Dear Parents and Caregivers I hope you and your family have remained safe and dry…
At today’s ceremony students were acknowledged for achieving NCEA Levels 1, 2 or 3 endorsed with either merit or excellence in 2017. This means that a minimum of 50 of the credits attained are at merit or excellence level. We also acknowledge today those who gained individual subject scholarships.
Merit endorsed certificates will receive a silver academic Kotuku Badge and those endorsed with excellence will receive the higher award; a blue academic Kotuku Badge. Success in a scholarship is recognised with the awarding of a scholars tie and names being added to the roll of honour.
Of the 2017 Year 11 class, 56.4% of students got at least 50 credits at merit or excellence level at Level 1. Although not as good as the record set by the 2016 cohort it does indicate once again that a high proportion of students are striving for personal excellence. Endorsement at Level 1 is ahead of the national average for both merit and excellence endorsements.
At level 2, 43.3 % of students endorsed with either merit or excellence. Once again this compares positively to the national averages where we are ahead at both merit and excellence endorsement levels. At Level 3, 49.3% endorsed with either merit or excellence.
This result was a best for a Rutherford cohort, and was also above at both merit and excellence when comparisons are made against national statistics.
2017 Special Awards
Kia Manawanui Trophy and Award is for a Maori student who has through perseverance, determination, persistence and dedication strived for and achieved personal excellence. This award is kindly donated by Leigh Grace and the recipient receives $100 and a wonderful trophy.
This year the Kia Manawanui award goes to Caleb Smith.
Filifiliga Lelei Award is for a male and female Pasifika student who have strived 100% to be the best that they can be academically. This award is kindly donated by the Palamo family and is worth $150 for each student.
This year’s recipients are Shantel Leota and Samuel Price.
To obtain an individual subject scholarship requires finishing in the top 3% of that subject. All of these students will receive a one off $500 award from NZQA or if they get two scholarships, $1000. Congratulations to all 16 successful individual scholarship candidates who between them shared 21 subject scholarships.
Leo Ballantyne | Media Studies | Ms Betanzo
Katie Gordon | Classical Studies | Mr Carroll-Maher
Tanvi Kemkar | Biology | Ms Goulding and Miss Butler-Shaw
Rex Kennedy | English | Ms Conde
Kelly Luo | Design and Visual Communications | Mr Thompson
Hannah Marriott | Dance (Outstanding | 2nd equal in NZ) | Miss Exeter
Morgan O’Loughlin | Statistics | Mr Stanton
Dimitar Pljackov | Design and Visual Communication | Mr Thompson
Liana Sabetian | Dance (Outstanding | 1st in NZ) | Miss Exeter
Tyla Sutherland | Dance (‘Outstanding | 2nd equal in NZ) | Miss Exeter
Connor Tunnicliffe | Physics | Mr Thomas
Favour Ukah | Dance | Miss Exeter
Rawiri Hohepa | Calculus | Mrs Lim and Physics | Mr Thomas
Sang Hyun Kim | Calculus | Mr Brar and Chemistry | Mr Wade
Zara Osborne | Biology | Ms Goulding and Miss Butler-Shaw and Statistics | Mr Gopal
Reuben He | Biology (Outstanding) | Ms Butler- Shaw and Calculus | Miss Liu and Statistics | Miss Liu
Top Maori Scholars Year 11 Mollie Tagaloa | Year 12 Seth Schwalger | Year 13 Rawiri Hohepa
Top Pasifika Scholars Year 11 India Smith | Year 12 Ashna Prasad | Year 13 Liana Sabetian
Year 11 Top Scholars 1st Maggie Li | 2nd Jocelyn Qian | 3rd Rachel Jeung-McIntrye
Year 12 Top Scholars 1st Reuben He | 2nd Daniel Quach | 3rd Ashna Prasad
Year 13 Top Scholars 1st equal Rawiri Hohepa and Sang Hyun Kim | 3rd Connor Tunnicliffe
Congratulations to all our award winners.
Kotuku ki te rangi, We are Rutherford strong within a wonderful Te Atatu Community.