Student Achievements - May/June 2018

Student Achievements - May/June 2018


Chemistry Olympiad: Callan Loomes and Steven Ma, both of 7A have been selected for the NZ Chemistry Olympiad team to compete in Prague this year. Taiji Endo is the reserve student.

Debating: Mitchell Palmer 6A and David Zhu 7A were selected for the Auckland Secondary Schools Debating team to attend the National Tournament held in Wellington at the end of May. Isaac Mellis-Glynn 4A was selected as a reserve for the team.

International Informatics Olympiad: Zhi Yuan Qi 5B has been selected to represent New Zealand as part of a team in the computer programming competition in the International Olympiad in Informatics. This competition is in Tsukuba, Japan in September.

Scholarship Examinations: Felix Marcon Swadel 7A was awarded top in Subject in Latin in the NZQA Scholarship Examinations, at the top scholars awards hosted in parliament in the first week of term.


Athletics: At the Greater Auckland Championships, the School won 42 medals including 21 gold and 21 other podium finishes. The relay teams won all relay events in the 4x100m and 4x400m.

Cross Country: The 2018 Champions are Edward Chaytor 3H, Vinay Chichester 4K, Sam Heyes 5C, Wynton Richards 7E and the Senior Champion was Sam Duncan 6E.

Football: James Shapland 5E joined the Wellington Phoenix Football Squad to compete at the One Nation Football Cup in Japan. This is a club based tournament where top club teams are selected to represent their country.

Karate: Isaac Tham 3I represented New Zealand at the 19th Oceania Karate Championships held in Auckland, where he won gold in the Individual Under 14 Male Kumite (fight) event and silver in both the Individual Under 14 Male Kata (Pattern) and in the junior Male team Kumite.

Mountain Biking: At the National Secondary Schools Championships Thomas Harvison 7C1, Oliver Simcock-Smith 5H and Zach Coleman 6H1, who made up the Under 20 Relay team, earned bronze.

New Plymouth Boys' High School Exchange: The first traditional winter sports exchange was against New Plymouth Boys' High School (away). Six sports competed with highlights including wins for the 1st XI Football, Premier Basketball, 1st XV Rugby and Under 15 Rugby teams.

Swimming: At the Champion of Champions, the junior boys won silver in the breaststroke, freestyle and medley relays. The intermediate team won bronze in the breaststroke, silver in the medley and gold in the freestyle. In the open division, the team won gold in the butterfly and silver in the backstroke.

Yachting: The School's Sailing team won the Auckland Cup Teams Racing Regatta and went on to win  the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Team Racing regatta in the holidays. 32 teams competed in the competition with 11 yachts in the gold division with Auckland Grammar School.


Cultural Event: Maika Rhind 4J, Rawiri Wind 4N, Cruze Rawiri 5O, Ngawari Pio 6D1, Takerei Rollo 7C1 and Pukeroa Rollo 7E1, led by Daetona Rawiri 6E1, represented New Zealand at the International Festival of Language and Culture held in Sydney. During the festival the boys performed Kapa Haka at the Sydney Opera House.

School Musical: The company and staff associated with this year's musical Ragtime deserve commendation for the quality of the performances and the quality of the music. Of note were the quality performances by George Ferrier 7G, Rueben Wickstead 7E and Watson Filikitonga 6G1.

Particular thanks are extended to Anna Richardson, and the staff at Epsom Girls Grammar School for their efforts and expertise this year.

Performances: The following performance groups have presented on stage at assembly in Term 1:

  • Pipe Band
  • Grammar Voices
  • Samoan Group
  • Kapa Haka
  • Grammar Virtuosi
  • Big Band
  • Premier Concert Band.

In Term 2 performances have included Grammarphonics and the Symphony Orchestra. The Pipe Band has recently performed at three graduation ceremonies for the University of Auckland.

Competitions: The Big Band and the Jazz Combo competed in the 41st National Youth Jazz Competition with both groups winning Gold awards.  The Combo were also awarded the Best Original Composition and Ben Lerner 6B was named as the Best Saxophonist.

Leadership: The following captains have been named:

  • Badminton - Rodger Yang 7A
  • Big Band - Ben Lerner 6B
  • Debating - David Zhu 7A
  • Football - Ben Deeley 7E
  • Hockey - Lachie Dickson 6F
  • Lacrosse - Thomas Currie 7H
  • Multisports - Dominic Burkhardt 7G1
  • Orienteering - Ben Carrington 7D
  • Rugby - Corey Evans 7G1