Takapuna Grammar School
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student achievement

Dux 2016

This is the most prestigious award in any school as it goes to the top scholar. This award at Takapuna Grammar School is highly sought after and highly competitive.  To be Dux at Takapuna Grammar School is to join a very select and elite group, the highest achievers in New Zealand.


Top Scholars 2016

International Baccalaureate: 2 students were awarded Top IB NZ Scholar Awards at a ceremony hosted by the Governor General (9th Feb).

Mica (Yuhan) Hou 
Linda (Ziling) Lu

TGS NZQA Scholarship results released in February were outstanding. Max Griffiths and Simon Goodwin gained a NZ Outstanding Scholarship award (top 40 students nationally) and Toby Wakelin gained a NZ Scholarship Award (top 100 students nationally).

31 TGS students gained a total of 50 Scholarships which is the second highest total for the school. This total included 5 Outstanding Scholarships across 18 different subjects.

Outstanding were:

Thomas Block - Art History
Simon Goodwin - Calculus
Max Griffiths - Physics, Stats, Calculus


Also see - Sporting Achievements

Top Scholars 2015

Kayeon (Alice) Kim Top in New Zealand Accounting

Congratulation to Kayein who is the Top Scholar in the country for Accounting. She was named the Young Enterprise Exam Top Scholar of the school, was 2nd in the
regional finals of the Young Enterprise Scheme’s “Highly commended Business of the Year”, the recipient of the BNZ award for the most outstanding commerce
student 2015, won a Massey Business School Future Leaders Scholarship, a Massey Enterprise in Action Scholarship of $2000, and the Massey Business
Boot Camp Scholarship. Alice also gained a scholarship in Economics in the November examinations.

Alice was one of four TGS students gaining Outstanding scholarships for 2015; Hannah Patterson in Classical Studies, (and a scholarship in Media Studies), Grace Meng in Calculus (and one inPhysics) and Frank Talbot in Music (and one in Physics), are the other three.

A further 35 subject scholarships were won by students in one or two subjects making a total of 39 – one greater than in 2014. Physics in particular had a great year with eight scholarships awarded and there were five in Calculus.


Jac Roberts and Tom Smeed went away with the NZU17 Volleyball team to Vanuatu and won the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball International Competition.
Alex Roberts and Keenan Hodge attended the Vanuatu Nationals with the U17 NZ Beach Volleyball squad.
Michael Worsfold won 3 Gold medals in the 50, 100, 200 breaststroke, during the recent Auckland Champs.
Arushni Naicker won a silver medal in the 200 Freestyle and 2 Bronze medals in 50 and 100m Freestyle events.
Justin Lee competed at the New Zealand Junior Swimming Championships during Febrary
Elle Wintle competed in the Tour of Manawatu in the U19 Women’s event. She also gained a 3rd placing in the General Classification and 2nd in King of the Mountain. She also gained 2nd place in the sprint primes on The HUB tour Elle gained 5th General Classification in the Elite Women’s category. She has also been selected to ride for NZ Cycling in the Oceania Road Championships in March.
Our Road Cyclists feature in the naming of the New Zealand Junior Cycling Development Squads
Under 19: Aidan Nicholas, Elle Wintle.
Under 17: Renee Young, Fletcher Pearson Riley, Joshua
Kench, Callum Erskine, Jack McKinney, Oscar Elworthy, Harry Waine
Darya Kharitonova participated in the Junior Commonwealth Games, in South Africa, last year, for Fencing. She is gained a 3rd place in Women’s Foil during the NZU17 Championships and 2nd place in Women’s Foil in the Auckland U17 Championships.
Surf Lifesaving
Hannah Williams’ Surf Lifesaving results; 1st Open Iron- Woman, Eastern Region Championships, 1st U19 Iron-Woman, Eastern Region Championships, 1st U19 Iron-Woman, in Oceans ’38’ Competition on the Gold Coast. 2nd Open Woman’s Mount Monster 26km Endurance Race. Part of the Northern Region Youth team that won the NZ Provincial Challenge.
Max Griffiths: 1st National Junior Orienteering Camp Championships.
Katherine Badham: 7th in the Australian National series in Gold Coast and 1st New Zealander. 1st NZ Junior U19 National Championships, gained automatic qualification to Junior Worlds in September (Mexico).
Sam Petherick and Emily Handyside both represented Auckland under 15s in Girls’ Cricket.
Mitch Bremner represented Auckland in U17 Cricket.
Lucy Jacobs won a Gold medal in the NZSS Athletic Champs in the 800m.
Imogen Ayris won a silver medal in the Open Girls’ Pole Vault and a Bronze medal in the Junior Girls’ Triple Jump.
Julia Giurgiu gained a Bronze medal in the Junior Girls’ 800m.
Hamish McCartney gained a 6th placing in the Open Boys’ Pole Vault.
Luca Burney and Thomas Moore were selected to represent the Northern Football Federation at the U16s National Age Grade Tournament in Wellington in December.
Emily Couchman is currently part of the wider training squad for the Under 20 New Zealand Women’s Football Ferns. She will know later in the year if she has been successfully selected for Under 20 World Cup in November 2016 in Papua New Guinea.
Touch Rugby
Kate Williams represented Auckland Touch at the Nationals in Christchurch.
Ella Gladwell is participating in the Interislander Optimist Sailing Regatta in Picton in February.
Elise Power will be competing in Equestrian events which are both international competitions during April and May.
Nina Edgar won gold at the Goju Karate World Championships at the end of November and automatically qualifies for the next Goju Karate World Championships in Romania in 2017. Nina represented New Zealand, competing in two events and winning both. She is now the world champion in the Individual Female Cadet 14/15 years Kata and the Junior Individual Female Kumate U48kg.

