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Rangitoto College is proud to be the top NZQA Scholarship school in New Zealand for the 4th year in a row.

The NZQA Scholarship exams take place at the end of the year. Preparation programmes begin in Terms 1 and 2 and involve extra sessions, often outside of timetabled class time, to prepare students for the exams. The college runs breakfast sessions with guest speakers during the year as a way of offering students some insight into what it takes to be academically successful and develop an academic mindset.

2021 Cohort Results

Rangitoto College has once again claimed the title of top scholarship school in New Zealand, breaking their own record of NZQA Scholarship passes. These exams are designed to be one step above the curriculum for NCEA Level 3 and are awarded to only three per cent of the country’s Level 3 students. Students who gain an Outstanding grade in Scholarship represent only 0.3 per cent of students. 

Achieving an incredible 244 Scholarship passes overall, with 34 at Outstanding, the 2021 cohort has once again exceeded expectations. Rangitoto College is incredibly proud of the achievements of these students, 85 of whom were in Year 11 or 12 in 2021. 

Cameron Senior gained a Premier Awardone of only 12 in the countryreceiving $30,000 over three years of tertiary education. This is the second year that Cameron has achieved this prestigious award. In 2020, Cameron gained six passes, with three at Outstanding, as a Year 12 student. In 2021, he surpassed himself, gaining a remarkable 10 passes, seven of which were Outstanding. Cameron received the Top Scholar in Subject Award for Art History, Geography, and Statistics (where he gained 40 out of 40), making him the best in the country in these subjects. He received Outstanding Scholarships in English, Physics, Art History, Geography, Statistics, History, and Health and Physical Education. He also gained Scholarships in Biology, Chemistry, and Calculus. 

Our list of students who gained four or more Scholarships has also doubled since 2020, from eight to 16. Remarkably five of these students were Year 12 in 2021, sitting these exams a year early. Ashley Huddart, who was a Year 12 student last year, received the Top Scholar in Subject Award for Health and Physical Education, where she earned an incredible 24 out of 24. 

As well as our Premier Award, Rangitoto College students achieved other successes. Kelly (Kyongeun) Cha, Ashley Huddart, Avery Wright, Jamie Lee, Mason (Minghan) Liu, and Ethan (Zhiyang) Lu all gained Outstanding Scholar Awards, an accolade gained by only 60 students nationwide. 

These results are testament to the hard work and dedication of students and their teachers. Rangitoto College congratulates all of our Scholarship recipients on their outstanding efforts and thanks the teachers and others involved who supported these students. The standard of students taking Scholarships is incredibly high and we acknowledge their ability to gain these results given the disruption that existed in 2021. 

4+ Scholarships

Congratulations to our 2021 student cohort who had exceptional academic success with 4+ scholarships.

  • Ashley Huddart
  • Avery Wright
  • Caitlin Hodge
  • Cameron Senior
  • Emily Ren
  • Jamie Lee
  • Jasmine Jared
  • Jessica Wang
  • Jiarong Xu
  • Jinsol Hong
  • Kelly (Kyongeun) Cha
  • Matthew Kay
  • Reina Zhang
  • Sawooly Li
  • Seohyun Kim
  • Yujin Park

3 Scholarships

These students in our 2021 cohort had the remarkable honour of achieving 3 scholarships.

  • Christine Lin
  • Grace Lee
  • Hannah Gjaltema
  • Jasmine Jared
  • Jasmine Zhang
  • Justin Kim
  • Marcia Kilpatrick
  • Minghan Liu
  • Oliver McKinnon
  • Oliver Zhang
  • Rihoko Suzuki
  • Sara Yavari
  • Siyun Jung
  • Sophia Halapchuk
  • Zhiyang Lu
Congratulations to Cameron Senior for his outstanding achievement in receiving a Premier Award for the second year in a row ($30,000 for tertiary study). Gaining ten Scholarship passes with seven at outstanding is an unbelievable feat. To top that off, Cameron was also top in the country for Statistics, Geography and Art History.
Ashley Huddart gained an outstanding scholar award as well as top in the country for Health and Physical Education. This puts her within the top 60 academic achievers in New Zealand; and she is only in Year 12! Congratulations Ashley.
- Grahame Cope, Deputy Principal