Top students do school proud
When the gloves come off, Mt Roskill Grammar School has a lot to be proud of.
Every year the decile four school punches above its weight academically.
This year students won 75 scholarships based on last year’s NCEA results, including 18 at outstanding level.
Former student Timothy Vogel gained six scholarship passes alone, including four outstanding scholarships.
He is also the top chemistry student in New Zealand.
The Mt Roskill resident is one of 10 students in the country to receive a premier award that will be presented to him at the Top Scholar Awards at Government House in Wellington on May 14.
“I was very surprised with that. It will be interesting to see Government House and meet the other premier scholars.”
Almost 9000 students sat the scholarship examinations across New Zealand.
Less than a third of them received awards, ranging from $500 for a single subject scholarship pass, to $30,000 paid over three years for a premier award.
Tim is now at university studying for a commerce and engineering degree and says although he’s not sure what field of engineering to pursue he’s already looking at postgraduate study.
“Having a talent to be able to learn quickly is one thing, but it also takes hard work and preparation – probably a bit of luck too.”
Tim says he looked up to a previous premier scholar from Mt Roskill Grammar, Chuang Zheng Lee, and knows there will be students at the college who will be aiming to match or even exceed his achievements.
“Peer support is very strong and everyone seems to be included.
“The class before us did quite well. They set the bar so our school knows what it takes and what the standards are. Otherwise it could seem quite intimidating.”
Principal Greg Watson says the high level of achievement at the school is testimony to the hard work of students, teachers and parents.
“The whole community can be very proud of these young scholars and the strength and depth of what they have achieved.”
Top marks: Former Mt Roskill Grammar student Timothy Vogel came top in the country for NCEA chemistry and is one of 10 premier scholars in New Zealand.