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  • Important Notices from the Headmaster - April 2019

    *End of Term* The School's Term 1 examinations commence tomorrow and the three-day examination timetable concludes at the end of the day on Monday 8 April. Normal classes will operate from Tuesday 9 April to the end of the day on Friday 12 April. Examination marks will be returned, papers worked through and normal teaching programmes will...

    End of Term
    The School's Term 1 examinations commence tomorrow and the three-day examination timetable concludes at the end of the day on Monday 8 April.

    Normal classes will operate from Tuesday 9 April to the end of the day on Friday 12 April. Examination marks will be returned, papers worked through and normal teaching programmes will continue throughout Week 12 of term.

    Please be aware leave will not be granted for students to finish the term early for travel or holiday reasons. We appreciate your support as we aim to maximise teaching time.

    Teaching Staff
    As the Term concludes we farewell two 25-year masters and I thank them both for their extensive service to the School. Mr Richard Thom was an English teacher serving 31 years and Mr Greg Hollier taught Mathematics, serving 27 years. We wish them both well in retirement.

    Term 1 Reports
    The first formal report of the year will be delivered electronically via the Parent Portal. This report focuses on your son's Term 1 examination results and he will receive an examination mark and an attitude/effort grade for each subject. Please be aware there are no teacher comments on the first set of reports.

    We expect reports will be made available on the Portal at the beginning of the second week of the holidays. You will be advised of the availability of the reports via email.

    Student Attendance - Notification of Absences
    A reminder that if your son is absent, we ask you to immediately complete the Absence Notification e-form that is accessed within the Parent Portal on the day of his absence. This is a legal requirement and is part of our duty of care which we cannot fulfil without your co-operation.

    Parents should log-in and click on the Absence Notification link under "Available e-Forms", which is found within the Notifications section (see below):
    Student Attendance - Notification of Absences
    Parents should be aware that submitting an e-form verifies your son's absence and will generate an automatic response to the email address you have provided us.

    There is no longer a requirement to phone the School or to provide a written note on the day of your son's return.

    We stress again the importance of not disclosing your Parent Portal login and password details to your son.

    Student Office Updates
    Please note that the above system for notifying the School of your son's absence does not apply for exeat requests, where temporary leave is sought for medical appointments.

    Instead your son should still bring a note to the Deputy Headmaster on the front steps of the Main Block after assembly to receive approval to leave the campus for appointments throughout the day.

    When your son provides this note to the Deputy Headmaster, he will be given a permission slip to allow him to leave his lesson at the appropriate time, at which point he must formally sign out at the Student Office before departing.

    Parents should be aware the Student Office will not accept or distribute any items, including lunches, delivered for your son during the School day.

    2018 Cambridge International Examinations Documentation and 2019 May/June Examinations
    Official Cambridge Results Certificates from the November 2018 Examination Series will be distributed to current students (who did Cambridge exams last year) at a Form Period on Wednesday 10 April. Old Boys will have their certificates posted to them.

    Senior students who are re-sitting Cambridge AS examinations in the 2019 May/June series will also receive their Statement of Entry during this Form Period. The Cambridge Examination Timetable for the May/June series has been posted here and on Grammar Net.

    Exams start on Thursday 2 May and finish on Saturday 15 June and students should note that a number of exams have been scheduled by Cambridge on Saturdays.

    Students and parents should also be reminded that, as per the AS Re-sit Application Form, students are not permitted to have Study Leave, as their regular A Level classes will be operating as usual during the exam period.

    Term 2 Parent Interviews
    We begin Parent Interviews in the new term. Interviews take place between 3pm-6pm from Week 2, in the Main Block. We would encourage you to take the opportunity to make appointments online to meet with your son's teachers.

    Interview bookings are made electronically and parents will be sent booking information and explanation of the process two weeks prior to your son's year group interviews. Interview bookings are on a first-in-first-served basis, so we encourage you to act upon the email when you receive it.

