Notices

Latest Covid-19 Alert L3: Letter to Parents, Caregivers (12/08)

Dear parents and whanau, These certainly are extraordinary times. We are fortunate to live in a caring and connected community and we are well prepared to navigate successfully through any challenges that lie ahead. I trust we will all offer and ask for any support that is needed to advantage our students to succeed academically and in all areas of their lives over the coming weeks. I...

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Covid-19 Alert L3: Letter to Parents, Caregivers (11/08)

Dear parents, students and whanau, Many of you will have heard the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Tuesday (11.08) evening that Auckland is returning to COVID-19 Level 3 Alert from midday Wednesday 12 August. Everyone is asked to stay home from work and school from Wednesday morning unless they are essential workers or students of...

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Letter from the Principal 07.08.20

Dear Parents & Caregivers,  Term 3 is now well underway. This is the business end of the year with students preparing to peak in their learning and achievement. It is a very busy time with assessments, practice examinations, career applications and subject selections for 2021. Winter activities are in full swing so the school is a hive of activity from early morning until late in...

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Giselle den Breems wins Weta Workshop arts award

Congratulations to Year 10 Giselle den Breems who was a finalist and won a Rising Stars Highly Commended Arts Award, selected by a Weta Workshop panel led by director Paul Tobin and voted by the public. The school is very proud of this achievement, especially her proud art teachers! Well done Giselle! To read more about this and other winners, click here. 

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Auckland University Engineering Challenge

On Saturday a group of our top Physics students took part in the annual Auckland University Engineering Challenge. This was also used as an opportunity for all of our IB students to complete their Group 4 project where students from a range of subjects collaborate to solve a given problem and present their findings. This year's question was: "How many satellites can be...

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TGS wins Boys Auckland Indoor Ultimate Frisbee Tournament!

Takapuna Grammar School has just been crowned the Auckland Indoor Ultimate Frisbee Boys Champions for 2020! The boys team consisted of Lomano Crichton, Noah Tu’isila, Aiden Kerr, Julian Ng, Matthew Boniface, Finn Barnes, Chris Williams and is coached by Evan Barnes. The team beat Westlake Boys in the semi finals with a one point win in overtime. They then went on to challenge Auckland...

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Postponed: Main Block Reopening Community Morning - Saturday 15th August

This is an opportunity for the community to have a guided tour of the newly refurbished Main Block on Saturday 15 August from 9.30am to 11.30am (for a gold coin donation). Following the tours, you are welcome to join us on the sideline for the TGS vs Whangarei BHS 1st XV rugby match kicking off at 12.00 midday. Also the Senior Musical Theatre production “Ghost – The...

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Sascha Letica wins lockdown poetry competition

On behalf of everyone here at TGS and the Poetry In Action organisation, we would like to congratulate Sascha Letica on being the recent winner of their lockdown poetry entry competition! They were blown away by receiving hundreds of poem submissions from students across Australia, New Zealand and the United States and said "Sascha's poem really stood out to us. We were so impressed...

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Massey University Molecular Field Trip Day

A group of our Year 13 Biology students spent the day at Massey University last Friday. They were taking part in a Molecular Biology workshop run by the Science Faculty. The students got hands-on experience using modern tools and techniques and gained insight into the research and development the University is currently involved in.  A fantastic learning experience for our students and...

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Pōwhiri for HOD Maori - Ms Tina Peters

Takapuna Grammar School welcomed our new HOF of Te Reo Māori - Ms Tina Peters with a traditional Pōwhiri last week. The Powhiri was a belated welcome for Ms Peters into the Takapuna Grammar school whanau due to Covid 19. It was a very special and emotional occasion to have Ms Peters whānau and previous school Carmel College join us at the pōwhiri. A powerful Haka performed by Prefects and...

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Takapuna Grammar School celebrates Matariki

Matariki Atua ka eke mai i te rangi roa, ē Whāingainga iho ki te mata o te tau roa, ē Students, whānau and teachers gathered early Wednesday morning to acknowledge and celebrate Matariki 2020. The morning involved karakia, student presentations on the Ngā mata o te Ariki cluster followed by waiata with students and whanau. A big thank you to all the staff and students, our...

