• As well as recieving an Outstanding Scholar Award for the NZQA Scholarships, Ethan Lu achieved in the top one per cent of students worldwide for the IB Diploma copy.
  • Rangitoto College Scholarship teachers were integral in guiding students to achieve record results.
  • Cameron Senior, 2021 DUX, gained a Premier Award for the second year in a row, with 10 Scholarships, seven of which were Outstanding.

Rangitoto College top NZQA Scholarship school for fourth year running

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 Award – one of only 12 in the country – receiving $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 Scholarship is incredibly high and we acknowledge their ability to gain these results given the disruption that existed in 2021.

Four+ Scholarships

Ashley Huddart

Caitlin Hodge

Cameron Senior

Emily  Ren

Gabriel Johnson

Jamie Lee

Jasmine Jared

Jessica Wang

Jiarong Xu

Jinsol  Hong

Kelly Cha

Matthew Kay

Reina  Zhang

Sawooly Li

Seohyun Kim

Yujin Park

Three 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


Rangitoto’s IB students feeling on top of the world

Rangitoto College’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme students performed alongside leading ‘IB Only’ schools across the world in the 2021 exams. Remarkably, five Rangitoto College students earned 40 or more points, putting them in the top 10 per cent of students worldwide. Adding to these outstanding results, Ethan (Zhiyang) Lu gained a perfect score of 45, putting him in the top one per cent of students worldwise.

The IB Diploma programme is an academically challenging programme that strives to prepare students for the modern world. The diploma is a two-year course over Years 12 and 13. It is internationally recognised as a top educational curriculum.

In 2021, the college achieved an incredible 100 per cent pass rate, well above the international average of 89 per cent. Rangitoto also performed above the international averages in average scores (37 against a global average of 33), and in percentage achieving 40 or more points (25 per cent against a global average of 17 per cent).

Special congratulations to Top Scholar Award recipients: Ethan (Zhiyang) Lu, Mason (Minghan) Liu, Kelly Poon, Samuel Wong, and Andrei Guerb Navarro.

We also congratulate the exceptional students who earned the prestigious Bilingual Diploma: Mason (Minghan) Liu, Scott (Songyang) He, Kathryn (Yuanzhu) Tian, Cynthia (Gejin) Gao, and Rickey (Jinwoo) Lee.

Thank you to our specialist IB teachers, the IB coordinator Catherine Brandt, and all those who had a hand in the educating of these remarkable young people.

Rangitoto College is immensely proud of its increasing results in this esteemed course and looks forward to seeing this success continue in 2022.