    Please be aware that the School day will conclude at 2.30pm on the days of Parent Interviews, as follows:

    • Form 6 and 7 Interviews - Thursday 9 May
    • Form 5 Interviews - Thursday 30 May
    • Form 4 Interviews - Wednesday 12 June
    • Form 3 Interviews - Monday 17 June

    150th Celebrations
    Parents are advised that the School will operate two half days on Friday 17 May and Friday 24 May. Each Friday will commence will morning assembly at 9am and will conclude at 12pm.

    The shortened half days will allow the School to prepare and celebrate key events within the 150th programme. Further details will be communicated to parents and students as Term 2 begins.

    ANZAC Service
    All parents, students, Old Boys and the wider Grammar community are invited to join us for the School's annual ANZAC Service in the Great Hall from 9.30am on Thursday 25 April. Students attending are asked to wear School uniform as a sign of respect.

    Winter Sport
    Trials are underway for the winter sports season. We strongly encourage all young men to play a winter sport and hope that your son has registered for a winter code by now. If he has not done this he should see the Head of Sport, Mr Mackay for more information or go direct to the Master in Charge of the code he wishes to play. He can find this information on our website.

    Please remember that full and correct sporting uniform is required from the start of the season, otherwise young men will not be permitted to play. It is vital therefore that each player has the correct socks, shorts and shirt or jersey.

    We encourage parents to purchase the correct sports uniform before the end of this term, as winter sport starts promptly in Term 2.

    Please note all students must wear the sports uniform introduced in 2015, rather than wearing previous year's uniform items. If you have a son in the Senior School and are unsure whether your son has the correct uniform do check with Ms Carrie Ferguson, Shop Manager.

    The School does not allow young men to have compression clothing visible underneath their sports uniform. We appreciate your support as standards are set in all aspects of School life.

    It is always good to see strong School and parental support on our sidelines. We simply ask that Grammar expectations are met or surpassed and that we only share positive or encouraging comments. We really appreciate our parochial supporters, but we ask that actions, attitudes and comments are supportive of The Grammar Way.

    Absence
    If a young man is away from School the day prior or the day of a sporting fixture for medical or other reasons, he will be ineligible to play for his School team.

    It is the School's view that if a young man is not well enough to be at School prior to a fixture, he is not well enough to represent the School in any extra-curricular activity. Please ensure his coach or manager is informed of such an absence before his game.

    Uniform
    When Term 2 starts on Monday 29 April students are permitted to wear jackets around School and in classes, however they are not permitted to wear jackets in Science laboratories or Technology workshops for health and safety reasons.

    We remind all students that the only jackets hat may be worn to School are:

    • Approved School Jacket (available for sale in School Shop)
    • The School Rep Jacket

    No student may wear previous versions of the School Jacket such as Lenco jackets and other brands that existed through time.

    Students should not wear the School cap from the beginning of Term 2.

    Sandals are only approved for wear in Term 1 and Term 4. All students are expected to wear shoes and socks in Terms 2 and 3, with garters used to ensure their socks are worn to the top of their calf muscles.

  • A message from the Head Prefect - April 2019

    As a busy Term 1 of our 150th year comes to an end and exams draw closer, we have the opportunity to reflect upon these past few weeks. This term started with the announcement of the Prefect team, with each student receiving a unique 150th Prefect badge based on a heritage badge design from yesteryear....

    As a busy Term 1 of our 150th year comes to an end and exams draw closer, we have the opportunity to reflect upon these past few weeks.

    This term started with the announcement of the Prefect team, with each student receiving a unique 150th Prefect badge based on a heritage badge design from yesteryear. The diversity of skills, extracurricular activities and personalities in this group highlights the quality of Prefects we have this year.

    Academically, Grammar has achieved highly this term. With our top scholars being formally acknowledged in the Scholars' assembly, the School earned 3 Top of the World Awards, 11 Top of New Zealand Awards and 11 High Achievement Awards.

    2018 Head Prefect Felix Marcon Swadel was named as a NZQA Premier Scholar - he received Outstanding Scholarships in Calculus, Chemistry and Latin and Scholarships in Geography, Health and Physical Education, Physics and Statistics, as well as a Top Subject Scholarship Award for Top in New Zealand in Latin for the second consecutive year.

    This term Auckland Grammar School also hosted the National Final for the Young Physicists' Tournament, in which Grammar placed second.

