NZQA NEWS

Issue: Volume 93, Number 8

Posted: 19 May 2014
Reference #: 1H9ctM

The New Zealand Scholarship 2013 Top Scholar Awards ceremony was held at Parliament in Wellington on 7 May 2014.

Top Scholar Awards

The New Zealand Scholarship 2013 Top Scholar Awards ceremony was held at Parliament in Wellington on 7 May 2014.

This annual ceremony includes the presentation of Premier Awards to the top 10 New Zealand Scholarship students, and one of these was selected to win the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence.

The 2013 Premier Scholars and their New Zealand Scholarship achievements are listed in the table at right.

The Premier Award winners and the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence are recommended to NZQA by the Technical Overview Group (Assessment) – TOGA.

TOGA is a committee chaired by Professor Gary Hawke, and includes some of New Zealand’s leading academic experts in assessment. It was set up to monitor and make recommendations about the New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA examinations. Members have commented to NZQA that New Zealand Scholarship is world class.

Top Subject Scholar Awards are also presented at the Top Scholar ceremony to the highest achieving student in each of the 35 New Zealand Scholarship subjects. Top Subject Scholars are listed on the NZQA website.

Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence

The Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence for 2013 has been awarded to ex-Auckland Grammar School student Byung-Cheol Cho.

The award recognises the student who showed the highest overall level of academic excellence in the annual New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

Byung-Cheol was Dux of Auckland Grammar School in 2013. He gained numerous academic awards and was also involved in the wider cultural and sporting life of the school.

Teachers praised his maturity, work ethic, humility, empathy and integrity.

With the goal of contributing to the development of medical devices, Byung-Cheol will be beginning his studies in biomedicine at Princeton University later this year.

National statistics available

NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship statistics for 2013 are available on the NZQA website.(external link)

The spreadsheets contain a breakdown of results by region, decile, and school. This statistical information can be analysed using a range of variables, including qualification, ethnicity and gender.

The statistics are published to inform schools’ planning of teaching and learning programmes and to provide information for parents and whānau. NZQA also continues to offer information about previous years’ statistics on its website.

The annual report publication NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship Data and Statistics (2013) will be published this month.

Byung-Cheol Cho
Auckland Grammar School

Outstanding Scholarship in Calculus, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Statistics
Scholarship in Geography, Spanish

Phoebe Helena Marianne Clifford
St Cuthbert’s College

Outstanding Scholarship in Biology, English, Geography, History
Scholarship in Chemistry

John Gordon Le Fevre Garden
Wellington College

Outstanding Scholarship in English, History, Statistics
Scholarship in Calculus, Geography, Physics

Daniel William Hughes
Aquinas College

Outstanding Scholarship in Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics
Scholarship in French

Fang Zhou Jiang
Rangitoto College

Outstanding Scholarship in Accounting, Chemistry, Statistics
Scholarship in Calculus, Economics, Physics

Rahul Makam
King’s College

Outstanding Scholarship in Chemistry, Physics, Statistics
Scholarship in Biology, Calculus

Samuel McCabe
Hamilton Boys’ High School

Outstanding Scholarship in Chemistry, Physics, Statistics
Scholarship in Calculus, English, Geography

Matthew Adam Keevy Standley
Wanganui High School

Outstanding Scholarship in Biology, Calculus, Physics
Scholarship in Chemistry, English, Statistics

Keniel Yao
Macleans College

Outstanding Scholarship in Biology, Chemistry, Statistics
Scholarship in Calculus, History

Feng Zhou
Macleans College

Outstanding Scholarship in Calculus, Chemistry, Statistics
Scholarship in Classical Studies, Geography, Physics.

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero, reporter@edgazette.govt.nz

Posted: 10:44 AM, 19 May 2014

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