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1st XI Cricket team achieves breakthrough win
Despite cold, gloomy, windy weather and threatening rain, the Takapuna Grammar First XI completed an outright win over Kristin College on Saturday (15 November), in the final 2-day match of the 2014 ACA Secondary Schools Premier B competition. Opener Toby Robb, and Captain Matt Strain rescued the game from a precarious, weather-affected position, and brought the game home safely.
Three teams were in contention for the Championship going into the final round of the competition, but TGS was the only team to win outright and score maximum points. We believe it is 28 years since Takapuna Grammar last won this Championship.
More importantly, it opens up the possibility of promotion to the prestigious Premier A Competition next year. This would place Takapuna Grammar back amongst the top echelon of cricketing schools in Auckland, a huge boost to the school’s sporting profile, and greater recognition for our cricket programme and our players.
Following in the footsteps of Takapuna Grammar cricketers such as Richard Jones, Danny Morrison, Bruce Warner and the legendary Bert Sutcliffe, the Championship win is great credit to the hard work and dedication of our 1st XI cricketers, their management and coaches, as well as the on-going support that the school receives from the North Shore Cricket Club.
Saying farewell to one of our treasures
Matua, Boaz Raela, (HOD Maori) will leave the school at the end of this year to move to Rarotonga with his whanau to take up a position as Deputy Principal at Tereora College. It is with enormous sadness that we farewell Boaz, as he is he pounamu, he taonga in our school.
Boaz is the kindest and warmest of colleagues, with his enormous capacity for aroha for all those in the school whanau. His humour, manner and approach with the staff have given him mana, which has enabled him to bring about a culture shift in recent years, with far greater awareness and genuine appreciation for tikanga Maori. No-one will forget the incredible version of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ that Boaz wrote for the kapa haka group at this year’s PolyFest.
His students, in particular those of Maori and Pasifika origin, appreciate not only his knowledge and experience in Te Reo teaching, but also his tautoko of them and their whanau. He believes in the capacity of teachers to make a powerful difference in the lives and future of their students, as his own teachers did for him. The school community wishes him well and will miss him greatly.
German film success
The Year 10 Option F German class won first place in the Junior section of the National German Film Competition run by the Goethe Institute in Wellington. It was filmed and acted by the students of the class and was brilliantly edited by Year 9 Student Callum Erskine. It will be shown at a Prize-giving in Wellington, in early December.
The topic was “Sehnsucht” which means longing or nostalgia. The jury wrote that TGS students captured the feeling of “Sehnsucht” perfectly, that the co-operation with students from Belmont Primary and Belmont Intermediate was fantastic and that they were very impressed by the high technical standard of the film.
It was spoken entirely in German and lead roles were played by Thomas Casement, Jost Claasen, Michael De Boyett, Leroy Dixon, Zoe Dornbusch, Tim Lunt, Thursday MacDuff, Agnar Niksson, Chris O’Connor, Poppy Ross, Callam Shea and Jenna Williams with special appearances by Joseph Kernohan, BIS, and Carlotta Read, Belmont Primary.
The Department of Business and Enterprise had a very strong end to the year with their YES companies gaining a range of awards at the regional finals. YES Auckland North Regional winners in Business Management went to ‘Keep Kool’, ‘Closing the Loop’ and ‘Onboard’. “Closing the Loop” went on to win the YES Auckland North Excellence in Innovation Regional competition.
Closing the Loop has also scooped our first ever National Excellence Award and will travel to the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme National Awards Dinner, in Wellington, to be presented with their award.
One of our stories, in the September edition, reported that Dance teacher, Ms Emily Woodfield, had won medals in a Salsa competition. There was no intention to imply that Emily was the originator or choreographer; she was a member of the performing troupe. This page of Takapuna Grammar news celebrates students but also staff, who achieve success. We are always proud of teachers will continue to compete in their chosen field; they provide great role models.
Channel Magazine: Issuu 50 December 2014 | January 2015