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McAlpine's Lookout gets its first look over

The newly handed over Year 13 common room will be known as 'McAlpine's Lookout' for the 2020 year. This name was chosen by the Prefects and their Year 13 cohort for a space to relax and work in a quiet corner of the school. It looks straight over the TGS#1 cricket pitch facing north and Rangitoto Island and was a place Ian was always busy preparing the field, mentoring students and slowly...

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IB Dipoma - C.A.S. Creativity, Activity and Service

As a part of the IB diploma, all students are pushed to participate in a range of activities, sports and co-curriculars in order to become more well rounded learners. This part of the diploma is called CAS, Creativity, Activity and Service. As a first year IB student myself I found the idea of completing 150 hours of co-curricular activities over the 2 year cause a very intimidating idea....

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TBC: Junior Mid Year Report Evening - Wednesday 19th August

JUNIOR REPORT EVENING Junior Report Evening is Wednesday 19 August in the Main Block. All junior mid year reports will be available online on the KAMAR Parent Web Portalhttps://portal.takapuna.school.nz/student/index.php from 3.00 pm, Wednesday, 12 August. Also on Wednesday 12 August an email letter will be sent to parents with details of how to access the online booking system....

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IB Students volunteer at Battle of the Schools

Creativity, activity and service (CAS) are the three essential components that every IB student must complete as part of the IB course. IB (International Baccalaureate) is an educational program established by the Swiss. The first CAS experience which we participated in was Battle of the Schools. This predominantly counted as Service due to the nature of the work which we were doing,...

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Recollect TGS History website launched

New Recollect TGS site: https://takapuna.recollect.co.nz/ TGS was founded in 1927. Our goal is to have every yearbook, class and sports team photo and records of key events preserved digitally. Anyone can come and find content and photos from their school days and can also submit photos they have from their school days to create an historic content hub for all to enjoy. So dig up...

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Gateway Students get a taste of working environment

This week some of our Gateway students were lucky enough to participate in a workshop run by The Get Group. The students are learning how to manage workplace relationships and incidents that may occur in a workplace. They complete their learning through theory and interactive based activities. On completion students are able to contribute effectively within a team or group, have a better...

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Blake NZ brings Virtual Reality to Year 9 Science Students

This week our Year 9s took part in a Virtual Reality Workshop run by Blake NZ. The virtual reality videos highlighted the impact that humans are having on marine ecosystems around New Zealand. The students looked at footage from The Three Kings, The Poor Knights and Mokohinau Islands and compared this with some of our polluted harbours and overfished regions of the Hauraki Gulf. The workshops...

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Writing success for Daniel Twine

Daniel Twine in year 9 has won the 13-18 year old category of the Paradox Books Lockdown Writing Competition. His poem on the theme "In ten years time" wins him a $50 Paradox books voucher and will be published in the Devonport Flagstaff. We commend Daniel for his success and look forward to seeing more of his writing in the future. In ten years time,The trees will still...

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Flashback: Korean Senior Gala Party - CAS Experience

"In the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, exists a vital core component named “Creativity, Activity, and Service” where the purpose of it is for students to have co-curricular activities alongside their daily schedules, to be engaged in the community and develop skills and face challenges outside of class, which is one of the goals that the IB aims for - being a...

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Latest Letter to Parents & Caregivers (22.05.20)

See below the latest communication letter (22.05.20) to Parents & Caregivers from Mrs Nixon or click here to read in pdf form.

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Former pupil Emily Fan to interview Helen Clarke online

Emily Fan graduated from TGS Class of 2017 and has recently finished up her second year at Harvard University. She is currently preparing to co-host a virtual fireside conversation with Helen Clark next Saturday the 30th May at 10:30AM NZT (please see flyer below). We would like to support Emily in her ongoing tertiary studies and thought this might be something of interest to the wider...

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Covid-19: Latest Update (13/05/20)

Please find below the link to the latest information sent to parents and caregivers. Newsletter 13.5.2020 Warm Regards Mary NixonPrincipalTGS

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Les Miserables makes the TVNZ News!

