New Zealand Scholarship Winners - Awarded to students who
achieve two or more NZ Scholarships:
Jack Barclay, Prosenjit Bhowmic, Sam Caldwell, David Eade, Gregory Ells, Darius Hedayati, Matthew Milner, Matthew Russell, Sophie Templeton
Awarded to students who achieve at least three NZ
Sam Caldwell (5, 1 outstanding), Matthew Russell (3)
Jack Barclay came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9 student in 2006 from Balmoral School. He was initially placed in our second-stream class but his results were so impressive that he was promoted to the top-stream in the middle of the year. He adjusted quickly to the higher demands and remained in the top stream thereafter. The following year he became part of our accelerate programme, which involved his taking NCEA Level One papers in English, science and mathematics. He won a certificate for first place in German and gained first place in the Speech Competition. This acceleration continued into Year 11, when he took Level Two media studies and mathematics and some internal Level Two papers in English. He came first in both English and media studies. In 2009 Jack took two Level Three subjects, calculus and classical studies, in which latter subject he really took flight, scoring all excellences in every standard. He also passed two Level Three German internals and came first in this subject. At the end-of-year 2010 prize-giving Jack received certificates in English and media studies as well as the Neville Watson Memorial Prize for the student who best typifies the spirit of Mount Albert Grammar School. As one of the top achievers in Year 13 he was also presented with a John Williamson Scholarship, the prestigious Woolf Fisher Award and the Victoria Achievers' Scholarship. He ranks in the top echelon of our academic students and received an ASB Scholarship for being ranked third in our year 12 cohort last year. His high GPA in NCEA meant that he received a scholar lion from the school on two occasions and he has passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
Outside the classroom, Jack has taken a full part in extra-curricular activities. He played rugby in the junior school, captaining his team, but in his time with us has really concentrated on squash, most recently as captain of the premier team. In the last two years he has been involved in the Adventure Racing Hillary Challenge at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre. It is in this sphere that his leadership skills have truly come to the fore since this challenge requires close teamwork and problem-solving. The same skills are evidenced in his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. He has, in view of his contribution to sport, received two sports lions from the school. Outside the school, Jack has an abiding passion for Seido Karate, which he practises to a high level of proficiency and helps instruct.
He is a confident speaker, addressing the students in the school hall with ease. He has also spoken at the Anzac Day ceremony in Mt Albert. As a prefect, he is involved with charity fundraising organization within the school. Other interests Jack has include music, theatre sports, the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition and stage challenge. Last year, he, along with others, formed a Glee club. He has also been a core member of the Film Club.
He was appointed a prefect of the school at the end of last year and, after the leadership camp, Head Prefect (boys) for 2010.
At the examinations held at the end of last year, Jack won two scholarships, in English and media studies. These entitle him to an award of $1000 for one year.
Jack is currently studying for a conjoint degree in law and arts with philosophy and psychology majors at Victoria University.
Prosenjit Bhowmic (2006-2010)
Prosenjit Bhowmic came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9 student in 2006 from Balmoral School. His reports spoke of a conscientious boy who worked to the best of his ability. He made a fine start in his new school and as a result was promoted to an accelerate stream in Year 10 when he took NCEA papers in science and mathematics one year early. He came first in this form class including first in science. In Year 11 the acceleration continued in mathematics when he sat Level Two in that subject and winning a certificate. His GPA was so high that he was awarded a scholar lion. In Year 12 he took calculus scholarship and received a certificate in biology and was re-awarded a scholar lion for his fine grades. He took a university mathematics paper (153) from Auckland University in the first half of last year and was awarded a certificate in calculus at last year's prize-giving. Prosenjit has also passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
Outside the classroom, Prosenjit has played tennis for the school for several years and was singles and doubles champion at his club (Edendale). He has also participated in orienteering and table-tennis. This year he has also played for the Second XI hockey team and Fourth XI soccer team.
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Prosenjit won two scholarships, in calculus and statistics. These entitle him to an award of $1000 for one year.
Prosenjit is currently studying engineering at the University of Auckland.
