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2023 Prefects

2023 Prefects

On Friday 27 January, the Headmaster announced the 2023 Prefect cohort, joining the six senior student leaders announced earlier in the week. Head Prefect Q. H. D. Te Tamaki also gave his first speech from the lectern to the full student body.

We congratulate our 2023 Prefects, who are listed below alongside their 2022 extracurricular activities.

Name

Extracurricular Activities

Q. H. D. Te Tamaki - 2023 Head Prefect

Interact Group
Kapa Haka Group
Rugby 1st XV
Tuakana-Teina Mentoring

J. A. Mora - 2023 Deputy Head Prefect

Athletics Senior Team
Distance Squad
Interact Group

A. K. Baker - 2023 Senior Prefect

Chronicle Committee
Duke of Edinburgh - Gold Programme
Interact Group
Literati
Model United Nations

P. H. J. Morunga - 2023 Senior Prefect

Rugby 1st XV
Water Polo

M. E. Parkinson - 2023 Senior Prefect

1st XV Rugby
Athletics Intermediate Team
Interact Group
Premier Touch Rugby

R. G. H. Reidy - 2023 Senior Prefect

Debating Senior Open Team
Interact Group
Literati
Rugby 1st XV

H. C. Aspinall - 2023 Prefect Cricket 2nd XI Gold
Golf Premier Team 1
Hockey 1st XI
S. Bangalore - 2023 Prefect Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Indian Cultural Group
Media Group
J. A. Barker - 2023 Prefect Cricket 1st XI
Interact Group
L. M. Bonetti - 2023 Prefect Cricket Senior Blue
Interact Group
Rugby 2B
Volleyball Premier Team
J. B. Brown - 2023 Prefect Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
International Student Buddy Programme
Big Band
Tennis Senior A3
H. Chao - 2023 Prefect Interact Group
Rowing Under 17 Squad
N. J. Clarke - 2023 Prefect Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
Hockey 2nd XI
Interact Group
L. M. Cooke - 2023 Prefect Football 1st XI
Football 2nd XI
Interact Group
I. D. de Wilde - 2023 Prefect Debating Senior Open 3
Football Senior C1
Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
Hockey 2nd XI
Interact Group
T. J. Fleming - 2023 Prefect Cricket Senior Blue
Disc Ultimate Premier 1
Q. R. Gardiner-Hall - 2023 Prefect Athletics Intermediate Team
Cycling Senior
Distance Squad
Interact Group
Literati
Multisport Duathlon
Orienteering
L. Z. L. Green - 2023 Prefect Disc Ultimate Premier 1
Football Senior C1
Interact Group
O. J. Gunson - 2023 Prefect Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Football Senior C1
Library Monitors
Orienteering
O. Gupta - 2023 Prefect Indian Cultural Group
Interact Group
Table Tennis A Grade
L. F. J. Houtman - 2023 Prefect Debating Senior Open 2
Football Senior C3
Interact Group
R. J. Kensington - 2023 Prefect Football Senior C3
Interact Group
Yachting Teams Racing
Y. R. Khushal - 2023 Prefect Hockey 1st XI
J. K. D. Kumar - 2023 Prefect Chronicle Committee
Debating Premier Advanced 2
Debating Regionals B Team
Debating Seasonals B Team
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Football Senior C1
Interact Group
Library Monitors
MUNA
Orienteering
Tennis Senior B4
D. Y. E. Lai - 2023 Prefect Distance Squad
Duke of Edinburgh Gold
Library Monitors
G. W. Q. Lavelua - 2023 Prefect Amnesty International Committee
Badminton C Grade Team D
Badminton B Grade Team 2
Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
Sustainability Group
Tuakana-Teina
L. J. D. Lepionka - 2023 Prefect Rugby 1st XV
Touch Rugby Premier
A. D. Lipscombe - 2023 Prefect Weightlifting
F. A. Malpass - 2023 Prefect Cycling Senior
Interact Group
Mountain Biking
S. T. Manning - 2023 Prefect Basketball Under 17A
Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
Interact Group
Volleyball Senior Blue
R. J. McElwee - 2023 Prefect Cricket 2nd XI Blue
Distance Squad
Interact Group
Rugby 5A
Ski Team
H. J. McPherson - 2023 Prefect Debating Senior Open 2
Distance Squad
Interact Group
Rugby 4B
E. J. Moy - 2023 Prefect Football Senior C1
Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
Interact Group
Tennis Senior A2
R. D. Owen - 2023 Prefect

