Teachers Really are the Difference

16 February 2017


The depth of talent amongst the St Cuthbert’s faculty shone through again this year, with two staff guiding students to Top of Subject results in the 2016 NZQA Scholarship exams.


Head of Design, Ms Deb Cullinane, achieved an extra special result with two of her students receiving awards: Jess Veronica McDougall was Top of Subject in Design with fellow student Mary Allen in second place. Jess Veronica McDougall also received an Outstanding Scholarship in Painting.


Music teacher Dragana Yelavich, guided Music to a 100% pass rate in Scholarship, with Year 12 student Francesca Qu scooping Top of Subject.


Teachers final pic


Ms Yelavich says, “Teaching at St Cuthbert’s is a joy, particularly when music students are rewarded with results such as these.”


College staff again showed their passion for teaching with excellent NCEA results, with 92.6% of students across all levels achieving  NCEA certificates endorsed with Excellence or Merit. 98.4% of students also gained University Entrance.



Pass rate 98.4

Endorsed Merit or Excellence 89%

Endorsed Excellence 50.4%

University Entrance 98.4%


Pass rate 99.3%

Endorsed Merit or Excellence 94.1%

Endorsed Excellence 57.8%


Pass rate 97.5%

Endorsed Merit or Excellence 94.7%

Endorsed Excellence 64.5%


Congratulations to all our NCEA students and staff, who have worked so hard to achieve these great results.



IB Success Continues

11 January 2017


In 2016 St Cuthbert’s students have again achieved a 100% pass rate in IB, with seven individuals scoring 40+ points, placing them in the elite scholars group.


Principal Ms Roz Mexted says, “I’m incredibly impressed and I congratulate all IB students on these wonderful results.


“Particular appreciation must also go to our staff who demonstrate absolute dedication in teaching, mentoring and supporting students year after year.”


Ms Mexted says, “The Creativity, Activity, Service component of IB naturally aligns with the College’s Values Programme, which encourages students to use their talents to make a positive impact in the community. We regularly partner with Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and Trees for Survival and it is encouraging to see this altruism count alongside academic results in the IB Diploma qualification.”


These results provide University Entrance for St Cuthbert’s IB graduates and we wish them every success in their future studies in New Zealand and globally.



Growing Number of Tertiary Scholarships

20 December 2016


St Cuthbert’s students have scooped 69 tertiary scholarships to date, up on the 62 granted at this time last year. Well done girls on these fantastic results! For a full list of scholarships, please see below.


Name Scholarship
Antonia Young St Andrew’s All Round Merit Scholarship
Tiffany Goh St John’s Scholarship
Harriet Wren Massey Business Enterprise in Action Scholarship
Sehej Khurana AUT Vice Chancellor Significant Student Scholarship
Kenzie Lynas AUT Vice Chancellor Significant Student Scholarship
Georgia Danford AUT Vice Chancellor Significant Student Scholarship
Auckland University
Melissa Wang NIWA Auckland Science Fair Scholarship
Rhea Vara University of Auckland Junior Scientist Scholarship
Elsie Brown University of Auckland Pacific Academic Excellence
Dasha Shieff University of Auckland Top Scholar Achievement
Minerva Peters University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Scholarship
Tiffany Goh University of Auckland Top Scholar Achievement
Devon Lowyim University of Auckland Top Scholar Achievement
Gargi Bansal University of Auckland Top Scholar Achievement
Holly Butt University of Auckland Top Scholar Achievement
Min-Yao Chen University of Auckland Top Scholar Achievement
Georgia Couper University of Auckland Top Scholar Achievement
Claudia Ganda PwC Accelerate Scholarship
Gina Svenson Otago Academic Excellence
Antonia Young Otago Academic Excellence
Stella Clifford Otago Academic Excellence
Emma Holland Otago Leaders of Tomorrow
Elsie Brown Otago Maori and Pacific People’s Scholarship
Iunisi Ahoatu Otago Maori and Pacific People’s Scholarship
Maria McCoy Otago Leaders of Tomorrow
Maria McCoy Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Tiffany Goh Otago Academic Excellence
Samantha Moriarty Otago Academic Excellence
Devon Lowyim Otago Leaders of Tomorrow
Devon Lowyim Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Melissa Wang Otago Leaders of Tomorrow
Melissa Wang Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Anna Blair Otago Performance scholarship
Anna Blair Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Katie Sinisa Otago Maori and Pacific Peoples Scholarship
Olivia Salmon Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Jienwern Cook Otago Academic Excellence
Eleanor Herbert Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Claudia Ganda Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Minyao Chen Otago Leaders of Tomorrow
Minyao Chen Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Rosa Clark Otago Leaders of Tomorrow
Rosa Clark Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Grace Lowery Otago New Frontiers
Ella Currie Otago New Frontiers
Harriet Cory-Wright Otago New Frontiers
Sarah Baird Otago New Frontiers
Veronica Gregan Victoria Excellence
Elizabeth New Victoria Excellence
Isabelle Stewart Victoria Achievers
Julia Fraser Victoria Achievers
Ella Bryning Victoria Excellence
Georgia Callaghan Victoria Excellence
Megan Jury Victoria Excellence
Antonia Young Victoria Excellence
Gyllian Taei Victoria Achievers
Olivia Salmon Victoria Excellence
Lucy Caiger Victoria Excellence
Jienwern Cook Victoria Excellence
Stella Clifford Victoria Excellence
Claudia Ganda Victoria Excellence
Analeah Petaia Victoria Achievers
Georgia Clarke UC Emerging Leaders
Georgia Couper UC Emerging Leaders
Madeline Wilson University of Canterbury EnGenius Scholarship
Sara Beetham Go Canterbury Accommodation Scholarship
Georgia Robertshaw Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Jess-Veronica McDougall Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Ailsa Connolly Boston University

New College Ties Out Now

20 December 2016


In our final issue of College Ties for the year we introduce new Principal Roz Mexted, who shares her educational philosophies and aspirations for St Cuthbert’s.


Kahunui Directors Scoop Another Award

30 September 2016

Kahunui directors John and Christine Furminger were presented with the Skills Active Supreme Award at the 2016 New Zealand Recreation Association Outdoor Awards on September 1. The award celebrates individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the outdoor recreation and education sector.


John and Christine were recognised for their environmental efforts and mentoring of young leaders as they have developed several outstanding outdoor education programmes throughout their forty year career.


NZRA Chief Executive Andrew Leslie said the pair have contributed a massive amount of personal time and effort into creating better environmental outcomes and ensuring people have the necessary skills and facilities to enjoy the outdoors.


“This in turn leads to stronger communities, safer outdoor experiences and happier, healthier people. It is only fitting that these people who have devoted their lives to making the world a better place receive some portion the recognition they deserve.”


John and Christine were nominated by Ray Hollingsworth, a senior Outdoor Education lecturer at Auckland University of Technology. Ray’s nomination letter praised a calm, inclusive, and wise leadership style, humbleness, and a drive to make the world a better place.


Congratulations to John and Christine on this significant achievement.