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#SportSpotlight – Touch Rugby

Boston Krone crosses the line for a try in the team's game against Rosmini College

Touch Rugby at Auckland Grammar School provides a range of opportunities for students to participate and compete, from Auckland and national-level elite competitions to social ‘have-a-go’ games. The Premier team compete in Term 1, while junior teams have to wait until Term 4 for their chance in the Auckland competition.

At the elite level, Grammar players with highly developed running, passing and evasions skills compete with the best in the country, including at the annual New Zealand Secondary Schools Touch Rugby Championships in December. In 2023, the Premier team finished ninth and will look to improve on that result this year.

2024’s team includes some 1st XV rugby players, as well as some who are more Touch Rugby ‘specialists’, and is captained by Form 7 student P. J. N. Broadhurst who has been playing the sport for the past four years. He has earned representative honours as captain of the New Zealand Under 16 team, captain of the Auckland Under 18 team who were recently crowned National Champions, and he is a current member of the Auckland Open Mixed Touch team.

The Premier team is fortunate to have the services of current parent Le Toia Tainui who is assisting with coaching this year. Le Toia brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team, and she currently coaches both the Auckland and New Zealand representative sides.

In addition to the competitive teams, there is a social Touch Rugby competition which takes places on Friday afternoons and provides an opportunity for students across all year levels and abilities to participate. It is a great way for Rugby players to keep up their fitness skills ahead of the winter season, while others are there to spend time with their mates and earn bragging rights over their rivals. Players of all skill levels are welcome in this competition.

If students are interested in playing Touch Rugby for the School or finding out more, they can talk with Master in Charge G. Pope in the Commerce department during the School day or contact him via email.

Report: Annual Athletics Sports Day

Annual Athletics Sports Day

On Wednesday 21 February, 200 Athletes competed at the School’s Athletics Sports Day at AUT Millennium Stadium in favourable conditions. Although the heat posed some challenges for those competing in track events by the afternoon, the athletes persevered and delivered some strong performances, personal bests, and a number of broken records.

In the Junior grade, Form 4 student T. O. Henderson took out the Gold medal in the 80m hurdles. Form 3 student K. J. Chow won the Junior 3000m in 11.16.20min, and Form 3 student J. L. Martin won the 200m sprint in 25.52s. Form 4 student L. J. N. Caffery broke not one, but two records in the Junior Shot Put and Discus, with throws of 13.70m and 56.30m respectively; for the latter, he managed to break the record three times before settling with his final and best throw. Form 3 student T. Zhang won the 300m, while classmate R. C. Davies was first in both the 800m and the 1500m. Martin’s win in the 200m along with the 100m in a time of 12.87s and the high jump at 1.66m meant that he was named as Junior Champion for 2024.

In the intermediate grade, Form 5 student L. C. R. Thomson won the 200m race in a time of 23.14s. He followed this up with wins in the 100m, the 400m, and the Long Jump, along with a second place in the Triple Jump, and was named the Intermediate champion. Form 4 student H. C. Day won both the 800m and 1500m, R. W. Walker won the 100m Hurdles in 14.96, and E. B. Mora won the 3000m in 9.33.78, with Form 5 students B. M. Armstrong and A. K. Sharma won the Triple Jump and High Jump respectively. In the intermediate throw events, a number of personal best records were made, with Form 5 student M. K. Jacobs throwing 13.10m in the Shot Put, Form 6 student S. T. F. R. Naufahu won the Discus with a throw of 37.97m, and Form 5 student O. D. D. B. Neely throw the Javelin to Gold in 42.86m.

In the Senior grade, Form 6 student C. P. Wagener won the 3000m in 8.29.45, a new record, and now holds the 3000m records in all age grades. Wagener also won the 1500m and was second in the 400m behind classmate C. G. Howlett who claimed Gold in the 400m and the Senior 110m Hurdles. Form 7 student R. W. Fitzpatrick was first in the 800m, second in the 1500m and third in the 400m. Form 6 students A. J. Bedford and H. P. Mossman won gold in the jump events, while the throw events were dominated by Captain of Athletics J. A. Thomson, who won all his entered field events as well as the 100m and the 200m, leading him to the Senior Champion title for the second consecutive year. 

The squad is now looking ahead to the Zonal meet on Tuesday 5 March, which will hopefully culminate in representing the School at the Greater Auckland Secondary Schools Championships held at Mt. Smart Stadium on Tuesday 26 March.