Past Pupils

You might have been asleep under a rock if you haven’t heard that former Takapuna Grammar student Ella Yelich-O’Connor (aka Lorde) has embarked on an international music career of mammoth proportions.

Her first single ‘Royals’ is not only being played everywhere, it has also won coveted songwriters trophy, the APRA Silver Scroll, along with her co-writer and producer Joel Little and also reached Number One on the US Billboard chart.

She is also breaking records with the same song by being the first female artist to reach number 1 on the Alternative chart in 17 years.

Ella is also now a double Grammy winner and a Brit award winner.  At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards she won for Top New Artist and Top Rock Song.  She also won Best Rock Video at the 2014 MTV VMA.

Past Pupils
Sean Wainui, an ex Takapuna Grammar Prefect and 1st XV Captain, has represented New Zealand on the world stage after playing for the Champion New Zealand team in the Under 20 Rugby World Cup in Italy. The team played England for the title, winning 21-16.
The midfield back signed to Taranaki Rugby, and was selected to play in the Taranaki ITM Cup Premiership team in 2014. The team won the league. Sean also played in the Chiefs Super 15 development side in 2014. 2015 has brought the results of Sean’s hard work, as he was selected for the Chiefs Super 15 wider training squad, and the NZ Under 20 rugby side.
Sean returned to Takapuna Grammar for a Q&A session after the Under 20’s win, and was welcomed by the current 1st XV team. He presented a NZ U20 jersey to the school, stating the day ‘was an honour’.
The Maori All Blacks squad, scheduled to play Fiji, and the New Zealand Barbarians was announced recently. The team welcomed ten new players, Sean Wainui was included.
Takapuna Grammar wishes Sean Wainui all the best for his future in rugby. 

Past Pupils

The return of a top athlete.  Our 2014 Sportswoman of the Year, Eliza McCartney, returned to school in August 2015. At the Tokomaru house assembly she was presented with a framed acknowledgement of the award she won at the ASB College Sport Awards night – the overall Sportswoman of the Year 2014. She is the first Takapuna Grammar School female student to win this pretigious award following two male winners, Jacko Gill (athletics) and Paul Snow-Hansen (sailing). Eliza’s notable accomplishments from 2014 included holding all of the NZ Woman’s pole vault records at the same time as well as placing 3rd in the IAAF World Junior Champs pole vault event.


Since leaving school Eliza has continued on her winning form and won a silver medal at the World University Games in Korea. Following the assembly, Eliza spoke to the 2015 Elite Sports Institute class about her sporting journey. Having being in this class only last year, she was able to share relevant experiences with the current class and give valuable advice to those students. She was both inspiring and motivating. The future looks bright for Eliza with her aims including qualifying for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics as well as pursuing her studies in a part time role at Auckland University.

Past Pupils

Three TGS students who completed an intermediate year at university have been successful in gaining entry to Medical School for 2015. Sophie Parker will be at the University of Otago while Jake Benson and Evie Talbot will be at the Auckland University School of Medicine. The school congratulates our alumni on this outstanding achievement.

The film The Dark Horse is written and directed by ex-pupil James Napier Robertson. It opened the 2014 NZ International Film Festival and its international premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014.  The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, little-known New Zealand hero, Genesis Potini, played by Cliff Curtis (Once Were Warriors, Whale Rider, Boy). The film also stars ex pupil Niwa Whatuira who plays the real-life character Michael Manihera.

North Harbour Rugby had a historic win over Canterbury in September and the team featured four ex TGS players: Leigh Thompson, Josh Blucher, Greg Pleasants-Tate and Hayden Triggs.

Brooke Cull (4x400m relay) and Jacko Gill (Shot Put) will be competing at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Sarah Mitchell and her sister, Stephanie, have both been recipients of Fulbright Scholarships in 2013. Their achievements were featured in a recent edition of the North Shore Times. Sarah will now travel to the California Institute of Technology to work towards a PhD. Stephanie is already at the same institute working towards her PhD in aerospace engineering at Caltech.
Emily Evans (TGS 2001-2006) was been awarded a First Class Honours degree in Architecture in 2013. A great feat after five years of study.
Catherine Campion was been accepted into LASALLE College of the Arts, in Singapore in 2013, as one of 14 students (worldwide) being accepted to study for the BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre course.
Stephanie Brown  (TGS 1994-1998), also known as Lips, has wonthe 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Award for her song Everything to Me.  The Silver Scroll Awards recognise a song's merit, rather than sales, and is widely regarded as New Zealand's most prestigious song writing award.

TGS student, Walter Lawry’s film ‘Blind Mice’ has officially been chosen by CILECT to play as part of the 15th (2013) Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival in Israel. He is also the University of Auckland’s first ever entry into the festival. UOA awarded him with the inaugural FTVMS/Screen Student Festival Award to help fund his flights.

With the score 24-24 and the clock ticking away, Brigham Young University freshman, New Zealander Jonny Linehan, drop-kicked the ball between the uprights to help his team win the 2013 Rugby Varsity Cup U.S. National Championship.

Former student Alisha McLennan has been awarded the Artistic Achievement prize at the 2013 Attitude Awards.  Alisha dances with Touch Compass Dance Company and has worked with students here from Special Education and Dance for our Integrated Dance workshops.  She is a lovely girl and beautiful dancer.  She is a great role model and challenges perceptions about people with disabilities.  We congratulate her.