Two New Zealand Outstanding Scholar Awards!

February 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The Minister for Education, Hon Hekia Parata, yesterday formally congratulated New Zealand’s top academic students on becoming the New Zealand Scholarship Award winners for 2013. We are proud to announce that two of our students, Louis Christie (NCEA) and Darryn Ooi (IB) have been awarded Outstanding Scholar Awards worth $5000 a year for up to three years of successful tertiary study.

NZQA Scholarship examinations are taken in addition to a student’s other end of year external examinations. Scholarship exams are rigorous, requiring high level abstract thinking and the application of knowledge and ideas to complex situations. At Saint Kentigern College, our students (both NCEA and IB Diploma students where their course content is similar) are selected to study towards and sit these demanding examinations. There is significant monetary incentive for students to do well.

Ms Parata said, ‘Last year almost 11,000 students participated in New Zealand Scholarship examinations, with 2,386 students achieving a scholarship.’ From the 2,386 students who were successful in gaining a scholarship in a single subject, 60 students across the nation gained a prestigious Outstanding Scholar Award for achieving scholarship in three or more subjects of which at least two were at Outstanding level. Louis, an NCEA student, gained a Scholarship in Statistics and three outstanding Scholarships in Chemistry, Physics and Calculus. Darryn, an IB Diploma student gained a Geography Scholarship and two Outstanding Scholarships in English and History.

Congratulations to Louis and Darryn, two exceptional, hard-working students who are deserving of this recognition. 

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