Our culture of “Personal Excellence” has given every boy in our school the help and support needed to be inspired to fulfil his potential. This is reflected in our NCEA and Scholarship results, with our academic programme leading the way. Consisting of individualised learning programmes, stand-alone Scholarship classes, a Scholarship Club and a culture that promotes self-belief and self-drive it is not difficult to see why.
To gain Scholarship is to be recognised as one of the top 3% of students in a subject field. To gain an Outstanding Scholarship is to be recognised as one of the top 0.3% of students in a subject field. In “real numbers” in the larger subjects this is the equivalent of being in the top 300 or top 30 respectively in the country. A Top Scholar award is given to the best performing student in the country in the subject field each year. A Premier Award is granted to those who achieve results placing them in the top 10 students in the country each year.
In 2016 King’s set the benchmark for Otago schools when we became the highest performing scholarship school with a record 28 scholarships awarded. This included an award of Top Scholar in Technology and 4 Outstanding awards.
In 2018, this number was eclipsed when we gained a record 50 scholarships across 16 different subject disciplines which included a record 8 Outstanding Scholarships.
Similarly, in 2019 King's High School gained 52 scholarships, nine of which were Outstanding, placing us in the top two schools in the South Island. With three Outstanding Scholarship passes in Calculus, Chemistry and Statistics, and Scholarship passes in English and Physics, George Bates has been named as one of the 2019 Premier Award winners. This is awarded to the top 12 students nationwide.
Jamie Haenraets (Top Scholar in New Zealand for Design, Outstanding Scholarship in Painting and Scholarships in Physics and History), Arlo Munro (Outstanding Scholarship in Classical Studies and Scholarships in Biology, English, Geography and History) and Arlo James (Outstanding Scholarships in Geography and History, and Scholarships in Classical Studies and English) have been named as 2019 Outstanding Scholar Award winners. These awards are reserved for the top 70 students in the country.
We are extremely proud to have four of our King's men in the top 70 in the country. This reflects the amazing depth of talent we have within our teaching staff.