Student Achievements - July 2018

Student Achievements - July 2018

NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVES

A number of students have gained selection and represented New Zealand in various competitions and events around the world:

  • Edward Lau 7G1 represented the New Zealand Under 19 Badminton Team at the Oceania Championships back in February where the team placed second overall.
  • Oliver Collier 4F represented the New Zealand Under 15 Baseball team at the Oceania Championships held at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga.
  • Logan Bow 4E and Riley Cantlon 6C1 represented the New Zealand Mens' Artistic Gymnastics Team at the World Championships in Texas. Cantlon placed second in the Individual Championship whilst Bow placed ninth. In the Teams Event, the New Zealand team placed first. Logan also competed at the Secondary Schools Gymsports Championships, where he competed in disciplines such as the pommel horse, parallel bars, rings and vault, and successfully won the 'All Around' gold medal.
  • Thomas Currie 7H and Jamison Tuigamala-Tutini 7G1 represented the New Zealand Under 18 Lacrosse Team at the Australian State Nationals where the team placed fourth overall.
  • Ruiqi Shi 6C was selected and performed as the Prinicipal Bassoonist for the New Zealand Secondary Students' Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra and will be touring with them to Europe later in the year.

ACADEMIC

Commerce: This year, the School entered a team in the YES business programme and was made up of Form 6 students Daniel Hu 6A, Garrick Chong 6A and Cheng-Yu Lee 6D.

The Young Enterprise Scheme also offers a range of overseas opportunities for students to further enrich and gain valuable experience in entrepreneurship.

Daniel submitted a video application, which culminates in an all-expenses paid four-day trip to Brisbane in August to take part in a business leaders' forum. There he will make site visits to established companies and start-ups, meet with local business leaders and have an opportunity to hear a lecture from a leadership expert at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Science: Bosco Yue 7A is one of nine students nationally who has been selected by the Royal Society Te Apārangi to attend the 2018 Youth ANZAAZ Science Event, an international forum organised by the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, in Melbourne.

Yue also received the government-funded Talented School Student's Travel Award and will have the opportunity to visit the Department of Defence, RMIT and Melbourne University.

Yue is a talented scientist and this opportunity will allow him to build on his experiences as part of the Centre for Talented Youth of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Auckland's Young Scholars programme. His passion for science made his application to the Royal Society stand out from over 150 applicants for the programme.

SPORT

Equestrian: Finley Cranch 5F was selected for the 2018 New Zealand Nations Team to ride at the nations Teams' Championships in Kentucky, USA, at the beginning of July.

Fencing: In a number of recent Fencing competitions, Grammar fencers have shown their skills against the wider Auckland competition.

  • In the Regional Under 17 Sabre competition, Shunxing Shi 6B performed well above his National ranking to win the bronze medal.
  • Captain of Fencing Owain Lloyd Davies 7D has been involved in a number of school and senior competitions. In the senior North Island Open Championship he was sixth, fifth at the Northern Regional Sabre Championship, and in the latest Auckland Secondary Schools Competition he won bronze in the foil category and gold in the Sabre competition.

Chess: The Senior A1 team won the Auckland Central Regional Qualifying Tournament.

Cycling: The Senior A Cycling Team goes from strength to strength in the Auckland Team Time Trial Series including breaking the course record.

Football: The 1st XI have qualified for the quarter-final in the Knock-Out Cup.

Hamilton Boys' High School Exchange: This year's winter exchange with Hamilton Boys' High School saw 17 matches contested resulting in six wins, eight losses and three draws. Premier results included the Senior Badminton, Premier Basketball, Senior Chess, Senior Cycling, and Premier Squash winning their respective competitions, while the Senior A Golf, 1st XI Football and 1st XI Hockey teams experienced losses.

Hockey: The 1st XI Hockey lost the final of the Auckland Competition, but beat King's College to retain the Birchall Shield (competed for annually between the two schools). They continue to perform well in the current Super City competition.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Nationals: 37 students represented the School in the National Secondary School Cross Country competition in Taupo in June.

  • The Form 3 students gave it their all in their first 3km cross country race and gained third in the three-man team event. The team consisted of Edward Chaytor 3H, Benjamin Welch 3F and Luke Blackwood 3C.
  • The junior team performed well and should be proud of their placings with extremely strong competition in the 4km race.
  • The seniors looked strong over their course and ran very well to gain bronze in the three-man category and silver in the six-man race - congratulations to Sam Heyes 5C, Sam Duncan 6E, Austin Carter 6C1, Finn Ward 6C1, Tama Hoare 7A and captain of the Distance Squad, Wynton Richards 7E.

Rugby: The 1st XV are mid-table in the 1A competition after losing to King's College in their traditional fixture.

Snowboarding: At the Auckland Secondary Schools Snowboarding competition, the School finished fifth.

Squash: The Premier Squash Team performed well in the recent Auckland Secondary School Intercollegiate Competition, finishing second.

PERFORMING ARTS

Battle of the Bands: This year's competition was held in late May and the band ItReallyBeLikeThat won the Cameon Wilson Award. Band members included Amua Paratene Te Maioha 5G, Tivoli Levi 5K, Elijah McPherson 6F and Jacom Le'au'anae 6F1.

Drama: George Ferrier 7G was invited to the Juilliard Summer Performing Arts programme in Geneva for a two-week programme at the end of July.

Music: Groups continue to perform with aplomb, with the most recent performances including the Symphony Orchestra, Grammar Voices and Grammarphonics (who both competed well in the Regional Big Sing Competition), and the 2018 Battle of the Bands winners, ItReallyBeLikeThat.

Chamber Music: At the Auckland Regional District round of the National Chamber Music Contest, Daniel Fleming 4A won the Newcomer's award with his group The Royal Dansk Trio which included students from St Cuthbert's College.

Rockquest: Four bands featured Auckland Grammar students in the Regional Finals with Matthew Sansome 7F, a member of a combined schools group placing first. Ethan Broughton 7G1 was a member of the band who won the People's Choice Award.

Ballet: Harry Sills 3I has successfully auditioned for the International Training Programme at the Australian Ballet School where he will attend a four-day intensive programme in May as well as attending classes over the April holidays.

Drama Representative Badges - It was a pleasure to recognise Performing Arts excellence in the area of Drama. 2018 Drama representative badges have been presented to:

  • Sam Miller 5A
  • Oliver Christie 5I
  • Thomas Manson 6C1
  • Conor Sutherland 7B
  • Fraser Nicholas 7E
  • Reuben Wickstead 7E
  • George Ferrier 7G
  • Sam Garton 7G
  • Levi Prentice 7G