Rangi Ruru Student Receives ‘Top Subject Scholarship’ Award

Alyssa Robinson has been presented with the Top Subject Scholarship award for Printmaking, at the Prime Minister’s function at Parliament in Wellington.

Alyssa, who has now finished her education at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, and is currently studying Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, says the award came out of the blue.

“It honestly came as a complete shock, I even had to phone a friend to make sure it was actually me. While I was loss for words at first as it was overwhelming but extremely exciting at the same time, I still slept well that night with all the excitement burnt off throughout that day,” says Alyssa.

New Zealand Scholarship is awarded to the top 3% of students and in Visual Arts, successful students are those who can integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge, skills understanding and ideas.

Rangi Ruru Girls’ School’s Principal, Dr Sandra Hastie, says there’s a diverse student body at Rangi, and each student is supported to achieve the very best she can, both in academic and non-academic areas.

“The Scholarship examinations test high-level critical thinking in addition to specific subject knowledge, and it is important to recognise and reward this combination of attributes. We are proud at Rangi to offer such a wide range of options for our girls whether it be Science, Technology, or Design and Music, and a plethora of sporting codes – to name just a few,” she says.

Alyssa’s printmaking was based on concepts of destruction and repair following the Christchurch Earthquakes. Her energetic, gestural works developed into elegant abstracted compositions.

Last year, Rangi Ruru student, Charlotte Bowman, was awarded top scholar in Printmaking, and Rangi students consistently gain Visual Arts Scholarships.

Leader of Visual Arts at Rangi Ruru, Kate Rivers, says, “Our students are supported to think deeply and independently and make their own decisions. We believe this philosophy has contributed to our students gaining four Top Scholar awards in Visual Arts in recent years.

More than 9300 students entered for the New Zealand scholarship exams last year across 35 subjects. Of those who sat New Zealand Scholarship, 2415 students were awarded one or more scholarships.

NZQA Deputy Chief Executive, Kristine Kilkelly says New Zealand Scholarship is regarded as the most prestigious secondary school award in the country.


Press Release by Ali Jones

Rangi Life