Auckland Grammar School is fortunate to have a number of different cultural groups at the School, reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the Grammar community.
The young men involved demonstrate pride in their cultural heritage through assembly performances, cultural evenings and local competitions. Cultural groups include Kapa Haka, Pasifika, Sri Lankan, Korean, Asian and Indian.
Today the group, led by Master in Charge Mr Yeh, has grown to a large entity, with over 250 students that are fully involved in 12 different activities throughout the year.
The group welcomes all students who are interested in the Chinese/Asian culture to get involved in activities ranging from traditional performance groups such as the Chinese Diabolo, Lion and Dragon Dance, which contribute to the exciting School Cultural Evenings each year at Auckland Grammar School and also at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School.
There are also groups that allow students to get in touch with modern culture through activities like Chinese Hip Hop and Modern Dance, Japanese Drama, and Anime Club.
For the senior students we provide opportunities to give back to the School through becoming a Tutor and offering free academic assistance in a range of subjects to junior students on a weekly basis.
A joint event in conjunction with Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, the Extravaganza is always a great success, attracting full houses each night. Many hours of work go into the event, both on practices and in creating a fabulous array of costumes and props.
This group began in 2005, when a group of senior Sri Lankan students got together to share their culture and give back to the School for all they had received from Grammar. They offer tutorials for less able students and this has received much support. Being ardent cricket fans, the group holds indoor cricket games at lunchtime in the Gymnasium.
The group, led by Master in Charge Mrs Simento, participate in inter-cultural group sporting events within the School including football, rugby, basketball and an indoor cricket tournament with the Indian Cultural Group.
Each year the members prepare a skit or dance for the Cultural Evening in Term 3, where they take great pride in sharing their culture. A bake sale is held to fundraise for expenses incurred during the year and to support charitable causes. Any student is welcome to become a member of the Sri Lankan Cultural Group.
The Indian Cultural Group’s aim is to enhance the knowledge about their heritage and to display elements of the Indian culture to the rest of the School. The group shares an important part in Grammar’s Cultural Activities, including Cultural Week during Term 1, the annual Cultural Evening in Term 2 and Grammar’s International Food Festival in Term 3.
During Cultural Week, the Group presents information on Indian dance, music, special places of Interest, food and languages. For Cultural Night, the group perform a skit, dance or showcase Indian Music through Classical Instrumental performances and for the International Food Festival members prepare delicious Indian Food for sale along with Other Cultural groups and proceeds of this festival is generously donated to a New Zealand Charity.
Accompanying these main events, the group meets throughout the year for shared lunches and to rekindle friendships, educate each other about their own cultural experiences and also try different foods.
Students of all ethnicities are welcome to join the Indian Cultural Group, also led by Mrs Simento.