Cycling Senior
Interact Group
Rowing Under 17 Squad

K. R. O. Phillip - 2023 Prefect Rugby 2A
Touch Rugby Premier
D. Ren - 2023 Prefect Asian Cultural Group Chinese Band
Asian Cultural Group Lion and Dragon Dance
Amnesty International Committee
Chess Senior Open
Chronicle Committee
Interact Group
Literati
Tennis Senior B4
K. E. Rogers - 2023 Prefect Big Band
Concert Band
Tuakana-Teina
T. J. Sawyer - 2023 Prefect Concert Band
Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
Symphony Orchestra
H. A. Scott - 2023 Prefect Cricket 2nd XI Gold
Interact Group
Rugby 5A
Z. Song - 2023 Prefect Asian Cultural Group Chinese Choir
Asian Cultural Tutoring
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Football Senior C5
Interact Group
International Student Buddy Programme
MUNA
Table Tennis D Grade
S. Tong - 2023 Prefect

Asian Cultural Tutoring
Debating Premier Advanced 2
Debating Seasonals C Team
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Football 3rd XI
Football Senior C
Interact Group
International Student Buddy Programme
Media Group
MUNA
World Vision

A. J. Tuatagaloa - 2023 Prefect Grammar Voices
Interact Group
Samoan Cultural Group
Tuakana-Teina
M. W. Tyler - 2023 Prefect Football Senior C3
Interact Group
International Student Buddy Programme
MUNA
Spanish Debating
Sustainability Group
Volleyball Premier Team
L. J. Williams - 2023 Prefect Cycling Senior
Football Senior C3
Interact Group
D. J. Wilson - 2023 Prefect

Debating Premier Advanced 2
Debating Seasonals C Team
Disc Ultimate Premier
Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Interact Group
Media Group
Squash Grammar Team 8

O. Wu - 2023 Prefect Badminton Premier 1
Interact Group

2023 Senior Student Leaders

The 2023 Senior Student Leaders

Pictured are our 2023 senior student leaders. Back row from left: A. K. Baker, R. G. H. Reidy, P. H. J. Morunga and M. E. Parkinson. Front row: Deputy Head Prefect J. A. Mora and Head Prefect Q. H. D. Te Tamaki.

On Wednesday 25 January in the first full School assembly for the year, the Headmaster announced the student leaders who will lead the student body for the 2023 academic year.

The Head Prefect for 2023 is Q. H. D. Te Tamaki 7C

The 2023 Head Prefect is a young man who has made the most of the opportunities presented to him and has embraced School life, academically and outside the classroom. 

Quinlan has worked in a positive and proactive manner to achieve exemplary academic grades in AS Physical Education, Physics, Maths and Chemistry in 2022. Quinlan is sitting A Level Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics alongside AS Business Studies this year.

He has been committed to the wider life of the School throughout his tenure at Grammar, including playing as a member of the 1st XV Rugby team in 2022. He has also been a member of the Interact group, Kapa Haka and was involved with the Tuakana-Teina mentoring programme.

Masters involved with this young man describe him as self-disciplined, resilient, determined and engaging. His enthusiasm and positivity along with his maturity and self-discipline have seen him earn the respect of his peers and staff alike. 

Quinlan has acted with integrity in all aspects of School life. He has lived the School’s values, showing respect, humility and courage in his actions and general demeanour to progress his education and help define who he is.

The Deputy Head Prefect for 2022 is J. A. Mora 7E

The 2023 Deputy Head Prefect is a diligent student who has been committed to his studies and extracurricular activities throughout his tenure.