We wish the team well and are looking forward to their further progress and performances.

Report: Auckland Rowing Club Championships

Auckland Club Rowing Championships

On Sunday 4 February, the entire Rowing Team competed at the Auckland Club Championships, held at Lake Karapiro for the first time. This meant that races were a full 2km long instead of 900m like it used to be when the Championships were held at Lake Pupuke. The entire team appreciated the change to a correct race course.

The team performed superbly with nine crews making the podium, including:

  • The Novice Under 18 Eight crew winning Gold over King’s College and Westlake Boys’ High School
  • The Under 18 eight who won Bronze behind Mount Albert Grammar School and St Peter’s College. The crew had undergone a few changes for this race and was composed of Form 6 students M. C. Goodall and L. W. Toner, and Form 7 students H. D. S. Barrell, F. P. Houghton, H. D. Mackenzie, A. J. Merrilees, A. P. G. Redshaw, W. C. Riley and coxswain S. W. L. Fisher. They had a good start and stayed close to their opponents to finish well in third place.

The team now enters an intense month-long training programme to prepare for the North Island Secondary Schools Championships at Lake Karapiro at the end of February.

Report: Annual Swimming Sports

2024 annual Swimming Sports

The annual Auckland Grammar School Swimming Sports were held on Thursday 8 February in the new outdoor pool for just the second time in the School’s history. With over 100 participating in a myriad of events, the most contested races were the 50m freestyle races with 50 students competing in the senior division.

There were a number of new records set across the day:

  • Form 3 student T. Y. C. Chin produced a time of 1.06.55 in the 100m backstroke to beat the 2020 record of 1.10.44
  • Form 3 student T. M. Lushkott produced two new records in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke races
  • Form 5 student R. H. Hou equalled the 100m freestyle record from 2023
  • Form 5 student S. Karpov broke two intermediate records in the 50m backstroke and the 50m freestyle as well as equally the 50m butterfly time he produced in 2023
  • Form 7 student H. P. Klouwens broke two senior records in the 50m and 100m backstroke races

The standout performers in the junior competition were T. M. Lushcott and T. Y. C. Chin. With four wins each, it was Lushcott who was named the overall Junior champion for 2024, winning Gold in the 100m breaststroke, 100m and 200m freestyle and the 200m medley, and Silver in the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke.

In the intermediate competition, S Karpov was in outstanding form winning seven races to earn the Intermediate championship and defend his title from 2023. Karpov won the 50m and 100m backstroke, the 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 200m freestyle and the 200m medley. Karpov also placed second in the 100m freestyle and the 50m breaststroke.

In the Senior competition, Deputy Head Prefect H. P. Klouwens, with five wins, took out the Senior championship, also defending his 2023 title. He won Gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke, the 50m butterfly and the 50m and 100m freestyle, with third place finishes in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, the 200m freestyle and the 200m medley.

Congratulations to our three Swimming champions for 2024, to Master in Charge of Swimming G. Martin, and the Prefects for their assistance and organisation of this year’s event.

Important Notices from the Headmaster – February 2024

The Great Hall

New staff members

At our first full School assembly, we welcomed our new teachers for 2024. It is our pleasure to inform you that the following masters have joined the teaching staff at Auckland Grammar School and you will get the opportunity to meet them at upcoming functions and School activities. We welcome:

  • Nick Adendorff – English
  • Peter Bannan – Art and Technology
  • Sophie Behan – Mathematics
  • Beanka Crafford – Physics
  • Jenna Donohoe – Mathematics
  • Thomas Dunlop – Physical Education
  • Tarryn Furniss – English as a Second Language
  • Elizabeth Grace – English
  • Sven van Iddekinge – Chemistry
  • James Ioelu – Music
  • Lauren Jeffares – Chemistry
  • Ga Yeon Lee – Chemistry
  • Henry Lello – English
  • Tom Lusk – English
  • David Warburton – Economics
  • Andrew Wright – Technology
  • Sophie Yelle – Commerce and French

Support Staff members

  • Terry Gruitjers – Laboratory Technician (Physics)
  • Anya Hesketh – Teacher Aide
  • Pierre du Sart – Counsellor

Attendance

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 log in and click on the Absence Notification link under Student Information, which is found on the Parent Portal home page (see below).

Attendance

You 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. It is important that you do not disclose your Parent Portal login and password details to your son, to ensure the legitimacy of this functionality.

There is no requirement to phone the School nor to provide a written note to notify us of an absence.

