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  • Senior Prefects for 2020

    A massive congratulate the five senior leaders leading the student body for 2020

    On Thursday 23rd January 2020, the 2020 Student Leadership Team was announced in assembly to congratulate the five senior leaders who will represent the student body for 2020.

    The five Head prefects for 2020

    Headmaster Tim O'Connor with Senior Prefect Nathan Chen, Deputy Head Prefect George Miles, Head Prefect Michael Hiddleston, Senior Prefect Teina Watling, Senior Prefect Josh Irwin and Deputy Headmaster Keith Simento

    Head Prefect for 2020: M. J Hiddleston 7D (Middle)

    The 2020 Head Prefect is a young man who has embraced School life, academically and outside the classroom. He has acted with pride in his School and led by example.

    Michael has worked in a positive and proactive manner and has achieved sound academic grades in his Cambridge AS qualification. Michael is sitting A Level Biology, Chemistry, and Economics and English this year. He aims to study law and/or a Bachelor of Commerce in the United States in 2021.

    He has been committed to the wider life of the School throughout his tenure at Grammar. He has rowed for the School, including the U17 Squad before joining the U18 Squad in 2019/2020 who are preparing for this year’s Maadi Cup. He has also been a debater, a member of Interact Group, and a member of the Chronicle committee.

    Masters involved with this young man describe him as an able, amiable, determined and considerate student. His enthusiasm and positive attitude along with his maturity and self-discipline have seen him earn the respect of his peers and staff alike.

    Michael has accepted many and varied opportunities to grow and develop throughout his first four years as a Grammar boy.

    He has sought to lead in a variety of forums including being the 2020 Captain of Rowing. He understands that leading is about giving back and throughout his tenure he has acted with integrity in his studies and extracurricular activities.

     

    Deputy Head Prefect for 2020: G.H Miles 7D (Second Left)

    The 2020 Deputy Head Prefect is a diligent and affable student who has actively engaged with his peers and grown academically through his commitment to his studies.

    George secured sound grades in his AS examinations and has progressed each year from his 3rd form; with one form of proof in his class placements moving from 3J through to 7D. This year he is studying A Level Economics Business Studies, and Physical Education and AS Level English. He is considering studying conjoint Law and Commerce in the US, Otago or Bond University in Australia next year.

    George has embraced School life as a member of the U17 Rowing Squad before joining the U18 Squad in 2019/2020 who are preparing for this year’s Maadi Cup. He has also been involved with the Literati Group and Interact Group.

    George has demonstrated an understanding of The Grammar Way and has led by example, whether involved with sport, academia or supporting Grammar from the side-lines. He is a loyal Grammar man.

    Masters have described George as hardworking, mature and committed. He has learnt to become resilient and his determination has seen him reap the rewards of his efforts and attitude.

    George too is a young man of considerable integrity who is a contributor who has accepted the challenges before him and turned them into opportunities.



    Senior Prefects 2020:

    N.J Chen 7A

    Nathan is a capable academic student who is sitting A Level English, Mathematics, Physics and Economics this year. He aspires to study Economics and applied Maths at an Ivy League university in the United States. He has contributed to School life in an extensive manner and displayed character in his approach to School life. He has been a member of the Asian Cultural Group, Chamber Music, Concert Band, Chronicle Committee, Debating, Duke of Edinburgh, Football, Interact and Tennis.

    J.R Irwin 7E

    Josh is studying A level Maths, Physics and Accounting and AS Level Physical Education this year and aims to pursue studies at the University of Auckland next year. He is an able sportsman who has played integral roles in the 1st XI Hockey and 1st XI Cricket. He was a member of the New Zealand U18 Hockey Squad last year. Josh is a loyal Grammar man who leads by example.

    T.J Watling 7D

    Teina is studying A level Maths and Chemistry, AS Level Physics and Level 3 Te Reo Maori this year. He aims to study a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland next year.

    He is an active and well-rounded student who has been a key member of the Kapa Haka group, involved with the Tuakana Teina programme and played basketball. He is the Head Boy of Tibbs House this year and has represented the School with distinction.

    The five Head prefects for 2020

    Senior prefects from left: Senior prefect Teina Watling, Josh Irwin and Nathan Chen, Deputy Head Prefect George Miles and Head Prefect Michael Hiddleston.

  • Obituary: John Culyer Wigglesworth '42

    *John Culyer Wigglesworth, ’42, B Com, FCA (hon.ret’d), FCIS, F.inst.D, ONZM* Auckland Grammar School lowered its flag to half-mast out of respect at the recent passing of John Wigglesworth ’42.  John was born on 22 March 1928 and died on 28 December 2019 aged 91. John Wigglesworth had a love of family, his profession - accountancy, the arts,...

    John Culyer Wigglesworth, ’42, B Com, FCA (hon.ret’d), FCIS, F.inst.D, ONZM

    Auckland Grammar School lowered its flag to half-mast out of respect at the recent passing of John Wigglesworth ’42.  John was born on 22 March 1928 and died on 28 December 2019 aged 91.

    John Wigglesworth had a love of family, his profession - accountancy, the arts, education, the sport of water skiing, and the community.

    John’s family shifted from Christchurch to Auckland in 1935 and he attended Cornwall Park District School from 1936 to 1941. 

    John attended Auckland Grammar School from 1942 to 1945, earning first place in 3A General, 4A General and tenth in 5A before finishing second in 6 Commercial in 1945.  He was a member of the 1st XI Hockey team in 1944 and 1945 and was also a Prefect in 1945.  Mathematics and English were his strongest subjects and he enjoyed science which had a certain attraction to him. He left Grammar with four subjects towards his accounting degree. John studied part time of an evening at University of Auckland graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and an Accounting qualification at age 21.

    John said that attending Grammar was a memorable time in his life and he had been a passionate Grammar man ever since and that it was a great asset as far as I was concerned.  He tried to give a little bit of it back by serving on the Grammar Board for 22 years.

    He was a member of the Board of Governors from 1967 – 1989 and in 1970 was a foundation member of the Headmaster’s Council.  He was named Auckland Grammar School Old Boy of the Year in 1989 and was a past president and an Honorary Life Member of the Old Boys’ Association.

    John was also a trustee of the Burnett Trust and a member of the Abbott Watson Scholarship Trust Committee. 

    Away from Grammar, John served on the St Cuthbert’s College Board from 1967 to 1984 and the John Wigglesworth Sports Centre was opened at the College in 1983. He was 20 years on the Woolf Fisher Trust and 15 years on the Auckland Gallery Board and Chair of the Mackelvie Trust Board.


    He had been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators since 1978 and was the youngest to be made a Fellow Chartered Accountant having been a partner of the Chartered Accounting firm Porter, Wigglesworth and Grayburn. He was a Director of Shortland Investments Limited.

    He was a Life Member New Zealand Water Ski Association; past president of the World Water Ski Union and he was the first New Zealander on the World Executive and was admitted to the International Water Ski Hall of Fame. He was chairman of the New Zealand Water Ski Foundation. He was also a keen golfer with Royal Auckland.

    A foundation member of the Carbine Club of New Zealand in 1971, was president of the Club 1995-97 and was made a Life Member of the Club in 2019. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Auckland (President 1986-7), the Auckland Club and the Northern Club.

    John was a director on a number of public companies including Montana Group Ltd for 26 years, Montana wines a for 14 years and NZ Newspapers Ltd for 12 years. 

    He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to art, water-skiing and the community.

     

    The Grammar community extends its sympathies to Sondra and the extended Wigglesworth family.

  • 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