Scholars and Honours Board

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 2020. 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:

  • Three Top in the World Awards;
  • Four Top in New Zealand Awards; and
  • Two 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 161 individual scholarship awards in 2020. 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 Sir Peter Gluckman '61, 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 2020 is 88%.

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 9th 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 2021 and their future careers. 

Click here to watch the 2020 Scholars' Assembly in full. Guest speaker Ken Rapson '64 also spoke to the student body and present the scholars with their certificates and ties; click here to read his address.

2020 Scholars:

Name

Percentage scored and Scholarships

Extracurricular Activities

Area of study in 2021

N. J. Chen

95.67%

6 Scholarships with 2 Outstanding

Asian Cultural Group Tutoring Leader
Chamber Music
Chronicle Committee Editor
Debating
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Football
Interact Group
Mathex Mentor
New Zealand Young Physicists' Tournament
Premier Concert Band
Proceres Grammatici
Tennis
2020 Senior Prefect
2020 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for A Level Literature in English (Top in New Zealand)
2020 Outstanding Scholar Award
2020 Dux
Scholarships in English, Physics, Calculus, Media Studies, Geography and Economics
Outstanding in Agricultural and Horticultural Science, and Statistics

Applied Maths and/or Economics at a US university

E. Z. A. Zhang

95.67%

1 Scholarship

Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Chemistry Olympiad Camp
Headmaster's International Committee
Interact Group
Proceres Grammatici
2020 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for A Level Chemistry (Top in New Zealand)
Scholarship in Chemistry

A Doctor of Medicine via a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney

L. Kim

95.33%

5 Scholarships

Football
Headmaster's Welfare Committee
Interact  Group
Programming Group
Proceres Grammatici
Scholarships in Calculus, Chemistry, English, Health and Physical Education, and Statistics

A Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland

W. Q. Zheng

95%

3 Scholarships with 3 Outstanding

Asian Cultural Group
Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Chinese Orchestra
Chronicle Committee
Grammar Virtuosi
Interact Group
2020 Prefect
Proceres Grammatici
Symphony Orchestra
2020 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for A Level History (Top in World)
Scholarships in Economics, Health and Physical Education, and Media Studies
Outstanding in English, Geography and History
2020 Premier Award Winner

A Conjoint Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney

M. He

95%

3 Scholarships with 2 Outstanding

Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Badminton
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Interact Group
NZ Maths Olympiad Training Squad
Proceres Grammatici
Table Tennis
Tennis
2020 Outstanding Scholar Award
Scholarships in Biology, Calculus and Statistics
Outstandings in Chemistry and Physics

A Doctor of Medicine via a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney

A. Shekaran

94.67%

3 Scholarships

Football
Indian Cultural Group
Proceres Grammatici
Scholarships in Calculus, Chemistry and Physics

A Conjoint Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland

A. J. A. Che

94.67%

2 Scholarships

Amnesty International
Asian Cultural Tutoring Club
Badminton
Chemistry Olympiad Camp
Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
Headmaster's Cultural Committee
Interact Group
International Student Buddy Programme
Proceres Grammatici
Volleyball
Scholarships in Calculus and Chemistry

A Bachelor of Bio Medical Science at the University of Melbourne

D. M. Joshi

94%

4 Scholarships

Badminton
Headmaster's Committee
Indian Cultural Group
Mathex Mentor
Proceres Grammatici
Squash
Table Tennis
Tennis
Scholarships in Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics

A Bachelor of Science specialising in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Auckland

S. Jansen-Snip

94%

4 Scholarships

Football
International Young Physicists Tournament
Proceres Grammatici
Scholarships in Accounting, Calculus, Physics and Statistics

A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the University of Auckland

K. Y. Liu

94%

3 Scholarships

Asian Cultural Tutoring
Asian Cultural Leadership Team
Football
Headmasters Welfare Committee
International Student Buddy Programme
New Zealand Young Physicists Tournament
Proceres Grammatici
Tennis
Volleyball
Scholarships in Calculus, Chemistry and Physics

A Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Sydney

J. P. Harnett

93.67%

6 Scholarships

Baseball
Bridge Club
Chamber Music
Premier Concert Band
Proceres Grammatici
Symphony Orchestra
Water Polo
Scholarships in Accounting, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Physics and Statistics

