The award is for a young man who has shown personal excellence in every field of endeavour, whether in the classroom, on the sports field, or in cultural activities.
Essential values shown should include honesty, loyalty and integrity as well as strength and determination in tackling challenges.
The recipient should have shown a responsibility to the wider community, showing a combination of individual excellence, commitment to others and pride in being part of a team.
The 2020 recipient is: T.J Watling
Teina is an able academic who earned sound grades in AS English, Mathematics and Chemistry and NCEA Level 2 Te Reo Maori in his sixth form year. He is a self- motivated and independent student who is articulate. He has demonstrated considerable linguistic ability in Te Reo Maori.
It was a considered and independent decision that led to Teina attending Auckland Grammar School as a boarder at Tibbs House from his 3rd Form, when his family live in Palmerston North. He has made sacrifices to be part of the Grammar community through that time. Teina has made the most of the opportunities presented to him to become a contributor at the School and in doing so has exhibited genuine community mindedness.
He has been the leader of this year’s Kapa Haka group and captained the Under 17A Basketball team. He has given back to the School in a multitude of ways including his commitment to the Headmaster’s Cultural Committee and as a student leader in the Tuakana Teina mentoring programme.
Teina has worked effectively with the School and wider community, exhibiting a strong work ethic and a devotion to high standards. In particular he has developed as a leader and his potential was recognised this year through his appointment to the role of Head Boy at Tibbs House and Senior Prefect at the School. In both capacities he has shown strength of character and personal integrity.
Teina Watling is a mature, independent young man who is comfortable in who he is, where he is from, and where he is going. He has acted with responsibility to lead and positively influence others and in doing so, has lived the School’s values.
He has demonstrated personal excellence and commitment to Te Reo Maori and Kapa Haka. As a representative of Auckland Grammar School he has embodied the principles of whakapapa, turangawaewae and whanaungatanga to be a highly regarded Grammar man and the recipient of the Ian Mackinlay Memorial Scholarship.