Jamie secured sound grades in his AS examinations in 2022 and this year is studying A Level Business Studies, English and Geography, alongside AS Economics. 

Jamie has been actively involved in School life as a member of the Senior Athletics team, the Distance Squad and the Schools Interact Group. He earned Colours for Athletics last year and was awarded the Hugh Poland Award, the Greville Cup, the Donald Lane Cup, the Maxwell Cronin Cup and the Wilson Cup for Athletics and Distance Running in 2022.

Jamie was also the National Senior Road Race Champion with a very impressive performance of 18:12 at the end of last year.

Masters have described Jamie as responsible, capable, mature and determined. He is a contributor with a positive and enthusiastic attitude. 

Jamie is a focused and capable young man who has lived The Grammar Way, leading by example, while being comfortable in who he is.

There are four Senior Prefects who will assist the Head and Deputy Head Prefect for 2023:

A. K. Baker 7A

Angus is a capable academic student who achieved exemplary grades in AS English, Economics, History, French and A Level Maths last year, and this year his subjects are studying A Level Economics, History, French and English. In 2022, he earned the Eric Hooton prize, Certificate in History and the P. J. Anderson Prize for Form 6 History.

He has contributed to School life in an extensive manner and displayed character in his approach. He has been involved with the Chronicle Committee, earned Duke of Edinburgh Gold, the Interact Group, Literati and the Model United Nations Assembly. He is the also the 2023 Head Boy of Tibbs House.

P. H. J. Morunga 7C1

Preston achieved sound academic grades in NCEA Level 2 last year. He is studying Accounting, English, Economics, Mathematics and Te Reo Maori at NCEA Level 3 this year. In 2022 he was second in class and earned certificates in Accounting and English.

He was a member of the 1st XV Rugby team in 2022 and was also involved with Water Polo.

M. E. Parkinson 7C1

Monty earned sound academic grades in NCEA Level 2 last year. This year he is studying NCEA Level 3 Business Studies, Economics, English, Geography and Physical Education.

In 2022, he earned a certificate in Business Studies and Physical Education and the Josh Hartner Memorial Award for character, effort and leadership potential.

He is an active and well-rounded student who has been a member of the Athletics Intermediate team, the Interact Group, the 1st XV Rugby and Premier Touch teams. He is also the Deputy Head Boy of Tibbs House.

R. G. H. Reidy 7D

Robson achieved sound academic grades in AS Digital Media and Design, English, French, Geography and History in 2022. This year he is studying A Level English, History, Digital Art Photography and AS Economics.

He has been a member of the Senior Open Debating team, the Interact Group, Literati and the 1st XV Rugby team.

Inaugural Rangitahi Cricket Festival

Cricket Colts

The inaugural Rangitahi Cricket Festival will be held on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January, with the inaugural Pasifika and Māori Schoolboys teams playing three T20 matches in what is designed to be a celebration of culture and cricket.

Auckland Grammar School is delighted to congratulate the four students who have made the New Zealand Pasifika Schoolboys XI team: Form 4 student J. S. McNaughton, Form 5 students K. D. Cossill and N. G. McNaughton and Form 6 student O. M. Su’a.

The team will take on the New Zealand Māori Schoolboys team on Tuesday 24 January at the Shore Road Domain from 2:30pm, before two further games on Wednesday January 25 at the Shore Road Domain at 10:30am and at the Ōrākei Domain at 2:30pm.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships

New Zealand Secondary Schools Track, Field and Road Race Championships

After the end of Term 4, 28 athletes represented Auckland Grammar School at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics and Road Race Championships in Inglewood from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 December. Most of the team were young and competing for the first time at nationals, but the team displayed great enthusiasm and resilience and consequently achieved some impressive results.

In the Junior competition, Form 4 student C. P. Wagener finished third in the 3000m in 8:39.47, followed closely by Form 5 student A. V. Wilkins in fourth place. Form 3 student L. C. R. Thomson qualified for the semi-finals of the 100m event, and fellow classmate M. K. Jacobs impressed with eighth place in the Shot Put with a throw of 11.37m.

