December Newsletter


News and updates from the Old Boys' Association December 2017

Closing for the Holidays

The AGSOBA will be closed from December 23 rd through to January 8 th. We close at the end of day on Dec 22 nd and will re-open on Monday January 8th.

Our new committee

  • President Bio- Mr D Dickinson ’84 David Dickinson ’84 was re-elected President of the AGSOBA at this year Annual General meeting. Deputy Head Boy of Tibbs House and Prefect of the School in 1988. Following his time at Grammar, David went on to gain a BSS from Waikato University and MBA from Massey University. This has led him through a career of product development and strategic planning in the telecommunications sectors globally. Now based at Vodafone NZ as a Senior Manager, he will be focussed on the ensuring the 125th year of the Association in 2018 will be marked appropriately in the lead up to our 150th celebrations in 2019.
  • Treasurer Bio – Mr Stu Lobb ‘84 Stuart J. Lobb ‘84 was recently elected treasurer of the OBA. While at school he was in the Rowing First VIII (2nd at Maadi) and the First XI Soccer (National Champions). He went on to complete a BCom at Auckland University and a trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in audit. Stuart has worked extensively overseas in Apia, Park City, Frankfurt, Sydney, and did 12 years in London working for Investment Banks on global IT/Finance projects. He has a son in 6A this year and works currently as a consultant for NZX listed companies.

Our AGSOBA Committee for 2018:

President: David Dickinson '84

Vice-President:Grant Trethewey '76

Treasurer: Stu Lobb '84

Committee: Styan Barron '80, Paul Bunbury ’90, Grant Graham ‘75, Deputy Headmaster - Junior School, Mr P. Morton, Michael O’Connell ’04, Murray McKinnon ’59, Bill Price '48, Craig Pryor '87, Michael Wang '11

Congratulations for Marco de Jong '08 from the Old Boys

The Auckland Grammar School Old Boys’ community congratulates Marco de Jong ’08, who is one of three New Zealanders who have been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to carry out postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in 2018.

de Jong is Auckland Grammar’s 26th Rhodes Scholar, the first being Solomon Ziman in 1908 and the last Matthew Stevens in 1999. The 22 year old de Jong completed a Bachelor of Arts, with double major in History and Art History and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and is currently completing a Master of Arts at the University of Auckland. In 2016 he was named arts student of the year by the Auckland University Arts Students’ Association and for the past year has been president of the University’s History Society.

Samoan ancestry on his mother’s side has helped him find a passion for the Pacific. At Oxford he will study a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) under New Zealand historian and fellow Rhodes Scholar James Belich. He will focus on climate change diplomacy and would like to become a force for the Pacific people through either education, academia or diplomacy to ensure decisions are made with, and not for, islanders.

The Scholarships, named after the British mining magnate and South African politician Cecil Rhodes, are considered to be one of the world’s top scholarships. Established in 1902 it was the first large-scale programme of international scholarships and were created to promote civic-minded leadership among “young colonists”.

Per Angusta, Ad Augusta

David Dickinson ’84

AGSOBA President


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