A Bachelor of Bio Medical Science at the University of Auckland

O. R. Pennington

93.67%

1 Scholarships

Basketball
Debating
Headmaster's Welfare Committee
Interact Group
2020 Prefect
Proceres Grammatici
School Chronicle Committee
Scholarship in Economics

A Conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science majoring in Economics, Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Auckland, before transferring to the University of California Berkeley studying Economics in late 2021

A. N. Nelson

93%

4 Scholarships

Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Basketball
Duke of Edinburgh
Football
Interact Group
Proceres Grammatici
Tennis

A Conjoint Commerce and Engineering majoring in Finance at the University of Auckland

L. Y. Jiang

93%

2 Scholarships

Asian Cultural Group
Bridge Club
Chess
Mathex Mentor
Proceres Grammatici
Table Tennis
Tennis
Scholarships in Calculus and Chemistry

A Doctor of Medicine via a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Western Australia

H. Xu

93%

1 Scholarship

Asian Cultural Tutoring Club
Bridge Club
Chess
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze
Headmaster's Social Awareness Committee
Interact Group
Proceres Grammatici
Table Tennis
Scholarship in Chemistry

A Bachelor of Bio Medical Science at the University of Sydney

T. Ahmad

92.67%

1 Scholarship with 1 Outstanding

Aerospace Group
Amnesty International
Interact Group
Lacrosse
Proceres Grammatici
Spanish Debating
Scholarship in Spanish
Outstanding in English

A Bachelor of Bio Medical Science at the University of Auckland

E. Y. Y. Wee

92.67%

1 Scholarship

Chronicle Committee
Debating
Interact Group
Headmaster's Social Awareness Committee
Proceres Grammatici
Scholarship in Chemistry

Serving full-time in the Singapore Army National Service for two years, before studying law in the UK in 2023

R. H. M. Jiang

92.67%

1 Scholarship

Amnesty International
Asian Cultural Group
Badminton
Chess
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze
Headmaster's Cultural Committee
Interact Group
Literati
Proceres Grammatici
Scholarship in English

A Bachelor of Bio Medical Science at the University of Auckland

G. E. G. Dickinson

92.33%

1 Scholarship

Proceres Grammatici
Scholarship in Chemistry

A Conjoint Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance at the University of Auckland

I. J. Mellis-Glynn

92.2%

5 Scholarships with 2 Outstanding

Board of Trustees Student Representative
Debating
Distance Squad
Duke of Edinburgh Gold
Interact Group
2020 Outstanding Scholar Award
2020 Top Subject Scholarship Award Winner - Agricultural and Horticultural Science
2021 Senior Prefect
Scholarships in English, Geography, Health and Physical Education Religious Studies and Statistics
Outstanding in Agricultural and Horticultural Science, and Economics

7A in 2021

Q. Luo

91.67%

3 Scholarships

Amnesty International
Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Bridge Club
Chess
Chronicle Committee
Debating
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Headmaster's Social Awareness Committee
Interact Group
Mathex Mentor
Proceres Grammatici
Scholarships in Chemistry, Geography and History

A Bachelor of Bio Medical Science at the University of Auckland

K. Teyavongsak

91.67%

1 Scholarship

Amnesty International
Football
Headmaster's International Committee
Interact Group
NZ Young Physicist's Tournament
Tennis
Scholarship in Chemistry

Bioengineering in the UK or the US

L. W. McCallum

91.33%

2 Scholarships

Amnesty International Group
Biology Olympiad Camp
Interact Group
Proceres Grammatici
Programming Group
Scholarships in Biology and Statistics

A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the University of Auckland

N. W. Shore

91.33%

2 Scholarships

Aerospace Group
Debating
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Headmaster's Welfare Committee
Interact Group
Proceres Grammatici
Programming Group
Tennis
Scholarships in Chemistry and English

A Bachelor of Bio Medical Science at the University of Auckland

Y. D. Gao

91.33%

1 Scholarship

Asian Cultural Group
Chronicle Committee
Headmaster's Environment Committee
Interact Group
International Student Buddy Programme
InZone Tutors
Proceres Grammatici
Table Tennis
Tennis
Scholarship in Geography

