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Principal´s Welcome

 Nau mai haere mai ki te kura tuarua o Takapuna.  Welcome to Takapuna Grammar.
He mihi tino mahana ki a koutou i tēnei wā.  A warm greeting to you all at this time.
Tēna koutou katoa.
 
This year is the school’s 90th anniversary. It is a good time to reflect on our past and consider our purpose and relevance for now. Takapuna Grammar School was established in 1927 as the first secondary school on Auckland’s North Shore. It has blossomed into a diverse and vibrant community that combines traditions with contemporary ways of meeting the needs of all our students. We help them value their uniqueness and learn how to be successful now and throughout their lives. We are working together to make our world locally and globally a better place.
 
The school is strongly student-centred. There is vast array of opportunities available for academic learning and for having fun in and beyond the classroom.  The TGS curriculum is responsive, relevant and authentic and designed to foster aspiration, creativity and self-managing learners.  The school’s dual qualification system of NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) encourages staff and students to be outward and forward looking. Both systems develop strong skills and attributes for thriving in today’s fast moving world and build strong community mindedness.
 
Staff and students enjoy being together and collaborating with each other. This has long been a feature of the school and makes it a happy and productive place to be in. Our location is special with the school situated in a beautiful, established beachside suburb right next to the centre of the most desirable cities in the world. This combines extensive opportunities and experiences within a safe, family focussed environment. We are friendly and inclusive and have a strong values. Students are well supported and encouraged to be themselves. They learn to value their own culture and embrace others. At Takapuna Grammar School it is okay to be you and you develop a strong sense of awareness and caring for others. There is collective responsibility for both the well-being and achievement for all.
 
We are celebrating and showcasing our school throughout the year as we reach a significant milestone. I look forward to meeting many of you at events and in our community.
 
Mary Nixon
Principal
Takapuna Grammar School