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  • Intra-School Sports Competition for Term 4

    The Grammar Intra-School Sports Competition is set up to provide competitive and social sporting fixtures to resume sport in Term 4. As it is an intra-school competition, it can operate at either Alert Level 1 or Alert Level 2.

    Touch Rugby and Volleyball are two of the sports currently on offer,...

    The Grammar Intra-School Sports Competition is set up to provide competitive and social sporting fixtures to resume sport in Term 4. As it is an intra-school competition, it can operate at either Alert Level 1 or Alert Level 2.

    Touch Rugby and Volleyball are two of the sports currently on offer, with other sports likely to join the fold.

    Note - No external guests will be allowed to attend, including parents, coaches, friends or family, if the country is at Alert Level 2.

    Touch Rugby:

    • The competition will run for four weeks starting Week 1 of Term 4.
    • All games will be played on the lower fields
    • Three grades are available - Junior (to play Wednesday afternoons), Senior social (to play Wednesday afternoons), and Senior competitive (to play Monday afternoons)
    • Those interested in participating should click here to enter, and nominate a caption who will be responsible for the team - maximum of 12 players to a team
    • All entries must be received before the end of Term 3
    • Once the team is registered, the captain will be responsible for submitting team roster to Director of Sports Development, Mr Mackay
    • All draws and rosters will be posted on the Rugby noticeboard

    Volleyball:

    Sign-ups are now available for students wishing to play both competitive and social Volleyball.

  • KBB Music Festival - report

    In the week prior to New Zealand going into lockdown, Auckland Grammar School was represented by five groups at the annual KBB Music Festival, held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell.

    The Premier Concert Band presented a programme of two works, David Hamilton's Jekyll and Hyde, featuring Form 6 students...

    In the week prior to New Zealand going into lockdown, Auckland Grammar School was represented by five groups at the annual KBB Music Festival, held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell.

    The Premier Concert Band presented a programme of two works, David Hamilton's Jekyll and Hyde, featuring Form 6 students K. S. Li and S. Park as soloists, and five movements from a suite by the British composer Stephen McNeff, Ghosts.

    In addition to receiving a Gold Award with a mark of 89%, the band also received the Best Performance of a New Zealand award for their performance of Jekyll and Hyde and the judges also noted serious consideration for the Best Performance of an original work for Ghosts.

    The Auckland Grammar Big Band presented a programme of four works; Wayne Shorter's Footprints, Campbell, Connelly and Woods' Try A Little Tenderness, Come By Me by Harry Connick Jr and Eleanor Rigby by Lennon and McCartney. They were awarded a Gold Award with a mark of 86%.

    Grammar Virtuosi presented a programme of three works: the first movement of Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major, with D. L. Fleming, 7A; the first movement of Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No.1; and Summer from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi, with Prefect R. Gan as soloist. Virtuosi received a Silver Award with a mark of 82%, but the judges also noted serious consideration for Outstanding Soloist for Fleming, Best Performance of a Classical work for the Haydn piece, and Best Performance of a Baroque work.

    Symphony Orchestra presented a programme of four works: Morris Dance and Torch Dance from Three Dances from Henry VIII by Edward German; the third movement from Symphony No.3 "Pastorale" by Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mad Cow Farmers' Disease by Chris Adams and Cow Cocky Hits Queen Street by Old Boy Wayne Senior '53.

    This was a difficult programme and unfortunately some slips, slight rushing, and a loss of detail, particularly in lower dynamics, detracted from the overall result and they were awarded a Bronze Award with a mark of 70%. Despite this, the judges did comment on their enjoyment of the programme and congratulated the ensemble for convincingly presenting one of the most unusual performances in the Festival.

    The final group to perform was the Wind Band who performed a programme of three works: Primal by Sean O'Loughlin, the Game of Thrones theme, by Ramin Djawadi, and Groovee! by Richard Saucedo. While their performance wasn't sufficient to receive an award with 54%, they did receive positive feedback from the adjudicators and performed well as a development group.

    Congratulations to all performers involved in the Festival.

  • Auckland Secondary Schools Road Race Championships

    On Tuesday 17 August (just prior to the country going into lockdown), 34 members of the School's Distance Squad took part in the Auckland Road Race Championships at Bruce Pulman Park, Takanini. Despite windy conditions making difficult course conditions, the races were fast and competitive.

    The squad ran tactically and saw...

    On Tuesday 17 August (just prior to the country going into lockdown), 34 members of the School's Distance Squad took part in the Auckland Road Race Championships at Bruce Pulman Park, Takanini. Despite windy conditions making difficult course conditions, the races were fast and competitive.

    The squad ran tactically and saw great results. Form 3 student C. P. Wagener finished third overall in the Junior race. The rest of the Junior team finished in strong times and positions to secure the silver in both the three-man and six-man categories, featuring Wagener alongside fellow Form 3 students H. J. A. Callander, Y. C. Chow, H. A. McLeod and S. C. Randerson and Form 4 student A. V. Wilkins.

    The Intermediate race saw Form 5 student J. E. Mora secure third place overall. The rest of the Intermediate team also ran a strong race with excellent performances and some personal bests from Form 4 student R. W. Fitzpatrick, Form 5 student Q. R. Gardiner-Hall, J. E. M. Park and S. Kurani, and Form 6 student M. L. Gray. This secured them a bronze medal in the three-man category and a silver in the six-man race.

    The Senior race started and finished fast, with Form 6 student E. H. Lee having the spectators vote as the best finish of the day, and medals from the team in the three-man and the six-man category. The medal team consisted of solid placings from Form 6 student O. J. Richards and Form 7 students C. W. R. Buchanan, H. G. M. Crump, S. Khan, H. M. Swinson and J. W. Tohaia.

    Congratulations to all students who took part and a big thanks to Masters in Charge Mr Bidet and Ms Taylor.

  • National Spanish Debating Competition

    The annual National Spanish Debating Competition took place just before the end of Term 2 at Rangitoto College. 16 teams from a number of schools around New Zealand took part and Auckland Grammar School entered two teams each comprising of three Form 7 students.

    The premier team of O. Craddock. D....

    The annual National Spanish Debating Competition took place just before the end of Term 2 at Rangitoto College. 16 teams from a number of schools around New Zealand took part and Auckland Grammar School entered two teams each comprising of three Form 7 students.

    The premier team of O. Craddock. D. L. Fleming and E. Manning won each of their three debates and advanced to the finals against Green Bay High School. The team argued convincingly for the moot: 'New Zealand should open its borders.' They were each awarded with a $100 Prezzy card and the Copa Lamberto (Lamberto Cup).

    All three students crossed stage to receive their certificates and the School's congratulations, and they wish to thank Head of Spanish Ms Michelle McNeil for her guidance and support of the team.