The BF Connell Prize for Dux of the School for 2020 is the most appropriate final acknowledgement of Nathan Chen’s academic achievements at Auckland Grammar School. The relentless pursuit of knowledge and an unwavering work-ethic have characterised Nathan’s academic journey. The most obvious evidence of Nathan’s consistent approach is as follows: In Form 3A his first...
The BF Connell Prize for Dux of the School for 2020 is the most appropriate final acknowledgement of Nathan Chen’s academic achievements at Auckland Grammar School. The relentless pursuit of knowledge and an unwavering work-ethic have characterised Nathan’s academic journey.
The most obvious evidence of Nathan’s consistent approach is as follows: In Form 3A his first in class was earned with an average of 95%. This set the blueprint for the next 4 years, in 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A earning 1st in class each year.
Nathan was selected to be a member of Proceres Grammatici, the School’s elite group of scholars. In the End of Year School Examination series he was 1st in Economics - 95%, 1st in English - 94%, 2nd in Scholarship Mathematics - 96%, 2nd in Physics - 96% producing an aggregate of 381/400. Nathan’s pursuit of academic knowledge has seen him awarded the C.J. Garland Memorial Prize for Seventh Form English, the Joseph Shaw Prize for Laboratory Work and the Economics Prize.
Nathan has involved himself fully in the wider life of the School, including Chamber Music, the Wind Band and Concert Band, Duke of Edinburgh, Football, Tennis, Interact, Mathex mentoring, Asian Cultural tutoring, Chronicle Student Editor, Debating and the Interact Group. His commitment to School life and his peers has been remarkable.
He has been noted as an exceptional scholar with a drive for excellence. He is unrelenting in his approach to learning and his desire to gain deep understanding. Nathan’s approach has been unwavering and his standing as the pre-eminent academic student in the School in 2020 aligns with his focussed and diligent approach over five years.
Nathan plans to begin his tertiary study at an American University, with applications currently before Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia. He intends to study either Applied Mathematics or Economics and has a keen interest in financial engineering and operations research. He hopes his university study will provide sufficient scope to explore and consolidate these interests in the future.
With his proven focus, drive, work-ethic, desire to learn and exceptional academic record over the last five years, Nathan is sure to excel.
Eddie Zhang is an able academic who has retained his place in the A stream, throughout his 5 years. His consistent performance has seen him progress from 8th in 3A in 2016 through to 2nd in 7A in 2020. Eddie’s academic ability and focused work ethic are evident in his Cambridge Examination results, gaining IGCSE marks...
Eddie Zhang is an able academic who has retained his place in the A stream, throughout his 5 years. His consistent performance has seen him progress from 8th in 3A in 2016 through to 2nd in 7A in 2020.
Eddie’s academic ability and focused work ethic are evident in his Cambridge Examination results, gaining IGCSE marks of 97, 96 95, 95, 95 and 94 in Form 5. In Form 6 at the Advanced Subsidiary Level he earned marks of 95 for Mathematics and Chemistry, 94 for Physics, 92 for Biology and 91 for English, and completed an A Level in Mathematics with a mark of 95%.
He accordingly earned selection in Proceres Grammatici, the School’s elite group of academics. Eddie has continued to achieve exceptional results this year averaging over 94% across his subjects in the final School examination series. His awards of the Ben Gould Prize for Chemistry, O’Sullivan Prize for Biology and Rabone Prize for Seventh Form Science, clearly display his prodigious talent and passion in this subject area.
Eddie has been involved in the wider life of the School, complimenting his academic pursuits through participation in Debating, Duke of Edinburgh, Spanish Film Club, Interact Group, Asian Cultural Group and the Headmaster’s International Committee.
Eddie is an outstanding scholar and is described by his masters as diligent, talented, self-regulated and meticulous. He has enjoyed time with close friends at the School and credits them with helping him build his work ethic and providing useful guidance when he has important decisions to make.
Eddie plans to study Medicine at an Australian University with a view to returning to New Zealand for an internship. He attributes his choice of career path to a keen interest in Biology and Chemistry.
Eddie’s time at Auckland Grammar has borne exceptional results and we wish him every success with his applications and his future academic endeavours.
This award is for the best all-round young man in the school - the young man who has been most outstanding for: - Personality; Leadership; Strength of character; Sense of responsibility in performance of duties; Scholarship; Co-operation with staff; Athletic prowess and record in school activities. The emphasis is on personal achievement - the...
This award is for the best all-round young man in the school - the young man who has been most outstanding for: -
- Strength of character;
- Sense of responsibility in performance of duties;
- Co-operation with staff;
- Athletic prowess and record in school activities.
The emphasis is on personal achievement - the best young man on the above points. Much of this could be achieved in his final year.
The 2020 recipient is M.J Hiddleston
Michael has maintained an academic focus while meeting his leadership and extracurricular commitments in a final year full of uncertainty.
He has worked with a sense of purpose to achieve academically in the 4 A level subjects studied this year. His approach to academia has seen evidence of self-discipline, maturity and the fortitude required to achieve aspirational goals.
Michael has demonstrated great commitment to School life by being actively involved with the rowing squad as captain of rowing and a member of the Senior Eight. He has also actively given back through the Headmaster’s Welfare Committee, the Chronicle Committee and the Interact Group.
Michael's appointment to the position of Head Prefect this year reflected his exceptional leadership qualities along with his empathy for others and his humility. It was also reflected in the overwhelming support he received from staff and senior students. He has excelled in this role and set high standards for himself and in doing so has represented the School with the pride seen in past Head Prefects. His resiliency has come to the fore as he actively sought solutions in often trying circumstances this year, including on-line addresses and the multiple postponements of the Prefects’ Ball.
He is a considered and affable young leader, who is Grammar loyal. He has achieved well, demonstrated strength of character and integrity. These characteristics along with his humility and empathy have engendered confidence in those around him while earning the respect of staff for a job well done.
This award is made to the young man who has been most conspicuous for the following qualities: - Devotion to the school and its traditions; Service and self-sacrifice; General conduct inside and outside the school; Character, bearing and manner; Sense of responsibility and school spirit. The record over the whole of a young man's...
This award is made to the young man who has been most conspicuous for the following qualities: -
- Devotion to the school and its traditions;
- Service and self-sacrifice;
- General conduct inside and outside the school;
- Character, bearing and manner;
- Sense of responsibility and school spirit.
The record over the whole of a young man's school career, or most of it, will have to be considered.
The 2020 recipient is G.H Miles
George is an effervescent character who a parochial Grammar boy. He is an able all-round student. He has worked with determination and advance his academic standing by achieving superb academic grades in AS Economics Business Studies, Geography and Physical Education. His academic achievements earned him membership in the Scholars’ Group – Proceres Grammatici this year.
He has been committed to School life throughout his five years and found his niche with rowing as a member of the Under 18 squad in 2020. He is community-minded and as such has given back to others through the Headmaster’s Heritage Committee and the Interact Group. While the opportunities were limited this year, George led the Augusta Army with flair – ably admired by us all for his spirit, enthusiasm and commitment.
George has been this year’s Deputy Head Prefect. He has contributed extensively to the tone and culture of the School in this role working in real partnership with Michael. He has shown a real sense of responsibility and pride in his School and it is through his actions earned the respect of us all. He has been a leader who has acted in the best interest of his peers and the School.
George is compassionate and selfless, always responding with modesty, respect and good humour. He has lived the School’s values and in doing so endorsed ‘The Grammar Way’.
George has contributed, led and achieved well. He has respected Grammar traditions and supported the ethos of Auckland Grammar School through his service, character, bearing and manner.