Auckland Grammar School
|Auckland Grammar School|
Per Angusta Ad Augusta
Through difficulties to greatness.
|87 Mountain Road
|Type||State single-sex boys secondary (Year 9–13) with boarding facilities|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||54|
|School roll||2483(June 2011)|
Auckland Grammar School is a state secondary school for years 9 to 13 boys in Auckland, New Zealand. It had a roll of 2461 as of June 2011, including a number of boarders who live in nearby Tibbs' House, making it the sixth-largest school in New Zealand, and the largest single-sex school.
Grammar regards itself as the pre-eminent academic secondary school in New Zealand. Metro Magazine wrote "Grammar's results in the Cambridge system are comparable with most private schools, and it scores extremely well in Scholarship too".
The school was established in 1850 by the then Governor-in-Chief, Sir George Grey, and was officially recognised as an educational establishment in 1868 through the Auckland Grammar School Appropriation Act.
Auckland Grammar School buildings contain two Category I historic places, the school's main block and a war memorial. An obelisk located in front of the school commemorates former students who fought in various wars. The school's main block, built in 1916 in the "Spanish Mission" style, is used for daily assemblies, exhibitions, and contains various classrooms. Surrounding the main hall in which the daily assembly is held are the school honours boards listing the names of the school's top scholars including Rhodes Scholars and Girdlers Scholars.
The school's motto is "Per Angusta ad Augusta" which translates to "Through difficulties to greatness." The school has also translated the motto as "Through rough ravines to hallowed heights." The origin of the motto is uncertain, but it was a common maxim at the time of the school's founding.
As of 25 June 2012, Tim O'Connor (former Rector at Palmerston North Boys' High School) was announced as the new Headmaster of Auckland Grammar School. He replaces John Morris who has held the position since 1993. Mr. O'Connor is set to takeover in Term 4 (October) of 2012.
In addition to its original or "main" building Auckland Grammar School has in recent years added several new structures. These include a new gymnasium which contains several full size basketball courts. Most recently a sports pavilion was completed on its upper field to house events and sports teams.
Historically, because of its reputation, the demand for places in the school has outstripped capacity, and entry was selective. The school was zoned at least since the 1960s. Now entry is determined by a state school enrolment scheme. The school argues that zoning increases house prices in the zone, reducing access to the school for students from lower socio-economic groups.
Auckland Grammar's voluntary donation for each student was NZD$700 in 2005, NZD$740 in 2006, NZD$810 in 2008, and NZD$880 in 2010 – approximately five times higher than the average. The highest voluntary donations are requested by state integrated schools, reaching up to NZD$4,472, For example, Grammar's neighbour St Peter's College (an integrated school) charges a maximum fee of $2760.00 per annum (2012). But Auckland Grammar's request is the highest of any state (as opposed to state integrated) school.
The School has around 90–100 International students. International students are tested for English language proficiency and some students may be required to complete an intensive course of English language before starting at Auckland Grammar School. The international students at Auckland Grammar School paid the highest tuition fees in New Zealand state schools at more than $20,000 each year.
The last headmaster, John Morris, is a vocal critic of the NCEA. In response to what is perceived by the school to be a poorly designed system being forced on them, the school introduced Cambridge International Examinations in 2002, offering the IGCSE, AS Level and A2 examinations to its more talented students. Other students sit NCEA exams. Students placed in an IGCSE/AS/A2 class are allowed to switch to NCEA, but this is usually discouraged by the school. However in the ensuing years the majority of students were encouraged to take part in CIE qualifications. The introduction of New Zealand Scholarship has been viewed sceptically by the school, and it encourages only the top students to attempt it. Despite this, the school had the highest number of scholarships of any school in New Zealand in 2006. And the 2008 Education Review Office (ERO) report commented the School ranks amongst the highest performing schools in New Zealand from the results in national and international examinations. From 2011, the school will only offer the CIE Form 5 programme to all students in Form 5.
The school song was introduced in March 1955. The words were composed in 1954 by L. W. A. Crawley, senior Classics lecturer at Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). The song consists of two verses in Latin and includes the school motto as a refrain. It is sung to the melody of the German hymn Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God).
Notable alumni and staff
- Andrew Simester – Professor,Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.Andrew taught at the University of Cambridge, University of Birmingham and University of Nottingham, where he was the youngest Law Professor in the UK.
- Colin Maiden – businessman. Vice-chancellor of University of Auckland 1971 to 1994.
