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  • Auckland Secondary Schools Skiing Championships

    Last week, Auckland Grammar School was represented by 16 competitors at the Auckland Secondary School Ski Championships held at Snowplanet in Silverdale. There were 111 skiers competing from schools around the Auckland region.

    In the Slope Style event Form 5 student F. R. Rhodes-Macrae performed well to secure third place in...

    Last week, Auckland Grammar School was represented by 16 competitors at the Auckland Secondary School Ski Championships held at Snowplanet in Silverdale. There were 111 skiers competing from schools around the Auckland region.

    In the Slope Style event Form 5 student F. R. Rhodes-Macrae performed well to secure third place in the senior division.

    In the Dual Slalom event, Form 4 student S. N. R. Lyne won the junior division with a respectable combined time of 28.04 seconds after his two runs. He was able to repeat this result with another first place in the Ski Race and was joined on the podium by classmate S. R. Pratt who finished in third place.

    In the Senior competition, Form 5 student G. J. B. Pilkington showed excellent composure to place second in the Dual Slalom with a combined time of 28.04 seconds over his two runs, just 0.28 seconds behind first place and his last race of the day was a photo finish to split the top two skiers.

    With five podiums overall for the day and many others in the team with healthy placings, Auckland Grammar School was awarded the College Sport Auckland Boys' Ski Team Champions for 2021.

    Form 7 student J. J. Dillon-Price crossed stage on Tuesday morning to receive the shield and School's congratulations on behalf of the Skiing team.

  • Grammar vs King's 1st XV fixture - report

    The traditional 1st XV fixture against King's College on Saturday was another classic encounter to match the rivalry of previous years. The game was played at pace with King's looking to attack with width and the 1st XV wanted to use their strong kicking game supported by a direct, hard...

    The traditional 1st XV fixture against King's College on Saturday was another classic encounter to match the rivalry of previous years. The game was played at pace with King's looking to attack with width and the 1st XV wanted to use their strong kicking game supported by a direct, hard running game from their forwards and backs.

    The 1st XV put themselves into an attacking position in the first minute of the match with good interlinking play between forwards and backs. Prefect J. D. Penney scored the first try of the match when he received an excellent inside ball from Form 7 student C. C. J. Gray close to the try line. Captain R. O. Williams converted to take a 7-0 lead. The 1st XV's defensive line then forced King's into an error that saw Form 7 student J. V. H. Naufahu kick the ball ahead and regather to score the second try of the match. Williams converted to take a 14-0 lead after 10 minutes.

    King's replied with sustained pressure using their wide attacking game and scored a converted try in the corner. Not long after, King's were hard on attack again and scored again from a well worked inside pass from their half back to one of their forwards. The 1st XV then defended well and secured an excellent turnover right under their posts to stop the King's attack and leave the score tied up at half-time.

    At the start of the second half, Williams calmly kicked a penalty from 40m to again take the lead 17-14. King's tried again to use their wide attacking plays to stretch the 1st XV's defensive line but it held strong.

    King's scored an excellent counter-attacking try to take the lead for the first time in the match 21-17. With 15 minutes remaining, the 1st XV showed composure to gain vital field position and put their opposition under pressure. Through this, Penney scored his second try of the match when he ran an excellent line off a tip pass from vice-captain G. D. Jackson to score next to the posts. Williams converted and give the team a 3-point lead, 24-21. With 10 minutes of the match remaining, the 1st XV showed commitment and courage on defence to repel wave after wave of attack from King's.

    King's went close to scoring on a number of occasions, but each opportunity was shut down by excellent defensive effort. Excellent leadership at the end of the game saw the 1st XV wind down the clock down and kick the ball out to finish the game.

    The 1st XV's ability to maintain its discipline, remain calm under pressure and never give up became defining points of Saturday's game. Williams' goal kicking performance was also critical and deserves recognition. The final score was 24-21 to Grammar with tries from Penney (with two) and Naufahu, with Williams going four from four with three conversions and a penalty kick.

    The 1st XV has acknowledged the support they received on Saturday, particularly that from the Augusta Army, the haka party and staff who attended the match to support them. Captain R.O. Williams crossed the stage this morning to receive the Cooper-Greenbank Cup and the School's congratulations on behalf of the 1st XV team.

  • Trades and Construction Presentation

    On Tuesday 22 June, students taking NCEAL Level 2 and Level 3 Trades and Construction received some insights into the inner workings of portable power tools by Trade Field Specialist Tamati Mcleod.

    Tamati gave a presentation on Longevity, Safety and Sustainability in which the students learnt about key things to look...

    On Tuesday 22 June, students taking NCEAL Level 2 and Level 3 Trades and Construction received some insights into the inner workings of portable power tools by Trade Field Specialist Tamati Mcleod.

    Tamati gave a presentation on Longevity, Safety and Sustainability in which the students learnt about key things to look out for when selecting and operating a range of portable power tools.

    Over lunch, boys were treated to a barbecue courtesy of the AEG catering trailer and received some hands-on demonstrations and advice on how to get the best out of this equipment.

    The Technology Department would like to thank Tamati and the AEG team for their time and the generous donation of equipment to be used by our Trades and Construction students in their current and future projects.

    Below are the Trades and Constructions students, pictured with Teacher in Charge Mr Wolfkamp (far left), Head of Technology Mr Crook (second from right) and AEG representative Tamati Mcleod (far right).

  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships

    Over the weekend, 24 students travelled to Hawera in Taranaki to represent the School in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships.

    Despite being told by the event organisers that Hawera had seen more sunshine this year than the Bay of Plenty, Saturday was sadly not one of these days:...

    Over the weekend, 24 students travelled to Hawera in Taranaki to represent the School in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships.

    Despite being told by the event organisers that Hawera had seen more sunshine this year than the Bay of Plenty, Saturday was sadly not one of these days: instead, it was the worst weather that this annual competition has seen in a good 10 years. It was cold, windy, and extremely wet, making the course very muddy and challenging as it was quickly churned up by runners, especially by the last race for the seniors.

    The course included a steeple jump at the 1km mark, some tight turns, a short but steep downhill gully, and a nice uphill section that Grammar students used to their advantage. This 'old school' style cross-country route made it one of the toughest, but 'truest', cross country races to be had in long while. The Grammar squad ran superbly in this 'battle of the mud', with all competitors finishing their race strongly.

    All students who participated should be extremely proud of themselves, but in particular those in Form 3. The Junior race saw the most impressive result of the day, with a stand-out performance by C. P. Wagener, who secured first place, and the title of National Year 9 Champion in New Zealand, the first top three placing for an individual from Auckland Grammar School at Nationals for Cross Country for several years.