Wgtn College's stunning results

JOSEPH ROMANOS
Last updated 09:07 28/02/2013

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Wellington College students earned an astounding number of scholarships in the 2012 national examinations.

In 2011 the school set a national record with 128 scholarships. However, the return last year - 152 - dwarfs even that high-water mark.

In the recently released results, Wellington College is easily the top school in New Zealand in terms of scholarships earned.

Next are three Auckland schools: Macleans College, 121; St Cuthbert's, 114; and Auckland Grammar, 105.

The figures become even more startling upon deeper examination.

Wellington College provided three of the 10 Premier scholars in the country - Nicholas On, Harry Berger and Thomas Leggat. Further, four of the 52 Outstanding scholars were from Wellington College.

Three boys were the top students in New Zealand in their subjects.

"We're really delighted with these results," Wellington College principal Roger Moses said.

"We had 76 boys who got scholarships.

"That's easily the most we've ever had and is well ahead of any other school."

Mr Moses said some might think Wellington College recorded its figures because of its size or the demographic of its students, but that was not the case.

"We're a biggish mid-range school. We're nowhere near the size of schools like Burnside, Rangitoto, Avondale and so on."

He said he attributed the results to a culture of expectation, superb teaching and the boys' determination.

Mr Moses said it was significant that it was the second successive year Wellington College had led the country.

"I've had tremendous feedback from all around the country since the results came out," he said.

"Other schools have been very complimentary and have wondered what we've been doing here."

Some other Wellington secondary schools' results: Wellington Girls' 39 Marsden Collegiate 25 Wellington East 24 Onslow College 23 Wellington High School 22 Scots College 20 St Patrick's College 18 Queen Margaret 17 Tawa College 16.The scholarships also point to another trend.

It has become the custom in recent years to say girls outperform boys in secondary school exams, but that is not the case in the scholarship results.

Nine of the 10 Premier scholars and 35 of the 52 Outstanding scholars were boys,.

In addition, 22 of the 35 students who were top of their subject were boys.

"What's happening is that at the most competitive level, the boys are doing exceptionally well," Mr Moses said.

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