November 2021

Evan Huang Receives MOE Gifted Learners Award

Congratulations to Evan Huang on receiving a Ministry of Education Award Gifted Learners Award.

The Gifted Learners Awards are for learners or groups of learners who identify as gifted or have exceptional abilities. These Awards look to support a range of learners, from early childhood to school leaving age, to extend and challenge themselves in areas in which they excel.


  • 2022 New Zealand Olympiad in Informatics(NZOI) Camp
  • 2021 New Zealand Informatics Competition (NZIC), 18th place
  • 2021 New Zealand Programming Contest(NZPC), 18th place
  • 2021 VEX IQ Robotics World Championships
  • 2021 New Zealand Maths Olympiad (NZMO), Bronze Medal
  • 2021 American Mathematics Competition (AMC8), Honour Roll of Distinction; NZ First Place, Worldwide Top 1%
  • 2021 Otago Maths Competition, Top 30
  • 2021 New Zealand International Biology Olympiad (NZIBO), Bronze Award
  • 2022 NZIBO Tutorial Programme
  • 2021 ICAS Digital Technologies, Distinction


  • 2022 New Zealand Maths Olympiad (NZMO) Camp, Candidate
  • 2021 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC): waiting result
  • 2021 Sports or Creative Scholarship, Lynfield College, Candidate
  • 2021 NZQA Scholarship: Technology, Candidate

Evan and his family would like to thank Ms Tess Morrison and Mr Kyle Larsen (Gifted Education Programme Coordinators) for their help and support.

Future Designers Zinefest Winner

Future Designers is a community of up and coming designers at high schools throughout New Zealand.

Victoria University of Wellington puts student's design skills to the test. A panel of esteemed judges award prizes for the best submissions.

Nandana Syamaprased from 9IL was the First Prize winner in the Future Designers Zinefest 2021 Competition held over lockdown. Her creative submission will be celebrated at their end of year exhibition:

The judges commented that they were very impressed with her work, and enjoyed her 'use of collage and the poetic darkness of the narrative'. She was encouraged to keep making creative projects' and that they hope to see more of her work in the future.

Congratulations Nandana!
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Moving Image Artwork from our Visual Arts Students

Students were set an assignment during lockdown to create a moving image artwork. They started by exploring an idea through brainstorming, planning each shot through drawing a storyboard, selecting royalty free background music, taking a range of videos of their subject matter, then editing the final artwork. Students were given the theme Nature as a starting point.

Jonny Gibson is a Year 9 Visual Arts student. Jonny's piece is titled ‘Day at the Beach’:

Caleb McLeod is also a Year 9 Visual Arts student. His piece is titled ‘The Life Cycle of Plants’:

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Get Your Dot (Vaccine) at Eden Park and Help Tāmaki Makaurau reach 90%

Eden Park, the spiritual, cultural, and sporting home of many legends is now the home of #GotYaDot – a unifying campaign to help whanau, hapū, iwi, teams, communities, and families to get a dot and protect their whakapapa.

“We want all those who have yet to get their first or second dot (vaccine) to come along and get dotted at Eden Park on the iconic turf on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November,” says Nick Sautner, Eden Park Chief Executive.

We could fill Eden Park 22 times over with the number of Aucklanders who have had their first dose, which is great progress, but we still have more work to do to make sure we can all play, sing, dance, celebrate and connect together again,” he said.

Eden Park is a core part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s heritage. It’s not only where so many legends have played it’s where Kiwis have cheered on their favourite sports team, experienced cultural events and for those lucky SIX60 fans earlier this year, got to be part of history when the boys were the first ever band to play at Eden Park.

GotYaDot at Eden Park is about uniting our efforts to encourage as many Aucklanders as possible to become legends and get dotted [vaccinated] so we can bring Eden Park to life again. We’ve joined forces with Ngati Whatua Orakei, 2degrees, Vector, NIB New Zealand, Blues Rugby, and Du Val Group along with a collective of Iwi, Kapa Haka and Hauora Maori providers to reach all Aucklanders.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make history by getting a dot [dose] on the turf and then going through the iconic players’ tunnel and into in the team changing room. We’ll also have some fun by announcing names of those who have been dotted on the big screen, in the same way that we celebrate Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu when he scores a winning try.

We want everyone who needs either their first dose or their second to come along to Eden Park between 12pm & 8pm on the 6th & 7th November. Please spread the word, and we’ll have some fun making more legends and history by helping Auckland reach 90%,” said Nick Sautner.

Locations for GotYaDot include:

NORTHSHORE Westlake Boys and Auckland University of Technology

EDEN PARK Ngā Puna o Waiorea and Auckland University

OTARA Kia Aroha College and AUT

MANUREWA Te Kura Kaupapa Māori a rohe o Mangere and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

WEST Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi and UNITECH

For more Information Contact: Bronwynne Howse 0274 583 198

About #GotYaDot
GotYaDot is a collective of Iwi, Kapa Haka, and Hauora Māori providers who have joined with Eden Park, Blues Rugby, NIB New Zealand, 2degrees, Vector, and Du Val Group to help Tāmaki Makaurau reach 90% vaccination:


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