    In regards to the School's sporting pursuits, this has also been an eventful term in which Grammar has gained great success. This past week, many Grammar sporting teams travelled around the country for Summer Tournament Week.

    The Grammar Yachting team secured the South of the Bridge title for the second year in a row, the Premiere Disc Ultimate team once again prevailed as national champions, the Senior Baseball team finished third at their national tournament, and in Rowing the Senior Eight crew obtained Bronze in the Under 18 race at the largest school-level sporting event in the southern hemisphere, the prestigious Maadi Cup.

    Among these successes, sadly there has been great loss and hardship this term. The horrific Mosque attacks in Christchurch affected everyone in New Zealand in some way, and challenged us as a school to consider how we would respond.

    We stood together in solidarity and through financial collections and a special assembly, we reflected on how the obscene views and actions of a small minority do not represent the majority of people in New Zealand. During that assembly, students and staff heard from a member of the Muslim Prayer Group, Form 7 student Ibrahim Anees, who spoke with great courage and integrity at such a difficult time.

    Term 1 is the longest and often busiest term of the academic year, even more so with 150th formalities already starting. The first term is especially unusual for the students in Form 3, as the term is about settling in to what is often a radically new environment. It is a time where new students first learn to balance their extensive new opportunities and extracurricular activities, with daily homework and study in preparation for their first set of Grammar exams, with the added pressure of class replacements at the start of the next term. Among the chaos of exams and extracurricular activities, it is also this term when Form 3 students will meet great new friends, and discover new passions and interests, which will seriously start to shape the course of their entire journey through Grammar.

    For returning students, Term 1 is about resettling into the norm and learning the slight differences between form levels. It is about getting to know new teachers, classmates and renewed academic standards, as to get back into the flow of daily Grammar life.

    I wish you all the best for the pending exams and upcoming holidays.

    Miller Hawkesby
    2019 Head Prefect

  • A wrap-up of Summer Tournament Week

    Summer Tournament Week is a highlight on the School's sports calendar, and nine of our Premier teams competed at their respective regional and national tournaments. Please find below a summary of the respective performances. *Baseball* The Senior Baseball team took part in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship during Summer Tournament Week. After a weak performance resulting...

    Summer Tournament Week is a highlight on the School's sports calendar, and nine of our Premier teams competed at their respective regional and national tournaments. Please find below a summary of the respective performances.

    Baseball

    The Senior Baseball team took part in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship during Summer Tournament Week. After a weak performance resulting in two losses on day one to Pakuranga College (0-16) and One Tree Hill College (6-16), the team showed had two convincing wins, 18-4 against One Tree Hill and 11-6 against Pakuranga.

    The team took inspiration from these wins into the third day of the competition, where they played One Tree Hill for a place in the final.

    One Tree Hill took advantage of several fielding errors in the fourth inning, and while the Grammar team kept them in check for the rest of the game, they did not make up the difference at bat and lost the semi-final 7-4, placing third at the National Championships.

    Disc Ultimate

    The Premier Disc Ultimate team competed at the NZ Secondary Schools Championships in Taupo.

    The team gave a fine display of determination and spirit which enabled them to compete with the best.

    In pool play, Grammar defeated Onslow College (12-6), Sancta Maria College (13-4) and Takapuna Grammar School 11-7), but suffered its first loss at the hands of a very physical and athletic Hamilton Boys High School team (6-8). This put the team into a three-way tie with Hamilton and Takapuna at the top of the pool, but on a points count-back, Grammar scraped through by just one point to make it through to the semi-finals.

    On the second day of pool play, the team had a victory over Green Bay High School 13-0, and then met rivals Westlake Boys High School in the semi-final. After a slow start, the team rallied to pull back a four-point deficit, and eventually won 9-8 in an exciting finish on universe point.

    Facing Hutt Valley High School in the final, Grammar began strongly and advanced to an early lead. Maintaining momentum and pressure, the team led comfortably 7-3 at the half, continually shutting out a physical and skillful Hutt Valley side.

