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Two National ‘Premier Scholars’ and Two ‘Top in Subject’ for Saint Kentigern

April 15, 2019 at 12:05 PM

In February this year, we announced the outstanding academic achievements our students gained in the external New Zealand Scholarship exams. See the article below.

We also published the IB Diploma results. We are extremely proud of our students, in particular of Andrew Chen’s perfect score of 45 our of 45 points. Click here to read the full IB Diploma results.


It is with great pride that we announce that two of our students who sat the external New Zealand Scholarship exams at the end of 2018, Andrew Chen and Daniel Mar, have been named as Premier Scholars by NZQA (New Zealand Qualification Authority). 

In addition, two of our students received Top in Subject Awards – Andrew Chen for Statistics and 2018 Year 11 student, Christopher Dirk, was top in Design and Visual Communication.

Andrew and Daniel are two of only 11 students across the country to achieve this significant award that recognises academic excellence of the highest order. Notably, Saint Kentigern Senior College is the only school to have more than one student achieve at this level in 2018. This is the second time since the inception of the Premier Award that two of our students have received the award in the same year.

More than 9,300 New Zealand students sat Scholarship exams across 35 subjects at the end of last year. Students sitting these papers 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.

Andrew and Daniel are both outstanding academics – and also best mates! Whilst Andrew studied towards the International Baccalaureate Diploma, achieving the top mark of 45/45, Daniel undertook NCEA. Both students sat further New Zealand Scholarship exams in seven subjects, remarkably gaining Scholarships in all seven, with each gaining four classed at ‘Outstanding’ level.

In addition, Andrew was named as the Top Subject Scholar in the country for Statistics – the second time he has topped this subject, having also achieved this feat two years ago as a Year 11 student! Both students have punched above their weight in Scholarship exams; in Andrew’s case sitting exams since Year 11 and amassing a total of 13 Scholarships, whilst Daniel has been awarded a total of 10 Scholarships over the last two years. There is great monetary incentive for high achievers. A Premier Scholars Award includes a grant of up to $30,000 towards their tertiary studies!

Andrew has been offered a place at Oxford University, UK to study Mathematics and Computer Science whilst Daniel plans to take up a scholarship to The University of Auckland to study Computer Science and Finance – having also been awarded the Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) Scholarship.

The boys will be presented their Awards at the Beehive in Wellington in May.

Other Noteworthy Performances
In total, 46 of our students gained a total 82 Scholarships across a range of subjects of which 15 were marked as ‘Outstanding’ level. Seven of our students were also awarded an overall ‘Scholarship Award,’ for candidates who achieve Scholarship in three or more subjects. Ebba Olsen, Yunfan Yu, Ben Creemers, Ben Staite, Joshua Ng, Juliet Shepherd and Ben Fraser will each be awarded up to $6000 each towards their tertiary studies.

Also of note are the 3 students in Year 11 who were awarded 4 scholarships and the 16 students in Year 12 who were awarded 21 Scholarships, including 4 at ‘Outstanding’ level. These exams are more usually undertaken in the final year of study in Year 13.

We take pride in the achievements of our students in all their fields of endeavour, but academic outcomes remain the most important. These results will open doors to the next stage of learning for these students as they continue on to their tertiary education.

PREMIER SCHOLARS AWARD

For the very top candidates in New Zealand. The minimum requirement for this award is 5 or more Scholarships with at least 3 at Outstanding level.
The Award is worth up to $30,000 towards tertiary studies.

Andrew Chen

7 scholarships in 2018
(Andrew has achieved 13 Scholarships over 3 years.)

Daniel Mar

7 scholarships in 2018
(Daniel has achieved 10 Scholarships over 2 years.)

 

TOP IN SUBJECT SCHOLAR AWARD

For the top candidate in New Zealand in a Scholarship subject.
The Award is worth up to $6000 towards tertiary studies.

Andrew Chen

Top in Statistics
(Andrew also achieved this Top in Subject Award for Statistics in Year 11.)

Christopher Dirks (Year 11)

Top in Design and Visual Communication

 

OVERALL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

These are awarded to students who gain Scholarships in three or more subjects.
The Award is worth up to $6,000 towards tertiary studies.

