Rangitoto College is proud to top the country again, with our students gaining unprecedented passes in the 2020 NZQA Scholarship exams. These exams are the most demanding academic assessments in the country, designed to be one step above the Level 3 NCEA curriculum, with a pass rate of only 3% and only 0.3% of students gaining an Outstanding level grade. 

Gaining overall 215 Scholarships, with 31 at Outstanding, our 2020 cohort has built on the success of previous years. These successes were celebrated during our first week of Term 1, at our annual Scholarship Breakfast. 

Two of our students, Friederike Voit and Cameron Senior, gained Premier Awards, receiving $30,000 over three tertiary years of study, with only 12 awarded across the country. Friederike gained eight passes, four Outstanding. She received the Top in Subject Award for Art History for the second year running, for which she will receive $6,000 for her next three years of study. Her other passes were in History, Classics, Religious Studies, English, Statistics, Biology, and Health and Physical Education. In total, Friederike has gained an astonishing 13 Scholarships while at the college: four as a Year 12, one as a Year 11. Cameron, a Year 12 student, gained six passes, with three Outstanding, in Art History, History, Biology, English, Health and Physical Education, and Calculus, a particularly impressive achievement considering he sat the exams a year early. 

Rangitoto College’s 215 Scholarships were gained by students across all three senior year levels. Fourteen Year 11 students gained 16 Scholarships—Ashley Huddart and Jasmine Jared gained two each. Thirty-two Year 12 students gained 56 Scholarships and 69 Year 13 students gained 143 Scholarships. Impressively, the following students all gained four or more Scholarships: Carol Huang, Nancy Wu, Kelly Cha, Daniel Gailer, Bella Lane, Sisya Jiang, Ezekiel Thornton, and Angel Li.

As well as our two Premier Awards, Rangitoto College students achieved multiple other successes. Carol Huang, Angel Li, Ethan Lu, and Nancy Wu gained Outstanding Scholar Awards, an accolade gained by only 60 students in the nation. Genevieve Kuan gained a Top in Subject Award in Health and Physical Education, with an incredible score of 24 out of 24, and Year 11 student, Alex Kang, sat the Scholarship exams two years early and gained an Outstanding in Calculus with 36 out of 40. 

Rangitoto College congratulates all our winners on their phenomenal success. The standard of students taking Scholarship level exams at the school is high and we acknowledge all the immense effort all our students put in during a trying year.