Top Scholar Awards Ceremony | Wellington College

Top Scholar Awards Ceremony

New Zealand Scholarship examinations assess students against challenging standards and are demanding for the most able students. NZQA celebrated the success of the highest-achieving New Zealand Scholarship students at the annual Top Scholar Awards Ceremony hosted at Parliament on 3 May 2017.

The awards recognised the elite students who make up the 2016 Premier Award and Top Subject Scholarship Award winners. Minister of Education, Nikki Kaye also announced the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence: Christopher Mayo, formerly of Hamilton Boys' High School.


Premier Scholarship Award winners 2016

For 2016, 10 students gained Premier Awards. These students achieved at least five New Zealand Scholarships subjects, including four or more at Outstanding level.

Yiannis Fam

Wellington College

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Calculus, and Economics

Scholarships: Biology, and Accounting

Yiannis gained this Premier Award as a Year 12 student. By 2016, Yiannis had achieved NCEA levels 1, 2, and 3, with Excellence endorsements. Yiannis was a member of the New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad team which went to Hong Kong in 2016, where he gained a bronze medal. This year, Yiannis will complete Year 13, and plans to attend Cambridge University in 2018. He also hopes to be selected for the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2017, and will be joining the New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad team that will travel to Rio de Janeiro this year. Yiannis is a keen badminton and football player, and an active member of the community; he is a peer tutor, and a volunteer at the Wellington City Mission.


Sebastian On

Wellington College

Sebastian On

Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics

Scholarships: Biology and Physical Education

Sebastian was the Head Prefect and Dux of Wellington College in 2016. He met the requirements of NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Excellence endorsement as a Year 11 student, at the end of 2014. Sebastian is an active member in the community as a soup kitchen volunteer, and he was a peer support leader at Wellington College. In 2017, he was one of the leaders organising the World Vision Runathon, which earned a record donation. Sebastian was Captain of the Senior A Tennis team and was recognised by the school for his contribution to tennis. He was also Captain of the Senior B Basketball team. This year Sebastian is studying Health Sciences at Otago University.


Oliver Sutcliffe

Wellington College

Outstanding Scholarships: Physics, Statistics, Geography, and Classical Studies

Scholarships: English, Chemistry, Calculus, and History

Top Subject Scholar: Classical Studies

In 2015 Oliver completed NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3 with Excellence endorsements for every subject. In 2016, Oliver pursued subjects through Cambridge and International Baccalaureate, as well as taking a mathematics paper with the University of Auckland. Oliver is a keen footballer and, with a coaching qualification, he coached and managed the junior football team. He was also acting Captain for the 3rd XI. Oliver is a talented musician, playing both the guitar and piano. He volunteers at the Wellington soup kitchen and writes poetry in his spare time.


Top Subject Scholarship Award winners 2016

The top candidate in each Scholarship subject is awarded a Top Subject Scholar Award.


Taine Forster    

Wellington College


Classical Studies   

Oliver Sutcliffe    

Wellington College



Alexander Sharples    

Wellington College