Senior College Prizegiving 2017

November 03, 2017 at 5:00 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 NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma 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, 42 of our graduating students have already been awarded 46 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 2018.

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 NCEA student, Alyssa Hatton and the top IB Diploma student, Joshua Looker. 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.





 Alyssa is a student of exceptional academic ability who has achieved considerable success during her time at Saint Kentigern College.

Achieving Academic Colours in every senior year, Alyssa also gained an NZQA Scholarship in English and won the Media Prize in Year 12. As a result of her outstanding academic performance, Alyssa was selected to be a member of the Year 13 Scholars Group and will be sitting NZQA Scholarship Examinations in English, Media, Classics and History. This year she is awarded the Rotary Senior College Service Award, The Stevens Prize for Classical Studies, The William Fletcher Memorial Prize for English, The Bankier Prize for History, The Media Studies Prize, The Frank Reeves Memorial Cup for Literature, and a Saint Kentigern Scholarship.

Alyssa joined the College in Year 7 and during her time here has made a significant contribution to the Arts. Alyssa has worked on costumes for all Middle School Productions since Year 9 and has been a valued member of the stage crew on all Senior Productions since Year 11. She stage-managed both ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ productions in 2017. Alyssa will take her experience and passion into tertiary study where she is intending to study Performing Arts Management at Toi Whakaari in 2018.

Alyssa has also participated in the Theatresports Premier squad, Coaching and Debating and served others at the College as a Peer Support Leader.





Josh joined the College in 2013 as a Year 9 student, immediately demonstrating his outstanding academic ability across a range of curriculum areas, particularly Latin and Science. This culminated in Josh being awarded Middle School Dux in 2014. He was appointed Deputy Head Boy in 2017.

Josh has been a three-time recipient of Academic Colours in the Senior College. He received a Top Academic award for both Year 11 and Year 12. In 2016, as a Year 12 student, Josh achieved a NZQA Scholarship in English.  He also won the IB Diploma Prize in Chemistry, Latin and Physics that year.

As a result of his academic achievements in Year 12, Josh was selected as a member of the 2017 Scholars Group. This year, he is awarded the IB Diploma Prize for Physics and a Saint Kentigern Scholarship. He also gained High Distinction in the New Zealand Economics Competition. He will be sitting NZQA Scholarship examinations in Chemistry, Economics, Latin, Physics, Statistics, Earth and Space Science.

Josh’s co-curricular involvement has also been a significant part of his time at the College. He is a member of the Premier Water Polo and Premier Debating teams and has also coached other teams. As a talented musician, Josh has been part of a wide range of music groups including the Concert Band (which won Gold at KBB), Big Band (which won Gold at KBB and the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club competition), Jazz Combo, Sax Ensemble, ‘Spamalot’ Musical Orchestra and Sinfonia. Josh has also been involved in the Hamilton House Choir and Band. Josh participated in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and has been of service to others through the 2016 Service Trip to Vanuatu and as a volunteer at the Salvation Army.

In 2018, in recognition of his exceptional academic ability and extensive involvement in a range of activities, Josh has been awarded a ‘Top Achiever Scholarship’ from the University of Auckland. Josh plans to study Sustainable Engineering.


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