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  • Headmaster's Message - May 2019

    Dear Parents and Guardians, Welcome to Term 2 and the reflections, hopes and aspirations that will be associated with a unique period in Auckland Grammar School's history. As students and staff we feel privileged to be a part of Auckland Grammar School daily in our 150th year. Over the holiday period it was business as usual...

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Welcome to Term 2 and the reflections, hopes and aspirations that will be associated with a unique period in Auckland Grammar School's history. As students and staff we feel privileged to be a part of Auckland Grammar School daily in our 150th year.

    Over the holiday period it was business as usual for students and staff involved with international tours, domestic competitions and camps, and important occasions on the School calendar including the annual ANZAC Day service and the first 1,000 Miler event since 2013. It is the voluntary involvement and leadership of events like these, by staff members and parent volunteers that help build and maintain a very special school culture.

    As the School was celebrating its first 50 years the editorial in the Term 2 edition of the 1919 Chronicle noted, "Naturally we have profited by the experience of the past; we could in some ways begin at the point to which education had been carried." 

    Some 100 years later Auckland Grammar School is about to turn 150. There is no doubt "the experience of our past" has had a profound impact on the quality of education that is now synonymous with Auckland Grammar School. The benchmark for excellence that we aspire to reach today has been set by those who sat on the hall forms or stood on the periphery of the Great Hall during daily assemblies through time.

    Today, as the guardians of Grammar, it is our turn to retain and build upon the quality of the School's environment, including the tone and culture that we collectively set on a daily basis. Understanding this responsibility ensures that in a very different time to the momentous years in the School's history of 1869, 1919 and 1969, we will provide the highest quality of focused education to the current generation of Grammar boys in 2019, our 150th year.

    The Editorial concludes: "Yes, we have reason to be proud of what the School has achieved; but our strongest feeling is one of modest thankfulness, accompanied by a deep sense of responsibility for the future. We have to live up to our achievements. We have not only to maintain our record, but also to endeavour to carry it to higher flights.

    Such a statement in 1919 is as relevant to us now as it was to the staff and students then. Some things do not need to change. We thoroughly understand the responsibility bestowed upon us in our 150th year and have every intention of retaining the very essence of a meritocratic environment that has benchmarked excellence at its heart.

    I look forward to sharing in the 150th celebrations with parents and students from May 16-24. There will be numerous opportunities over the nine days of celebrations to learn more about our past as some 2000 Old Boys and friends of Auckland Grammar descend on the School to celebrate, reflect and share their experiences with their mates and with us.

    There is no doubt our past will help inform our future.

    Per Angusta Ad Augusta

    Tim O'Connor
    Headmaster

  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Promising to be one of the highlights of the 150th event programme, this year's school production (in conjunction with Epsom Girls Grammar School and St Cuthbert's College) of *The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee* opens tomorrow night (Friday 3 May). Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh...

    Promising to be one of the highlights of the 150th event programme, this year's school production (in conjunction with Epsom Girls Grammar School and St Cuthbert's College) of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens tomorrow night (Friday 3 May).

    Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

    An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, they spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.

    Six spellers enter; one speller leaves triumphant! At least the losers get a juice box!

    The production features current students Form 5 students Q. A. Le Cren, A. Prunila and B. J. Ross , Form 6 students O. R. F. Christie and S. T. Miller and Form 7 students R. J. Boswell, U. T. Filikitonga, O. D. Madsen and T. A. Manson.

    Tickets are now available for the 10-show run, starting on Friday 3 May - click here to purchase.

  • The Janet Boyd Memorial Cup recipient

    This morning in assembly, the Headmaster welcomed onto stage family members of Mrs Janet Boyd who passed away 12 months ago after being seriously ill for a short period of time. Her family have generously donated a cup in her name, the Janet Boyd Memorial Cup, for character and diligence in English as a Second...

    This morning in assembly, the Headmaster welcomed onto stage family members of Mrs Janet Boyd who passed away 12 months ago after being seriously ill for a short period of time.

    Her family have generously donated a cup in her name, the Janet Boyd Memorial Cup, for character and diligence in English as a Second Language.

    Mrs Boyd was a loyal Grammar master providing the School with 10 years’ service. She was passionate about the teaching of English as a Second Language (ESOL), the importance of literacy and the young men in her care. She was an effective specialist teacher with a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics (with 1st Class Honours) having taught both in New Zealand and overseas.

    Mrs Boyd had a sound understanding of Cambridge and NCEA qualifications and had been an NZQA advisor on International Student ESOL programmes, as well as a writer of ESOL materials for the Ministry of Education. She had taught all levels of NCEA English and ESOL predominantly to International Students.

    Mrs Boyd loved the game of Bridge and supported the School's team, as well as playing the game herself with colleagues and friends. She was a keen golfer, reader and follower of theatre.

    Finally, Mrs Boyd was a teacher who approached her role with true professionalism. The cup is for character and diligence, two of the many qualities Mrs Boyd showed in her daily working life towards her colleagues and the young men she taught ESOL to.

    The inaugural award of the Janet Boyd Memorial Cup for character and diligence was made to Form 7 student S. Zhang, who started at the School in 2015, with limited understanding of English and cerebral palsy.

    Despite his daily difficulties, he has impressed his masters and does not let his disabilities distract him from learning. Masters have been impressed by his determined attitude.

    With the additional help of special examination assistance he has developed confidence, displaying intelligence and a sound work ethic that has seen him achieve to his potential.

    He was awarded the Cleghorn Prize for Perseverance through Adversity in 2018 and is currently studying NCEA Level 3.

    Zhang is a young man who has to date demonstrated courage and humility, character and diligence in learning English.

  • Additional 2019 Prefects

    Throughout Term 1, members of the Senior Leadership Team, the Deputy and Associate Headmasters and the Form 7 Dean Mr Frank Haszard have had the opportunity to observe Form 7 students and how they conduct themselves in and outside the classroom. After further discussion, the School is pleased to appoint an additional five students to the...

    Throughout Term 1, members of the Senior Leadership Team, the Deputy and Associate Headmasters and the Form 7 Dean Mr Frank Haszard have had the opportunity to observe Form 7 students and how they conduct themselves in and outside the classroom.

    After further discussion, the School is pleased to appoint an additional five students to the 2019 Prefect team. These young men fully demonstrate leadership potential, initiative, a sense of responsibility and deserve the opportunity to be a 2019 Prefect. 

    Congratulations go to C. Abi Nakad, R. J. Boswell, D. D. T. V. Hawkins, E. M. A. McPherson and M. P. Sonar. The students' 2018 extracurricular activities are also listed below:

    C. Abi Nakad:

    • Contemporary Music
    • Football
    • Rock Band

    R. J. Boswell:

    • Debating Senior Advanced Open 3
    • Lawn Bowls
    • Major Production - Cast
    • Rugby 2A
    • Student Run Production

    D. D. T. V. Hawkins:

    • Interact
    • Rowing Under 18 Senior Eight Squad
    • Rugby 5B

    E. M. A. McPherson:

    • Big Band
    • Jazz Combo
    • Pasifika Group

    M. P. Sonar:

    • Cricket 5th XI
    • Football Senior C6
    • Film Society
    • Indian Cultural
    • Media Group
    • World Vision

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    The five newest Prefects to the 2019 Prefect team - from left to right, C. Abi Nakad, M. P. Sonar, E. M. A. McPherson, D. D. T. V. Hawkins and R. J. Boswell