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Scholars and Honours Board

A special feature of this school is its magnificent academic record. The primary focus of Auckland Grammar School is of course academia – every other aspect of school life is secondary to this. The first lines of our mission states:

“Auckland Grammar School will provide young men with a rigorous academic education. Each young man is expected to pursue excellence in acquiring knowledge and skills while upholding the School’s values.”

The young men who will cross the stage today deserve recognition for academic excellence in 2021. It is important to the very being of this school that we celebrate academia in the manner we do today.

Performance in Cambridge A level examinations and Scholarship examinations or equivalents in different decades of our history, have provided the benchmark indicators for inclusion on the prestigious honours boards that frame this hall.

These boards recognise top academic performers through our School’s history. Students who sat NZ Scholarship examinations and gained three or more scholarships are included on the honours board and both Cambridge and Scholarship results will be recognised in individual student citations read today.

The School through time has used external examinations as its benchmark. Because of their competitive nature and the all-round standard of attainment needed for success, these examinations inevitably favour young men who have been committed to their studies and have built resilience.

The Honours Boards that surround our hall are symbolic of the School’s academic mission and inclusion on them is rigorously earned.

The group of young men we honour today are top academic students from a talented Form 7 and 6A and B who were part of the make-up that earned this school its position as a top performing Cambridge School with nine special awards in Cambridge examinations, which included:

  • Eight Top in the World Awards;
  • Nine Top in New Zealand Awards; and
  • Eight High Achievement Awards

Alongside these awards the School was once again one of the top three performing schools in the country in NZQA Scholarship examinations, after students earned 160 individual scholarship awards in 2021. There is no doubt this supports our vision: ‘pre -eminence in boys’ secondary education.’

It is appropriate on this occasion, in the Great Hall, that we recognise our past – the foundation on which academic success continues to be built. There are many distinguished scholars who studied at Grammar and later received higher honours and academic recognition. Eminent scholars like Professor Peter McNaughton ’62, Professor Keith Hunter ’65, Professor Mark Warner ’65 and many others who have made contributions across a myriad of fields.

It is indeed a feature of Auckland Grammar School that the Honours Boards are around the hall and that we meet here daily – this symbolises the primary place that academia has in our School and is well-respected by our Old Boy community and the general public.

Entry onto this list is restricted to the top 10% of the entire form 7 cohort plus 6A and 6B. The lowest average mark on the Honours Board for 2021 is 92%.

A number of scholars have earned scholarships into NZ universities and many have gained direct entry into overseas universities. This is testament to the calibre of these young men and the support given to them by masters throughout their tenure at Auckland Grammar School.

My thanks to our masters for their commitment to providing rigorous academic courses and pathways, on call mentoring and tutoring that has aided the level of success celebrated. I hope their success serves as motivation for others to strive for excellence in your studies. Such success does not happen by accident.

Sir John Graham, the ninth Headmaster of Auckland Grammar School, offered the students at the end of 1976 the following advice. He said:

“Start thinking about what you want to do, don’t aim for the middle, aim for the top, and the top is not necessarily playing for New Zealand in sport, or being the top accountant or lawyer or heart surgeon. Aiming for the top means aiming for your personal best. It is not unhealthy to aim high; it is not unhealthy to be ambitious, but it is folly not to do your best. If you aim to do your best, you will be well along the way to making life the fun and challenge it should be.”

We have a group of scholars on stage who aimed for the top and reached their academic goals. Their personal best. We congratulate them for “leaving the jersey in a better place” and I encourage each of you to aim for the top in what you do, and enjoy the journey along the way, and the reward if it follows. 

We wish each of the young men on stage the very best with their chosen studies in 20221 and their future careers. 

Guest speaker Professor Sir Peter Gluckman ’61 spoke to the student body and present the scholars with their certificates and ties; click here to read his address.

2021 Scholars:

Name Percentage scored and Scholarships Extracurricular Activities Area of study in 2022
R. Sidhu 96.8% and 4 Scholarships with 4 Outstanding Amnesty International
Asian Cultural Group
Chess Senior Open
Interact Group
Mathex Mentor
NZQA Premier Scholar Award
2022 Prefect

Cambridge Outstanding Learners Award – Top in New Zealand for AS Level Chemistry

Top in New Zealand Across 4 AS Subjects

NZQA Scholarships in Biology, Geography, Health and Physical Education and History

NZQA Outstanding Scholarships in Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics
7A in 2022
M. S. Lam 95% with 1 Scholarship and 1 Outstanding Asian Cultural Group Leader
Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Chinese Chamber Group Leader
Debating
Football
Grammar Virtuosi
Headmaster’s Cultural Committee
Interact Group
International Student Buddy Programme
Proceres Grammatici
Symphony Orchestra
Tennis
Health Sciences at the University of Otago
M. Z. Yao 94.8% and 4 Scholarships with 1 Outstanding Asian Cultural Group
Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Debating Premier Advanced
Kendo
Literati
7A in 2022
E. H. Lee 94.8% and 2 Scholarships Cross Country
Debating
Distance Squad
Literati
Orienteering
Programming Group