If your son is late to school due to a pre-arranged appointment, please provide him with a written note to be handed to our Student Office staff upon his arrival.

Please note that the above system for notifying the School of your son’s absence does not apply for exeat requests, where temporary leave is sought for medical appointments during the School day. Instead your son should bring a note to the Deputy Headmaster immediately after Assembly to receive approval to leave the campus for appointments throughout the School day. When your son provides this note to the Deputy Headmaster, he will be given a permission slip to allow him to leave his lesson at the appropriate time, at which point he must formally sign out at the Student Office before departing.

Please ensure that your son attends School every day unless there is a genuine reason such as sickness or bereavement. The School does not support casual breaks during term time as such absences impact on the standard of education we can provide. Please communicate with me directly via email if you are requesting official leave for your son. Please note that other than bereavements or national/international representative duties for a variety of extracurricular activities, no official leave is granted. Furthermore, no extended holiday leave is provided either prior to or after the official school holidays.

Scholars’ Assembly – date change

The 2024 Scholars’ Assembly will commence at 9am next Thursday 15 February. An email will be sent to all parents with the livestream link for viewing.

School Athletics Day

The annual Athletics Day will revert to the original, published date of Wednesday 21 February at AUT Millennium.

Homework

All students, at all levels of the School, are expected to have set homework for all subjects each night. All students from Form 3 to Form 5 have been provided with a School diary where daily entries should be made. Please support your son and us by checking his homework.

Form 6 and Form 7 students were offered a School diary free of charge in the first week of Term 1. Diaries are now available for purchase from the School Shop. Senior students will have set assignments and assessment tasks. These too should be logged in their diary so that they manage their time well.

If you have concerns about homework or assessments please contact your son’s subject teacher, Form Master or year-level Dean. Should your son not be receiving adequate homework please contact me directly.

Mountain Road

Please consider Gates 1-4 closed for vehicular access at the start and end of the School day.

It is not practical for staff to manage traffic trying to enter our gates at peak times of the School day and this poses a significant risk for the 2,700 young men who are entering or exiting the School grounds on foot.

If you are dropping your son off or picking him up, please do this in one of the streets around the School, rather than on Mountain Road, in front of the School or by trying to enter Gates 1-4. Please be aware that for health and safety reasons Barnett Crescent has electronic bollards nearest to Clive Road. These will remain up during the School day. We appreciate your co-operation in this regard.

Controlled Crossing

At the beginning and end of the day the sheer volume of students arriving or leaving the School poses an issue for motorists. We remind students and parents crossing Mountain or Clive Roads to use the crossings available, rather than crossing the road at other points of two very busy roads.

Gate 1 Opening

It is our expectation that Gate 1 and the main entrance of the School will be reopened at the beginning of Week 4.  Gate 1 is a visitors only entrance, with associated parking for parents/guests with an appointment. Parents are asked not to enter this gate or any gates for dropping off or picking up your sons. 

Parents are also reminded not to enter any of the gates to drop off or pick up your sons. This should be prearranged with your son and should away from staff car parking and all entrances to gates 1-4 and Barnett Crescent.

We appreciate your cooperation as we work to provide a safe environment for our students and staff.

Student Driven Vehicles

Form 6 or 7 students who have completed the School’s permission process to bring a vehicle to School, do have permission to drive a car to School. Students at other year levels do not have permission to drive a vehicle to School.

We remind parents and our young men that this permission does not extend to carrying passengers, unless both the School and parents have approved it in writing. This also includes driving to School-related extracurricular activities.

Please contact Deputy Headmaster Pastoral – Senior School N. Lobb for further information about student driven vehicles.

Visiting Auckland Grammar School

Parents are welcome to make appointments to meet with specialist staff including year-level Deans, the Leadership Team, counsellors and Vocational staff members.  We ask that all visitors to campus arrive for appointments via Gate 1 and sign in at Main Reception. If you are driving and have accessed a visitor car park, you are asked to log your registration plate. Cars parked on campus that are not logged in our system run the risk of being towed.   

Please do not enter the campus via any other gate while school is operational and refrain from wandering through the campus during the School day.

Daily Notices

The notices read out each day in assembly are available to all young men and parents on our website. If you would like to access these in order to discuss some of the activities available to your son, please click here.

eCommunication

We have already sent a number of key messages and reminders to parents electronically this year.  Key information for parents will continue to be sent to you electronically throughout the year.  If we do not have your current email address or current mobile number, please contact the School via email or submit the changes via the Parent Portal. 

