Ad Augusta Term 2 June 2016
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome Mrs. Mary Nixon who has been appointed to the position of Principal at Takapuna Grammar School. Mary comes with a wealth of experience as the Principal of Napier Girls’ High School. She will take up her new position at the beginning of Term 3 and will be formally welcomed with a Powhiri on 25 July. Mary will meet with the students in assemblies over that week.
The election for the Board of Trustees will take place over the next week and it is a good opportunity to thank the outgoing Trustees for their hard work and commitment over the last three years. We are very fortunate in our community to have had a wide range of professional experience on the Board and this places us at a great advantage as a school. Once again, to all the Trustees, many thanks for your leadership, time and passion for the students at Takapuna Grammar School.
As we progress through the academic year it is pleasing to report to you the many wonderful opportunities that our students have been recognized for.
• Jessica Turner has been offered a one week internship with the Labour Party, in Parliament, during May. She will shadow a range of MPs to learn how Parliament works.
• Sebastian Safka placed 7th in the Junior Division of the Auckland Maths Olympiad held at the University of Auckland and Alan Gu and Simon Goodwin had top 10 placings in the Senior Division.
• Christian Swan has been cast as Michael in Auckland Theatre Company’s production of “Billy Elliot” opening in October.
• Louis Sinclair has landed a major role in the Auckland Theatre Company’s production of “To Kill of Mockingbird”.
• Arthur Lee won an award for ‘Most Talented Student’ at the Business Boot Camp held at Massey University.
• Olivia Boniface and Becky Ireland will play in the New Zealand U20 Women’s Team, competing at the 2016 World Junior Ultimate Frisbee Championships in Poland during August.
• Pia Tapsell was selected to be involved in the Women’s Sevens Series Tournament held in Auckland, at the beginning of May.
• Lucy Buckeridge 3rd (Junior Girls), Katherine Badham 1st (Senior Girls) at the North Harbour Cross Country Championships.
• Max Griffiths 2nd (Senior Boys), Sofie Safkova 1st (Intermediate Girls) and Sebastian Safka 1st (Intermediate Boys) at the North Harbour Orienteering Championships. Max and Sebastian also won the Team Challenge Trophy.
• Will Watson (Y12) has just been selected in the NZ U18 Men’s Volleyball team that will head to Florida, USA later this year.
• Alex Blair, John Cheney, Tom Lee, Jamie Spencer and Michaela Bremner all attended the Scouting New Zealand Outdoor Pursuits Training programme recently.
• Montana Cooper has been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas, in August.
A very special congratulations must go to our former Takapuna Grammar students who have been selected to represent New Zealand in the Olympic Games team into Rio over August.
• Eliza McCartney (Pole Vault)
• Jacko Gill (Shot Put)
• Paul Snow-Hansen (Yachting)
Our very best wishes go with these athletes and we look forward to watching them compete and hearing about their experiences at assemblies back at school.
As many of you have been aware the work on the Main Block has begun. This officially started with the Associate Minister of Education, Nikki Kaye, handing over the building to the contractors, Woodview Construction, at a small ceremony in April. The work has progressed very well with much of the internal refit taking place. The work will be completed in stages: the western and parts of the northern aspects and the Hall included in Stage One, and the eastern aspects in Stage Two.
Thank you to all the parents and school friends who supported the recent PTA Dance in the Sir Peter Blake Block. It proved to be a very enjoyable evening and generated many thousands of dollars that will be used to enhance student projects in the school. Thank you to Ruth Blackman and the team once again for their organization and determination to improve student outcomes here at school.
As a final note, could I ask that you remind your children about their safety both coming to and from school. As the Peninsula has become more populated the traffic issues have become more acute. We will remind the students in assembly about road safety both when on foot and on a cycle but that consistent message from home also reinforces the need to identify the risks.
Acting Principal Takapuna Grammar School
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