MAGS in top 6 schools in NZ after record results in NCEA and Scholarship


Henry
Russell

Outstanding Scholar

Theresa Boyd
Outstanding Scholar
1st in Biology

Elliot
Paton-Simpson

Outstanding Scholar

Wanli
Cheng

1st in Chinese

Mount Albert Grammar School is one of the top six schools in New Zealand after students attained a record number of Outstanding Scholarships, and the highest ever pass rate in NCEA Level 2 following the 2016 examinations.

Excellence endorsements for Level 2 and Level 3 students were also at record levels. Our total of 93 Scholarships included 10 at Outstanding level (the top 1% in each subject), the most Outstanding Scholarships we have ever gained in what represents the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students. Scholarships were attained across 21 subjects, also the the most ever, and were spread among 58 students.

Among the highest achievers were our Boy and Girl Dux of 2016, Henry Russell and Theresa Boyd, and Boy Proxime Accessit Elliot Paton-Simpson, all named as NZQA Outstanding Scholars - among the top 60 in the country. Henry earned six Scholarships, including one Outstanding, Theresa earned four Scholarships, including two Outstanding, and Elliot earned three Scholarships, including two Outstanding. The award provides each of them with $5000 per year for three years toward their tertiary studies.

In addition, Theresa came first in New Zealand in Biology, and Wanli Cheng, who earned three Scholarships, including one Outstanding, came first in Chinese.

In NCEA, 95% of students who sat Level 2 passed, our highest rate ever. Merit endorsements were won by 36%, while 19.7% of Level 2 students passed with Excellence, also a record number.

Our pass rates of 88% for Level 1 students and 84.7% for Level 3 were also pleasing and in line with past years. Of Level 1 students who passed, 42.5% did so with Merit, and 28% with Excellence. Of Level 3, 34% passed with Merit and 19.2% with Excellence, another record result at this demanding level. MAGS' results are above the national average and other Decile 7 schools, and in many cases also higher than than Decile 8-10 schools (see table below).

NCEA pass rates and endorsements


MAGS
National average
Decile 4-7 average

Decile 8-10 average
NCEA pass rates



Level 1
88.1%
85.1%
84.6%
91.4%
Level 2
94.9%
88.9%
88.0%
93.1%
Level 3
84.7%
82.1%
79.9%
88.1%
University Entrance
67.7%
61.3%
57.4%
75.5%




Merit Endorsements



Level 1
42.5%
35.1%
33.5%
41.3%
Level 2
36.0%
27.0%
24.6%
34.1%
Level 3
34.1%
28.5%
25.9%
34.8%




Excellence Endorsements



Level 1
28.1%
19.8%
16.2%
28.3%
Level 2
19.7%
15.8%
13.1%
23.0%
Level 3
19.2%
14.7%
13.1%
18.8%

In Scholarship, our Mathematics students were once again dominant, gaining 26 Calculus Scholarships, including 2 Outstanding, and 13 in Statistics, with 3 Outstanding - a total of 39 across the Department.

Sincere congratulations to our students on their achievements; acknowledgement is made of the academic ability, preparation and perseverance required of them to reach such degrees of success.

Scholarships were achieved Accounting, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Studies, Dance, Design, Drama, Earth & Space Science, Economics, English, French, Geography, History, Japanese, Media Studies, Physical Education/Health, Physics, Statistics and Te Reo Maori.

Outstanding Scholarships were achieved in Biology, Calculus, Chinese, Earth & Space Science, English, Media Studies and Statistics.

Particular acknowledgement is made of the following students who achieved multiple Scholarship success:

Theresa Boyd
4 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding

Wanli Cheng
3 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding

Soumith
Chittajallu

3 Scholarships

Jack
Henderson

3 Scholarships

Angela
Liu

3 Scholarships

Claire
Liu

3 Scholarships

Hideaki
Murakami

4 Scholarships

Elliot Paton-Simpson
3 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding

Liam
Quinlan

3 Scholarships

Henry Russell
6 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding

These achievements also provide great satisfaction to the dedicated teaching staff who develop Scholarship programmes to support, coach and direct our students in their Scholarship pursuits, and also the many staff who have contributed to the academic development of these students across their time at Mount Albert Grammar School.

