Top scholars excel in IB and Scholarship

Wednesday 19th February 2020

Some reflections on the outstanding achievement of our top scholars from 2019.


Congratulations to Patrick Zhang, the Dux of 2019, who gained 42 points, the top grade from John McGlashan College. This score puts him in the top 5% of graduates world-wide from the November 2019 IBDP examination session. Harrison Biggs, aproximé accesit, gained 40 points, which places him in the top 10% world-wide. Both Patrick and Harrison were invited to Parliament House in Wellington in early February to receive Top-scholars award recognition presented by MP, Nikki Kaye.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a broad curriculum designed to deepen learning and prepare students for further study at University. It is scored on a 1-7 for each subject studied with a total possible score of 45 when the marks for the Core (Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge) marks are added. The pass mark for the IBDP is set at 24. The World average total points in the November examination session was 28.5 with 4.93 as the average points scored per subject. Our students gained an average total of 32.2 points and an average subject mark of 5.33. We significantly exceeded the IBDP pass-mark. We are incredibly proud of the IBDP results that the students were able to gain this year.

To gain an excellence endorsement for IBDP subjects, we required the students to gain a 6 or a 7 in at least three of their assessed subjects in the November examination session. We are proud to announce that the following students were recognised as achieving the excellence endorsement level (number of excellence subject endorsements):

Patrick Zhang (5)

Harrison Biggs (6)

David Cannon (5)

Daniel Clemens (4)

Nathan Harrison (4)

Geoff Kemp (4)

We are incredibly proud of the IBDP results that the whole cohort was able to gain this year. Eight students in total were able to gain 30 or more points from the examination session.

The IBDP students were well supported by the team of teachers who were committed to getting the best results out of them. Thank you to the staff and parents who worked tirelessly alongside these amazing students.

New Zealand Scholarship

New Zealand Scholarship assessments enable candidates to be assessed against challenging standards and are demanding for the ablest candidates in each subject. Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding, and ideas to complex situations. The New Zealand Scholarship examinations programme provides recognition and monetary reward to top students in their final years of schooling. Approximately 3% of Year 13 students studying each subject at NCEA Level 3 are awarded Scholarship, if they reach the standard that has been set.

This year, 23 scholarship examinations were sat by 15 different students at the College. We are proud to announce that nine scholarships were awarded. Congratulations goes to William Turner and Josh Hope who both gained two scholarships each. William gained his scholarships in Accounting and History and Josh gained his scholarships in Accounting and Statistics. Special mention goes to year 12 students; Nathan Dockerty and Kyle Benedict, who gained the Scholarships awarded in English. Well done to Daniel Clemens, Neil Hutton, and Samuel Leaper who round off the list of students from the College who gained scholarships this year.

The full list of Scholarship recipients are as follows:

Kyle Benedict English

Daniel Clemens German

Nathan Dockerty English

Joshua Hope Accounting, Statistics

Neil Hutton English

Samuel Leaper Biology

William Turner Accounting, History

Again, thank you to the staff who partnered with these students to gain the scholarship awards. They were well supported by their teachers in their NCEA and scholarship classes. Well done gentlemen for your fine results.