Form 4 student C. G. Howlett was sixth in both the 400m and the 300m hurdles. The final highlight of the junior competition were the relays, where Howlett and Thomson alongside Form 3 student M. M. Browne and Form 4 student S. C Paris secured bronze in the 4x100m. Howlett then combined with Wagener, Wilkins and Form 4 student S. C. Randerson to win gold in the 4x400m relay.

In the senior grade, first-year senior J. A. Thomson ran a strong 100m and 200m, both of which led him into the semi-finals. Even though he ran the eighth fastest time, he missed the 100m finals due to being in a fast heat. Other qualifications for semi-finals included Form 5 student R. W. Fitzpatrick and Form 6 student J. E. M. Park in the 800m, while Form 6 student Q. R. Gardiner-Hall was fifth in the racewalk.

In the road races on Sunday, the School was represented by eight competitors in the Year 9 category who performed well, with Form 3 students M. J. K. Capamagian , X. R. Clark, T. C. L. MacDonald, A. A. McPherson, J. A. Smith and M. E. Wilkins combining to win bronze in the six-man team.

In the Junior race, C. P. Wagener and A. V. Wilkins contested a sprint finish to decide silver and bronze, with Wilkins just edging his team-mate by two seconds in a time of 12:20. Form 4 student K. J. Moyle also finished strongly and these three claimed the three-man team gold.

In the Senior 6km race, Form 6 student J. A. Mora was in control from start to finish. Consequently, he became the National Senior Road Race Champion with an impressive performance of 18:12, which, once confirmed, will set the new Under 18 Men’s National record.

The B. F. Connell Prize for Dux: R. Sidhu

2022 Dux, Ryaan Sidhu

The B.F. Connell Prize for Dux of the School is awarded to Ryaan Sidhu. Ryaan has maintained a place in the top four students in the A stream throughout his time at Auckland Grammar School.

His academic abilities are exceptional. In Form 6, he scored 95% in AS Biology, 96% in AS English, 97% – and Top in New Zealand – in AS Chemistry, 98% in AS Physics and 98% in A Level Mathematics. Moreover, he won the Association of Cambridge Schools award for Best Across Four AS Subjects in 2021.

Ryaan also achieved Outstanding Scholarships in Scholarship Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics, as well as Scholarships in Biology, Geography, Health and Physical Education and History. He was one of 12 students nationally to receive a Premier Scholars’ award. Ryaan was also top of the 2021 University Entrance Honours’ Board.

This year Ryaan has placed first in class in all of his subjects over the course of the year. In his final set of examinations, he scored 95% in A Level Biology, 96% in Chemistry, 98% in Physics and 98% in Scholarship Mathematics, giving him an overall aggregate for the year of 386 out of 400.

He has previously earned the Dr F. Wilson Lang Memorial Prize for Mathematics, the Delamare Prize for Biology, and the W. M. Jones Memorial Cup for Form 6 Mathematics. In 2022, he won the Ben Gould Prize for Chemistry, the Eric Astley Prize (Science and Mathematics) for First Place in Class, the O’Sullivan Prize for Biology, and the Rabone Prize for Form 7 Science.

Ryaan has actively engaged with extracurricular activities. He represented New Zealand at the International Young Naturalists’ Tournament in Minsk, Belarus in 2019. In 2022, he was selected for the training camps for both Biology and Chemistry Olympiad teams. He was selected in the New Zealand team that won Bronze at the International Chemistry Olympiad.

Ryaan has also been involved with World Vision, Asian Cultural Tutoring, Amnesty International, he has been a Mathex Mentor, played Chess, and been a member of the Interact and Programming Groups. He has also been a School Prefect in 2022.

Ryaan is a superb academic, being diligent, motivated, and passionate about his studies. He embodies the School’s values in a remarkable way, always maintaining a sense of good humour and humility.

