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  • 2019 Rope Cup recipient: Head Prefect M. J. Hawkesby

    This award is for the best all-round young man in the school - the young man who has been most outstanding for personality, leadership, strength of character, sense of responsibility in performance of duties, scholarship, co-operation with staff, an athletic prowess and record in school activities. The emphasis is on personal achievement - the best young...

    This award is for the best all-round young man in the school - the young man who has been most outstanding for personality, leadership, strength of character, sense of responsibility in performance of duties, scholarship, co-operation with staff, an athletic prowess and record in school activities.

    The emphasis is on personal achievement - the best young man on the above points. Much of this could be achieved in his final year and the 2019 recipient is Head Prefect M. J. Hawkesby.

    Miller has maintained his academic focus and met his varied commitments to extracurricular activities in what has been an extraordinary final year.

    He has grown and developed academically and performed exceptionally well showing strength in the humanities. His approach to academia has been best defined by his eagerness to perform to his potential and his willingness to grow and develop his subject knowledge.

    Miller has demonstrated great commitment to School life by being actively involved with the rowing squad, including Maadi Cup, In Zone tutoring, Literati and the Heritage Committee. He has met his varied primary obligations even when tested by the additional requests made of him to be present at many of the 150th events and fundraisers.

    Miller's appointment to the position of Head Prefect this year reflected his exceptional leadership qualities along with his humility and genuine interest in others. It also reflected the overwhelming support he received from staff and students. He has excelled in this role and has represented the School, with the pride seen in past Head Prefects, but also in that of a fourth generation Grammar boy.

    He is a loyal, humble and considered young man, who has achieved well, grown comfortable in who he is with a sense of purpose and a strength of character beyond his years. It is through these attributes he has earned the confidence to articulate his thoughts with independence of mind and in doing so represent himself and Auckland Grammar School in exemplary fashion.
    Head Prefect Miller Hawkesby receives the Rope Cup from Act MP and Old Boy David Seymour '97
    Head Prefect Miller Hawkesby receives the Rope Cup from Act MP and Old Boy David Seymour '97

  • 2019 Torch of Tradition recipient: Deputy Head Prefect L. A. Wong

    This award is made to the young man who has been most conspicuous for the following qualities - devotion to the school and its traditions, service and self-sacrifice, general conduct inside and outside the school, character, bearing and manner, sense of responsibility and School spirit. The record over the whole of a young man's school career,...

    This award is made to the young man who has been most conspicuous for the following qualities - devotion to the school and its traditions, service and self-sacrifice, general conduct inside and outside the school, character, bearing and manner, sense of responsibility and School spirit.

    The record over the whole of a young man's school career, or most of it, will have to be considered and the 2019 recipient is Deputy Head Prefect L. A. Wong.

    Liam has had an outstanding career at Auckland Grammar School. He has been a talented all-round student.

    He has combined his natural intellect with self-motivation and curiosity to achieve superb academic grades in AS Sciences, English and Economics and as a Form 6 student earned an A level in Mathematics. His academic achievements earned him membership in the Scholars' group, Proceres Grammatici, this year.

    He has been committed to School life throughout his five years as can be seen by the diversity of activities he has embraced. He has excelled as a member of the Senior Athletics team and Premier Volleyball team and shown considerable ability within the disciplines of Cricket (2nd XI), Football (3rd XI) and Debating (Advanced Open 1).

    It is worthy to note that was a member of Senior 4 x 100m relay team who won gold at the New Zealand Secondary School Athletics Championships in December last year. He is a capable and committed sportsman who shows determination as a team player and leader.

    Liam is this year's Deputy Head Prefect. He has contributed extensively to the tone and culture of the School in this role and as a member of the Headmaster's Environmental Committee.

    He has shown a real sense of responsibility and pride in his School and it is through his actions that he has won the respect of staff and students. He has been a selfless leader who has acted in the best interest of his peers and school. Despite his considerable talents and achievements in and out of the classroom throughout his five years, he has responded with modesty and respect.

    Liam's extensive contributions and achievements, alongside his understanding of tradition and occasion describe a devoted student, one who has also supported the ethos of Auckland Grammar School through his service, character, bearing and manner.
    Deputy Head Prefect Liam Wong receives the Torch of Tradition from Act MP David Seymour '97
    Deputy Head Prefect Liam Wong receives the Torch of Tradition from Act MP David Seymour '97

  • 2019 Dux: A. G. Hornung

    Alexander Hornung began at Auckland Grammar School in 3F and his dedication and determination saw him continue to progress, finishing 2019 in 7A. Alex improvement was from 3F to 4D to 5C and by Form 6 he finished top of the class in 6C. This steady determination to evaluate his performance and improve is impressive...

