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Takapuna Grammar

Climbing to new heights
Erica Gatland intends to rock the world: starting at age ten, she has developed into one of New Zealand's best indoor rock climbers.
Inspired from an early age by watching her older brother and his friend training, she has been a very committed climber ever since.
As a result of three-hour training sessions, three to four times per week, Erica has made the New Zealand team. She has already gained some impressive results. First place in the U19 category at Oceania competitions, in 2013 at age 15, and a 1st place at the Nationals in Hamilton in May.
She has been confirmed as a team member of the New Zealand World’s team. Her hard training over the summer has definitely paid off. Erica said, “Only thirteen people have been selected for the team from age groups under sixteen through to under twenty.” She knows the competition will be a challenge, as she has only ever competed against climbers from New Zealand and Australia. “I haven’t competed against the rest of the world, so I’m not sure what to expect,” she said, “but I know it’s going to be very tough!”
Her trainings at Birkenhead Leisure consist of wall climbing, skill acquisition, strength and endurance training and power endurance.
With the team, Erica will be travelling to Noumea, New Caledonia in late September. Currently selling chocolate bars around school, Erica needs to save $3000 for the competition expenses.

Students writing for students
After a pause of nine years, the TGS student written and produced newspaper, The Pridian has been resurrected. Interest has come from those in the school’s Journalism Club, and with a small team of dedicated seniors the first edition, a 12 page small sized paper hit the “news-stand” in the Student Services Centre on June 17. A small print run has been done to test the waters as it is offered free to students but printing costs must be covered by advertising.

Essay writing success
Since 1990, the Rodney Walshe Ireland Essay Competition has attracted Year 13 students from around the country. This year Takapuna Grammar School had only one entry. Sabina-Maria Giurgiu. With close to one hundred entries nationally, congratulations must go to Sabina on winning a Special Certificate of Merit, placing her in the top five.  Along with her certificate she receives a $100 book token.

Musical Triumph for TGS Band
TGS Concert Band competed at the New Zealand Concert Band Association Festival on Queen’s Birthday Weekend at Baradene College. They gained a Silver Award, well-deserved after dedicating themselves to many long rehearsals and weekend workshops. This is an extremely positive sign for this ensemble, which now continues to prepare for their major annual competitive event – the KBB Music Festival – in August. Congratulations to the students involved and to their conductors, Mr David Stent and Mr Andrew Uren.

Acting success in Wellington
Maya Wyatt, Andy Song, Bijoux Nortje, Natasha Birch, Charlotte Salthouse, Kelsey Schutte, Liam Cairns and Ayden Prinsen Geerligs were selected to represent Auckland North at the National Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. At the end of the festival, Maya Wyatt was awarded the "Most Outstanding Performer", and Maya and Andy together received the award for the “Two Actors Who Showed the Strongest and Most Truthful Connection Between Them”.

by Channel Magazine