- Denis Feeney – Professor of Classics and Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University (also attended St Peter's College)
- Raymond Firth – social anthropologist
- Vaughan Jones – Fields Medal winner
- Hugh Kawharu – Māori scholar
- Roger Moses – Headmaster at Wellington College (New Zealand)
- John Cowie Reid – professor of English and founding chairman of the Mercury Theatre
- Andrew Niccol – Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter & producer
- Charles Goldie – artist
- Graeme Revell – film and television score composer
- James McNeish’44 – Novelist, playwright and biographer
- Max Gimblett – internationally prominent artists
- Russell Crowe – Academy Award-winning actor; completed his education at Mount Roskill Grammar School
- John Hawkesby – former news presenter for ONE News and 3 News in New Zealand
- Kipsan Beck – former news presenter for Channel 11 Morning Talk, MCOTWorld, NBT, MCM, MTV in Thailand
- Ernest Hyam Davis – businessman, Mayor of Auckland 1935 to 1941
- James Fletcher – prominent industrialist and philanthropist
- John Gordon St Clair Buchanan (Class of ‘56) – Businessman. Deputy Chairman of Vodafone Group, UK; Chairman of Smith & Nephew plc and Senior independent director of BHP Billiton PLC.
- Ian Narev - CEO, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- Christopher Chandler - Billionaire, CEO Legantum Investment Capital
- Richard Chandler - Billionaire Investor
- Alfred E. Allen (1912–1987), Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
- David Baragwanath – 1954, retired New Zealand judge
- Thomas Bavin – 24th Premier of New South Wales
- Francis Bell – first New Zealand-born Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Jonathan Coleman – politician. In the November 2008 Election Dr Coleman was Minister for Broadcasting and Immigration, and associate minister of tourism and health.
- Roger Douglas – politician, 35th Minister of Finance
- Israel Goldstine - Mayor of One Tree Hill (1931-1947) and Chair of the first Local Government Commission
- Doug Graham – former Justice and Treaty Negotiations Minister
- Eric Halstead – New Zealand politician. He was Minister for Social Security 1954–1956, Minister for Industry and Commerce 1956–1957, Minister for Customs 1956–1957
- Kenneth Hayr – former UK Deputy Chief of the Defense Staff
- Jonathan Hunt – former Cabinet Minister, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
- Kenneth Keith – judge on the International Court of Justice
- George Laking – diplomat and Chief Ombudsman
- Douglas Maclean - Farmer and MP for the Napier electorate (1896–1899)
- Duncan McMullin – former judge of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
- Leslie Munro – former President of the General Assembly of the United Nations
- Lockwood Smith – 28th and former Speaker of the House of Representatives
- Graham Speight – New Zealand High Court judge
- Raoul Franklin – physicist, Vice-Chancellor of the City University London (1978–1998)
- Peter Gluckman – world renowned scientist and doctor
- Matthew A. Hunter – inventor of the Hunter process.
- Graham Liggins – medicinal researcher, founder of the Liggins Institute
- Ben Atiga – former All Black
- Mark Burgess – Test cricket captain
- Hamish Carter – 2004 Summer Olympic gold medalist (triathlon)
- Jeff Crowe – Test cricket captain and ICC referee
- Martin Crowe – Test cricket captain
- John Drake – former All Black
- Grant Fox – former All Black
- Graham Henry – school coach and also All Black coach (himself a student of Christchurch Boys' High School)
- Edmund Hillary – explorer and mountain climber. First man to climb Everest, 1953.
- Doug Howlett – international rugby union player
- Matthew Ridge – former rugby union and rugby league player
- Jeremy Stanley – former All Black
- Sam Webster – track cyclist 3x World Champion, 2x Commonwealth Games medalist
- Wilson Whineray – former All Black captain and prominent businessman
- Konrad Hurrell – NZ Warriors Centre and Runner up in Toyota Cup Player of the year
- Reuben Te Rangi – New Zealand Breakers and Southland Sharks forward
|1869–1870||Dr Robert Boyd Kidd, BA, LLD(Dublin)|
|1882–1892||Charles Frederick Bourne, MA(Oxon)|
|1893–1922||James William Tibbs, CMG, MA(Oxon)|
|1922–1928||James Drummond, MA|
|1928–1935||Harold James Del Monte Mahon, BA|
|1935–1954||Colin McGregor Littlejohn, BSc, MA, Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953|
|1954–1972||Sir Henry Cooper, Kt, CBE, MA(Hons)|
|1973–1993||Sir John Graham, KNZM, CBE, ED, MA(Hons)|
|1994–2012||John Morris, ONZM, MA(Hons)|
|2012 –||Tim O'Connor, BEd|
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