The 2022 Sportsman of the Year: E. W. Pawson

Sportsman of the Year - Edward Pawson

The Sportsman of the Year is awarded to the student who is the highest performing sportsman in a single code, and the 2021 recipient is E. W. Pawson.

Edward Pawson has demonstrated sporting prowess and earned national recognition in Road and Track Cycling this year.

As captain of Cycling, Edward led the Senior A team to dominate all races in the Auckland Secondary Schools Team Trial series and individually, was second in the Under 20 Points Race.

At the North Island Secondary Schools Road Championships, he led the Senior A Team to first place in the Team Time Trial, before winning the Under 20 Road Race and Under 20 Criterium.

At the Northern Tour, he was third in the Under 20 Boys Individual Time Trial, first in the Under 20 Boys Criterium, first in the Under 20 Boys Criterium Sprint Race and first in the Under 20 Boys General Classification.

At the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships, Edward captained the Senior A team as they won the Sir Bernard Fergusson trophy, while individually earning third place in both the Under 20 Road Race and the Under 20 Points race. At the North Island School Track Championships, he won the Under 20 Team Pursuit and Keirin. He finished second in the Under 20 Team Sprint, the 7500m Tempo Race and the Track Omnium, and was third in the 5000m Scratch race.

At the National Track Championships, he won the Under 20 3000m Team Pursuit, and podiumed in the Under 20 Keirin A Final, the Under 20 5000m Scratch race, the Under 20 7500m Tempo race and the Under 20 750m Team Sprint.

Representing New Zealand in April at the Oceania Track Championships in Brisbane, he won the Under 19 Madison and was second in the Under 19 Points race and 4000m Team Pursuit. Representing the New Zealand Junior Track Cycling team in August at the 2022 Junior Track World Championships in Israel, he won the Bronze in the Junior 4000m Team Pursuit and a creditable 11th in the Individual Pursuit.

At the recent College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, Edward won the 2022 winner for Cycling, and was named the Overall Sportsman of the Year.

The Rope Cup recipient: L. M. Eglinton

Rope Cup recipient - Louis Eglinton

The Rope Cup is for the best all-round young man in the School, the young man who has been most outstanding for personality, leadership, strength of character, a sense of responsibility in performance of duties, scholarship, co-operation with staff and an athletic prowess and record in school activities.

The emphasis is on personal achievement – the best young man on the above points. Much of this could be achieved in his final year and the 2022 recipient is Head Prefect L. M. Eglinton.

Louis has distinguished himself for his intellect, quick wit, inclusive style of leadership and a good sense of humour. He has acquired a broad range of knowledge that he has utilised well in the Cambridge pathway over the last two years.

Louis has been fully committed to School life through the alignment of his words to his actions. He has acted with courage to uphold high expectations most readily seen as a Cricket player and Premier Touch player and in the quality of his interactions with others. He has represented the School with equanimity in all capacities. 

As Head Prefect, he has been an exceptional leader, always questioning with purpose and betterment in mind.

Louis has personified the School’s values through his genuine interest in others, together with his sensitivity, kindness, and his understanding that he is part of something bigger than himself. Alongside these more personal attributes, he has achieved well, and in doing so has built strength of character and integrity.

These characteristics along with his humility and empathy have engendered confidence in those around him while earning the respect of staff for knowing who he is, where he belongs and his preparedness to serve others.

The Torch of Tradition recipient: W. M. Jones

Torch of Tradition recipient - Will Jones

The Torch of Tradition is awarded to the young man who has been most conspicuous for devotion to the School and its traditions, service and self-sacrifice, general conduct inside and outside the School, character, bearing and manner, and a sense of responsibility and school spirit.

The record over the whole of a young man’s school career, or most of it, will have to be considered, and the 2022 recipient is Deputy Head Prefect W. M. Jones.

Will is an able all-round student. He has worked with determination and advance his academic standing in Cambridge qualifications. 

He has been committed to School life throughout his five years and has demonstrated considerable character in and outside of the classroom through his conduct.

