the teachers here are annoying, many of them bully the dumb kids, they do not teach properly and are overall rude, they also dont allow us to eat in the library even though it is the only warm area in the school during lunch. half the kids here are asses and are racist, homophobic or sexist and the other half are annoying and act like toddlers. tuck shop is good but kinda overpriced
the teachers here are annoying, many of them bully the dumb kids, they do not teach properly and are overall rude, they also dont allow us to eat in the library even though it is the only warm area in the school during lunch. half the kids here are asses and are racist, homophobic or sexist and the other half are annoying and act like toddlers.
Most teachers suck and don't care about any of the students. The deans are the most useless people ever, sexual assaults happen yet they don't care unless it threatens them. The principle is a robot only caring for school pride. One time a kid killed himself but and at the assembly she talked about him for two seconds before mentioning how great the rowing team is doing. The kids are all asses and homophobic. 90 percent of your classes you will be taught by substitute to which they are all 90 years old. Most teachers won't know your name and the only kids who do have their name known are the sporty popular one. Screw the deans and screw the school. My advice is just to get through it trying your best. Also the school has no supplies for anything and IB sucks at it.
if your looking for a good education Takapuna grammar ticks all the boxes, however, if you're looking for mental stability or even a modicum of support you'll be disappointed. Ive experienced all forms of bullying ranging from verbal to being followed home. when this was brought up to the deans nothing changed i had to get ridiculously involved before anything changed. there is no level of understanding from management and as much as they advocate for individuality they take any choices that could allow for said individuality. as a queer student their is a high amount of homophobia from students and even some teachers allowing homophobia. anyone trying to make an improvement in the school is guilted for it by higher management and it took years to get some rugby guys held accountable for their dangerous/homophobic actions. anyone who partakes in rugby, rowing, soccer ect immediately has immunity from their own actions.
Please don't send your kids here. If you have other options, send them to a different school. Takapuna Grammar has created a dent in my wellbeing, academic performance and mental health which has taken ages to recover from. Nobody there has helped me, if not for my family and doctor I think I would've been in a ditch by now. The environment is toxic, the students have created a terrible culture and pick on other students constantly which there is nothing done about unless you have explicit proof and its 'bad enough', substance use is common amongst students which not much action has been taken against (honestly in a school like that some of them can't be blamed) and both the regular & accelerate classes are poor for different reasons. Half of the classrooms are alright, furnished okay and are a bit clean. The other half are dirty, with poor equipment & doesn't have a nice ambience to learn with. Gum underneath desks are common despite the fact we are in a pandemic a lot of the tables and desks do not feel clean. The library is alright with a decent assortment of books and material for learning and entertainment, although that's one of the only redeeming qualities. Librarians are friendly and helpful which is a stark contrast to the teachers who usually do not have any understanding or empathy of personal situations. All of the teachers are individual people with their own personalities so I can't say for all of them, but in most of my classes I don't feel safe. I don't feel safe about my health issues. I don't feel safe about my circumstances. They will put up a front that they care but no action will be taken, same with the counselors (who are more helpful in assisting with school problems than emotional and health problems, which they'll overlook until they find out you've nearly died)
Also, the school doesn't provide many supports for those who are from poor families. The courses are entirely online, the uniform is expensive and so are the books needed. Which wouldn't inherently be a problem since books cost ... but the fact there is no support for those who cannot afford. Deficient education for those who can't help it.
I honestly feel sickened by the way this school is run sometimes. I really wish my opinion of it was more positive but then that would mean I'm diminishing what I and others have went through.
If you're a parent looking for schools to send their kids too please look elsewhere to ensure a more quality education and experience. No high school is perfect but this one isn't a good option
This is the worst school in auckland. I was once in the school bathroom and 20 boys came into the bathroom and started talking about what kind of vape they had. They proceeded to kick down the door to my stall and blew vape smoke into my face. Needless to say, it was very traumatic. What does the school do about this? They install some stupid camera outside the school bathroom that does absolutely nothing. Literally pointless.
