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.
2021 Group Leaders:
The 2021 Leader of Kapa Haka is J. T. Murray 6H
Murray is a descendant of Ngāti Kuri, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine. He has been a vital member of the Kapa Haka group for his tenure at Auckland Grammar School and has been integral to its success.
Murray is a strong leader who displays great maturity and mana. He has led the team well in the months leading to this year's competition at Polyfest.
He has also been supported by Form 7 leaders W. M. T. Beatty, T. H. T. K. Cleave, N. H. P. Hunt, J. D. Nepia and M. S. Rhind, who have worked well to support and encourage all group members. He prides himself on maintaining high standards with his performance and ensuring discipline in rehearsal.
The 2021 Co-Leader of the Pasifika group is B. F. Peleti-Fuimaono 7H
Peleti will lead the Samoan Group and has group since Form 3. He has represented the group with pride and is well respected by masters involved and his peers.
Peleti is an active member of the Headmaster's cultural committee as well as a member of Grammarvoices and a School Prefect who has embraced the Grammar Way.
He is an honest and respected leader who always puts the team first. He is supported by his fellow Form 7 leaders U. L. Auvele, T. M. E. Caffery, N. S. S. Maka and T. W. M. Tuatagaloa.
Peleti is a talented performer who expresses his passion for song and dance through his culture.
The 2021 Co-leader of the Pasifika Group is F. H. F. U. Saafi 7G
Saafi will lead the Tongan group having shown a strong commitment to excellence and the Grammar Way. He has represented the group with integrity and commitment and is well-respected by masters and his peers. Saafi is also an active member of the Aerospace group and plays rugby for the School.
He is an honest and respected leader who always puts the team first. Saafi has worked alongside his peers A. T. L. Taumoepeau, T. S. Tavalea and L. T. Vatuvei to aid the group's progress.
Saafi has done well to ensure the younger members of the group belong as members of the group and our School.
The Asian Cultural Group started over 18 years ago, initially as a small group that promoted awareness of the diverse cultural backgrounds from students of China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and other East Asian countries. Today the group 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.
Master in Charge: Mr Yeh (email@example.com)
This cultural group performs its own special Korean Extravaganza every year over two evenings in the Centennial Theatre. 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.
The group also takes part in the School's annual Cultural Evening in Term 3.
Master in Charge: Mr Dong (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mr Lee
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.
They also 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.
Master in Charge: Mr Simento (email@example.com)
The Indian Cultural Group has an overarching goal to enhance the knowledge about their rich heritage and also to display elements of the Indian culture to the rest of the school. The group shares an important part in Grammar’s Cultural Activities which includes Cultural Week during Term 1, Grammar’s Cultural Evening in Term 2 and Grammar’s International Food Festival in Term 3.
During Cultural Week the Indian Cultural 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, each term the group has many meetings and shared lunches to make and rekindle friendships, educate each other about their own cultural experiences and also try different foods.
Any student is welcome to join the Indian Cultural Group.
Master in Charge: Mrs Simento (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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