Information regarding our electronic Parent Portal has been distributed. The Portal should provide you with ready access to some of the information we hold on your son, including his attendance record and academic results. We hope you find the Portal useful.

The School website holds considerable information about day to day School life, including the School schedule (the calendar of events and activities), staff contact details and easy access contact information for year-level Deans. We also celebrate a considerable number of student achievements on the website and our social media channels.

GrammarNet

GrammarNet, the School’s online Learning Management System, is available for all students. Currently all students have access to class pages provided and administered by each of their subject masters, as well as access to student resources, sporting and cultural groups, and storage space for their own files. Students can access GrammarNet here and typing in their school assigned username and password.

Students can use their class pages to access engaging course material and useful files and folders to augment their classroom notes and exercises. Some teachers may require students to do homework, submit work or complete tests and quizzes through the platform at times.

If the School needs to move from on-campus learning to online learning, GrammarNet will continue to be the system used. It is imperative that students are familiar with its use. More information can be found on our website here.

Extracurricular Activities

With the start of the School year, I would like to bring your attention to the wealth of extracurricular activities the School has to offer our young men. Details on these activities are being shared with the School in daily assemblies and communicated on the many noticeboards around the school. Please encourage your son to get involved with the extracurricular life of the School and start managing his time to gain the all-important balance between academic and extracurricular activities.

For further information about extracurricular activities do refer to the sports and/or daily notices sections of the School website.

As your son shows an interest in a range of extracurricular activities, the Master in Charge of that code will provide you with an indication of the fees/costs associated with each activity.

If your son elects to participate in an activity that has associated costs, an electronic invoice will be sent to you and it will appear ready for payment on the Parent Portal. We would encourage parents to use the Portal as a primary form of making payments to the School as electronic receipting is automated and we hope you find it to be a user-friendly system.

Timetable

A reminder that the organisation of the School day on Tuesdays is different to all other days of the week. Form 5 students will have an eight-period day finishing at 3:30pm, whereas all other year levels will have a seven-period day concluding at 2:50pm.

School Rules

A link to our School rules was sent home electronically to each family prior to the beginning of the academic year, and is available to view on the School website. If any of the rules are unclear or ambiguous, please contact me directly for further clarification. It is vital that our young men and parents understand what is expected of them within our School environment.

Uniform and Grooming

Please note that at any time your son chooses to wear his uniform, whether it is after school, in town, or after a practice, he is expected to wear it in appropriate fashion and with pride. He is identified as an Auckland Grammar School student and as such all school rules will apply to him while he wears our uniform. Please do not allow your son to wear partial uniform in his own time as this simply provides a perception of mediocrity.

We expect our young men to be well-groomed at all times. A haircut that meets our clearly articulated guidelines, a shirt tucked in and socks pulled up does send a clear message of belonging to all in the Grammar community and the general public.

Smart Devices

We do not permit mobile phones or smart devices being used or visible on our campus between 8am-3:30pm. We do acknowledge that some students wear smart watches. The School currently permits these to be worn for the functionality of telling the time, however, accessing digital content remains prohibited during School hours. Within the context of internal and external examinations, smart watches are not permitted to be in an examination venue.

If your son does bring a smart device (other than a watch) to School, it should be kept in his bag at all times and be switched off. We recommend such items are not brought to School as we cannot be responsible for their whereabouts or loss. Furthermore, personal electronic equipment may not be used on School trips.

If a student is found using a mobile phone or smart device it may be confiscated by a teacher and delivered to Deputy Headmaster Pastoral – Junior School D. Askew, who will store the device securely for seven days.

Your son may see him after School any time after the seventh day, after school, to retrieve the phone or device. Please help us by not requesting the device to be returned any sooner.

Auckland Transport – School Buses

Auckland Transport provide a regular School bus service that begins after school daily around 3:20pm. Please note that when the School finishes early, either at 3pm because of a wet day, or at 2:50pm on Tuesdays for all levels other than Form 5, the bus service times remain the same. Parents may wish to discuss alternative transport arrangements with your sons.

Donations

Our thanks are extended to all parents who have paid the 2024 School donation. Many parents have done this via the Parent Portal and we do appreciate your support. A written communication about this year’s donation was recently posted to parents.

Message from the Headmaster – February 2024

Headmaster Tim O'Connor

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2024 academic year. We once again extend a special welcome to Form 3 students, new students at all levels and parents new to Auckland Grammar School.

