Cultural Groups

Cultural Groups

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.

Asian

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 (j.yeh@ags.school.nz)

 

Korean

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 (m.dong@ags.school.nz) and Mr Lee

 

Sri Lankan

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 (k.simento@ags.school.nz)

 

Indian

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 (r.simento@ags.school.nz)

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