A nervous wait on who will be awarded the Dux this year.  by Melissa Rodgers

Senior Prizegiving

Senior prize giving was held on Thursday 1 November at the Regent Theatre. It was a special occasion to celebrate the students success throughout the year.

Hayden McAlister - Dux

This young man truly loves and lives for all learning and knowledge on any topic. From smashing out a 20 page essay on the causes of economic strife in Tudor England to examining the underlying elegance of the mathematics of Simpson's Paradox, Hayden’s passion for learning seems limitless. It is, however, the sharing and giving back that is most impressive. Hayden has jointly led the running of twice weekly academic tutorials for all age groups. He has also run the show in a Calculus Scholarship session. With 316 Excellence credits over 3 years, an A+ average in a University of Canterbury Mathematics paper, studying for 7 Scholarship Subjects and a perfect Grade Point Average of 4.0, he is:  1st Chemistry, 1st Digital Technology, 1st History, 1st Physics, 1st Statistics

Nathan Hill- Proxime Accessit to Dux

Nathan is our runner up to the Dux.  We have heard about his many achievements but it is his academic success that has won him this award.  Nathan gained NCEA Levels 1 and 2 with Excellence and he has already gained NCEA Level 3 with Excellence.  For the third year in a row he is a centurion.  He has been awarded a University of Otago Academic Excellence Scholarship and next year he is applying for  Girdler's Scholarship to study at Cambridge University.  With a perfect GPA of 4.0 and studying for 4 scholarship subjects, this year Nathan is 1st Art, 1st Biology, 2nd = Chemistry, Commendations in Physics and Statistics. 

2019 Head Boy - Charlie Marsh

Charlie has NCEA Level 1 with Excellence and has already achieved NCEA Level 2, with at least Merit.  He is a member of the 1st XV and the 1st XI Cricket.  He is also an amateur beekeeper.  Always cheerful, this hardworking and determined young man is a strong and resilient leader who gains this position through the respect afforded by both his teachers and his peers. 

2019 Deputy Head Boy - Colby Allen

This young man, who maintains a positive attitude even in the most challenging conditions, Colby is a top academic and has already achieved NCEA Level 2 with Excellence.  He participates in a wider range of school activities.  He has been a member of our debating team for a number of years and is currently working towards the Gold Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  He will be a fine leader in our school. 

2019 Head Boy of School House -  Jackson Toms

Jackson achieved NCEA Level 1 with Excellence and is well on the way to achieving Level 2.  He is a member of the 2nd XV.  Jackson is an unassuming young man whose diligence, positivity and mature approach have been recognised by his teachers and his peers.  He sets high standards for himself and will be an excellent role model around the hostel. 

Nathan Hill - Alexander Wilson Memorial for Best All-Round Boy 2018

An outstanding young man, Nathan has involved himself in all areas of school life.  He is a prefect and is also Track Captain of our Athletics Team.  At this years School athletics he broke the longstanding 3000m record and is the Otago record holder in the same event.  He is also the Cross Country champion and is a NZ U18 representative in Athletics.  Nathan also finds time to play for the 1st XI Football team.  Additionally, Nathan is an artist of the highest calibre.  His landscapes are simply stunning, a fact that was recognised when he gained an Otago Polytechnic Celebrate Art Award.  Nathan is also a top academic.  He is thoroughly deserving of this award. 

We would like to make special mention to the recipients of the Otago Boys' High School Foundation Scholarships for 2018.

Henry Dickson - Mason Brother Scholarship

Henry is a capable student who has impressed his teachers with his diligence and determination. He gained NCEA Levels 1 and 2 with Excellence and has already gained Level 3. He is a Centurion for the third year in a row. A talented squash and tennis player himself, Henry also finds time to coach others. In his spare time, Henry rebuilds motorbikes. The skills he has gained here will no doubt be valuable in his future studies.

Lochlann O'Sullivan - Superior Minerals Scholarship

A cheerful student, Lochlann gives 100 percent to whatever he does, whether it be volleyball or Young Farmers. He has been commended for his academic work and, appropriately, is first in Level 3 Agriculture and also second equal in Wood Technology. He is also a Centurion. This year he has taken part in the Gateway programme. Lochlann’s positive and enthusiastic approach to life saw him presented with the Stuart G the Stevenson Good Character Award by his fellow Year 13 students. We wish him well for his studies in Agriculture.