Sam Caldwell (2008-2010)
Sam Caldwell came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 11 student in 2008 from Hamilton Boys' High School. He had been in the top streams and working a year ahead in mathematics, science, economics and history at this previous school by sitting papers in NCEA Level One. He had also gained distinctions in the Australasian mathematics and English competitions. Consequently he adjusted well to a similarly competitive regime with us. In Year 11 he took five Level One subjects while being accelerated in mathematics, taking Level Two, winning a certificate in this as well as one in Year 11 Geography. He was a member of the team which came second in the Auckland Schools' Geography Quiz. In Year 12 he took Level Three calculus and last year he took accounting, economics, physics and statistics for Level Three and chemistry for Level Two (a subject he picked up after not having studied it since Year 10). Sam's results at the end of Year 12 ranked him fifth overall in the school and as a result he was awarded an ASB Bank Scholarship. In that year he was awarded first prizes in both accounting and economics and the Ian Bogue Cup for the top Year 12 commerce student. He scored a high distinction in the NZ Economics Competition (18th). For his high GPAs in Level One and Two, Sam was awarded two scholar lions. He passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
He scored an A in a university mathematics linear algebra paper (AU paper 153) in the first half of last year. The team he was part of made the regional finals of the Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Challenge. He has also attended the Aurora Astronomy School. Last year he sat on the Academic Council, a student body focussing on academic issues.
At the end-of-year prize-giving, Sam came first in accounting, economics and calculus and won certificates in statistics and physics. He won the Makan Cup for Commerce, the Bull Mathematics Prize and the Statistics Cup. He was also awarded a Williamson's Scholarship and the Canterbury University Emerging Leaders' Scholarship. Consequently he was the Proxime Accessit of the Boys' School.
Outside the classroom, Sam played cricket, soccer and basketball at Hamilton Boys' High School where he was in the elite sports academy for these sports. He had also won awards for the most improved colts player and most valuable colts player. Sam has played soccer to 2nd XI level, cricket for the 2nd XI and boys' premier lacrosse, for which he has won a sports lion. Last year he also participated in theatresports. This year he has added orienteering and basketball to his portfolio.
Outside of school, Sam has also pursued cricket with the Eden-Roskill club in a championship-winning team and was in the Western Districts U17 development squad. Last year he played soccer for Mount Albert-Ponsonby. He has coached cricket and soccer also. He plays club lacrosse, indoor cricket and participates in orienteering. He has also taken guitar lessons.
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Sam won five scholarships, in calculus (outstanding), statistics, physics, accounting and economics. These entitle him to an award of $5000 a year for three years. He has also received a business scholarship worth $2500 a year for two years.
Sam is currently studying for a conjoint degree in business and engineering at the University of Canterbury, where he was offered scholarships in both.
David Eade (2006-2010)
David Eade came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9 student in 2006 from Kowhai Intermediate School. He was immediately placed in our top-stream class where he came second overall. His talent was such that he was selected to be part of a small super-accelerated group to sit NCEA Level One mathematics in Year 9 (i.e. two years in advance). He also was selected to represent the school in Mathex, as he did in Year 10. In the Australian Mathematics Competition he gained a distinction award. In the Goethe Society examinations he came second in Auckland. The following year, the acceleration continued into Level Two in mathematics and he also became part of the advanced courses in English and science, which involved his sitting NCEA Level One papers a year ahead. He won a scholar lion for his high GPA in Year 10. He also came first in German and won an award of excellence in the Goethe examinations. He won a high distinction in the Asia Wise social studies competition. In Year 11 he sat Level Three calculus and won certificates in biology, English and German. Again he won a high distinction, this time in the Australian Chemistry Quiz. He again sat calculus in Year 12 when he won a scholarship in the subject. He won scholar lions in those years also. He again won high distinction in the Australian Chemistry Quiz. In 2009 he also was part of a school trip to Germany and he topped this subject at the end of the year along with Year 13 calculus and gained a certificate in English. In the last three years he has participated in the Australian Chemistry Quiz. He has passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
At the end-of-year prize-giving, David came first in English, German, chemistry and statistics, winning the Harvey Senior English Prize, the Shaw Senior Prize in Chemistry and the Coldham Senior Language Prize. With a GPA of 100% he was Dux of the School. He was also awarded the prestigious Chris Liddell tertiary scholarship.
David is a keen sportsman and has played cricket every year for the school, organizing and leading his team with enthusiasm. This year, after playing for a club for four years, he played soccer for the school and was also involved in orienteering.