NZQA Scholarships in Physics and Statistics

NZQA Outstanding Scholar Award
7A in 2022
E. Manning 94.7% and 8 Scholarships Amnesty International
Debating Premier Advanced
Distance Squad
Football 3rd XI Captain
Interact Group
Proceres Grammatici
Spanish Debating Captain
World Economics Cup Global Winner

Cambridge Outstanding Learners Award

Top in World for A Level English
A conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics, Finance and Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland
I. J. Mellis-Glynn 94.7% and 5 Scholarships with 1 Outstanding Cross Country
Debating Premier Advanced Captain
Distance Squad
Duke of Edinburgh Gold
Interact Group
New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team Captain Performing Arts Colours 2020 and 2021
Proceres Grammatici
Student Representative on the Board of Trustees
Tennis
2021 Senior Prefect
NZQA Outstanding Scholar Award

Top in the World for A Level Economics (96%)

Scholarships in English, History, Geography, Religious Studies and Economics

Outstanding Scholarship in Chemistry
A combination of Economics, Politics and/or Public Policy at a university in the United Kingdom or the United States
J. M. Sandelin 94.7% and 3 Scholarships Chronicle Committee Student Editor
Cricket
Debating Premier Advanced
Football
Proceres Grammatici
2021 Head Prefect
Performing Arts Colours 2020 and 2021

Top in New Zealand for A Level Business (97% )
Top in the World for AS History (94%)
Top in the World A Level History
Law and Arts at the University of Sydney
D. L. Johnston 94.4% and 2 Scholarships with 1 Outstanding Cricket
Football
Interact Group
2022 Prefect

Scholarships in History and Calculus

Outstanding Scholarship in English
7A in 2022
S. X. Lin 94.3% and 2 Scholarships with 2 Outstanding Premier Badminton Captain
Diabolo
Distance Squad
Football Senior C2
Headmaster’s Social Awareness Committee
Interact Group
Proceres Grammatici
Sri Lankan Cultural Group
Table Tennis

NZQA Outstanding Scholar Award
A Bachelor of Science and a Master of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Sydney
R. Gan 94.3% and 2 Scholarships

Asian Cultural Group
Asian Cultural Cultural Tutoring
Chamber Music
Fencing
Grammar Virtuosi
Headmaster’s International Committee
International Student Buddy Programme
Mathex Mentor
Minister’s Plate Senior Competition
Proceres Grammatici
Symphony Orchestra
2021 School Prefect

AS Economics – High Achievement

Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney
Y. A. Bhatia 93.7% and 6 Scholarships

Aerospace Group
Amnesty International
Chronicle Committee
Cross Country
Debating
Disc Ultimate
Distance Squad
Duke of Edinburgh – Silver
Headmaster’s Environmental Committee
Indian Cultural Group
Interact Group
International and National Young Physicists Tournament – NZ Rep and Captain
Proceres Grammatici
Sri Lankan Cultural Group
2021 Prefect

A Bachelor of Architectural Studies at the University of Auckland, supported by the Lane Capitals Scholarship and the University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
S. E. Blyth 93.5% and 1 Scholarship with 5 Outstanding Debating Advanced Open
Football
Headmaster’s Heritage Committee
Interact Group
Mathex Mentor
Proceres Grammatici
School Production
Student Run Production
NZQA Premier Award

NZQA Top Subjects Award – Earth and Space Science and Latin Scholarship
A conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science studying Mathematics and Physics at the University of Otago
Q. Li 93.3% and 2 Scholarships with 1 Outstanding Asian Cultural Group
Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Debating
Grammar Virtuosi
Headmaster’s International Committee
Literati
Proceres Grammatici
Symphony Orchestra
A Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science potentially with Economics and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania
W. X. Wang 93.2% and 2 Scholarships Asian Cultural Group
Badminton
Chess
Interact Group
Mathex Mentor
Orienteering
School Production

NZQA Scholarships in Calculus and Physics
7A in 2022
Y. E. Zheng 93% and 2 Scholarships Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Mathex Mentor
Proceres Grammatici
Student Run Production
Tennis Senior B1
A Bachelor of Mathematics and Economics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
C. Lin 92.7% and 2 Scholarships with 1 Outstanding Aerospace Group
Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Electronics Club
Interact Group
Mathex Mentor
Proceres Grammatici
Programming Group

Scholarships in Physics and Calculus
Mechanical Engineering at either Washington University or Imperial College, London
J. F. Mo 92.7% and 3 Scholarships Mathex Mentor Mechanical Engineering at the University of New South Wales
M. S. Griffiths 92% and 2 Scholarships Big Band
Chronicle Committee
Distance Squad
Premier Golf Captain
Interact Group
InZone Tutoring
Literati
2022 Senior Prefect

Scholarships in English and History
7A in 2022