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NZQA Scholarship Results 2020

February 04, 2021 at 4:50 PM

With the release of the 2020 NZQA Scholarship results, Year 13 graduate, Grace Chang had plenty to celebrate – having already scored full marks in her IB Diploma examinations, she has also been awarded an ‘NZQA Outstanding Scholar Award’ for having gained five Scholarships - in English, Physics, Statistics, Calculus, Geography and Economics, with Calculus marked at an Outstanding level. Grace also achieved four Scholarships the year before as a Year 12 student, and two in Year 11 making a total of twelve NZQA Scholarships! For students who study in New Zealand, an overall Outstanding Scholarship Award, such as Grace has received, is worth $5,000 each year, for up to three years, as long as the recipient maintains at least a ‘B’ grade average in each year of their tertiary study.
Well done Grace!

In total, 36 of our students gained a total 45 Scholarships across a range of subjects, of which three were marked at ‘Outstanding’ level. In addition to Grace’s achievement, also of note are three students in Year 10, Sean Wang (Physics), Eric Liang (Calculus) and Emma Ying (Calculus), and four students in Year 11, Ethan Fung (Chinese), Melody Lui-Webster (Drama), Irene Wang (English) and Benjamin White (Physics), who were each awarded a Scholarship. A further eleven Year 12 students also gained Scholarships. These exams are more usually undertaken in the final year of study in Year 13 so these students can be particularly proud of their achievements!

Students who sit NZQA Scholarship are assessed on their ability to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation. Successful students are those who can also integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. The exams are designed to extend the very best students and are regarded as the most prestigious secondary school award in the country, offering financial rewards for those going on to full-time tertiary study in New Zealand.

OVERALL OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

These are awarded to students who gain Scholarships in three or more subjects.

The Award is worth up to $15,000 towards tertiary studies.
Note: Year levels refer to 2020.

Grace Chang ((Year 13)

4 Scholarships and 1 Outstanding Scholarship

 

SAINT KENTIGERN NEW ZEALAND SCHOLARSHIPS BY SUBJECT

Students who achieve Scholarship in one or two subjects receive an award of $500 per subject (maximum $1000).

Note: Year levels refer to 2020.

NZQA SCHOLARSHIP SUBJECTS

Outstanding

Scholarship

Scholarship

Total Per Subject

Accounting

 

Claudia Beere (Year 13)

Vishakhan Bhakhaven (Year 13)

 

2

Agriculture/Horticulture

 

Junyi Yu (Year 13)

1

Biology

 

Owen Chen (Year 13)

Isabeau Pan (Year 12)

Hannah Riley (Year 12)

Emma Jorgensen (Year 12)

4

Calculus

Grace Chang (Year 13)

Xavier Yin (Year 13)

Haokun Ye (Year 12)

Eric Liang (Year 10)

Emma Ying (Year 10)

3

Chemistry

 

Xavier Yin (Year 13)

1

Chinese

 

Ethan Fung (Year 11)

ZiQi Liang (Year 12)

2

Classical Studies

 

Athena Bond (Year 13)

1

Design and Visual Communication

 

Mei Han Sun (Year 13)

 

1

Drama

 

Anya Kemp (Year 13)

Melody Lui-Webster (Year 11)

2

Economics

 

Grace Chang (Year 13)

1

English

Elizabeth Lightfoot (Year 13)

 

Zuoxi Lu (Year 13)

Guy Weenink (Year 13)

Peter Wallace (Year 13)

Grace Chang (Year 13)

Haokun Ye (Year 12)

Daniel Huang (Year 12)

Irene Wang (Year 11)

7

Geography

 

Grace Chang (Year 13)

1

Health and

Physical Education

 

Emma Jorgensen (Year 12)

1

History

 

Fintan Wong (Year 13)

Blake Walker (Year 12)

2

Latin

 

Heeju Rho (Year 13)

1

Music

 

Catherine Chang (Year 13)

1

Physics

 

Oliver Mitchell (Year 13)

Grace Chang (Year 13)

Sean Wang (Year 10)

3

Statistics

 

Sophia Ying (Year 13)

Grace Chang (Year 13)

Junyi Yu (Year 13)

Christina Chen (Year 12)

Ivan Zhang (Year 13)

5

Technology

 

Samuel Ou (Year 13)

Benjamin White (Year 11)

James Pilcher (Year 12)

 

3

TOTAL

3

42

45

 

New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) Scholarships Explained

Scholarship exams are rigorous, requiring high level abstract thinking and the application of knowledge and ideas to complex situations. NZQA’s intention is that 3% of the total number of Year 13 students in the country sitting Level 3 in each of the 35 available subjects will be awarded a Scholarship, provided Scholarship standards are met. Of this top 3% nationwide who gain a Scholarship pass, a small number, equating to approximately 0.5% nationwide will be accorded an Outstanding Scholarship.

At Saint Kentigern, our brightest NCEA students can elect to study towards Scholarship exams. Scholarship exams are offered by NZQA and are, therefore, aligned to NCEA. Where course content is similar, our IB Diploma students can also elect to sit Scholarship exams. However, in many cases this is not possible for some of our brightest IB Diploma students as each year there are examination clashes.

There is great monetary incentive for students to aim to achieve in these exams. New Zealand students who do well in Scholarship gain substantial monetary awards. A Scholarship in just one subject receives $500, as a single payment. An overall Outstanding Scholarship Award is worth $5,000 each year for up to three years for as long as the recipient maintains at least a ‘B’ grade average each year of their tertiary study. An overall Scholarship Award is worth $2,000 each year for up to three years for as long as the recipient maintains at least a ‘B’ grade average each year of their tertiary study. A Premier Scholarship Award is worth $10,000 for up to three years as long as the recipient maintains a ‘B’ grade average each year of their tertiary study. For the top candidate in each of the Scholarship subjects, the recipient receives $2,000 each year for up to three years as long as a ‘B’ grade average is maintained each year of their tertiary study.

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