Notices

More Success for Poet Pippi Duncan

Pippi Duncan's latest writing success! Jo Emeney from the Young Writers Programme contacted the school recently to inform us Pippi has had two of her poems published in the Signals Literary Journal. She also came third in the Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards with her poem 'In the End'. Entries were judged by Jenny Bornholdt and Paula Morris and their comments were that, "In the End is...

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2019 Junior Prizegiving Photos

Photos from Thursdays Year 9 & 10 Junior Prizegiving ceremonies can be found here.

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Isabella Pezza wins 2nd place at 2019 BPM Student Challenge

Congratulations to Year 13 Isabella Pezza for claiming second place in the 2019 Better Public Media Student Challenge. Isabella's essay discusses the pros and cons of commercial media versus public media with interesting insights into sensationalist reporting on the upcoming marijuana referendum and teenage behaviour.  "Due to sensationalist news reporting, teenagers have...

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2019 TGS Yearbook collection

2019 TGS Yearbooks are available for those that prepaid and missed out on final week distribution from the Sports Department. If you would like to purchase one we will have them on sale in the New Year, details to be confirmed closer to the time.

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Mindful Parenting Course - Thursday 13th February

Exciting opportunity for parents of TGS. This is a follow on event from Shirley Pastrioffs's mindful parenting evening in September. Please sign up online as there are limited spots available. https://renewyourmind.co.nz/mindful-parenting-sign-up-takapuna/ Email [email protected] our Well-Being/Hauora Coordinator for further information. 

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Uniform and Stationery Shop Opening Hours for 2020

January 2020 Hours Saturday 18th = 9.00am to 4.00pm (busiest time, queuing sometimes required) Monday 20th to Friday 24th = 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday 27th = Closed for Auckland Anniversary Tuesday 28th = Normal term time (below) resumes Normal Term 1 Hours for Parents and Caregivers Monday to Thursday = 8.30am to...

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National Titles won at NZ Indoor Rowing Champs

Our TGS rowing squad last weekend headed to the Cambridge Velodrome to compete at the National Indoor Rowing Championships. It was a fantastic day, with our crew members achieving their personal bests and also to come home with some gold medals and new national titles. Takapuna Grammar School won 3 national titles: Ella Ryan, Imogen Butcher, Daisy Butcher & Annabelle Knowles...

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Volkan Ozyurteri speaks at Big Boys Breakfast

On Tuesday 19th November Deputy Head Boy Volkan Ozyurteri and Year 13 Dean, Mr Viles had the privilege of attending 'The Big Boys Breakfast' to help celebrate International Men’s Day at Ellerslie Racecourse. Volkan spoke confidently and articulately about the pressure on young people "these days". Volkan mentioned how lucky men are that mental health is...

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Former Head Boy Andrew Coshan wins AIMES Arts Award

Andrew Coshan was Head Boy of Takapuna Grammar School in 2011 and recently won an AIMES Arts award worth $15,000. A summary of what he has been up to and what the award entails is in this fantastic video here. 

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Important Dates for 2020

2020 TERM DATES Term 1 Tuesday 28th January to Thursday 9th April Thursday 6th February – Waitangi Day, school closed Term 2 Tuesday 28th April to Friday 3rd July Monday 1st June – Queen’s Birthday, school closed Term 3 Monday 20th July to Friday 25th September Term 4 Monday 12th October to Friday 4th December Monday 26th...

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Visual Art Students Folio Boards on display

The Visual Art students and teachers invite you to come view this year's Level 1, 2 and 3 folio boards. The boards will be on display in the Peter Blake Block Atrium on Friday 1st November from 3pm and again on Saturday 2nd November from 11am - 3pm. We welcome all family and friends to come and see the incredible talent on display from a hard year's mahi from our art students....

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University School Leaver Scholarships for 2020

We are delighted to announce the following students from Takapuna Grammar School have accepted the University of Auckland’s and Victoria University's 'School Leaver Scholarships' for 2020: University of Auckland: Elisabeth (Libby) Lord Zoe Martin Phoebe Peng Faith Poppelwell Victoria University (Wellington): ...

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2019 Sports and Performing Arts PRIDE Award winners

The 2019 prestigious Sports and Performing Arts PRIDE Award winners are:  Sports: TGS Margaret Moore Cup for Senior Girls Contribution to TGS Sport - Gracie McLeod The Sandie Wiltshire Cup for Sportswoman of the Year - Nina Edgar The Geange Trophy for Senior Boys Contribution to TGS Sport - Robert Wilson Takapuna Grammar School Coach of the Year - Tristan Hegglun...