As a cricketer, he has demonstrated leadership, responsibility and service as captain of the 1st XI Cricket team this year. He is community-mindedness has been tangibly demonstrated through his enthusiasm supporting the School as a spirited and bias member of the Augusta Army.

Will has been this year’s Deputy Head Prefect. He has contributed extensively to the tone and culture of the School through his partnership with Head Prefect L. M. Eglinton. He has readily accepted responsibility and shown pride in his School through his actions.

Will has responded with modesty, respect and good humour as a representative of Auckland Grammar School and has lived our values.

Will Jones has made the most of the opportunities presented to him. He has understood and respected Auckland Grammar School traditions and endorsed its ethos through his service, character, bearing and manner.

The Ian Mackinlay Memorial Scholarship recipient: L. T. Vatuvei

Ian MacKinlay Memorial Scholarship - Luatangi Vatuvei

The Ian Mackinlay Memorial Scholarship 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, and the 2022 recipient is Prefect L. T. Vatuvei.

Luatangi Vatuvei is a highly regarded member of the School community for his humility, thoughtfulness and determination to succeed.

His ability, focus and commitment have enabled him to achieve sound academic results. In 2021, Luatangi produced an 81% average over four Advanced Subsidiary subjects in Cambridge International Examinations.

He has also participated in a broad range of sporting and cultural activities throughout his time at Auckland Grammar School. In 2022, he was a member of the 1st XV Rugby team, was co-leader of the Tongan Cultural Group and a member of Grammar Voices. He has also been a member of the Japanese Animations Club and the Programming Group.

Luatangi was appointed as a 2022 School Prefect and has displayed outstanding leadership skills. He has applied himself cheerfully and energetically to all aspects of School life, is affable and held in high regard by his peers and teachers. 

He is a personable young man with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. He has been a loyal, proud and significant contributor to Auckland Grammar School. Luatangi Vatuvei has the utmost integrity, has embodied the School’s values and is a worthy recipient of the Ian Mackinlay Memorial Scholarship.

The Headmaster’s Prize for Proxime Accessit: D. L. Johnston

Proxime Accessit - Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston is an outstanding academic, having maintained a place in the top two of the A stream throughout his five years at Auckland Grammar School.

Daniel’s academic strengths have been in evidence across the disciplines. In Form 6, he scored 89% is AS History, 93% in AS English, 96% in A Level Mathematics, 97% in AS Physics, and 97% – and Top in New Zealand – in AS Economics. He also received an NZQA Outstanding Scholarship in English, and Scholarships in History and Calculus in 2021, and was a 2021 University Entrance Scholar. These levels of achievement saw him invited to join Proceres Grammatici, the School’s elite group of our most promising scholarship candidates, in 2022.

Daniel continued these exemplary academic standards in 2022, being top in class in all of his subjects after the mid-year examinations. In the Term 3 examinations, he was first in A Level History and A Level Economics, second in Physics and third in Scholarship Mathematics.

His high achievement has been recognised in previous years with the award of the Flying Officer Alfred P. Fogerty Memorial Scholarship, the Headmaster’s Prize for the Outstanding Scholar in Form 6A, and the Sean McRae Economics Prize in 2021. He was also awarded the Dr Kidd Memorial Prize in 2020. This year, his strength in breadth is recognised by the award of the Kenneth Commons Prize, the Rhodes Memorial Prize for History, and the Special Commerce Prize for Economics.

Daniel’s contributions to his extracurricular activities have also been impressive. He has played Cricket and Football throughout his time at Grammar, he has been a member of the Interact Group in Forms 6 and 7, and in 2022 he has served as a School Prefect.

Daniel is held in the highest regard by his masters. He has maintained a straight-A average for his attitude and effort in every end-of-year report. He embodies the Grammar values, especially in his humility, and has been described by  masters as ‘a true scholar’, an intellectual ‘of the highest calibre’ and one who manages to combine logical reasoning with creative thoughtfulness.