I do want to acknowledge our young men for their endorsement of the School’s values and expectations by returning to School on Tuesday 23 January, meeting or exceeding our expectations. With their support and the expertise of teachers, this year’s teaching programme got underway on Thursday 25 January, which has meant we have completed nine full days of teaching and we now look forward to our first full week of teaching on Monday.

Over these first few weeks of the term, I have again referenced Owen Eastwood’s book Belonging with staff and students in assembly, specifically discussing our environment and culture. In particular, I noted that:

  • 70% of human behaviour is determined by the environment you are in
  • 40% of the variation of happiness can be explained by environmental factors
  • We cannot be a high-performance environment if we don’t feel comfortable to ask questions

To me, these are critical factors for any school to carefully consider and discuss. In our case, this involves bringing together 2,700 students and 230 staff members with common aims and purposes. Eastwood suggests in an article published in The Guardian that we need to have two conversations early:

“Firstly, about what we want to achieve together as a team; secondly, why this is good for each individual…I strongly believe you focus on building a healthy environment, and then we fine-tune performance from there.”

I have discussed this article with our staff as we work together to build and maintain a consistent, high quality and safe environment for all students, where they have equal opportunity to learn and grow. You can read the article here.

Teachers

As we started the academic year, we welcomed 17 new teachers to Grammar. All have been employed for their specialist knowledge across a range of subjects, and include teachers with extensive knowledge of both the Cambridge and NCEA qualification pathways. We look forward to their contributions throughout the year.

Prefects

Our first congratulations of the year were offered to 2024 Head Prefect T. C. Jones and Deputy Head Prefect H. P. Klouwens. At the same assembly, we also recognised the 2024 Senior Prefects: M. A. G. Galloway, S. H. A. S. Peita and M. T. Upu.

Along with the full Prefect team named at the end of the first week of term, we look forward to their leadership and the contributions they will make to Grammar life this year. More details on the 2024 Prefects can be found here.

External Examination Results

The 2023 external examination results met, and in many cases, exceeded our annual targets and we have congratulated those young men who met their potential last year. A full report on academic results will be provided in the March edition of the Bulletin. In the interim, we acknowledge the success experienced in Cambridge and NZQA Scholarship Examinations.

Our young men earned 15 awards in the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.  These included:

  • Five High Achievement Awards (for top in New Zealand for a subject with limited entries)
  • Eight Top in New Zealand Awards
  • Two Top in the World Awards

In NZQA Scholarship examinations our young men earned 217 scholarships, 37 of which were graded as Outstanding scholarships. Specific congratulations to:

  • Nicholas Clarke, Oliver Gunson and Jayden Kumar who have each been named as one of 10 NZQA Premier Scholars
  • Top in Subject Scholarship Award winners included Oliver Gunson (Accounting and Physics), Alistair Ha (English) and Jayden Kumar (Geography)
  • Outstanding Scholar Awards included Ethan Chuang, Omesh Gupta, Emmanuel Hernandez, Ramanujan Madhusudhan, Cole McCulley, Atharv Shinde, Maxmilian Sobr, Arsh Verma and Samuel Wheeler

Finally, in our first full School assembly of the year, I reminded our young men that with commitment each of them can achieve their potential as contributing members of Auckland Grammar School. Owen Eastwood said it like this:

“Belonging is never a state that is permanently achieved. Consistency in environment and the behaviour of those around us are key. Ambiguity or mixed signalling seriously elevate anxiety. Performing at something that is important to us involves stress. The question is whether we ensure it is enabling motivation, engagement or focus or allowing it to disable us through distraction, wasted energy and disconnection from others.”

When your sons follow the School’s clear direction, the guidance of teachers and treat others as they want to be treated, then they help build a positive culture and a consistent environment. There are no mixed signals at Grammar because the standards are shared, repeated, applied and the same for all. 

Those who contribute to such a culture, belong. In belonging, they can begin to perform to their potential and the stress that naturally comes with competition and life can be used to help focus and motivate them.

Per Angusta Ad Augusta

Tim O’Connor
Headmaster

2023 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

Oliver Gunson as the Proxime Accessit

The list of students who earned Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards during the 2023 external examination series has been released, and Auckland Grammar School students have done exceptionally well, with 15 awards in total (five High Achievement Awards, eight Top in New Zealand and two Top in the World Awards).

