College Senior School Prizegiving 2016

October 28, 2016 at 4:22 PM

This afternoon’s Senior Prizegiving signalled the end of another notable year in the life of the College as the Saint Kentigern College community gathered in Elliot Hall to congratulate our Year 11, 12 and 13 IB (International Baccalaureate) and NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) academic prize winners, including those who have received scholarships to continue their education at tertiary level. 

The College is thrilled that by Senior School Prizegiving, 27 of our graduating students have already been awarded 37 significant tertiary scholarships, providing them with financial assistance for their chosen tertiary studies. In some instances, these provide a very substantial sum and these students can be very proud of their achievement. Other students can be equally proud to have been offered more than one scholarship, opening up choice as to where they continue their education. 

Each year the number of scholarships awarded usually increases over the summer break as exam results become available; in particular for those seeking scholarships from universities in the Northern Hemisphere. Already, a number of our students are awaiting confirmation of places in the USA for 2017. 

As well as our top academic achievers, Senior Prizegiving also recognises our very best sportsmen and women, debaters, actors, dancers and musicians, and those who have given well beyond expectation in Service.  At all levels, there are many who strive to achieve their utmost in every endeavour they undertake. 

Each student who came across the stage could be rightfully proud of awards that recognised their significant contribution. The afternoon culminated with the announcement of the highest academic honour, the Dux. The honour was awarded to both the top IB Diploma student, Kevin Shen and the top NCEA student, Nicholas Allen. Congratulations to these two deserving students who have worked hard and made the most of every opportunity. 

As the Prizegiving ceremony came to a close, students, staff and guests were invited to Elliot Quad to watch the Pipes and Drums of Saint Kentigern beat the retreat as the flag was lowered. Our best wishes to all our senior students as they now head into their external examinations.


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Kevin joined the College in 2012 as a Year 9 student, immediately demonstrating his outstanding academic ability, particularly in the subject of Mathematics. 

He is an exceptional mathematician with exemplary skills in this subject. This year, he was placed first in the Senior Division of the Auckland Mathematical Olympiad and gained second place, for the second year running, in the Casio Victoria University Senior Mathematics Competition. Most significantly, Kevin has been a national representative in the prestigious New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad team for three years, earning an honourable mention at the International Mathematical Olympiad this year. 

In 2015, as a Year 12 student, Kevin achieved an NZQA Outstanding Scholars Award after achieving Outstanding Scholarships in Chemistry, Statistics, and Calculus examinations, which are usually taken in Year 13. 

Kevin has been a three-time recipient of Academic Colours in the Senior College.  In Year 12, he won the IB Diploma Prize for Mathematics and Economics and a ‘Top Academic’ award. As a result of his academic achievements in Year 12, Kevin was chosen as a member of the 2016 Scholars Group. This year, he is awarded the IB Diploma Prize in Mathematics and a Saint Kentigern Scholarship. He will be sitting NZQA Scholarship examinations in Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Calculus, Economics. 

In addition to his academic success, Kevin has been involved in the co-curricular life of the College as a member of the Premier Chess Team and a Badminton team. He has also participated in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award. 

During his time at the College, Kevin has served others in various capacities: as a College Librarian, a Peer Support Leader, Academic and ESOL Mentor and member of the Environmental group. He has also participated in Presbyterian Support’s ‘Enliven’ programme. 

In 2017, in recognition of his exceptional academic ability and extensive involvement in a range of activities, Kevin has been offered a ‘Top Achiever Scholarship’ from the University of Auckland. 


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Nicholas, an outstanding scholar with tremendous academic talent, joined the College in 2012 as a Year 9 student. 

Achieving Academic Colours in every senior year, Nicholas has also won the Latin Prize three years in a row and in 2015 gained a ‘Top Academic’ award. As a result of his academic performance, he was chosen to be a member of the Year 13 Scholars Group and will be sitting NZQA Scholarship Examinations in Latin, Statistics and English. This year, he is also awarded the Goldson Prize for Chemistry and a Saint Kentigern Scholarship. 

During his time at the College, Nicholas has made a considerable contribution to the Arts as both a crew member for College musical productions and a member of the Kentoris Choir, which this year won a Gold Award at the National Big Sing Finale. He has also been a Model United Nations representative, a member of the Rock Climbing club and the Silver and Steel group. Nicholas has represented the College in Football and has been a member of the Premier Yachting squad. 

In addition to his varied and extensive co-curricular involvement, Nicholas has served others at the College as a Peer Support Leader, Academic Mentor and member of the Environmental Group. 

In 2017, Nicholas intends to study Law and Science at the University of Auckland.


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