A Bachelor of Medical Science at Griffiths University, Queensland

S. T. Miller

91%

5 Scholarships

Chronicle Committee
Football
Headmaster's Social Awareness Committee
Literati
Major Production
2020 Prefect
Proceres Grammatici
Student Run Production
Scholarships in Calculus, Chemistry, English, Physics and Statistics

A Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Canterbury

E. Manning

91%

2 Scholarships

Debating
Football
Spanish Debating
2020 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for AS Literature in English (Top in World)
Scholarships in English and Spanish

7A in 2021

Q. Li

91%

1 Scholarship

Asian Cultural Group
Debating
Grammar Virtuosi
Interact Group
Symphony Orchestra
Scholarship in History

7A in 2021

L. Y. F. Bao

90.67%

4 Scholarships

Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Library Monitor
2020 Prefect
Proceres Grammatici
Scholarships in Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics

A Conjoint Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the University of Auckland

A. P. Khoo

90.67%

2 Scholarships

Debating
Football
Headmaster's International Committee
Interact Group
2020 Prefect
Proceres Grammatici
Symphony Orchestra
Scholarships in English and Media Studies

Economics either in the UK or the US

R. Gan

90.6%

1 Scholarship

Asian Cultural Group
Asian Cultural Group Tutoring
Fencing
Grammar Virtuosi
Senior Minister's Plate Competition
Symphony Orchestra
Scholarship in Physics

7A in 2021

C. Lin

90.4%

2 Scholarships

Aerospace Club
Interact Group
Maths Olympiad Interest Group
Programming Club
Scholarships in Calculus and Chemistry

7A in 2021

D. H. Gong

90.33%

3 Scholarships

Chess
Headmaster's Welfare Committee
Interact Group
Orienteering
Proceres Grammatici
Scholarships in Calculus, English and Statistics

Considering a Bachelor of Science degree into a Masters of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, or engineering at the National University of Singapore or Nanyang Technological University

K. Dai

90.33%

2 Scholarships

Chess
Programming Group
Proceres Grammatici
Tennis
Scholarships in Calculus and Chemistry

A Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) under specialisation of Computer Science at the University of Auckland

M. J. Wright

90.33%

1 Schoalrship

Big Band
Football
Headmaster's Social Awareness Committee
Proceres Grammatici
Mountain Biking Club
Premier Concert Band
Scholarship in Accounting

A Conjoint Law and Accounting degree at the University of Otago

A. S. Saiyad

89.67%

4 Scholarships

Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance
Football
Headmasters Environmental Committee
Indian Cultural Group
Interact Group
New Zealand Young Physicists Tournament
Scholarships in Calculus, Economics, Physics and Statistics

A Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland

A R. Mudaliar

89.2%

1 Scholarship

Amnesty International
Chamber Music
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Indian Cultural Group
2021 Deputy Head Prefect
Tennis
World Vision
Scholarship in Media Studies

7A in 2021

E. A. Nelson

88%

3 Scholarships with 1 Outstanding

Grammar Virtuosi
Headmaster's Social Awareness Committee
Library Monitor
Literati
2020 Prefect
Proceres Grammatici
Student Run Production
Symphony Orchestra
Theatresports
Scholarships in Classical Studies, English and Music
Outstanding in Media Studies

Conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Law (BA/LLB) majoring in International Relations and Philosophy at Victoria University

J. R. Speakman

88%

1 Scholarship with 1 Outstanding

Asian Cultural Group
Bridge
Chess
Cricket Senior Blue
Interact Group
Proceres Grammatici
Table Tennis
Tennis
Scholarship in Statistics
Outstanding Scholarship in Accounting

A Conjoint Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science majoring in Finance, Accounting and Computer Science at the University of Auckland

Y. A. Bhatia

2 Scholarships with 1 Outstanding

Aerospace Group
Distance Squad
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Interact Group
Martin Sullivan Prize for Public Speaking
2021 Prefect
Scholarships in Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Health and Physical Education Outstanding Scholarship in English

7A in 2021

S. E. Blyth

4 Scholarships

Debating
Football
2021 Prefect
Student Run Production
Scholarships in Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics

7A in 2021

J. A. L. Hayman

3 Scholarships

Bridge Club
Chronicle Committee
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze
Social Tennis
Form 6 Leadership Camp
Scholarships in English, Geography and Media Studies

A Conjoint Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Art majoring in Computer Science and Media Studies at the University of Auckland