David is an extremely gifted and academic young man, and it was in recognition of these skills that he was appointed to be the Academic Prefect and in this position he co-chaired the Academic Council. He has also trained in peer support and helped juniors with their orientation in the school at the beginning of the year.
In the examinations held at the end of last year, David won two outstanding scholarships, in calculus and statistics, and was one mark away from two further scholarships. These entitle him to an award of $1000 for one year.
David is currently studying health science in preparation for a medical degree at the University of Auckland.
Gregory Ells (2006-2010)
Gregory Ells came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9 student in 2006 from Remuera Intermediate School. His reports spoke of a young man with considerable ability in mathematical problem-solving. He was placed in an upper-stream class where he made a sound start, progressing to Year 10 where he took NCEA Level One mathematics and science papers one year early. In Year 11 the acceleration continued with his sitting Level Two mathematics and in Year 12 when he sat Level Three calculus. His GPA for that year entitled him to the award of a scholar lion. Last year he sat calculus, chemistry, physics and statistics for Level Three and he also took a University of Auckland mathematics paper (153), which he also passed. At the end of the year he gained certificates in calculus and physics. Gregory has passed NCEA Level One with merit and Levels Two and Three with excellence.
Outside the classroom, Gregory has played soccer for the school over three years, most recently as captain of the Third XI. Outside of school he also plays soccer, indoor soccer and cricket for his clubs and participates in swimming.
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Gregory won two scholarships, in physics and statistics. These entitle him to an award of $1000 for one year.
Gregory is currently studying engineering via the accelerated
pathway at the University of Auckland.
Darius Hedayati (2006-2010)
Darius Hedayati came to Mount Albert Grammar School in 2006 from Avondale Intermediate School. He was placed in a mid-stream class where he made good progress. At the end-of-year prizegiving he received the award for second in class and also certificates for French and Social Studies. The following year he was promoted to a higher class where he continued to do well. In the senior school Darius has received a number of prizes. He won the Year 11 history prize in 2008, gained prizes for history and geography in 2009 as well as a certificate for economics, and last year won the Year 13 history prize and was first in geography. Darius passed the first two levels of NCEA with merit and the third with excellence.
Darius was a member of the school orchestra in 2006. He has represented the school in regional geography and history quizzes and this year played soccer socially for the school. He was also a member of the school orienteering team.
In the examinations held at the end of last year Darius won two scholarships, in history and geography. These entitle him to an award of $1000 for one year.
Darius is currently studying for a conjoint degree in law and art, majoring in history.
Matthew Milner (2006-2010)
Matthew Milner came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9 student in 2006 from Balmoral Intermediate School. His reports at the time spoke of a self-aware young man involved in sporting, cultural and leadership roles, with a strong commitment to his studies. Consequently Matthew was placed in our top-stream class where he had risen to third place by the end of the year. He was first in mathematics, receiving the JG Millar Memorial Mathematics Scholarship, and was one of a few students to sit NCEA Level One in this subject two years earlier than usual. He also represented the school in Mathex. In Year 10 he was accelerated into Level Two mathematics as well as working a year ahead in science and English. He topped his class, winning the Junior Dux prize, coming first also in English, science and mathematics. He was also awarded the Des Cole Cup for Excellence in English and the HL Towers Prize for mathematics. He came second in the Auckland-wide Goethe Society Examinations in German. In Year 11 he was working not only on Level Three calculus but also scholarship in this subject and he pulled off the extraordinary feat of winning a scholarship. He also worked a year ahead in history, studying at Level Two while still in Year 11. In addition he received a certificate for Year 13 calculus. Matthew's acceleration in mathematics brought brilliant rewards in Year 12: he won an outstanding scholarship in calculus and completed a Stage One linear algebra paper at Auckland University, gaining an A+ pass. He won the Calculus Cup and won first places in Level Two classical studies, chemistry and English and Level Three calculus. As our top-ranked Year 12 scholar, Matthew was awarded an ASB Bank Scholarship. He was also presented with the Hanson Cup for Senior Progress and Endeavour. Because of his outstanding GPAs in Years 10, 11 and 12, Matthew was awarded three scholar lions. He has also passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
At the end-of-year prize-giving Matthew won the Calculus Cup, came first in chemistry and won certificates in calculus, classical studies and English. He was also presented with the prestigious University of Auckland Scholarship and a Williamson's scholarship.