Known for our TGS school productions that bring the community together, we were excited to round out the TVNZ News over the weekend representing the cancellation of school performances during this unique time in history and share excerpts from our cancelled 2020 school show Les Miserables! Click the link here to view the TVNZ News story...

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Updated Remote Learning Guides for Students and Parents (15/04)

Please find attached the updated Remote Learning Guides for both Students and Parents. Remote Learning Guide for Students (15/04) Remote Learning Guide for Parents (15/04) 

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Covid-19: Latest Update (09/04/20) #4

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students I want to wish you all a Happy Easter weekend, though it is a very different kind of holiday this year. I trust you have managed to have some relaxation and fun in the first term holidays even with the short notice and the difficult circumstances we are facing. School commences again next Wednesday 15 April in remote teaching and...

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Emergency Contact during the school closed period

If you urgently need to contact anyone from the Senior Leadership Team during the school closed period, Deputy Principal Brian Wynn can be reached via email on [email protected] or on mobile 021502685.

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Photolife Online Ordering

Individual and form class photographs are now available online. During form class, you will have received an Online slip with your unique Photo Access Key or code and instructions to view and order your photographs online.  If you place your order by Sunday, 5 April 2020, you will receive free delivery.  Photos come back to the school and you bring this home. Any orders placed...

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Global links with IB school in UK

Year 12 Tū Tangata students Monty Rose, Finn Barrett and Hugo Doughty were interviewed by Rex, an International Baccalaureate student from Hockerill College in the UK as part of her project looking at cultural appropriation of Māori culture. As part of her Social Anthropology assessment, Rex talked with the TGS students via Skype about ethnicity and identity, using and the teaching of te...

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Excellence Assembly - celebrating our elite academics...

On Wednesday 13th February we held our Excellence Assembly in Te Poho where we celebrated our successful students who achieved at the highest level in their NCEA or IB courses in 2019. Almost 200 students came across the stage to receive either an academic badge (Year 12) or academic tie (Year 13). These students all achieved an excellent endorsement in NCEA Level 1 or 2 in 2019....

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2020 Prefects Assembly

Today we officially congratulated our 2020 Prefects with their badge and tie presentation ceremony. Great to see so many proud parents up the the front celebrating this wonderful occasion with the school. We congratulate these students and their families on this fantastic achievement that they will look back on with pride in many years to come. The 2020 Prefects are: Jake Avram (Head...

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Workbook Purchase Timetable and Pricing Information

Please see below the timetable for when students can go collect their workbooks from the Old Gym and also some additional information about what they will be receiving and the cost. For a more detailed breakdown of what each year level requires, please click here for pricing and details.

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Coronavirus Information for Parents and Caregivers 17.03.20

Please find below the latest information (17.03.20) about the Coronavirus (in consultation with the Ministry of Education) and its possible implications on our school, students and staff. If having trouble viewing the letter above, please click on pdf link below;Coronavirus Letter (17.03.20) to Parents/Caregivers

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Powhiri to welcome our new Te Reo and Tikanga Māori teacher - William Catterall

First day of the year with our senior Year 12 & 13 students at an assembly to welcome our new Te Reo and Tikanga Māori teacher - William Catterall, another former student of Takapuna Grammar School who has close ties with the local community. Te Poho Hall was alive and roaring with the beautiful sounds of the conch, waiata's, haka's and then the warmth of welcoming back whanau...

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International Baccalaureate students deliver great results

We have had another year of successes in the IB department as reflected in our students’ results. The IB teachers are to be congratulated for their hard work and support of the students over the past two years. Our 2019 cohort worked solidly for Years 12 and 13 to complete the Diploma Programme showing perseverance and enthusiasm for their studies. In addition to their academic subjects,...

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TGS Rowers bring home medal haul at NI Club Champs

Congratulations to all of our crew members and coaches who competed down at Lake Karapiro over the last weekend of January at the North Island Club Championships. In the sweltering heat we had one of our most successful regattas ever with 17 A finals, winning 36 medals in total (4 first place crews and North Island Championship titles, 6 second place crews and 1 third place crew) and...

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2019 NCEA and IB results

By now all students should of received their NCEA and IB academic results for 2019. If you have any questions about this please contact Deputy Principal Mr Will Scovell at [email protected] for further information.

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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

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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