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The Show Must Go On - TGS Fashion Show dazzles again

On the 25th of September, the Bruce Mason Centre was transformed into a classy circus top. Draped with red and white silks the annual TGS fashion show was yet another incredible showcase. This years theme “The Show Must Go On” presented garments from Takapuna Grammar as well as guest college St Kentigern. Opening the show soloist dancer Maddie Blair and Cactus dance...

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Head Prefects named for 2020

We are pleased to announce the following students have been selected as Takapuna Grammar School Prefects for 2020: Jake Avram - Head BoyCatherine Fairbairn - Head Girl Connor Cowie - Deputy Head BoyWill Dalzell - Deputy Head BoyTayla Wheeler - Deputy Head GirlLibby Easterbrook - Deputy Head Girl Oliver Arthur-Hunt       Ciara Allpress Laiba BatoolZak...

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Merit Badge Awards Assembly 2019

Today the school held its annual Merit Badge Awards Assembly for our Year 12 & 13 students. A Merit award recognises the substantial contribution a student has made to their activity or sport. Students have performed with distinction, exhibiting excellent leadership and strong commitment. Over 150 students have achieved a Merit award this year. This includes 15 gold Merit Award...

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Senior Science whiz kids excel at Otago Uni Quiz

Congratulations to three of our students for their results in the recent Otago University senior Science quiz. Michael Walker won a Merit award, Mayzie Mortimer won a Merit award and Andrew Crotty who came second place out of all Year 11 students nationally. Well done Andrew, a huge achievement!

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Senior Science whiz kids excel at Otago Uni Quiz

Tertiary Scholarships with Generosity NZ

Please see below the new signup and login procedures (including URL weblinks) for student wanting to register with Generosity NZ website for Tertiary Scholarship information. Below are two logo’s that students should click on to first sign up, receive confirmation email and confirm account, and then secondly to log in. Once students have created an account, they can log in anytime and...

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Massey University STEM Day

Every year, Massey University graciously opens its doors to high school students from all over the North Shore to spend a day on its campus. This year, eleven Takapuna Grammar School students were given a taste of different lectures at Massey University’s STEM day. Engineering and Ecology are just two of the many subjects that were made available. The interesting presentations and...

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Newly appointed school Board of Trustees elected

Dear Parents and Caregivers of Takapuna Grammar School, We are excited to announce that we have a newly appointed school Board of Trustees, who were welcomed in by the Principal and outgoing Chair last week. At this meeting a new Chair and Deputy Chair were also elected. Your Board Representatives are; Mary Nixon, PrincipalPenny Harrison,...

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We're off to The Big Sing National Finale!

Congratulations to the Takapuna Grammar School Chorale, and to Leonessa, who have been selected to compete at The Big Sing National Finale held in Dunedin from 29-31 August. For the first time, two Takapuna Grammar School choirs have been selected to compete at this prestigious competition. Only 24 choirs across New Zealand are selected for the National...

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TGS Music Department shines at The Big Sing

Earlier this week the four Takapuna Grammar School choirs ventured over the bridge to compete at the annual Big Sing competition. The Auckland’s festival is held at the Auckland Town Hall and showcases over 77 choirs participating each year. The TakaCrooners (junior girls choir), Sultans of Sing (all comers boys choir), Leonessa (auditioned girls choir), and Takapuna Grammar School...

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"Ignite" Devonport-Takapuna Kāhui Ako Conference another Success

Takapuna Grammar School recently hosted the second Community of Learning conference for 260 teachers and staff from our seven schools on the peninsular. Te Poho Hall and the beautiful new classrooms located in the northern wing of the Main Block was the venue and we had 260 teachers and staff from our seven schools attending. Our keynote speaker was Mr Welby Ings who spoke about creativity and...

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IB Alumni interview with Ella McLeod

We catch up with former TGS student Ella McLeod for a chat and ask her how committing to our IB programme has made a huge difference in her life since starting her tertiary studies... What are you studying, where? Since the start of 2018 I have been studying at the University of Victoria in Wellington and am currently in my second year of completing a Bachelor of Laws....

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TGS hosts Google Earth Geography Teachers Course

On Friday 14th June Takapuna Grammar School in partnership with Google Earth Education hosted 20 Geography teachers from around New Zealand for a workshop on the most engaging ways to use the Google Geo Tools in class. The Presenters on the day were Mr Steve Smith from TGS and Dr John Bailey, Program Manager for Google Earth Education from San Francisco. Steve is a member of the Google...