Congratulations to Form 7 student S. B. Zhang who received a High Achievement Award in AS Level French as a Form 6 student in 2023. We also congratulate the following recent leavers on their results:

  • Ramanujan Madhushuhan – High Achievement Award in AS Level Economics and Top in New Zealand in A Level Economics
  • Samuel Wheeler – High Achievement Award in AS Level Geography and Top in the World in A Level Geography
  • Maxwell Fredrickson – High Achievement Award in AS Level History
  • Angus Baker – High Achievement Award in A Level French
  • Oliver Gunson (pictured above at Prizegiving in December 2023) – Top in New Zealand in AS Level Accounting and A Level Chemistry
  • Roshan Ter Wal – Top in New Zealand in A Level Accounting
  • Jayden Kumar – Top in New Zealand in A Level Biology
  • Shaohang Tong – Top in New Zealand in A Level History
  • Andi Sun – Top in New Zealand in A Level English Literature
  • Yiming Luan – Top in New Zealand in A Level Physics
  • Quinn Gardiner-Hall – Top in the World in AS Level Physical Education

These young men will be acknowledged at the 2023 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards ceremony at Eden Park on Thursday 15 February.

Report: Delfina Water Polo Tournament

Delfina Water Polo Tournament

Over Auckland Anniversary Weekend, the Premier Water Polo competed in the Delfina Tournament, a pre-season competition with 11 other schools from around the region, hosted by Sacred Heart College.

Day one saw the team starting their competition well with wins against King’s College (10-5) and Rangitoto College (9-5). The team then met Sacred Heart College and Rosmini College on day two with two further wins (9-3 and 8-5 respectively), qualifying for the final against Tauranga Boys College.

The team played some superb Water Polo, recording a narrow 8-5 loss to finish in second place overall. This was a fantastic start to their season and puts the team in good stead ahead of their first match of the Auckland competition in two weeks.

Special thanks to Master in Charge J. Potaka, coach J. Floerchinger and Head of Sport B. Richardson for their ongoing support and guidance of the team.

2024 Prefects

2024 Prefect cohort

On Friday 26 January, the Headmaster announced the 2024 Prefect cohort, joining the five senior student leaders announced earlier in the week.

We congratulate our 2024 Prefects, who are listed below alongside their 2023 extracurricular activities.

Student's Name

2023 Extracurricular Activities

T. C. Jones - 2024 Head Prefect

1st XI Cricket
Form 6 Leadership Camp
Interact Group
Rugby

H. P. Klouwens - 2024 Deputy Head Prefect

Cricket
Swimming

M. A. G. Galloway - 2024 Senior Prefect

Distance Squad
Duke of Edinburgh
Ethics Olympiad
Form 6 Leadership Camp
Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Interact Group
Korean Cultural Group
Model United Nations Group
Spanish Debating Team
Theatresports

S. H. A. S. Peita - 2024 Senior Prefect

1st XV Rugby
Headmaster's Cultural Committee
Kapa Haka Group
Premier Touch Rugby
Tuakana Teina Mentoring Programme
Volleyball

M. T. Upu - 2024 Senior Prefect

Archery
Big Band
Chamber Music
Form 6 Leadership Camp
Kapa Haka Group
Pasifika Group
Rugby 2B
Senior Softball

J. Amalarajan - 2024 Prefect

Distance Squad
Football Senior C5

J. A. J. Barclay - 2024 Prefect

Cycling Senior
Football Senior C5
Multisport Duathlon

H. D. S. Barrell - 2024 Prefect

Football Senior C3
Interact Group
Rowing Under 17 Squad

H. J. Bolland - 2024 Prefect

Football 3rd XI
Football Senior C5
Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Interact Group
Mountain Biking
Table Tennis C Grade

L. K. Dodunski - 2024 Prefect

Interact Group
Premier Water Polo Team

S. W. L. Fisher - 2024 Prefect

Interact Group
Rowing Under 17 Squad

J. M. Freer - 2024 Prefect

 

F. L. Goodson - 2024 Prefect

Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Interact Group
Premier Squash Team
Rowing Under 17 Squad

D. J. Hawkesby - 2024 Prefect

Cricket 1st XI
Cricket 2nd XI Blue
Rugby 4A

F. P. Houghton - 2024 Prefect

Football Senior C3
Interact Group
Rowing Under 17 Squad

R. S. Hunt - 2024 Prefect

Premier Basketball Team

R. C. Innes - 2024 Prefect

Football Senior C3
Interact Group
Ski Team
Tennis Senior A3

H. J. Jackson - 2024 Prefect

Cricket Senior Green
Football Senior C5
Premier Squash Team
Premier Water Polo Team

