Overseas Acceptances and Scholarship Results

11 July 2016

An incredible 17 students from St Cuthbert’s 2015 cohort have been offererd places at universities in the USA, UK and China.


15 of these offers have already been accepted and several students have received multiple offers from universities all over the globe.


Overseas universities have an intensive admissions process and look for well-rounded individuals with diverse interests and skills. This is an area in which our students have proven themselves, being able to illustrate great academic results alongside sporting and cultural commitments, as well as participation in the College’s Values programmes.


We wish our 2015 graduates the best of luck with their overseas endeavours.


Name University
Millie Macdonald University of Michigan, US
Georgia Zacest Boise State University, US
Isla Bint Wake Forest University, US
Madison Merton Temple University, US
Sonia Wang Rhode Island School of Design, US
Linda Zhang Vanderbilt, USUniversity of Manchester, UK

Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Sarah Cronin American Academy of Dramatic Arts, US
Brooke Hamilton University of Oregon, US
Shirley Lu University of Southern California, USNew York University, US

College of William Mary, US

University of California, San Diego, US

Danielle Taylor Milsaps College, USDenver University, US

College of Wooster, US

Durham University, UK

University College of London, UK

University of Edinburgh, UK

Birmingham University, UK

Xiwan Wei Oxford, UKQueen Mary London, UK
Yi Luan King’s College London, UK
Georgia Varney University of Greenwich, UK
Alex (Yutong) Hong University of Edinburgh, UKUniversity of Bath, UK
Nishakarn Ambhanwong King’s College London, UKDurham University, UK

Lancaster University, UK

Denise Wong University of Leeds, UKUniversity of Newcastle, UK
Corliss Tang University of Hong Kong

Top 10 Finish in Monetary Policy Challenge

5 July 2016

The challenge posed to the Reserve Bank by Auckland’s bullish housing market and low whole milk powder prices has been tackled by a team of five economics students from St Cuthbert’s College, who placed in the top 10 in the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Challenge for 2016.


Using the same information as the Reserve Bank, students assessed the economic conditions facing New Zealand and the outlook for inflation, using this data to set an official cash rate.


Year 13 student Emma Westbrooke says, “The real challenge was to balance the diminishing dairy sector while also considering the buoyancy of the Auckland housing market, which is starting to be felt more widely in regions like Northland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.”


The team from St Cuthbert’s recommended that the official cash rate remain at 2.25% and the girls’ instincts proved to be spot on, with the latest OCR announcement in June confirming that the rate would indeed remain unchanged.


Miss Westbrooke says, “We were all watching the announcement with baited breath and having our recommendation confirmed was just amazing. When we found out that we had been given a commendation by the judges it was even better.”


Commendations are given to teams in the top 10 nationwide each year. Teams submit a PowerPoint and then present to judges from the Reserve Bank online before answering tricky questions from the judging panel.


St Cuthbert’s economics teacher, Jamie Lloyd, was impressed at the precision the girls showed when setting their official cash rate. “The girls took into account the Auckland housing market boom and the economic uncertainty surrounding this, balancing it against other significant factors such as tourism, falling dairy and oil prices and our trade weighted index.”


Mr Lloyd continues, “The competition is extremely enriching for our students and several are now seriously considering future careers in economic management, which as a teacher is very rewarding.”


St Cuthbert’s Staff Recognised with Education Awards

4 July 2016



Independent Schools of New Zealand (ISNZ) has awarded two staff members, Miss Lenore Clark in the Junior School and Mrs Christine Furminger at Kahunui, Honours Awards for services to Mathematics and Primary Education and Experiential Learning respectively.


Ms Julie Gifkins had the following to say about Lenore Clark in her nomination:

“Lenore is an innovator and she continues to be a risk taker in learning. With her years of service to our school community Lenore gives back by supporting the Primary Schools’ Mathematics cluster as well as regularly attending Mathematics symposiums. Her expertise in the teaching of Mathematics is recognised in our College and in the greater community of teachers in Auckland. Colleagues view Lenore as an expert teacher and one who exemplifies best practice.”


