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Our chess players have again outflanked their opposition, this time in Chess Power's national competition. The AIC team is the new national secondary school champion team. 

Congratulations to Rachel Cho for achieving the top score for Year 11 science at the 2013 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). She will receive the University Of New South Wales medal.


Year 11 student, Jessica Ge, who competed in the National Taekwando Championship,  won a gold medal in the Junior Female 15-17 Team category and a silver medal in the Junior 15-17 Pair category.




Year 12 student and golfer Lita Guo, won her first national title after carding a one under par in the final round of the Lawnmaster classic on the Charles Tour in Manuwatu.

Lita, who recently claimed a bronze medal at the Australian Youth Olympics Festival as part of the NZ mixed team, was delighted to win for the first time on the Charles Tour.

“I have had a few runner-up finishes and top fives but it is a great feeling to win,” says Lita.

The NZ Golf website article compares Lita’s playing in the tournament to Lydia Ko who is currently the World No. 1 Amateur.

Congratulations on your win Lita!  

AIC is tremendously proud to announce that three Year 12 students have been presented with University of New South Wales medals for their outstanding achievement in ICAS mathematics exams. 




Congratulations to Huynh Ngoc Phoung Thao who has been selected by the NZ Chemistry Olympiad Trust to be a member of their training group for the 45th Chemistry Olympiad Competition to be held in Moscow in July 2013. 


The Office of Ethnic Affairs is the government’s primary source of information and advice about ethnic diversity. Applications were sought by this Office for Auckland-based ethnic youth to join the Young Leaders and Collaborators Programme. 130 youth applied and ten, including AIC Year 13 student  Fatumata Bah, were chosen. 

ZuoPeng Xiao has won a medal in the Australian Mathematics Competition. 

Young Yang Lu has been selected as one of four  World Vision Ambassadors. Young was invited to attend a special workshop during the term break. From 55 applicants, a group of ten were invited to attend the workshop and from that group the four ambassadors were chosen. 



AIC students once again achieved excellent results in the 2012 China Bridge speech competition in Auckland. 

Two teams represented AIC at the Central Auckland Region Business Plan Presentations of the Young Enterprise Scheme. The business plan explains the business idea, company setup and how the team plans to produce, market and sell their product. It also shows projected costs and expected profits. Using information from the business plan, students then pitch their business idea to a panel of outside judges. 

One of the teams ‘Echo,’ was highly commended for its innovative idea and the judges were extremely complimentary about the marketability of their product. The second team ‘Crossroads’ was awarded first place, and will go on to compete in the national competition later in the year. Congratulations to the both teams for representing AIC so well and to Mr Muir for his hard work in assisting and guiding these teams.

Crossroads : Samuel Shim, Danny Shin, Alex Kim, Chaeri Yoon, Phillip Kim, Jeong In Hwang, Shaun Lim

Echo: Margaret Zhou, Kelsey Lee, Roseanna Cen, Martin Lee, Jace Hong, Andrew Jun, Mona Yang




The AIC chess team came third in the 2011 Australian National Interschool Open Competition (missing out on second place in a nerve-wracking tie-breaker). 

Nicole Tsoi came first in the secondary girls competition and Boyd Siripornpitak came third in secondary boys. These are excellent results and your school is proud of you all. Dr Sesiashivili, HOD Maths and teacher in charge of chess


The Ronisch Secondary Schools Piano Competition, now in its fourth year, took place over the weekend of October 29th and 30th 2011, with the heats on Saturday and finals on Sunday. 

Dr Nora Yao, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland came to present prizes to five students who achieved places in the 5th New Zealand Chinese Essay Competition. The competition is open to students at New Zealand secondary schools and tertiary institutions who are non-native speakers of Chinese. Dr Yao spoke to all students in Mrs Liang’s Year 11 Chinese class congratulating them on studying Chinese and reminding them that speaking English and Chinese means they can communicate with 50% of the world’s population— a useful ability which will stand them in good stead, whatever they choose to do in the future.


The prize winners from AIC were Carlene Kim, Year 11—first prize, Ji Young Kim; Year 13 and Joann Lee Year 12—second prize; Jason Feng, Year 12 and Jia Wen Choo, Year 13—fourth prize.  Congratulations to all prize winners and their teachers.




On Saturday 24th September Chaeri Yoon, a Y11 student, won first place in an English presentation competition held at Auckland University. This event was organised by the Auckland University Korean Political Studies Association (AKPA) and participants had do deliver a presentation on terrorism, nuclear issues, poverty or environmental issues. Chaeri Yoon’s presentation was on poverty. She was awarded $120 prize money and a trophy. Chaeri Yoon has decided to donate the total prize money to UNICEF.


The AIC chess team - Boyd Siripornpitak (team leader), Nicole Lok, Chenghang Li and Jerry Chen played in an Auckland-zone competition at the end of August 2011 and were completely dominant over the opposition, earning a place in the national finals. The four players won six gold medals, one silver and one bronze between them – three members of our team won all of their games in the tournament which is a rare accomplishment. The team will participate in the Chess Power Inter-Schools National Finals on Tuesday 4th October 2011. Good luck!




The 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from the 17th to the 24th of July 2012. Beforehand, the New Zealand team had training camps both in Auckland and on an island off the coast of The Netherlands with the Dutch team. The actual competition was held over 2 days with 3 problems each day. 


Four AIC students attended the annual Auckland Chinese Speech contest on Saturday 14th May.  It was a keen competition with the top Chinese-learning students from Auckland secondary schools and our students achieved remarkably: Ji Young Kim won the 2nd prize. Jiawen Choo won the 1st prize. Joann Lee & Jason Fong won the Premier awards and will represent Auckland at the National Chinese Speech Contest in Wellington.

The Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award is run by Zonta Club of Auckland which is a member of Zonta International, a body whose aim it is to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.  The YWPA Award honours young women in secondary level or pre-university schools, who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organisations.  The winner this year was Fatumata Bah, Year 11, who has been automatically entered in to the International Award selection round.

Jack Zhou has been officially selected for the 2011 New Zealand Team that will be competing at the International Biology Olympiad in Taipei this year. He is one of four students chosen for  the team out of the 19 who made it to the training selection camp that both Jack and Bill Chen attended in the recent holidays. This is the second time Jack has been selected for  the team after competing and representing New Zealand in Korea last year where he received a Bronze award.

Arun Shanmuganathan has been officially selected for the International Mathematical Olympiad team to go to Amsterdam, Netherlands this year. The Netherlands is hosting the 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad from 16 to 24 July 2011. The IMO is the largest and oldest Olympiad for the exact sciences and Holland will be receiving over six hundred talented young mathematicians from across the globe

Angie Guo, Year 13, has won U19 (senior) Girls Singles Champion at the 2010 Secondary Schools National Championships.

2010: Julia Wu, Year 13 was selected as a member of the New Zealand team to participate in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, 14 - 26 August for table tennis.

2010: Soh Yoh Kim and Sharon Yang  were both selected by UNYC to represent New Zealand  for the 2010 Australasian United Nations Youth Conference which was held in Perth, Australia

2010: Selina Wang, was announced Grade Prize winner of the Hong Kong International Students’ Visual Arts Contest cum Exhibition

2010: Thi Nhi Nguyen and Viet Hung Nguyen won Bronze and Gold respectively at the Taekwondo Open championships Nhi won Bronze for black belt and Hung won Gold for red belt.

2010: Scott Zhang represented New Zealand in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Kazakhstan. 

2010: Jack Zhou was selected to represent New Zealand in the International Biology Olympiad (NZIBO) in Korea.

2010 Jack Zhou was selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand to attend the International Science and Engineering Camp in Seoul.

2010:  Kshitij Gupta, came 1st in the Youth category at the ARC Sustainable Environment Awards

2009 – Present: AIC Environmental Concerns club has planted more than 10,000 trees around greater Auckland over the last five years.

2009 - present:  10 students participated in the Habitat for Humanity local build project in south Auckland building houses for families in need.

2009 Shinnosuke Okada and Shubham Sinha won University of Auckland Software Design Challenge for secondary schools.  

2009: Nhi Nguyen won a gold medal at New Zealand Taekwondo Open championships.

2009:  Shawn Zhang represented Auckland with the Auckland Badminton Association.  Won NZ under 17’s Division Inter Association teams finals. 

2009: Scott Zhang won NZ Eton Press and Casio Senior Mathematics competition for secondary schools.

2009: Linda Li NZ representative at The Australasian United Nations Youth Conference

2009: Droan Rishi won the Best Speaker award at Auckland Regional Model United Nations competition.

2009:  Chenxi Tang won 2nd place the New Zealand Young Designers Award for Visual Arts – Photography category

2009:  Taishin Kobayakawa won first prize at the University of Auckland New Zealand secondary school Economics competition.

2009: Taehwan Shin selected by The Royal Society of New Zealand to attend the Harry Messel International Science School.

008: 20 AIC students took part in the Global Village project for Habitat for Humanity building houses for struggling families in Lucene, the Philippines.  The students built two brick houses from foundation to ceiling in one week without machinery or electricity.

2008: Sung Hwan Shin represented New Zealand at Oceania Taekwondo championships

2008: Angie Guo represented New Zealand at World Junior badminton championships, Spain and the Commonwealth Championships, Scotland

2008: Shawn Zhang represented northern NZ in Australasian Under-17 Badminton Championships

2008: Alexander Simmonds was selected to represent New Zealand at The Hague International Model United Nations, Netherlands.

2008: Chris Osborne and Taehwan Shin were selected as NZ Ambassadors for the International Youth Advisory Congress in London.

2008: Victor Li was selected to be a member of the Auckland City Youth Council Executive

2008: Michelle Lee represented New Zealand in the National Chinese Speech competition, held in China.

2008: Alexander Simmonds came second in New Zealand for the Rutherford Essay competition, run by Canterbury University

2008: Alexander Simmonds came first in New Zealand for the Milton Essay competition, run by the friends of the Alexander Turnbull Library. To view Alexander’s essay please click here:

2008: Kathy Lin came first in New Zealand at International Chinese Language Essay Competition

2007: The AIC boys running team won Auckland Quarter Marathon.

2007: Sue Maroroa represented New Zealand in 2007 Oceania Zonal Chess competition

2007: Ilya Chevyrev was chosen to represent New Zealand in the 2007 International Mathematics Olympiad. 

2007: Michelle Lee was selected to represent NZ in the Youth Parliament 

2006: 4 teachers and 19 students raised $8,000 for Project Tabitha in Cambodia where paid for two water wells and 9 houses for the homeless.

2006: Minsa Kang received the highest mark in Auckland for his Grade 8 Solo Piano exam

2006: Min Kyung (Kay) Lee won the Auckland Japanese Speech Competition 

Imogene Scott Awarded the University of Auckland Scholarship to study Medicine at the University of Auckland in 2006

Will Scarrold Represented Auckland at National High Jump Championships 2004

2004-6 Will Scarrold Auckland Secondary School Junior Champion in Rock Climbing

Jack Zhou has been officially selected for the 2011 New Zealand Team that will be competing at the International Biology Olympiad in Taipei this year. He is one of four students who made the team out of 19 who made it to the training selection camp that both Jack and Bill Chen attended in the recent holidays. This is the second time Jack has made the team after competing and representing New Zealand in Korea last year where he received a Bronze award.