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  • Headmaster's Message - July 2021

    As the second term of the academic year concludes, I take this opportunity to commend your sons for responding positively to our expectations of them. Their approach to class work, study and then the end of term examinations, as well as their ongoing commitment to extracurricular activities throughout the term,...

    As the second term of the academic year concludes, I take this opportunity to commend your sons for responding positively to our expectations of them. Their approach to class work, study and then the end of term examinations, as well as their ongoing commitment to extracurricular activities throughout the term, has been impressive. 

    The responses from the student body set the tone on a daily basis, and as a result of being part of a positive environment your sons have had the opportunity to focus on the tasks before them, whether that be a class, a sports practice, a fixture, homework, an assessment or study.

    The impact of firstly, understanding the School they are part of and secondly, taking the initiative to contribute, will make an immeasurable difference to their progress and their growth as a young man.

    As families prepare to enjoy the end of Term 2 break, I also want to recognise that there are considerable distractions and ill-informed messages given to young men, that can influence who they are and what they achieve.

    Distractions and ill-informed messages are presented in a variety of forms and can include:

    • Shared content or interactions on social media platforms;
    • Being tempted by seductive advertising to vape;
    • The peer pressure associated with recreational alcohol and drug use; or
    • The outcomes of exhibiting poor judgement when banter turns into provocation.

    Like you, we communicate with young men about how to identify and manage such circumstances.

    We also talk with young men about their personal responsibilities including how to establish and maintain mutually respectful relationships; by how they treat others. The media has recently focused on boys' treatment of girls' as a result of the Christchurch Girls' High School's sexual harassment survey which has presented an alarming summary. This reinforces the importance of our ongoing discussions with them about respect for others. 

    At School our young men receive regular messages about their personal responsibilities (in and outside our gates). The health education programmes at all levels of the School also provide students with facts, advice and strategies to help them make good personal decisions. 

    Our young men do know the standards expected of them as they grow into contributing members of our society.  They can also identify and recognise the values we want to see being displayed through their words and deeds - respect, integrity, courage, humility, excellence, commitment and pride. While these are already well-supported by Grammar families, I encourage you to endorse them once more with your sons over the holidays.

    It ha never been more important for our young men to have a solid foundation that is supported by their families and schools; a foundation that has clear expectations, reduces distractions and reminds them of their personal responsibilities. With a foundation in place they can aspire to excellence, in who they are as young men and consequently, what they canachieve.

    Enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday with family and friends. Per Angusta Ad Augusta.

    Tim O'Connor
    Headmaster

  • Important Notices from the Headmaster - July 2021

    Health Procedures and Requirements

    Health Centre
    Our Health Centre provides a professional service for students during the School day. In the winter months there is typically an increase in communicable illnesses. Our nurses draw this to your attention so that you can be proactive in prevention (or protecting students from these...

    Health Procedures and Requirements

    Health Centre
    Our Health Centre provides a professional service for students during the School day. In the winter months there is typically an increase in communicable illnesses. Our nurses draw this to your attention so that you can be proactive in prevention (or protecting students from these illnesses) as they are easily spread in a communal environment.

    If your son is unwell, we ask you to keep him home so that he may fully recover before returning to School and thereby prevent the spread of infection.
    If he has an important test or assessment, please communicate directly with your son's Dean who will be able to provide you with advice and guidance.

    If you are taking your son to the Doctor, do request a medical certificate to show he was unfit for School.  If he has missed all or part of an NCEA Internal Assessment, he will need to complete an Application for Internal Assessment Extension form and hand this in to the Associate Headmaster - Academic, Dr Etty, within three days of his return to School.

    As our nurses are regularly sending students home who are unwell, they do want to be able to communicate with parents promptly and effectively. They can only do so if we have your correct contact and emergency contact details in our Student Management System. You can view these details via the Parent Portal and provide any updated information via email to enrolment@ags.school.nz.

    Remember if your son is injured or ill (particularly after a weekend), please ensure he is taken to the appropriate medical professional for diagnosis and treatment before returning to School. Prompt attention shortens the recovery process and is strongly recommended.

    Sanitiser
    Students are reminded to use the Zoono hand sanitiser as they enter the School campus each day, with sanitiser dispensers located at entry points to all main buildings. One application per day of this product provides 24 hours of protection, even after washing hands.

    Travelling to and from School
    It remains compulsory for face coverings to be worn on Public Transport under COVID Alert Level 1. Please discuss this with your son and remind him of the importance to have a mask with him, ready for use.

    If you are dropping your son off at School in the morning or picking him up after School, please do not drive onto campus through Gates 1-4. There have been several occasions of serious congestion and blockages around these gates when cars turn in and make entrances and exits unusable. This in turn causes traffic to back up on Mountain Road.

    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 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 requirement to phone the School or to provide a written note on the day of your son's return.

    TaxGift
    If you have paid this year's donation and are interested in donating the tax rebate back to the School, you can do this very simply via TaxGift. Click here to find out how you can donate your School donation tax rebate back to the School by following a few simple steps.

    Donations
    As well as paying the donation, we also know that some families would like to be able to help in new ways. If you are in a position to 'donate the donation' for someone else in our community, you would be helping them and in turn, helping the School.

    You can donate $500, $1,000 or the full $1,425 annual donation into account 12-3011-0156506-00 and name it 'Donate the donation'. We will come back to you with a special thank you and let someone who cannot get there this year know, that the donation on their parent portal account has been paid.

    Financial Statements
    Each month parents should receive a financial statement. You should also receive information from your son about the invoices on the statement. The most common invoices at this stage of the year will be external examination entry fees and winter sports levies.

