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Twenty teams comprised of 80 players took part, and more than $20,000 was raised for the BG Williams Rugby Endowment Fund.
Second place was claimed by the MAGS student team - George Stephens, Archie Gothard, Nicholas James and Daniela Jeremic - who achieved two Eagles in their round. A staff team also competed, made up of Mr Simon Allen, Mr Paul Ferner, Mr Max Jeremic and Mr Allan Sangster. The team of Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm comprised his Personal Assistant Ms Annemarie Wright, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle and Mr Owen Wright. Albertian Stephen Luatua played with others from his Blues rugby organisation. Event sponsor Barfoot & Thompson put forward two teams. The winning team was from Les Mills.
Master of Ceremonies at the after-match function was sports personality and Albertian Mr Mark Watson. An auction was run by Barfoot & Thompson auctioneer Mr Murray Smith. Mr Bryan Williams spoke about the Rugby Endowment Fund, and Mr Drumm presented the golf prizes.
The ceremony fittingly took place at a gathering of Albertians for a special Christmas Luncheon and the AGM, also attended by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Greg Moyle, President of the Albertians' Association Mr Aftab Moosa (pictured left with Mr van Arkle), and former Headmasters Mr Greg Taylor and Mr Maurice Hall.
His citation was read by his longtime friend and colleague, Mr Tim Cook, who spoke of Mr van Arkel's rise from a 15-year-old on the shop floor at Woolworths to become a leader of companies employing thousands of staff and turning over billions of dollars each year. Mr Cook said Mr van Arkel was known among those he worked with not only for his business acumen, but also for his caring nature and ability to engage with his staff. Read more ...
"The school's motto - Through Hardship to Glory - was something that resonated with me. My introduction to New Zealand from Samoa wasn't easy, but a school helps lay the foundations of your character and MAGS contributed some important building blocks for me.
"My teachers gave me a spark, an insight to life - a lot of that was about self-belief. If you believe in yourself, that's hugely motivating - you can overcome anything in life and let the light inside you shine."
Mr Meredith, who attended MAGS from 1988-1991, said he was very grateful, deeply moved and honoured to receive the award.
The chef is best known through his award-winning restaurant Meredith's in Mt Eden, and for helping to establish the Eat My Lunch social enterprise business, through which customers can buy a lunch and have one donated to a child in need. Eat My Lunch now delivers meals to 1300 children in Auckland every school day. Read more about the award evening here ..
The third Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation fundraising golf day was held at Akarana Golf Club on Thursday, 31March.
A record 21 teams took part and over $20,000 was raised for the BG Williams Rugby Endowment Fund.
The winning team was the MAGS Staff team, comprised of Mr Paul Ferner, Mr Allan Sangster, Mr Simon Allen and Mr Max Jeremic.
Master of Ceremonies at the after-match function was sports personality and Albertian Mr Mark Watson. Mr Bryan Williams spoke about the Rugby Endowment Fund, and Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm presented the golf prizes.
The ceremony fittingly took place at a gathering of Albertians for a special Christmas Luncheon and the AGM, also attended by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Greg Moyle, outgoing President of the Albertians' Association Mr Ben Stallworthy, incoming President Mr Aftab Moosa (pictured right), Headmaster Mr Dale Burden and Chairman of the MAGS Foundation Mr Peter Thorp. Mr Pat Drumm, who will start his tenure as Headmaster from Term 1, 2016, was also there, along with former Headmasters Mr Greg Taylor and Mr Maurice Hall.
Mr Harmos was accompanied by his wife Sheridan, daughters Sophie and Phoebe, and Sophie's partner John Burnett. A number of Mr Harmos's friends and colleagues also attended.
His citation was read by his lifetime friend, Albertian Dr Charles Ng, who spoke of Mr Harmos' academic and sporting success, his outstanding career so far, and his advocacy for retaining New Zealand ownership of strong New Zealand businesses.
Olympic Gold medallist Mahe Drysdale and Albertian Shane O'Brien (pictured with Headmaster Mr Dale Burden), who won Gold at the 1984 Olympics, were guests of honour at the launch of the Kerry Ashby Rowing Endowment Fund, named in honour of the late MAGS rower, national champion, Empire Games Silver medallist, coach and patron. Mr Ashby was instrumental in restarting rowing at MAGS six years ago, and the fund will benefit students who have the talent but not the financial circumstances to take up the sport.
Mr Drysdale and Mr O'Brien were joined by a number of other Olympic and New Zealand rowers, and Albertians from rowing's heyday at the school in the 1950s and 1960s reunited in the FW Gamble Hall.
Radio Sport host and Albertian Mr Mark Watson was MC, and interviewed the Olympic rowers on stage throughout the evening.
Also in attendance were Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, Chairman of the MAGS Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle, Chairman of the MAGS Foundation Mr Peter Thorp, MAGSROW parents, rowers and supporters.
A charity auction led by Ms Marian Tolich of Barfoot & Thompson rounded out a successful night, which will see the Endowment Fund launch with a strong base with which to assist Mount Albert Grammar School's young rowers of the future.
|Mr Tim Kay, Director of Advancement|
Dear Albertians, Parents and Friends of the School,
You can contribute to the ongoing development of the School in many ways.
Giving to the Foundation will provide funds for the development and improvement of the school facilities for current and future generations of students.
Each of you or your children have benefited, either directly or indirectly, from the educational opportunities that Mount Albert Grammar School has to offer.
Now is our time to act for the benefit of present and future students.
The Foundation will support the School in many ways that would not otherwise be achievable through operational funding from the Ministry of Education, e.g.
- special staffing assistance awards
- special purpose projects and activities
You can support Mount Albert Grammar School by making a tax deductible donation to the foundation and, by participating in the Foundation's Bequest Programme, which will enable you to leave a lasting legacy for the benefit of the School for future generations.