Education: Takapuna Grammar School
Celebrating New Year
An invitation to “seniors” to celebrate the Korean Lunar calendar New Year saw over 500 people, young and old, gathered at the school for a wonderful day’s activities, in early February.
This was the third annual “Senior Event” to be held; made possible through sponsorship and support by Health NZ, and its owner Mr Hun Kuk Lim, the NZ Korean Restaurant Association, and the NZ Korean Craft Association.
In addition to the seniors and their families, more than 60 members of K force (Korean veterans) attended, as well as Takapuna staff and students. There was also one New Zealand Korean War veteran present, Walter D Wyatt, who is an ex-pupil of Takapuna Grammar.
A buffet lunch, exciting performances, from groups such as the Over 65 Choir, a talent show, games, gifts, and a special performance of ‘Gangnam Style’, all ensured that everyone had a wonderful time.
Associate Principal, Mr Holding, who was also in attendance, described it as, “A wonderful celebration of the contribution that people have made towards the education of Korean culture.” In a year where one of the school’s Annual Goals is International Mindedness, this occasion demonstrated the realities of being global citizens.
Takapuna Grammar top scholars from 2012
Three subject scholarship awards, to Year 12 student Jordan Griffiths, was the top result for 2012. Calculus, Chemistry and Physics scholarship awards, has seen Jordan offered a scholarship to the University of Canterbury. He has deferred this for a year to combine working and some travel, before heading south in 2014.
Amongst the highlights for our top Year 13 students were two Outstanding awards to Harriett Maire and Paul Symes, in Drama, and in Japanese, for Hung Kweon Kim. Peter Sorrenson, the Proxime Accessit for 2012 gained three scholarships; in Calculus, Statistics and Physics. Three students also gained scholarship passes in two subjects each. Anna Minegishi in Japanese and Design, Felix Pryor in Art History and Photography and Grace Single in Classical studies and Media Studies.
Included in the total of 35 awards, the Art department is very proud of its ten candidates who all gained Scholarship. Ten from one department is an outstanding achievement.