Scholarship


We are proud of the achievements of our young men in their Scholarships examinations. These represent the highest level of achievement possible in a New Zealand secondary school, and we encourage all of our students to enter them if they are interested. In 2018, our students achieved 164 Scholarships, the third highest total in New Zealand, including 15 Outstanding Scholarships.  One of our students was a Premiere Scholar placing him in the top 10 students within New Zealand and a further 3 students were Outstanding Scholars, placing them in the next 50 students within the country – the most of any school within New Zealand. We are committed to ensuring that our students continue to achieve at the highest levels in the future.


What are Scholarship awards?

They are awards rather than qualifications, which means that there are a limited number available [around 3% of the national entry for most university-approved subjects at NCEA Level 3], and that candidates are therefore competing against each other for recognition.  The top 1% of students who achieve Scholarships in a subject are awarded an Outstanding Scholarship.

Full details of Scholarship are available on the NZQA website at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/scholarship/


At Westlake, we have an established programme to ensure that our most academically able students are given the full support they need to  achieve:

Principles

The Scholarship programme seeks to engage and enthuse more able students through a stimulating and challenging academic programme.

The Scholarship programme is therefore far more than an exercise in helping students to pass Scholarship examinations at the end of Year 13. It is a chance to broaden and extend the education of our most able students.


Taught Sessions

Timetabled sessions are taught to Scholarship Group students in the following subjects for two lessons in every cycle, adding up to a total of around 50 lessons:

•    English 

•    Calculus 

•    Statistics 

•    Chemistry 

•    Art History

•    Classics 

•    Physics

•    Biology

•    Geography

•    Physical Education 

•    History

•    Economics

•    Media

•    Earth Space Science


We also have a significant number of students who take extramural (out of timetable) scholarship subjects where teachers very generously give up an hour a week for 2-3 terms to teach a class either before or after school. We offer classes in

•    English

•    Classics

•    Earth Space Science

•    Accounting

•    Economics

•    Statistics

•    Calculus

•    Chemistry

•    Physics

•    Biology

•    Geography

•    Physical Education

•    History

•    Media

•    Art History

•    Chinese

•    French

•    Japanese

•    German


A number of other subjects offer scholarship where the teacher works one-on-one with the student in a mentoring role. These subjects include:

•    DVC

•    Technology

•    Drama

•    Music

•    Painting

•    Sculpture

•    Photography

•    Design