Mr Lassche, you showed a passion for learning that inspired all your students. You had an ability to demonstrate and encourage learning by the passion in your voice and your love of science. You provided ample motivation to all your students, leading to a succession of lifelong learners. Thank you.
Mr Hunt was somewhat unusual in his style, to say the least, what with the glass eye, but he taught me 4th form Japanese. It was the first time I remember being really passionate about learning anything. He brought the subject to life and that was a turning point for me. As Hunt would say, he was a good man for Grammar.
Inspirational for me was the late David Parker, my fifth form ‘form teacher’ at Auckland Grammar School in 1963. He made Shakespeare palatable and with his keen sense of observation and a cutting lucid wit every lesson was an exercise in sheer bliss for me. He knew exactly how to deal with a bunch of extroverted hormonal teenage louts and used humour to gain our attention and total respect. We had Mr. Parker for the first period every Monday morning, a hideous start to any teacher’s week as most of us were not the slightest bit interested in adjusting to pouring over textbooks. He addressed us in the same fashion every Monday morning.
“All right lads, I humbly suggest you refrain from boring each other with overblown mythical accounts of your weekend sexual exploits and let us attend to the reality at hand — the desperate search for meaning in the glories of English literature.”