    Our thanks to parents who have made payments via the Parent Portal or who are communicating with our Finance Department about payments. Should you need assistance, please feel free to contact the Finance Department directly via email at finance@ags.school.nz.

    If you have lost your password please communicate with our Information Services Team via email at parents.helpdesk@ags.school.nz.

    Winter Sports

    Absences
    If your son 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. It is the School's view that if he is not well enough to be at School prior to a fixture, he is not well enough to represent the School in an extracurricular activity and should be taking the time to fully recover. We appreciate your support and ask you to ensure his coach or manager is informed of such an absence.

    Uniform
    Our thanks are extended to all parents for your support in getting students into the correct sporting uniform as the winter sports season started earlier this term.

    It is our expectation that young men will only take the field or court if they are wearing the code's full and correct uniform. All sports uniforms are available from the School Shop.

    Please remember we do not allow young men to have skins or similar clothing visible underneath their sports uniform. The exception to this is if a student has gained permission from the Director of Sports Development. We have also reminded students that it is our expectation that their socks are pulled up on the sports field or court.

    Sideline Support
    It is always good to see strong School and parental support on our sidelines. As young men arrive at School sports fixtures on weekends they are deemed to be under the authority of the School. As such, School rules apply and our expectations of them need to be met or surpassed.

    We have been very proud of those supporting Premier Teams on weekends to date and thank them for the way they represent their School.

    Grammar Jackets
    We remind all students that the only jackets that may be worn to School are the approved School Jacket (available for sale in the School Shop) and the School representative jacket. No student may wear previous versions of the School Jacket such as Lenco jackets and other brands that existed through time.

    Students are permitted to wear jackets around School and in classes in Term 3, however they are not permitted to wear jackets in Science laboratories or Technology workshops for health and safety reasons.

    Should you have questions about School uniform items please contact our Shop Manager, Mrs Carrie Fergusson, via email at c.fergusson@ags.school.nz.

    University and Scholarship Applications and Form 7 Leaver's Record of Achievement
    An email to parents detailing the application process for University and Scholarship Applications and the Leaver's Record of Achievement (formerly called Testimonial) was sent out on Friday 7 May 2021.

    Form 7 students are reminded to complete the online application forms that are available on GrammarNet before the closing date of Friday 9 July, so that staff are able to produce comments, which will form the written summary component of the Leaver's Record of Achievement.

    If your son is applying for university scholarships, university study at local halls of residence, overseas universities or for Private Scholarships, he is reminded to complete the online University and Scholarship Application Intention Form that is available on GrammarNet.

    External Examination Fees (Cambridge and NZQA/NCEA)
    NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 and New Zealand Scholarship are national qualifications awarded by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). AS Level and A-Level are international qualifications awarded by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE).

    It is School policy that all students studying senior qualification courses will enter for examinations via either the Cambridge or NCEA pathway in all their studied subjects. Entry for NZQA New Zealand Scholarship Examinations is optional. Entries will be taken and entrants will be invoiced later in Term 3.

    Invoices will shortly be raised and posted on the Parent Portal. Prior to this occurring, parents will receive an email outlining the Cambridge Examination Fee.

  • 1st XI Football Knockout Cup Quarterfinal

    The 1st XI Football team played Mount Albert Grammar School, at home, in the quarter-finals of the Knockout Cup on Tuesday night.

    The 1st XI began well by creating early opportunities to take an early lead. It took until the 28th minute for the 1st XI to capitalise; from a through...

    The 1st XI Football team played Mount Albert Grammar School, at home, in the quarter-finals of the Knockout Cup on Tuesday night.

    The 1st XI began well by creating early opportunities to take an early lead. It took until the 28th minute for the 1st XI to capitalise; from a through ball by Form 7 student K. E. F. Muller to put Form 6 student S. M. F. Clegg one-on-one with the keeper, which he calmly finished.

    Unfortunately, with 12 minutes remaining, a hand ball in the box gave Mount Albert Grammar School a penalty and the equaliser.

    Admirably, the 1st XI regrouped and fought for the winning goal, which came from an inspiring run by Clegg that was well-supported by Form 7 student R. M. S. Davies, who scored what became the winning goal, with 7 minutes remaining.

    The final score was 2-1 to the 1st XI Football team who will take part in the semi-final of the Knockout Cup in the coming weeks.

  • Auckland Secondary Schools Mountain Biking Series

    Last Sunday, Race two of the Auckland Schools Mountain Biking series was held at Woodhill in wet and blustery conditions. The School was represented by 20 riders amongst a field of 300 competitors.

    Top 10 results included:

    Form 4 student J. A. J. Barclay was first in the Under 15 grade
    Form 4...

    Last Sunday, Race two of the Auckland Schools Mountain Biking series was held at Woodhill in wet and blustery conditions. The School was represented by 20 riders amongst a field of 300 competitors.

    Top 10 results included:

    • Form 4 student J. A. J. Barclay was first in the Under 15 grade
    • Form 4 students Z. F. Wyllie, F. T. Clarkson and W. S. Altoft finished third, seventh and ninth respectively
    • Form 6 student Z. O. Buckley finished sixth and Form 5 student F. A. Malpass was ninth in the Under 17 grade
    • Form 7 student D. F. Barclay finished second and Form 6 students T. D. Hiddleston and F. S. T. Wright were eighth equal in the Under 20 grade

    The Relay Championship was held in the afternoon where teams of three raced as many laps as they could in 60 minutes, with six School teams entered.

    The team of Form 4 students J. A. J. Barclay, H. J. Bolland and Z. F. Wyllie won the Under 16 Male Team trophy, while the team of Form 6 students Z. O. Buckley and F. S. T. Wright, along with Form 7 student D. F. Barclay won the senior race and the Under 20 Male Trophy.