Stories from Scots Collegians

Scots Collegians all over the world and within our shores are involved in such a diversity of fields, interests and projects. Many have been in touch to share their story, enjoy catching up with these below.

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Joe Daymond [2009-2013]
Have you heard the one about the Maori Fijian from Wainuiomata playing to sell-out crowds at SkyCity? No? Then read on…. Read more

Ezra Iupeli [1990-1994]
Here’s a little brief on what I’ve been up to since leaving Scots College in 1994 (25 years ago.. yikes!!) Read more

Hanan Laban [2000-2004]
It’s no surprise that Hanan Laban has been drawn to a leadership role in rugby. He grew up in a family with a long association with the sport; and community and political leadership has also been prevalent through the generations. Read more

Ming Thein [1997-1999]
I spent the final three years of my secondary education at Scots College. I’d been accelerated through school in Australia, and found myself in form 5 in Plimmer House at Scots at the age of 10. Read more

Prageeth (PJ) Jayathissa [2002-2006]
Prageeth (PJ) Jayathissa left Scots in 2007 to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Since then his career has taken many twists and turns. Read more

Mike Brown [1991-1995]
After a serious accident in 2012, Mike Brown found himself paralysed from the waist down. His inspiring recovery journey has led Mike to launch life-changing products for those in need. Read more

Dr Gavin Fincher MB.ChB (Otago) FACEM [1982-1984]
Do you know there are 42 causes of chest pain? The chances are you don’t, but it is one of the reasons why people like Gavin Fincher spend six years at Medical School, then one year as an intern, two years as a resident intern, and a further five years training – including three rounds of difficult exams – to complete their fellowship. Read more

Nathan Tse [2009-2013]
Nathan Tse has just one piece of advice for current Scots’ students – work hard and you’ll get opportunities, and he knows what he’s talking about. Nathan’s work ethic is exceptional and although only 25 he already has an impressive list of achievements to his name. Read more


Richard Shirtcliffe [1984 – 1988]
From merino to baby buggies; GPS to beer; and now coffee to chairs. Nobody could describe Richard Shirtcliffe’s career as linear. On leaving Scots College, he studied Law and History but stepped away from that when he realised very early on that he didn’t actually want to be a lawyer. Read more

Locky Buchanan [2021-2016]
As a senior student at Scots [2012 – 2016], Locky Buchanan could usually be found in one of the music rooms in the Creative and Performing Arts Centre with Isaac Hooper, rocking out on the electric guitar. Locky still remembers those sessions as among his favourite memories of Scots: the perfect way to zone out of the challenges of school and teenagehood. Read more

Moala Katoa [2013-2017]
Scots College graduate Moala Katoa never spent much time away from home before beginning his tertiary studies, but in order to achieve his goal of becoming a doctor and making a difference in the lives of Pacific peoples, he says the distance is worth it. Read more

Lewis Clareburt [2008 – 2017]
Lewis Clareburt measures his life in seconds. The 21-year old spends practically every moment in Wellington’s Freyburg Pool. His goal: cut a few more seconds off of his Personal Best and win Aotearoa a medal at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. Read more

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