Outside the classroom, Matthew has been very heavily involved
in a very diverse number of sporting activities. His athletic
prowess is particularly evident in orienteering where he is the
captain. In 2009 he came second in the intermediate division of
the Auckland School Sprint Series and in 2010 came first in the
senior division. Consequently he has represented Auckland A over
the past two years. In 2009 he came first in Auckland in the
Orienteering Relay and second in Auckland for the individual
Orienteering Championships. In the North Island relay he came
third in 2009 and in the nationals last year, third. Also last
year he came second in the Auckland Orienteering Relay
Championships and fourth in the National Orienteering Sprints
Championships. He has represented the school in the AKSS Road
Race over the last two years and was also part of our distance
squad. In 2009 he came third in the intermediate rogaine
championships and in 2010 first in the senior. He was also a
member of our school's Adventure Racing Team, which competed in
the Hillary Challenge in 2009 and 2010. He has completed the
bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh awards and is on his way to
completing the gold.
For two years he has been a member of the premier cycling team. He has also played soccer up to 2nd XI and cricket to 3rd XI level as well as indoor cricket socially. Last year he played hockey for the 2nd XI and he has played table-tennis for two years including in the A reserve grade.
In recognition of his profound contribution to this area of the school, Matthew has been awarded two sports lions in orienteering and cycling.
Outside the school, Matthew has played soccer for Three Kings United for nine years, being captain for six of those years, and was runner-up in the intermediate championship at Winstone Park Tennis.
Another very important school activity that Matthew has been involved in is robotics. In 2009 our senior team came second in the VEX Robotics National Championships and last year came first. This qualified us to travel to the World VEX Championships in Dallas, Texas, and Matthew was chosen to travel as one of three members of that team.
In the arts/cultural area, Matthew participated in the 2010 Stage Challenge as well as being a member of the Glee Club and the Film Club.
His service to the school and community has been impressive. As a prefect, he served on the Ball Committee and was the master of ceremonies for the Scholars Assembly, a duty he fulfilled with confidence As the Academic Prefect, he co-chaired the Academic Council, a deliberative body discussing education in the school and he made an impressive presentation about its duties to the Board of Trustees. Other duties include guiding parents around the school on report nights and open days.
In the community he has been a tremendous asset to his former school, Balmoral. He has helped coach soccer teams there for the last three years and he co-authored their school library blog, updating children's literature novels. He has also given his time to environmental days on Motutapu Island.
In the examinations at the end of last year, Matthew won two scholarships, in chemistry and calculus. These entitle him to an award of $1000 for one year.
Matthew is currently studying an engineering and arts conjoint degree at the University of Auckland.
Matthew Russell (2006-2010)
Matthew Russell came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9 student in 2006 from Balmoral School. His reports spoke of a young man who showed commitment in all areas to achieve his potential. He was placed in our top-stream class, where he made an outstanding start. He came first overall at the end of the year, winning the David Atkinson Memorial Cup for Year 9 English for first place in this subject and he also topped French, German, science, social studies and technology. He was one of a small group which was selected to sit NCEA Level One mathematics two years early. He won an Asiawise Social Studies high distinction award. The following year Matthew became part of our full acceleration course, entailing sitting NCEA Level Two papers in mathematics and Level One in science and English one year early. His GPA was so high that he was awarded a scholar lion. He came second overall in class with first places in French, German and science. He was selected as a member of the Mathex Team and was also awarded the Ah Kuoi Cup for the best all-round student in Year 10. In Year 11 Matthew sat Year 13 calculus alongside his Level One course. He won first place in both German and French and the Raine Cup (French) and the Austen Cup (German). Again he won a scholar lion. In Year 12, he sat calculus scholarship together with his Level Two course. His GPA placed him fourth overall in his cohort and he was awarded an ASB Bank Scholarship. He again came first in German and also first in chemistry, and won certificates in physics and Year 13 calculus as well as a third scholar lion. In the first half of last year he joined the University of Auckland MAX programme and sat Maths 153, gaining an A+ pass. At the end-of-year prize-giving Matthew won awards for first in German and statistics and a certificate in chemistry. He was also presented with the prestigious University of Auckland Scholarship and a Williamson's scholarship. Matthew has passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
Outside the classroom, Matthew has been involved in a wide
variety of activities, ranging from artistic and cultural to
sporting. In swimming he began as a junior in our waterpolo team,
representing us at the North Island Championships in Year 10. He
has participated in the Aquathon for the last four years and has
regularly been selected for Central Zone and Champion of Champion
In cycling, Matthew has equally made his mark. In the last two years he has been a member of our premier cycling team, this year as captain, when he was selected for the NZSS Individual Cycling Championships.
