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Farewell to three long-serving masters

Three long-serving masters leave as Term 1 2017 concludes. We thank them for their loyal and extensive service to the School, who together have provided Auckland Grammar School with just over 71 years' teaching service, and wish them all well in retirement.

Mr Dint Rice started teaching at Auckland Grammar in 1998 as an Assistant teacher of English. He has continued to be an active member of the English Department for 19 consecutive years.

Mr Rice's academic contributions have been significant. The responsibilities he has accepted throughout his tenure reflect his capability and expertise as a master teacher and included being Master in Charge of English for different cohorts, including Form 6 from 2002, Form 3 from 2006 and more recently, the entire Junior School programme.

Mr Rice has lived the School's values, contributing to the extracurricular life of Auckland Grammar School. Of significance, he has been a member of the Chronicle Editorial team from 2002 and accepted sole responsibility as editor from 2003 to 2014. He has continued to support the production of the School magazine over the last two years.

Mr Rice's skills extend to the theatre where he produced The Crucible in 1998 and Les Miserables in 2005. He also directed four plays and one musical through his tenure including To Kill a Mockingbird and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Mr Rice has also run Theatre Sports at the School and organised the Martin Sullivan and Victor Macky public speaking competitions for 10 years. He has also managed tennis and debating at various stages of his teaching career.

Mr Rice was recognised as an outstanding contributor of the Auckland Grammar School teaching staff in 2007 by being awarded the Headmaster's Council Staff Scholarship.

Mr Dale Johnson began his tenure at Grammar as an Assistant teacher of English in 1993 and has provided the School with 22 years' service. Mr Johnson had leave from the School to teach in Monterey, California from 1998 to 2000.

Mr Johnson is an experienced English and Spanish teacher. In 2003 he accepted additional curriculum responsibilities for Form 4 and Form 7 English. He has been an innovative teacher who was part of the School's Information Technology Committee in the 1990s, and he initiated the Writers' Group in 2004.

Outside of the classroom, Mr Johnson followed his passion for the outdoors having been committed to Grammar's Tramping Club from 1995 until the present day. He was proactive in introducing competitive skiing in 1994, and was Master in Charge for 18 years, winning five North Island Championships in that time.

Mr Johnson also supported baseball at the School by accepting Master in Charge responsibilities for two years. Of considerable extracurricular significance is the integral role he played in the cycling squad over a 14-year period, six of which he was Master in Charge. The team experienced considerable success in this time, having been crowned National champions six times. Alongside his support of competitive cycling, his love of the sport is evident through his active participation in two School cycling tours following the Tour de France.

Mr Johnson's teaching career at Auckland Grammar School can be characterised by his enthusiastic contributions, in and outside the classroom.

Mr Robert Grover started at Grammar in 1980 and is now recognised as a 25-year Grammar master. When he first joined, he was given responsibility for Applied Mathematics, which formed the majority of his teaching with talented senior classes. He has continued to forge positive working relationships with able mathematicians.

Mr Grover accepted additional responsibility in the 1980's for computing, including the management of Old Boy and School databases, Sixth Form Certificate and the Combined Schools' Examination, as well as writing programs for timetabling, and the School's first computer generated reports prior to leaving the School on promotion to King's College as Head of Mathematics and Computing. He also coached successful Mathex teams as well as assisting with soccer and cricket teams.

Mr Grover rejoined the staff in 1997, teaching Mathematics as well as leading Chess. He has continued to drive the sport of Chess in the School, supporting many talented players throughout his teaching career. The School has won numerous Auckland, North Island and New Zealand Secondary School titles. He has also been very supportive of Bridge in the School, encouraging many able young men to take up what he would describe as the most demanding of card games.

Mr Grover has himself represented Auckland at Bridge (Open and Senior) and New Zealand (Senior) in 2015 at the World Championships (d'Orsi Trophy) in Chennai, India and will represent New Zealand again in August in Lyon, France.

Mr Grover is a master teacher in Mathematics, who has provided Auckland Grammar School with 28 years' service. His contributions have been extensive, and his experience in Mathematics has been shared with young men over four decades. Passion and humour has been evident in his teaching and the young men who have been associated with him have an uncanny ability to recite 'Groverisms' with aplomb.

We thank Mr Grover for his thirty years of loyal service to Auckland Grammar School. He is a stalwart of the community who we wish well in retirement.
Retiring masters
From left to right - Mr Robert Grover, Mr Dale Johnson and Mr Dint Rice, who were farewelled at the final assembly for Term 1