Student Achievements - November 2018

Student Achievements - November 2018


Otago Mathematics Competition: Three students performed extremely well and finished in the top 30 students to earn an Excellence certificate and a monetary prize.  They were Nathan Chen, Andrew Che and Mackinley He, all of 5A. The Top in the Country award was awarded to Luke Bao 5A who earned 100% in the competition.

Spanish Speech Competition: Eddie Zhang 5A won the national NCEA Level 1 competition.


Athletics: Dominic Overend 6D1 represented New Zealand in Buenos Aires at the Youth Olympics where he was the second youngest competitor in the 200m sprint. Despite this inexperience, he ran a personal best time of 21.44 seconds in the second race, after running 21.75 in race one. The two stage event had him finish 11th overall in the world for the 200m.

Basketball: The Premier Basketball team competed exceptionally well at the National Secondary Schools Championships in Palmerston North over the holidays to finish in fifth place. This was a young team with nine new players and five players in Form 3 and Form 4.

Chess: The Senior Chess team placed second at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships, with their captain absent at the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia.

Cycling: In the Auckland School Series, the Senior A Team of Ollie Simcock Smith 5H, Christophe Kerby 6E, Lachie Dickson 6F, Barnaby Clegg-Shaw 6G, Ollie Grave 6I, and Captain of the Senior A team, Alexander Williams 7H, won the Auckland Schools Team Time Trial Series and were winners of the James Faulding Memorial Trophy for fastest time of the Championship Series - 21.20.30, and winners of the Bigwood Trophy winning the Team Time Trial on Finals Day.

The Cycling squad then competed at the 51st New Zealand School National Road Cycling Championships in Christchurch, at the start of the holidays. The Senior A team finished in third place in the Sir Bernard Ferguson Team Time Trial.

In the Road Race event, Ollie Simcock Smith finished in third place in the Under 17 race. In the Points Race Felix Maddison 3G finished in third place overall in the Under 15 race, Jordy Ryan-Kidd 6G was second overall in the Under 17 race and Ollie Grave was crowned the National Champion.

The combination of all of the individual and team performances over the three days meant that Grammar was awarded Best Overall School for the Championship.

Distance Squad:

Cross Country: 19 members of the Distance Squad competed in the Auckland Secondary Schools Cross Country Championship.

The Intermediate team consisting of Jahko Tohaia 4B, Samir Khan 4C, Jack O'Connor 4H, Vinay Chichester 4K, Dominic Woodhouse 4K, Cody Dalton 5A and Sam Heyes 5C were especially successful and achieved first place in both the three-man and the six-man categories.

Road Race:

  • The Distance Squad took part in the Auckland Road Race Championships. In the Intermediate division Sam Heyes finished third overall, Jahko Tohaia was fifth and Cody Dalton was seventh, securing them a Gold medal in the three-man category. 
  • Vinay Chichester Charlie Brownhill-Griggs 4L and Rhys Dawson 5B also crossed the line in good positions shortly afterwards to gain the Grammar team the Bronze medal in the six-man category.
  • Austin Carter 6C1 led the Senior team across the line with Benjamin Hart 6B, Pasindu Mudannayaka 6B, Patrick Hayes 6C, Jack Budge 6D and Prefect Tama Hoare 7A to win the Bronze medal in the six-man category.

Mountain Biking: At the North Island Secondary School Championships, 16 students represented the School with the top placings being in the Under 20 relay race where the Senior team earned Bronze.

Sailing: The 2018 Interdominion Schools Team Sailing Championships was held over four days during the first week of the school holidays. The competition was between the six top teams from both New Zealand and Australia.

The Grammar team had just come from winning the New Zealand Team Racing Championship and they sailed steadily over the four days to be the major contributor of winning points for the New Zealand team. The final score over the seven round robins (210 races) over the four days was a total win of 62.5 points (to New Zealand) and 54.5 points (to Australia).

Westminster School,. Adelaide won the Open Trophy ahead of all other schools, and Auckland Grammar School finished third, followed by Westlake Boys' High School.

Skiing: 12 Grammar skiers competed in the North Island Secondary Schools Skiing Championships. After two days of inclement weather postponed racing, the third day of the competition offered skiers a chance to compete.

Ben Barclay 6F placed first in the Slopestyle competition with 77 points, 31 points ahead of his closest competitor. His result was so strong that Auckland Grammar also placed third equal in the Slopestyle team event, despite the fact that Ben is Grammar's only slopestyle skier.

Barclay was also 'carded' by Snow Sports New Zealand, meaning e was selected into the NZ Freestyle Ski Team. He also represented New Zealand at the Junior World Championship and World Cup events and was chosen as the Flag Bearer at the Winter Games Opening Ceremony.

Gymnastics: Riley Cantlon 6C1 won Gold at the New Zealand Championships for Men's Gymnastics MAG Level 8.  He was also the anchor of the New Zealand team to beat the Australians.

Martial Arts: George Ge 3C recently completed his first Poom/Black Belt Grading at Kumgang Martial Arts and successfully passed his assessment. It takes time, commitment, self-control, perseverance and indomitable spirit over many years to succeed as a Black Belt.


Rockquest: Matt Sansome 7F was a member of a combined schools group (Silvera) that placed third at the National Smokefree Rockquest, the most high profile and long-standing event for secondary school contemporary musicians in the country. Matt's achievement is worthy of much praise considering the hours of practice and skill that went into an outstanding performance.

Form 3 Piano Cup: The Form 3 Piano Cup was established last year by recent leaver Chenxiao Chen '13, who donated the prize money he received from winning the prestigious Ronisch Piano Competition to the School to make this competition possible.

The competition, in its first year, consisted of initial heats followed by a final where each of the finalists prepared a set work, as part of a 10-minute programme. The five finalists then had the opportunity to work with adjudicator Dr Sarah Watkins in the masterclass.  Dr Watkins is one of New Zealand's finest pianists, a former member of the NZ Trio, who has enjoyed an impressive career as a chamber musician, collaborative partner and recording artist, and has performed throughout Asia, Europe and the United States.

The winner of the inaugural Form 3 Piano Cup is Ivan Li 3D. 


A number of students gained selection and recently represented New Zealand in competitions around the world. Our congratulations go to:

  • Saula Mau 7G1 - New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby Team
  • Jacob Brothers 7G1 - New Zealand Under 19 Baseball Team
  • Dominic Overend 6D1 - New Zealand Youth Olympics Team
  • Daniel Gong 5B - New Zealand Chess Olympiad Team