Thomas has been awarded co-Dux alongside Ashley Yang (Marion Bruce) following his outstanding efforts in the 2021 end of year examinations. As expected, Ashley also performed extremely well in her exams.
King’s students and their families will understand that the nature of 2021 necessitated an open minded and flexible approach to teaching and learning, one which makes sense to be carried through to the awarding of co-winners of the school’s top academic prize.
Ashley, an international student who has returned to China, was gracious in allowing Thomas the honour of addressing this year’s academic assembly.
Thomas began by sharing study tips with the current student cohort, explaining that “the reason that you will hear the same advice over and over again, is because it works”.
“Learn to manage your time, attend class, pay attention in those classes, set realistic and achievable goals, make plans about how you will achieve them,” he said. “Ask for help. Keep a balance with co-curriculars: make life interesting for yourself. Start studying earlier than you think you need to: I mean it.”
As Thomas said, if a student listening currently does none of those things, adding one or two in is sure to help. However, a bit of self knowledge will also go a long way.
“But the best advice I can give is to learn how you learn. The systems that work for me may not work for you. It is up to you to experiment with what works,” Thomas said.
Taking up the role of Head of House for Marsden meant that in 2021 Thomas broadened his focus from solely academics – after all, a student only has so many hours in a day. Ultimately though, as his results show, he was able to meet his academic goals.
In his Cambridge examinations Thomas gained:
95 A* in A level Chemistry
89 A in A level Further Mathematics
93 A* in A level History
90 A* in A level Physics
95 A* in A level Thinking skills. (CIE High Achievement Award)
B in AP Latin
He also gained 7 Scholarships and 1 Outstanding Scholarship in the NZQA Scholarship examinations in the following subjects:
Earth and Space Science
In her Cambridge examinations Ashley gained:
81 A in AS Level Computer Science
93 A* in A Level Chemistry
93 A* in A Level Physics
94 A* in A Level Further Maths
95 A* in A Level Chinese (2020)
98 A* in A Level Mathematics (2020)
Congratulations to Thomas and Ashley, each named 2021 co-Dux.