The following staff are thanked for the extra time and effort they put in to preparing their Scholarship students through 2016: Ms Sarah Hayes and Ms Grace Leaso (Accounting), Ms Robina Nisha (Biology), Mr Michael Walden and Mr Paul McKinney (Calculus), Ms Alayna Pulham (Chemistry), Ms Eva Liu (Chinese), the Classics Department (Classical Studies), Ms Jacqui Cesan (Dance), Ms Daniella Aleh (Design), Dr Lilicherie McGregor (Drama), Mr Sam Dockery (Earth & Space Science), Ms Michelle Farquhar (Economics), Ms Elliot Lavey (English), Ms Helen Selaries (French), Mr Elliot Moka and Mr Colin Adam (Geography), Ms Shameen Hayat and Mr Joseph Payne (History), Ms Reina Mollgaard (Japanese), Mr Simon Allen (Media Studies), Ms Jess Wilson (Physical Education/Health), Ms Paula Calver (Physics), Mr Anzar Chida (Statistics), Ms Waimirirangi Paul (Te Reo Maori).

Scholarship achievers 2016

Name
Subjects (O = Outstanding, ie, top 1% in subject)
Mina Abbaspour-Mojdehi
Biology, English
Henry An
Calculus
Eva Ashmore
English
Rayna Bhika
Biology, Media Studies (O)
Jonathan Bidmead
Calculus
Joshua Bilby
Statistics
Theresa Boyd
Biology (O), Calculus, Physics, Statistics (O)
Joshua Breen
Calculus
Jonathan Buckman
Media Studies
Eamon Campbell
Calculus
Wanli Cheng
Chinese (O), Japanese, Statistics
Soumith Chittajallu
Calculus, Chemistry, Statistics
Heloisa De Freitas
Geography
Jonathan De Pledge
Calculus
Benjamin Dean
Calculus, Physics
Fraser Eade
Biology
Daphney Erlano
History
Luke Fitzpatrick
Calculus, Chemistry
Caitlin Grace
Classical Studies, English
Maddison Hargreaves
Design
Gary He
Calculus
Jack Henderson
Economics, Physical Education, Statistics
Rosa Henderson
English
Celia Hext
Dance
Brenna Hobson
Earth & Space Science (O)
Leilani Ioelu
Statistics
Monique Kost
Dance
Miriam Leonhardt
Calculus
Annie Li
Calculus
Shuang Li
Calculus
Abbey Lissaman
Statistics
Angela Liu
Calculus, Geography, Statistics
Claire Liu
Calculus, English, Japanese
Benjamin Macintyre
French
Humaid Memee
Earth & Space Science
Jessica Middelberg
English
Lara Middlebrook
Calculus
Jack Morrow-Zhang
Calculus
Hideaki Murakami
Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics
Samuel Negash
Design
Watene Nepe
Te Reo Maori
Joshua Norman
Calculus
Anahita Oei
Physical Education (Health)
Elliot Paton-Simpson
Accounting, Calculus (O), Statistics (O)
Lucas Peterson
Calculus
Liam Quinlan
Biology, Chemistry, History
Henry Russell
Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, Physical Education, Physics, Statistics (O)
Feneel Sanghavi
Calculus
Sabian Scott
Statistics
Kakatarau Te Pou Kohere
English (O), Te Reo Maori
Victoria Ting
English
Lorenzo Vea'ila
Drama
Linfeng Wong
Chemistry, Physics
Zhuokun Wu
Calculus (O), Physics
Jin Sik Yun
Chemistry
Lisa Zhang
Calculus, Physics
Lucy Zhang
Calculus
Rebecca Zhang
History