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2003 Summary Tables

We have provided some summary tables to give you the responses from a variety of questions on the CensusAtSchool NZ survey conducted in August-September 2003. We have not summarised every variable in the data base because we want to encourage students to pose statistical questions and investigate the data for themselves.

Total students taking part by year level:

Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Number 2244 2834 1945 2131 4573 3932
% 13 16 11 12 26 22

Total students taking part by gender:

Boys Girls
Number 8108 9551
% 46 54

Technology – Are you connected?

Technology access % Year 5-6 % Year 7-8 % Year 9-10
Cellphone 13 32 57
Computer 83 88 90
Internet 70 79 84
Calculator 58 78 92

Skipping – Are boys or girls the quickest at skipping? Here are the mean number of skips:

Gender Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
Boys 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7
Girls 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.8
All students 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.7

Breakfast – Breakfast food choices by year groups

Item % Year 5-6 % Year 7-8 % Year 9-10
Milk 34 32 30
Coffee/Tea/Milo 29 29 26
Juice 21 20 19
Toast/Bread 43 44 41
Cereal 54 49 42
Fruit 17 18 16
Other 8 7 10
Nothing 5 8 13

Note: Percentages will not add to 100 as students could pick as many items as they had.

Region – total students taking part by region

Region Count %
Auckland 7825 44
Bay of Plenty 478 3
Canterbury 2025 11
Gisbourne 114 1
Hawkes Bay 455 3
Manawatu-Wanganui 1065 6
Nelson-Marlborough 737 4
Northland 545 3
Otago 685 4
Southland 293 2
Taranaki 520 3
Waikato 1457 8
Wellington 1716 10
West Coast 131 1

Favourite subject at school

Secondary Students (Year 9, 10)
Favourite Subject % Boys % Girls
Art 8 18
Computer/Information technology 8 3
Dance or Drama 4 13
Ecomonics 1 1
English 4 7
Graphics 5 2
Foreign Languages 3 5
Maori 2 3
Mathematics 6 5
Music 5 4
Physical Education/Health 33 18
Science 6 5
Social Studies 3 5
Technology – food & textiles 3 5
Technology – design & materials 9 5

 

Intermediate Students (Year 7 and 8)
Favourite Subject % Boys % Girls
Art 15 24
Computer/Information technology 11 2
Dance or Drama 4 21
Ecomonics 0 0
English 2 6
Graphics 1 0
Foreign Languages 1 2
Maori 1 2
Mathematics 8 5
Music 4 4
Physical Education/Health 31 16
Science 4 3
Social Studies 1 2
Technology – food & textiles 7 8
Technology – design & materials 10 5

 

Primary Students (Year 5, 6)
Favourite Subject % Boys % Girls
Art 29 41
Computing/Information Technology 12 4
Dance or Drama 4 20
English 4 7
Maori 1 2
Maths 19 10
Music 3 4
Physical Education/Health 13 6
Science 6 3
Social Studies 1 1
Technology/Design 7 2

Mean Reaction time (in seconds) by dominant hand and gender

Dominant hand Boys Girls
Left 1.18 1.23
Right 0.77 0.92

Travel time to school in minutes by region (% of students)

Region 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 >60
Auckland 8 59 8 0 25 0 0
Bay of Plenty 23 47 4 0 26 0 0
Canterbury 66 21 13 0 0 0 0
Gisbourne 85 15 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkes Bay 12 79 9 0 0 0 0
Manawatu-Wanganui 61 39 0 0 0 0 0
Nelson-Marlborough 18 82 0 0 0 0 0
Northland 27 46 27 0 0 0 0
Otago 64 10 26 0 0 0 0
Southland 61 20 18 0 0 0 0
Taranaki 32 54 14 0 0 0 0
Waikato 18 60 23 0 0 0 0
Wellington 60 13 27 0 0 0 0
West Coast 41 0 6 6 0 0 48