ISNZ Member School students triumph in NZQA Top Scholar Awards

The NZQA Top Scholar Awards were presented at the Grand Hall of Parliament on Wednesday (2 May). The prestigious awards recognise the top students from the 2017 New Zealand Scholarship examinations. While independent schools account for less than 4% of the education sector in NZ, our students scooped over 20% of these top academic awards.

Isabella Gregory of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Andrew Tang of Scots College were both recognised with Premier Awards, and Andrew also received the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence, which recognises the success of the highest achieving New Zealand Scholarship student. The recipient has the most outstanding examination results and the highest overall academic excellence of all the Premier Award winners.


About Andrew

Andrew received an Outstanding Scholarship in Accounting, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Physical Education and Physics and Scholarship in Agriculture and Horticulture Science, Biology, Calculus, English, Media Studies and Statistics.

Andrew was awarded Dux of Scots College in 2017 and was elected head of senior school. He was awarded the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award, the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Award and a Royal Society of New Zealand Scholarship to the London International Youth Science Forum. He represented Scots College at the secondary schools’ cross-country championships and represented Wellington at the New Zealand schools debating championships. He won the New Zealand Youth Award for his science video tutorials.

Andrew shares, “I’m hugely grateful to Scots for providing ample opportunities to explore my passions outside of my studies and believe the skills and experiences I have gained from seizing these opportunities have empowered me with new-found confidence and adaptability to tackle any challenges ahead.”

Andrew is currently studying science and commerce at the University of Auckland and in recent months has been awarded the prestigious Girdlers’ Scholarship, Harvard Faculty Scholarship and the Yale-NUS College Dean Scholarship among others. Andrew has elected to accept the Girdler’s Scholarship which will enable him to study Economics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. As the fourth former Scots student to study at Cambridge, Andrew will commence his study in October.


About Isabella

Isabella received an Outstanding Scholarship in Art History, English and Music and Scholarship in Physics

Isabella was Proxime Accessit for 2017 at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and was awarded the Dorothy Bates Trophy for a pupil showing outstanding potential. She has been principal flute in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra, associate principal flute in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, and her chamber music group was a finalist and awardee in the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest. She was head of sustainability at Rangi Ruru and raised environmental awareness as well as working on her school’s carbon neutral project. This year she is studying on a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship at Victoria University of Wellington at the New Zealand School of Music. 


ISNZ would like to congratulate Andrew, Isabella, and all the other outstanding ISNZ students who were recognised and wish them the best for their future endeavours.


Friday, May 4, 2018