Remembering Sir John Graham

News items - 4 August 2017

Remembering Sir John Graham 9 January 1935 - 2 August 2017

Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu joins others in remembering and honouring the life of Sir John Graham who passed away on Wednesday 2 August.

Sir John served as Teach First NZ patron from our launch in 2013, and we are grateful to have had one of New Zealand’s most respected and inspirational education leaders involved with our work.

Sir John was well known as an All Black, as headmaster of Auckland Grammar School and as founder of the Academic Colleges Group (ACG). As a Trustee of both the New Zealand Education and Scholarship Trust (NZEST) and Woolf Fisher Trust, Sir John worked with many initiatives helping young people to achieve their potential and addressing educational inequality, including providing support for the Teach First NZ programme.

As an educator, sports person and leader, Sir John was an inspiration to so many of us, and we send our condolences to Sir John’s wife, Lady Shiela, and his family.


Photo: Teach First NZ Patrons: Sir John Graham with Dame Lesley Max, 2014.