    Although the opposition threw everything at the Grammar team, Hutt Valley struggled to convert critical points, and Grammar managed to show both composure and mental toughness to take out the game 11-7, and win the title of National Champions.

    The team must be commended for its fighting spirit and unity of purpose. The players now look forward to the Auckland Indoor Championships in Term 3 and wish to thank coach Mr Buckingham and manager Ms Johnson for their continued efforts and support.

    Congratulations to team members:

    • Form 5 students J. W. Christie, N. C. Ewens, T. M. C. Jacobson, J. Z. Lewis, T. J. R. Shields and H. M. Swinson
    • Form 7 students S. Botting, T. J. McLatchie, D. Patel, O. Sun, Y. Wilson and captain K. J. Easteal.

    Lawn Bowls

    The Premier Lawn Bowls squad took part in the New Zealand Lawn Bowls Secondary Schools Championships.

    After some very strong Triples results early in competition against Mount Albert Grammar School and Taradale High School, the team felt confident that could push up into the next section of play.

    However, after failing against two well performing teams from Reporoa High School and St. Peter's College in the second section, these games had to go to high stakes tie breaks. Unfortunately, after losing both these games and several singles games, Auckland Grammar could not progress into the post section round of the Championship.

    Upon reflection, the Lawn Bowls squad felt they have learned a lot about teamwork from the tournament and are determined to build on these results.

    Mountain Biking

    At the Waiu Trails, the Mountain Biking squad faced hot and dry conditions at the North Island Secondary Schools Championships.

    The Cross Country course on Saturday 30 March was about 6.6 km and included a lot of uphill single track [250m vertical climb] that offered little chance to pass, with some technical down sections.

    • Under 20s: Form 6 student Z. A. Coleman was sixth, just one minute behind third place, Form 7 student D. J. Clark was 12th, Form 7 student N. K. Wright was 17th and Form 7 student J. A. Kearns was 20th
    • Under 17s race- J. B. M. O'Connor was 12th
    • Under 16s race - P. J. Griffiths was 17th
    • Under 15s race - Z. O. Buckley was 11th

    In the Relay race, the Under 20A Team Clark, Coleman and Wright finished fourth, two minutes behind third place in a 90-minute race. The team completed a total of 11 laps, with the Under 20B coming in ninth place.

    The Enduro race on Sunday 31 March was a new event for many of the riders, with few having completed very little enduro riding in the past. This was good experience for all competitors and involved strong competition.

    Results:

    • Under 15s race - Z. O. Buckley was 22nd
    • Under 16s race - P. J. Griffiths was 19th
    • Under 17s race - J. B. M. O'Connor was 21st =
    • Under 20s race - D. J. Clark was 17th, Z. A. Coleman was 18th, J. A. Kearns 23rd and N. K. Wright was 27th

    Rowing

    Last week the Auckland Grammar Rowing squad travelled to Lake Karapiro for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships, the Maadi Cup.

    Over the five day regatta, the squad secured 12 A Finals, a new record for the School. Making an A Final places a crew in the top eight schools nationwide, an impressive feat in a regatta comprising of 131 schools and 2,166 athletes, the largest secondary schools sporting event in the southern hemisphere.

    Of these crews, a further four achieved medal placings. The Under 18 Pair and the Under 17 Four won bronze, while the Under 15 Eight won silver.

    The official Maadi Cup race was held on Saturday 30 March, with over 8,000 spectators gathering on the river banks to watch the Senior Eight race over 2km for the historic cup, which originates from the river racing rivalry between New Zealand and Egyptian soldiers during World War II.

    The Senior Eight crew of B. J. Scott, A. H. Carter, H. B. Marshall, T. S. Lotu-I'iga, M. D. Hiddleston, F. J. Matla, captain T. J. Barrell, stroke D. D. T. V. Hawkins and cox S. O. Tierney performed well out of the start to stay in contact with bigger and more powerful crews.

    After Christchurch Boys' High School and Christ's College broke away from the pack 500m in, the Senior Eight found themselves in fourth position half a length behind North Island champions Hamilton Boys High School.