Christine Furminger has been the co-director of Kahunui since July 2006 and has been a key figure in the planning, development and of Kahunui’s use of experiential teaching where students are empowered to explore, play and discover.


The constant stream of requests to spend time with her from other schools is testament to her high standing within the experiential learning community.


In the words of one of her former students:

“You do an incredible job at Kahunui and nothing would be possible without your compassion to teach us and motivate us to do whatever we desire with our lives. Your dedication to teach students about the outdoors is amazing and everything you do for us and explain to us comes from the heart.”


ISNZ has also recognised Principal Mrs Lynda Reid with an Award of Distinction for her 20 years of service at St Cuthbert’s. She is only the fourth Principal to receive such acknowledgement.


Current Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools, Heather McCrae, had the following to say about Lynda at her award presentation:

“Her willing contributions have been exemplified by two terms as Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools.  She has also served on Cross Sector Forums and the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group as the country introduced a new qualifications system.


“Her ardent support of NCEA in the face of constant critique from fellow principals was testament to Lynda’s outstanding ability to stand up for the beliefs and values that support excellence for all.  Her unfailing focus on achievement and how to create it in classrooms propelled St Cuthbert’s into outstanding results that have set the standard for education in New Zealand.


“Your leadership ethic is exemplified by your incredible strength of character, calm manner and astute attention to detail.  You have led innovations such as the establishment of Kahunui – the outdoor centre – and you put independent schools on the map in leading curriculum innovation.   Your contribution to the professional development of the whole education sector has been exceptional.


“Throughout your many roles as principal, advisor, mentor, and teacher – you have left a legacy of excellence – an indelible contribution to the Independent Schools Network that we wanted to acknowledge. It is with great pleasure that we honour you with this special ISNZ Award of Distinction for your exceptional work and contribution.”


Finally, Mrs Diane McKissock-Davis has been acknowledge in the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) for her outstanding work in art education.


Colleagues who nominated Diane had the following to say about her impact during her 25 years at the College:

“Diane is an inspirational teacher who provides excellent guidance to students.  She does this by giving them the opportunity to participate in an atmosphere of challenging intellectual discussion.  Under her tutelage students are offered a learning experience which challenges them to reach a high level of personal excellence.  She constantly encourages students to search for improvement.  With her guidance, students have achieved outstanding results both at school and in later tertiary study.


“Diane leads an exceptional department – unified, harmonious, committed to students, dedicated and innovative, they constantly seek to improve and to grow. Diane facilitates the opportunity for members of her department to enter into pedagogical discussion.  Critical analysis and reflective thinking are hallmarks of her department and these traits underpin the teaching and learning process within her department.  She empowers and encourages her staff to the extent that the department challenges the provisions of the Art Curriculum and is at the cutting edge of secondary art education in New Zealand.”


Diane is one of 20 regional recipients from around New Zealand to be presented with the award, selected from just under 300 nominations, and we wish her all the best for the national finals.


Chamber Music Achievements

13 June 2016


At yesterday’s Chamber Music District Semi-Finals and Finals, three of our groups walked away with some wonderful results.

Rietz Quintet were selected for the semi-finals. The Dumllerinas also made the semi-finals and received a Junior Award, and The Holzblazin Trio were awarded a Highly Commended for their performance of the Beethoven Oboe Trio.


The College was one of the eight groups in the final and one of only four groups to receive a Highly Commended.


Congratulations to all who participated and represented the College in such a fantastic manner.

Students Achieve Highest Ever DELF Pass Rate

10 June 2016


This year St Cuthbert’s students have achieved their best ever results in the French language DELF exams.


A total of 63 candidates sat and passed the DELF exams, with 13 students achieving at B2 Level, the highest DELF qualification, and ones that is recommended for Year 13 or higher. Two of these students, Alexandra Briscoe and Amalia Schroeder, had incredible results as Year 12s who passed the B2 exam with flying colours.


DELF qualifications are recognised throughout the world as reliable proof of proficiency in French and holders of DELF B2 are exempt from language entrance examinations in French speaking universities.


Congratulations to all students who passed the DELF exams and to our dedicated French Department at St Cuthbert’s