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‘Amazing’ scholarship results for local students

Apr 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

WELLINGTON College students achieved 107 scholarships last year, making it No 2 in the country according to figures due to be released next week.

PROUD PRINCIPAL: Roger Moses in his office at Wellington College

PROUD PRINCIPAL: Roger Moses in his office at Wellington College

The number of different students who achieved the highest academic honour was 53, gaining 24 outstanding scholarships, four top subject winners, and two out of eight Premier Scholarship awards for the whole of the country.

Principal Roger Moses describes the results of the top academic year 12 and 13 qualifications as “amazing”.

It’s worth making the effort too, because Mr Moses says the top students who achieved the Premier awards get a monetary award of $10,000 a year while in tertiary study.

But it takes a lot of work and dedication from both the college and the community to maintain these high standards, and funding is an issue, he says.

“We are underfunded, as without teacher salaries we have to raise 57% of our budget, with the government giving us 43%.”

He says to keep the quality of education at the school, fundraising has to be established and maintained in the local community by the college.

Not only does the college arrange its own fundraising, it also hosts the annual World Vision runathon each year in March.

This year was the 12th event hosted by the college, and a substantial amount of money is raised for charity.

“It’s become a key part of the school calendar, and last year raised over $60,000, with over $500,000 raised over the last 10 years,” says Mr Moses.

Mr Moses also says it gives opportunities to the boys to learn leadership and organisation skills, as it is totally run by them.

“There are leadership opportunities with lots of interaction between seniors and juniors, and it raises the awareness to them that there is poverty in the world,” he says.

The college has always provided strong leaders, businessmen and local personalities.

Examples include businessman Ron Brierley, rugby player Neemia Tialata, and musician Bret McKenzie.

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