Student Achievements - September 2018

Student Achievements - September 2018


International Olympiad in Informatics: Zhi Yuan Qi 5B has been selected to represent New Zealand in an elite computer programming competition, the International Olympiad in Informatics, which takes place in Tsukuba, Japan in September. 

Chemistry: The two Auckland Grammar School students selected as members of this year's NZ Chemistry Olympiad team recently returned from the Czech Republic and Slovakia following a successful week of competition. The four-man New Zealand team included Steven Ma and Callan Loomes (both of 7A) alongside students from two other schools. Both students achieved bronze medals for their performance in the examinations.

Economics: Auckland Grammar School entered 41 students in the New Zealand Economics Competitionacross both Division 1 and 2 and earned 24 High Distinction (top 5%), 13 Distinction (next 15%) and 4 Credit (next 20%) awards. 

Most notably, Mitchell Palmer 6A placed first in New Zealand in Division 2 (the Year 12 competition). Oliver Goldsmith and Lintao Wang, both of 7A, placed first equal in New Zealand in Division 1. 


Music: At the Auckland Jazz Competition the Combo group who performed on stage most recently earned Platinum, the Big Band - Gold, and individually Ben Lerner 6B for Most Outstanding Soloist.

At the KBB Music Festival:

  • The Big Band earned Gold with a mark of 94%, along with Best Performance of a NZ Work and the Tour Time Award for Jazz Improvisation.
  • The Symphony Orchestra received a Silver award with 81%.
  • Grammar Virtuosi received a Silver award with 81%.
  • The Premier Concert Band received a Silver award with 79%.
  • The Weird and Wonderful 'Symphony Orchestra' received a Silver award with 75%.

Minister's Plate Finals:

Once again the quality of finalists in the Junior and Senior Minister's Plate competitions was high. The winners of the competitions this year were Leo Larsen 4B on piano (junior) and Haochen Zhang 6A on violin (senior).

Debating: Representative Badges were recently awarded to Mitchell Palmer 6A, Sebastian Verryt 6C and Karan Bedekar 7A.

Auckland Impromptu Cup: Grammar entered two teams into the Auckland Impromptu Cup. There were 36 teams from across Auckland involved in the competition.

The Number 1 team of David Zhu and Karan Bedekar (both of 7A) proceeded to the quarter-finals as the fourth ranked team. They won their quarterfinal against the St Cuthbert's College Premier 2 team and proceeded to beat their Premier 1 team in a split decision before facing King's College in the final. They had to argue the moot, "This house believes that alt-right speakers should not be allowed to speak at universities". They successfully defended the right to free speech and won the 2018 Impromptu Cup.

The Premier Advanced Debating team also qualified for the final of the Premier Advanced Grade.


Athletics: Dominic Overend 6D1 has been selected in the New Zealand Team to compete in Buenos Aires at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in October.

To gain selection, athletes had to obtain qualification at the Micronesian Championships in Vanuatu. Overend won the 200m with a personal best time of 21.57 seconds to secure his spot. What makes this even more impressive is he was recovering from surgery in April and has been making steady progress since to climb his way to be ranked 25th in the world in the Under 18 age group for the 200m.

Badminton: The Premier Doubles Team of Yifun Sun 6A and Captain of Badminton Rodger Yang 7A produced a dominant display to win Gold in the Doubles at the Greater Auckland Championships.

Chinese Martial Arts:Nick Ewens 4D recently competed at the 15th annual World Chin Woo Wushu Tournament in Yuyao, China and received two Bronze and three Gold medals at the competition.

Cycling: The final Team Time Trial race of the Auckland School Series took place on Sunday 9 September.

In the Under 14 category Justin Chan 3B, Austin Norwell 3F and Luke Hair 3G were winners of their category.

The Junior A team of Dan Barclay 4C, Jacob Rackham 5A, Tom Waters 5H and Cody Boness 5J were top of the table and completed the course in 22 minutes 17.92 seconds, 44.93 seconds ahead of second place Westlake Boys' High School.

Individually, in the Points Race component of the series:

  • Under 14: Justin Chan 3B was second and Luke Hair 3G was fifth.
  • Under 16: Dan Barclay 4C was first and Tom Waters 5H was third.
  • Under 17: Oliver Simcock Smith 5H was second.
  • Under 19: Christophe Kerby 6E was first and Alexander Williams 7H was fourth.

The Senior A Team of Oliver Simcock Smith 5H, Christophe Kerby 6E, Lachie Dickson 6F, Barnaby Clegg-Shaw 6G, Oliver 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.

Distance Running: The Distance Squad took part in the Auckland Road Race Championships.

  • In the Intermediate division, Sam Heyes 5C finished third overall, Jahko Tohaia 4B was fifth and Cody Dalton 5A was seventh. This secured a Gold medal in the three-man category.
  • Rhys Dawson 5B, Vinay Chichester 4K and Charlie Brownhill-Griggs 4L also crossed the line in good positions shortly afterwards to gain 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 Tama Hoare 7A to win the Bronze medal in the six-man category.

Duathlon: The NZSS Duathlon Championships were at the Pukekohe Raceway. Luke Hair 3G had the best result from Grammar athletes winning the Under 13 boys event by over 2 minutes.

Luke Blackwood 3C was third in the Under 14 boys race in what was a close finish between the top three. Another sound result was produced by Austin Carter 6C1, finishing fifth in the Under 19 boys race.

Weightlifting: A young and enthusiastic squad of weightlifters represented Grammar at the National Secondary School Championships in Albany. Six of the eight lifters were in their first year in the sport.

Charlie King 3O won Silver in the 69kg Under 15 class, while Ashton Greenbury 4H won Silver in the 77kg Under 15 class.

Ben Ewens 4K claimed Silver in the 62kg Under 15 class and overall Bronze in the 62kg division, while Captain of Weightlifting Benet Kumeroa 7F1 won overall Gold in the Over 94kg division.

Kumeroa's 135kg lift for the snatch coupled with his 150kg clean and jerk meant that he also achieved the highest Sinclair score in the country, making him the Best Overall High School lifter.

Grammar's six points in the teams event meant an overall equal third-placed finish.


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

  • Luke Fairbairn 5A - New Zealand Men's Artistic Gymnastics Team
  • Finley Cranch 5F - New Zealand Horse Riding Team
  • Robert Mischewski 5O - New Zealand Under 18 Boys Touch Team
  • Alexander Cassidy 6B - New Zealand Under 18 Mixed Touch Team
  • Jordan Ryan-Kidd 6G - New Zealand Under 17 Cycling Team
  • Boyd Curry 7H - New Zealand Under 20 Football Team
  • Anzac Rissetto 7G1 - New Zealand Under 17 Basketball Team