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Term 2 Letter from the Principal

I trust everyone had a lovely holiday break. We have been very busy over the past few weeks. A lot of initiatives are now established to ensure we further develop our themes of pride and purpose. Academic progress continues to be celebrated regularly as this is our core business. An Achievers’ Breakfast was held just before the break to honour Year 13 students striving for their personal...

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Special Education Field Trip - Trees for Survival Planting Day

Trees for Survival are a charitable trust which promotes the growing and planting of native trees to help control soil erosion. By encouraging organisations to sponsor and support school students in tending tree seedlings and planting them out on eroding land, the programme brings communities together to protect New Zealand's soil and water resources. Rotary provides support to the...

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Ad Augusta News - Term 1

To read about everything that's been happening in our busy Term 1 so far this year, click here to view our latest News. Or click here to view our Newsletter Archives. 

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Congratulations 2019 Student BOT Representative - Tayla Wheeler

The votes have been counted from our returning officer who is happy to announce that the 2019 Student Representative on the Board of Trustees is.... Tayla Wheeler! To learn more about our Board of Trustees and their backgrounds, please visit https://takapuna.school.nz/board-of-trustees/

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Mihi whakatau to welcome our new HOD of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori - Ngahuia Ormsby

Takapuna Grammar School Tū Tangata students and prefects warmly welcomed (mihi whakatau) our new HOD of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori - Mrs Ngahuia Ormsby and her whanau on the steps of Te Poho (school hall). Whaea Ngahuia was born in the Waikato and has been brought up in Ngāruawāhia and has close connections to her local marae. Students and staff look forward to her commencing classes on...

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Prefects and Scholarship recipients honoured at special award assembly

On Thursday we held a special assembly in Te Poho Hall where we presented all of our 2019 Prefects their ties and badges followed by a special presentation to our 2018 University Scholarship recipients in front of their proud parents and former teachers and peers. Congratulations to all these recipients who continue to set the bar high for the next generation of students to maintain over the...

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Korean Lunar New Year Senior Gala Party

On Saturday 16th of February, Takapuna Grammar School were fortunate enough to host the Annual Korean Lunar New Year’s Senior Gala Party, along with the Hi Well Trust group. There were at least 400 attendees including the Korean Chairperson, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, veterans who participated in the Korean war and our school principal, Mary Nixon. The attendees were...

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Chinese Lunar New Year at TGS!

This year our International Department created a new event in the Term 1 calendar to celebrate the Chinese/Lunar New Year which took place on Friday the 8th of February in the new student services courtyard during lunchtime. The walk up crowd were entertained with live dancing and signing performances, food stalls offering authentic Asian food such as fried dumplings, rice paper spring rolls...

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Excellence Endorsement Awards Presentation Ceremony

We recently held a special assembly for all Year 12 and 13 students to celebrate and acknowledge students who achieved an Excellence Endorsement in Level 1 and 2 in 2018 or who achieved Excellence in Year 1 IB. We had close to 200 students across the two cohorts receive an excellence endorsement. This was a wonderful achievement by the students and an acknowledgment of all of the hard...

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Board of Trustees Student Representative Elections

Nominations are invited for the election of one student representative to the Board of Trustees.  A nomination form and a copy of this notice are available to all eligible voters on the student roll. (Both people being nominated and the nominators must be current students from Year 9 or above. Eligible students may nominate themselves. Any full-time student in Year 9 and above and aged...

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Rebuilding our Heritage brick by brick

To hear the latest on our exciting building upgrades, read our article in the latest Channel Magazine attached below...

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Sports Information Evening - Thurs 14th February

Students, parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend our annual Sports Muster Evening in Te Poho on Thursday 14 February. Drop in anytime from 4.00pm until 7.00pm to learn more about, and sign up for some of the many codes available. Please click here for further information about our sports programme.

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Our Year 9's have arrived for 2019!

On Wednesday the 30th January we welcomed our new whanau - the Year 9's, International Students and Staff to Takapuna Grammar School into Te Poho "the heart of the lion" School Hall with a traditional Powhiri and speeches from our Board of Trustee's Whanau Representative Mark Te Kani and Principal Mary Nixon. Click here for a short video of the Powhiri.

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2019 Term Dates

See below or click here to view all term dates for 2019

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