Congratulations to Paraparaumu College’s William Lopez-Sanchez who was New Zealand’s top student in Spanish in 2015. William received his award on 4th May at a Parliamentary reception attended by both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education. William’s scholarship award for Spanish was one of 29 scholarship awards won by Paraparaumu College students in 2015. This was by far the best result in Paraparaumu College’s history and the highest number of scholarship awards of any co-educational school in the greater Wellington region in 2015, placing Paraparaumu College third out of all Wellington schools – private, state or integrated, single-sex or co-educational (behind only Wellington College and Wellington Girls’ College.) Scholarships are the most prestigious awards in the New Zealand Qualifications system, awarded to approximately the top 3 percent of Year 13 students in each subject across New Zealand with ‘Outstanding’ awards reserved for approximately the top 0.3 percent of students.
Paraparaumu College’s, 2015 Dux, Josh Lamb, also had a remarkable set of results, gaining six Scholarship awards in Japanese, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics (Outstanding), Calculus and Drama. Four Year 12 students won Scholarship awards. They were Baylee Longstaff (PE), Ozzman Symes-Hull (English), Nico Maguire (Drama) and Maddie Adams (Drama). Remarkably, a fifth Year 12 student, Jared Parker, gained an ‘Outstanding’ Scholarship in Physical Education, placing him in the top handful of students in Year 13 for PE, nationally. Paraparaumu College’s Scholarships were awarded in eleven different subjects but of particular note were the results from Physical Education where a total of eleven scholarships were won, with five of these at the ‘Outstanding’ level.