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The Rope Cup recipient: Q. H. D. Te Tamaki

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 2023 recipient is Head Prefect Q. H. D. Te Tamaki.

Quinlan Te Tamaki has distinguished himself for his inclusive style of leadership, a good sense of humour, self-reliance and compassion. He has acquired a broad range of knowledge that he has utilised well in the Cambridge pathway over the last two years, including Top in the World in AS Physical Education.

Quinlan has been fully committed to School life, acting with personal responsibility and courage to uphold high expectations daily. He has been held in universal esteem by staff and students because of the quality of his interactions with others, and he has represented the School with calmness and composure in all capacities. 

He has demonstrated athletic prowess and courage as a committed member of both the 1st XV Rugby Team and the Premier Touch Rugby team this year.

As the 2023 Head Prefect, Quinlan has been an exceptional leader – one who presents at first with a quiet disposition and is often self-deprecating, but it is in the consistency of his actions that his true character and ability is tangible and quickly understood.

Quinlan has personified the School’s values through his genuine interest in others, and respect of them. Alongside his personal attributes, he has achieved well, both academically and in sport. In doing so has built resilience, strength of character and integrity.

These characteristics along with his humility and empathy have engendered confidence in those around him. Quinlan Te Tamaki knows who he is, where he belongs and he has willingly served others.