S. W. Kensington - 2024 Prefect

Interact Group
Squash Grammar Team 6
Yachting Teams Racing

S. N. R. Lyne - 2024 Prefect

Interact Group
Rowing Under 17 Squad
Ski Team

M. C. McKee - 2024 Prefect

Amnesty International Committee
Distance Squad
Duke of Edinburgh Gold
Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Interact Group
Literati
Mathex Mentors
Tennis Senior B3
World Vision

X. L. McLachlan - 2024 Prefect

Football 1st XI
Football 2nd XI
Interact Group

E. Min - 2024 Prefect

Asian Cultural Tutoring
Asian Cultural Media Group
Badminton B Grade Team 2, 6 and 8
Chronicle Committee
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze
Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Headmaster's International Committee
International Student Buddy Programme
Mathex Mentors
Media Group

C. J. H. Naea - 2024 Prefect

Rugby 2B
Samoan Cultural Group
Tuakana Teina

T. R. Nordstrom - 2024 Prefect

Kapa Haka Group
Premier Volleyball Team
Tuakana Teina Mentoring Programme

J. Pan - 2024 Prefect

Amnesty International Committee
Chess Senior B2
Debating Premier Advanced 2
Ethics Olympiad
Interact Group
Symphony Orchestra
Tennis Senior A3

J. B. Qi - 2024 Prefect

Asian Cultural Group Chinese Orchestra
Asian Cultural Group Lion and Dragon Dance
Asian Cultural Group Leadership Team
Grammar Virtuosi
Headmaster's Cultural Committee
Korean Cultural Group
Symphony Orchestra

M. A. Ramassh - 2024 Prefect

Big Band
Contemporary Music
Cricket Senior Gold
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Hockey 2nd XI
Jazz Combo
Sri Lankan Cultural Group
Symphony Orchestra

D. Ramprakash - 2024 Prefect

Amnesty International Committee
Badminton B Grade Team C
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Headmaster's Cultural Committee
Indian Cultural Group
Interact Group

W. C. Riley - 2024 Prefect

Interact Group
Rowing Under 17 Squad

S. S. S. Saheb - 2024 Prefect

Asian Cultural Tutoring
Aerospace Group
Amnesty International Committee
Debating Premier Advanced 1
Ethics Olympiad
Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Indian Cultural Group
Interact Group

P. N. Schuster - 2024 Prefect

Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Rugby 2C
Samoan Cultural Group
Tuakana Teina Mentoring Programme

P. H. K. Sergeant - 2024 Prefect

Cricket Senior Gold
Hockey 1st XI
Interact Group

R. Sharma - 2024 Prefect

Badminton C Grade Team 7
Headmaster's Heritage Committee
Indian Cultural Group
Literati
Model United Nations Group
Sustainability Group

H. D. J. Sixton - 2024 Prefect

Cricket 1st XI
Interact Group
Rugby 4B Gold

H. S. Smith - 2024 Prefect

Cricket Senior Purple
Football 1st XI
Interact Group

H. C. Stewart - 2024 Prefect

Football Senior C5
Hockey 1st XI
Interact Group

J. B. Tyrie - 2024 Prefect

Debating Senior Open 3
Duke of Edinburgh Silver
Interact Group
Tennis Senior B3

P. H. Walker - 2024 Prefect

Chronicle Committee
Debating Senior Open 1
Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices
Interact Group
Model United Nations Group
Theatresports

C. R. Wedde - 2024 Prefect

Chamber Music
Concert Band
Contemporary Music
Model United Nations Group
Symphony Orchestra

R. V. Williams - 2024 Prefect

Football Senior C3
Grammarphonics
Grammar Voices

R. S. Wood - 2024 Prefect

Bagpipes
Cricket Senior Green
Disc Ultimate Senior 2
Hockey 2nd XI
Interact Group
Pipe Band
Premier Squash Team

E. Z. H. Yong - 2024 Prefect

Asian Cultural Group Backstage
Asian Cultural Group Japanese Animations Club
Asian Cultural Group Lion and Dragon Dance
Badminton A Reserve Team 2
Interact Group
Korean Cultural Group
Symphony Orchestra
Volleyball Senior Blue

2024 Senior Student Leaders

2024 Senior Leaders

Pictured are our 2024 senior student leaders. From left: Senior Prefects M. T. Upu and S. H. A. S. Peita, Deputy Head Prefect H. P. Klouwens and Senior Prefect M. A. G. Galloway. Note: Head Prefect T. C. Jones was in absentia due to his representing New Zealand at the Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa.