    Showing great commitment and courage, the Grammar crew settled into a fast rhythm and began chip away at the gap between themselves and the crew from Hamilton. With 500m to go, the crew came within earshot of the chants coming from the large crowd of Grammar supporters and finally drew level with the Hamilton crew.

    After a strong finishing sprint took them clear, the Grammar crew crossed the line in third place behind winners Christchurch Boys' High School and silver medallists Christ's College, becoming the only North Island school to podium. The team were honoured to race in a boat named after Shiela, Lady Graham who was present to watch the race.

    With the season having concluded, the younger members of the squad look forward to returning next season and further honing their skills and speed, while for many of the departing Under 18 rowers, future opportunities in the sport outside school have arisen.

    Barrell and Lotu-I'iga have been named as trialists for the New Zealand Under 18 Junior team racing in Japan, which is an outstanding achievement. Additionally Hawkins, Tierney, Marshall, Matla and Form 6 student F. C. Ross Wallis have all been named as trialists for the North Island Under 18 team, which will race the South Island team over the holidays.

    The overall results from the entire squad were positive and provided a promising outlook for the next few years of Grammar Rowing. All of the crews performed with character and gained valuable experience at the top level that will stand the team in good stead for next season.

    Volleyball

    The Senior Premier Volleyball team travelled to Palmerston North for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships, where the team were seeded 45th going into the tournament.

    Over the first round of pool play the team played Rangitoto College, Hastings Boys High School and Waimea College. In strong competitive matches, the team lost each match and were entered into Division 2.

    In Division 2, the team won matches against Taita College, Mana College and Lincoln High School. They closed the tournament with a placing of 26th, which is a great improvement from their seeding.

    Water Polo

    The Premier Water Polo team began their North Island Secondary Schools campaign with two strong wins against St Patrick's College and Kristin School, before losing 8-11 to Hamilton Boys High School. This meant the team had to face an unbeaten Sacred Heart College in their first cross over match. Despite a strong first half performance the team lost 11-7.

    The run of losses continued as the team lost 12-7 to Tauranga Boys College. In the play-off for fifth and sixth place, the team lost to St Kent's College 6-8.

    To their credit the Grammar team came out firing in the playoff for seventh and eighth, and played some great attacking water polo to beat St Peter's College 10-3 and finish the North Island Secondary Schools Water Polo tournament in seventh place.

    A special mention must go to Form 7 student M. A. Barr (goalie) who had a strong tournament.

    Yachting

    The School's Yachting squad had two teams taking part in the South of the Bridge regatta, and were looking to defend their 2018 title. The Silver team finished a strong second overall in their fleet with the aim of future development.

    With great conditions of 10-15 knots across two days, the Gold fleet team took to the water in the first race of day one against a strong Diocesan School team. In extremely light winds, the team raced a patient race to win comfortably.

    Lack of wind delayed racing for three hours, but the team continued to race strongly, returning to win the next four races. The team did drop their final race to King's College with poor execution and discipline, but their earlier wins put them as overnight leaders.

    Day two saw the team sail clean and kept it simple to win all their races and wrap up the South of the Bridge title for the second consecutive year.

  • South of the Bridge Regatta

    The Auckland Grammar School Yachting squad had two teams competing at the South of the Bridge regatta last Thursday and Friday, as part of Summer Tournament Week. In great conditions of 10-15 knots across the two days, the Silver fleet team, with four wins and two losses out of their six races, finished a strong...

    The Auckland Grammar School Yachting squad had two teams competing at the South of the Bridge regatta last Thursday and Friday, as part of Summer Tournament Week.

    In great conditions of 10-15 knots across the two days, the Silver fleet team, with four wins and two losses out of their six races, finished a strong second overall in their fleet with the aim of future development.

    The Gold fleet team started well on the first day with a comfortable win over a strong Diocesan School team in extremely light winds. Lack of win delayed racing for three hours, but the team continued to race strongly, dropping just one race against King's College, to put them as overnight leaders.

    On day two the team sailed clean and kept it simple to win all their races and wrap up the South of the Bridge title for the second year running.
    Congratulations to both teams, led ably by Captain of Prefect Luke Cashmore
    Congratulations to both teams, led ably by Captain and Prefect Luke Cashmore