    Alexander Hornung began at Auckland Grammar School in 3F and his dedication and determination saw him continue to progress, finishing 2019 in 7A.

    Alex improvement was from 3F to 4D to 5C and by Form 6 he finished top of the class in 6C. This steady determination to evaluate his performance and improve is impressive and reminds us that it is not where you start that is important, but how you finish that counts. His 2018 Form 6 end-of-year report shows that he gained marks of 96% for Mathematics and Physics, 92% for Chemistry, 91% for Biology and 80% for English. He backed up this performance in the November 2018 Examination Series at Cambridge AS Level with marks of 95% in Physics, 94% in Mathematics, 93% in Chemistry, 92% in Biology and 83% in English.

    These outstanding results saw him promoted to 7A and Proceres Grammatici, the School's elite group of Form 7 scholars. Alex rose to the challenge and improved his aggregate every term, culminating in Term 3 School Examinations where he was first in class in A Level Chemistry with 98%, first in Biology with 98%, first in Physics with 97% and third equal in Mathematics with 95%, giving him an overall aggregate of 388/400.

    Through academic endeavour he has earned the Eric Astley Prize for Mathematics and Science, the Rabone Prize for Form 7 Science, the O'Sullivan Prize for Biology and the Ben Gould Prize for Chemistry.

    Alex has balanced his academic commitments with social Football, Basketball and Tennis at various times of his tenure.

    He has been noted that he is an exceptional scholar with a superb work ethic. He has maintained a steely determination achieve the highest grades possible in examinations. Alex has heeded teachers feedback throughout his five years and has progressively improved his performance to earn the right to be called an exemplary student in every aspect, and an absolute role model of resilience, focus and dedication for his peers.

    Alex plans to study towards a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. He has noted that he would like to specialise in Chemistry. However, he will continue to review this. His determination to honestly evaluate his performance and improve upon his personal best is a fine example of a growth mindset and in turn what can be achieved.

    With his ability, application, intellectual curiosity and impressive determination to review and lift his performance at every opportunity. He is sure to excel.
    2019 Dux Alex Hornung holds up the B. F. Connell trophy
    2019 Dux Alex Hornung holds up the B. F. Connell trophy

  • 2019 Sportsman of the Year: Prefect O. J. White

    The Sportsman of the Year is awarded to the student who is the highest performing sportsman in a single code and the 2019 recipient is Prefect O. J. White. Ollie White is an able and talented sportsman who has earned national recognition in cricket this year. He has been a member of the 1st XI...

    The Sportsman of the Year is awarded to the student who is the highest performing sportsman in a single code and the 2019 recipient is Prefect O. J. White.

    Ollie White is an able and talented sportsman who has earned national recognition in cricket this year.

    He has been a member of the 1st XI Cricket Team for four years and this year was named Captain of Cricket.

    Ollie played debuted for the 1st XI in Term 4 of his first year at Auckland Grammar. In Form 4, he was capped after playing seven games for the team in Auckland and Inter-School fixtures. This is rare in the School's history, but it was earned and the challenge was readily accepted.

    Ollie has continued the trend of accepting challenges through sport and in 2019 he has had a stellar year. He is the current captain of the 1st XI where he has led from the front as a true all-rounder who has excelled in all three components of the game.

    Ollie has scored five centuries for the 1st XI, with countless other innings where he was the main provider of runs. His best bowling figures for the 1st XI are 7 for 24 and again there were a series of games where he influenced the number of runs conceded whilst other bowlers took the wickets. In the field, Ollie is quick across the ground. His ability to anticipate and react under pressure whilst maintaining a safe pair of hands has been a real asset. It should also be noted in terms of all-round athleticism, Ollie played rugby for the 1st XV at fullback in 2018, thus reinforcing his all-round ability as an athlete.

    In 2019 Ollie was selected for and captained the Northern Districts Under 19 Team, and the New Zealand Maori Secondary Schools team (scoring 117 against the Senior Men's Governor Generals XI). He is also the current New Zealand Under 19 Captain playing games against Australia and Bangladesh.

    There is little doubt that as a schoolboy Ollie is one of the brightest cricketing talents in the country this year. This has also been identified by selectors as he has played games for the Northland Senior Men's Team, Northern Districts A Senior Men's and he was selected as 12th man for the New Zealand A Team.

    Ollie was awarded a Cricket Colour in 2018 and again in 2019 and won the Young Sportsman of the Year award for Cricket in 2019.

    This year Ollie's dedication to the sport has seen him continue to develop as a cricketer. This mindset has enabled him to achieve the highest of standards and experience national and international successes.
    Sportsman of the Year Ollie White receives his medal from guest presenter, Black Caps cricketer Lockie Ferguson '05
    Sportsman of the Year Ollie White receives his medal from guest presenter, Black Caps cricketer Lockie Ferguson '05