His running career began in Year 11 with the orienteering summer series and in Year 12 progressed to the Auckland inter-provincial team. He participated in the orienteering sprint series and the Auckland individual orienteering championships over the last two years and in the Auckland relay championships where he came first in 2009 and second last year along with third in the NZSS championships. In 2009 he came second in the school cross-country race and was selected for the NZSS Athletics championships. Last year he was first in the senior cross-country and 3000m events and took part in the Auckland Regional Cross-Country Championships. In the rogaine championships he has come first in the last two years.
With his obvious prowess in running, swimming and cycling, it was only natural for Matthew to find duathlon and triathlon to his taste. He has been involved in triathlon since Year 10, competing at NZ level in both since Year 12. In Year 10, Matthew won the Duke of Edinburgh bronze award and currently has almost completed the criteria for the silver.
In 2009 he won a sports lion for his huge contribution to the sporting life of the school. Last year he also took up soccer and played for a senior school team.
In the area of music, Matthew came to us as a fine violinist. He has played in the school orchestra since, including two trips to Sydney to play in the opera house and participation in the KBB Music Competition this year. He has also taken flute and piano lessons. In the cultural area, aside from music, Matthew travelled to Germany in 2009 with a school party and stayed with a German family to deepen his appreciation of German language and culture.
In Year 11 he participated in the Science NZ First Robotics competition, an event in which our school has a proud record. He enters other external competitions with relish (Australian Mathematics and Science, Chemistry Quiz, Goethe Society), and gains high distinctions regularly and a second place in Auckland for German. He has also given his time voluntarily to coach younger students in mathematics. In recognition of his all-round academic and sporting excellence, Matthew was appointed to be a prefect of the school for 2010, with special responsibility as sports prefect.
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Matthew won three scholarships, in calculus, statistics and physics. These entitle him to an award of $2000 per year for three years.
Currently Matthew is studying for a conjoint degree in engineering and commerce at the University of Auckland.
Sophie Templeton (2006-2010)
Sophie Templeton came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9 student in 2006 from Balmoral School. She was placed in our top-stream class where she also followed an accelerate course in mathematics. The following year the acceleration continued in three subjects (English, mathematics and science) and she sat NCEA Level One papers in all of them. She also won a certificate in science. In Year 11, she sat NCEA Level Two mathematics, coming first equal at this advanced level and also winning a certificate in art. In Year 12 she took Level Three calculus and enjoyed further success in other subjects with first place in chemistry and certificates in English and physics. Last year she sat calculus, chemistry, English, physics and statistics for Level Three and four of these for scholarship. In the last two years Sophie has been awarded scholar lions for her high GPA in Years 11 and 12. At the end-of-year prize-giving Sophie won first prizes in chemistry, physics and statistics and a certificate in calculus, thus making her the Proxime Accessit of the girls' school. She has also passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
Outside the classroom, Sophie has played cricket for the First XI from her arrival in Year 9 until Year 11, winning a sports lion for this discipline. Her other sporting interests include netball, soccer and badminton. She has had an abiding interest in piano and ballet and took percussion lessons in the junior school. Her other arts interests include being a member of the Stage Challenge crew and the Glee Club last year.
Her contribution to others can be seen in her membership of Interact, a group which raises funds for worthy causes and her organization skills are in demand here. She has also trained as a peer mediator and in peer support, helping juniors with their orientation in the school.
In the last two years she has been a member of the Academic Council, a student body which she co-chaired last year. In consideration of her contribution to school life, Sophie was appointed a prefect of the school for 2010.
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Sophie won two scholarships, in calculus and statistics. These entitle her to an award of $1000 for one year.
Sophie is currently studying engineering at the University of Canterbury.