Not to mention there's some ancient teacher here who looks literally like the cherry bomb in plants vs zombies right before it's about to explode. His face is always red and he is infamous for just shouting random insulting remarks at students from halfway across the school just because they have a decent haircut. I feel like this teacher wants everyone to have a buzzcut like it's the marine corps or something.
The principle is absolutely pointless too. I think the school would function exactly the same, if not, better if the principle was just removed. The principle does absolutely nothing and ruins the entire school. The principle of Takapuna grammar is literally a robot who has no feelings other than "pride" for this garbage school. The principle and teachers do not care about anything other than their reputation and the school's reputation, and that's why they spent so long and so much money on renovating the stupid main building so that it looks fancy from the outside.
By the way, the inside of the main building is bad and it is the worst ventilated building I've ever been in I'm honestly surprised it isn't a health hazard. The main block toilets are filled with people who are just inhaling vapes like they are 70 and have covid and are on an ICU. Also, not a single bathroom in this school has a functioning lock. Hey, TGS, why not spend a few dollars on some working locks for the toilets instead of spending a few million on a stupid brick building that feels like you're in a rice cooker in the summer and also invest in some decent ventilation and AC, instead of the entire main building being powered by pointless fans pushing around hot air at the ceiling.
0/5, I would rather move to South Sudan than be in this school.
My child was in the Year 9/10 accelerate class and tried to commit suicide twice due to the pressure, once at school. The school did not report this to the Ministry of Education or allow my child to change classes. There are fantastic teachers but the school is let down by a toxic administration and pastoral care team, and parents are bullied into not making a fuss with threat of removal of their child to the northern health school. Sadly I know of similar stories for students ranging from year 9 to 13.
Honestly it’s really sad but it’s the truth! In my opinion the school doesn’t care about your mental health and so don’t most of the teachers. The are only a few teachers that actually do care and the rest don’t. The teachers treat you like trash half of the time when you try to speak to them about you and your well-being. The school thinks it’s helping our well-being when it’s making most of it worse. All the school cares about is the reputation for the school and to make sure u do a good role of it.
Terrible school. Got told off and given a detention for trying to do my school work so I wouldn't fail a class instead of attending a haka practice. Their reason for this was that haka is more important than your grades because it's a part of our culture. DOn't go to this school, it's horrible and they clearly don't care about you nor your grades. They're just here for your money.
terrible, got put in the extension class for year 9 and 10 (in year 10 atm) and I've tried to kms 4 times. the teachers treat you like a test subject and in the acc class you're given numbers to rank you. don't go here
The grounds are ok but some classrooms are really gross and there isn't much good equipment for stuff like art, media, dance, etc (really anything other than Rowing and Rugby). Most of the teachers are good but some are a little strange. They offer some good subjects but wish they offered more. Lots of amazing school activities and events
I feel like a guinea pig, because I am in the accelerate class, and they put so much pressure on us I am about the break! I feel like they put all their teaching and effort and everything into us and the rest of the school is just vaping all the time? I hate it here, but I think it’s a good school for people who aren’t nerds, because they expect us to lift their whole average!You’re either a nerd or a bitch, and the school seems to endorse this and make the gap between bigger and more hostile. There are a handful of good teachers, but the rest came from the knackers yard but for teachers. Many of the “cool kids” there are asses, and treat us like shit because we’re smart? I now suffer from depression and anxiety about tests and exams because of how much pressure they put on me on top of all that I already put in myself! This is to the point where it is getting dangerous for my health:(
So ya it’s kinda shite ngl
Takapuna grammar school is filed with some of the worst teachers in the world, I feel that from the very top down, the school has developed a culture of bullying that has bled into senior management, some of the staff and sadly, many of the students.
from my experience the school cares more about their pristine reputation than the wellbeing of their students. The school has a toxic culture and is not a pleasant environment to be in. Students get away with harassment of all sorts and create an unsafe environment for individuals who have been targeted, and the school doesn’t little to nothing about it.
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