Ebba Olsen         

5 Scholarships

Yunfan Yu           

4 Scholarships

Ben Creemers    

4 Scholarships

Ben Staite           

3 Scholarships

Joshua Ng            

3 Scholarships

Juliet Shepherd  

3 Scholarships

Ben Fraser (Year 12) 

1 Outstanding and 2 Scholarships

 

SAINT KENTIGERN NEW ZEALAND SCHOLARSHIPS BY SUBJECT

In addition to the monetary awards noted above, students who achieve Scholarship in one or two subjects receive an award of $500 per subject (maximum $1000). 

NZQA SCHOLARSHIP SUBJECTS

Outstanding Scholarship

Scholarship

Total Per Subject

Accounting

Daniel Mar (Year 13)

Caleb Boyce (Year 13), Ebba Olsen (Year 13)

 3

Biology

Daniel Mar (Year 13)

Mackensie Cooper (Year 13), John Hsieh (Year 12), Amy Waters (Year 13)

 4

Calculus

Andrew Chen (Year 13)

Grace Chang (Year 11), Eric Li (Year 12), Daniel Mar (Year 13), Ebba Olsen (Year 13), Yunfan Yu (Year 13)

 6

Chemistry

 

Andrew Chen (Year 13), Ben Creemers (Year 13), Joshua Ng (Year 13), Sifei Ren (Year 13), Juliet Shepherd (Year 13), Cindy Yi (Year 12), Yunfan Yu (Year 13)

 7

Chinese

 

Junyi Yu (Year 11)

 1

Classical Studies

 

Brian Lee (Year 13), Douglas Swart (Year 13)

 2

Design and Visual Communication

Christopher Dirks (Year 11)

Lok See He (Year 13), David Joyce (Year 13), Rou-Jiun Lin (Year 13), Staryo Warren (Year 13), Toby Whata (Year 13)

 6

Drama

Lauren Aspoas (Year 13)

Amelia Elliot (Year 12), Stephanie Ramlose (Year 13), Matthew Turner (Year 12), Thomas Webster (Year 12)

 5

Earth and Space Science

 

Ebba Olsen (Year 13)

 1

Economics

Andrew Chen (Year 13)

Benjamin Staite (Year 13)

 2

English

Margaret Li (Year 12)

Andrew Chen (Year 13), Ben Creemers (Year 13), Callum Lee (Year 13), Samantha Shing (Year 12), Ning Yen (Year 12), Cindy Yi (Year 12)

 7

Geography

Yucheng Lu (Year 12)

Andrew Chen (Year 13), Benjamin Fraser (Year 12), Daniel Mar (Year 13), Benjamin Shepherd (Year 12)

 5

Health and Physical Education

 

Benjamin Fraser (Year 12), Amy Waters (Year 13)

 2

History

Ben Fraser (Year 12)

Angus Finlayson (Year 12), Margaret Li (Year 12)

 3

Japanese

 

Misaki Chen (Year 12)

 1

Media Studies

 

Rafe Macdonald (Year 13), Hannah Williams (Year 13)

 2

Music

Xiyuan Niu (Year 12)

 

 1

Physics

Andrew Chen (Year 13), Daniel Mar (Year 13)

Nicholas Carlier (Year 13), Ben Creemers (Year 13), Keegan Manning (Year 13), Joshua Ng (Year 13), Ebba Olsen (Year 13), Juliet Shepherd (Year 13), Benjamin Staite (Year 13), Yunfan Yu (Year 13)

 10

Statistics

Andrew Chen (Year 13), Daniel Mar (Year 13), Juliet Shepherd (Year 13)

Grace Chang (Year 11), Ben Creemers (Year 13), Callum Lee (Year 13), Yucheng Lu (Year 12), Joshua Ng (Year 13), Ebba Olsen (Year 13), Kate Pennycuick (Year 12), Benjamin Staite (Year 13), Yunfan Yu (Year 13)

 12

Technology

 

Ryan King (Year 13), Daniel Mar (Year 13)

 2

Total

15
Outstanding
Scholarships

67
Scholarships

 82
 In Total

 

SAINT KENTIGERN SCHOLARSHIPS BY YEAR LEVEL

Year Level

Outstanding

Scholarship

Total

Year 11

1

3

4

Year 12

4

17

21

Year 13

10

47

57

Total

15

67

82

 

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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