many or as few exams as you are able to do around your other commitments, they are just so grateful for any help received. 

As a reader/writer, depending on the individual student’s needs I either read, write, or do both for them to help them achieve exam completion to the best of their ability.  I love that I can help these kids feel a little less anxious, less stressed, calmer, and more in control of their outcomes. 

Often the students visibly relax when I tell them I’m not a teacher—just a mum that wants to help them.  I’ve learnt to be super understanding and non-judgemental, and have been so impressed with the resilience, ability, and intelligence of these students, and have personally loved learning about so many broad subjects that certainly weren’t available in my schooling days!

I got so much joy out of doing these in-school exams, I now do so for the NCEA exams at the end of the year. 

Come join the fabulous team that helps these students achieve their potential!”

Angela Stanger, SAC Volunteer