On Wednesday 24 January in the first full School assembly for the year, the Headmaster announced the student leaders who will lead the student body for the 2024 academic year.

The Head Prefect for 2024 is T. C. Jones 7D

The 2024 Head Prefect is a young man who has embraced School life, expressing pride in his School and a sense of belonging. 

Tom has worked positively to earn satisfactory grades in AS English Literature, Geography Economics and Biology. This year, Tom is studying A Level English, Geography, Economics and AS Physical Education.

He has been committed to the wider life of the School throughout his tenure at Grammar, including captaining the 1st XI Cricket team last year. He also played 4A Rugby and was a member of Interact. Tom earned a New Zealand Representative badge and Colours for Cricket in 2023, as well as winning the code award for cricket at the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards in November.

Masters involved with this young man describe him as showing determination and resilience. He is someone who is committed to the task at hand and can manage his time to meet his responsibilities. His maturity and dependability have seen him earn the respect of his peers and staff alike. 

Tom has developed credibility and integrity as a student of Auckland Grammar School. He has shown a connectedness to the School and its values, exhibiting respect, humility and courage through his actions and general demeanour.

Note: Tom is vice-captain of the New Zealand Under 19 Cricket team and is currently competing in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, opening the batting in their match against Nepal which they won by 64 runs. He has earned the right to be the first student to cross stage in 2024 but will receive the Head Prefect’s badge and Prefect’s tie when he returns from international duties.

The Deputy Head Prefect for 2024 is H. P. Klouwens 7C

The 2024 Deputy Head Prefect is a diligent student who has been committed to his studies and extracurricular activities throughout his tenure.

Harrison secured sound grades in AS English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in 2023 and this year is studying A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics, alongside AS Physical Education. 

Harrison has been actively involved in School life as a member of the Senior Swimming team, and was the School’s Senior Swimming Champion in 2023. He won the Kerridge Cup for 50m breaststroke, the Peter Drummond Cup for 100 metres and the Senior Cup as Senior Champion. Harrison also earned a New Zealand Representative badge and Colours for Swimming in 2023. 

Harrison is a focused and capable young man who has lived The Grammar Way, leading by example, while being comfortable in who he is. Masters have described Harrison as focused, mature, determined and proactive when facing difficulties, and he is a contributor with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

Harrison reflects the School’s values showing humility in his approach, commitment to his studies and extracurricular activities, respect for others and integrity through his words and actions.

There are three Senior Prefects who will assist the Head and Deputy Head Prefect for 2024:

M. A. G. Galloway 7G

Mark is a self-motivated and determined young man who has worked diligently to achieve in the Cambridge programme. He is studying A Level Spanish, Economics and History and AS Business Studies this year. In 2023, he earned the Florence Katherine McAdam Memorial Prize for Character and Excellence in Form 6.

Mark has contributed to School life in an extensive manner and displayed character in his approach. He has been involved with the Distance Squad, Duke of Edinburgh, the Headmaster’s Heritage Committee, Interact Group, Model UN, Spanish Debating and Theatresports.

S. H. A. S. Peita 7E

Storm achieved sound academic grades in Cambridge AS Level last year. In 2024, he is studying A Level English, Economics and History, AS Level Business Studies and NCEA Level 3 Te Reo Māori.

In 2023 he earned the Kairangi Haka Award for excellence in Kapa Haka and the Poutaki Reo Award for the top Te Reo Māori speaker.

In an extracurricular sense, Storm was leader of the Kapa Haka group, a member of the Headmaster’s Cultural Committee, the 1st XV Rugby team, Tuakana Teina, the Premier Touch team and the Premier Volleyball team. In 2023, Storm also earned Performing Arts Colours for Ngā Manu Kōrero.

M. T. Upu 7C1

Makea earned satisfactory grades in the Cambridge programme last year. This year, he is studying NCEA Level 3 Business Studies, English, Music, Physics and Te Reo Māori. In 2023, he earned the Graeme A. Crothall Scholarship for Tibbs House.

Makea is an active and well-rounded student who has been involved with Archery, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music, Grammarphonics, Kapa Haka, Rugby 2B, Samoan Cultural Group, Senior Softball, Big Band and he plays the saxophone. Makea is also the Head Prefect at Tibbs House in 2024.