• Tradition & Change

    Founded in 1922, the school values its traditions whilst delivering a 21st century education.

    Tradition & Change
  • Academic Achievement

    A 2015 total of 104 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.


    Academic Achievment

  • Sporting Excellence

    National titles, New Zealand representatives and unsurpassed success in Auckland grades over the years all showcase our sporting depth.


    Sporting Excellence

  • Performing & Visual Arts

    Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.

    Performance & Visual Arts
  • The MAGS Way

    The MAGS Way reflects the core values of our school's community.


    The MAGS Way

Latest News

Outstanding ERO Report

The Education Review Office gave Mount Albert Grammar School an excellent report following its most recent assessment visit. It noted that student academic achievement is "outstanding" and NCEA performance is "higher than national averages and is considerably higher than the averages for other similar schools."

To read the full report, click here

Record results in 2015 NCEA and Scholarship put MAGS among top 5 schools in New Zealand

* Riki Guernier and Bruno Batinica named as NZQA Outstanding Scholars - among top 68 students in the country

Mount Albert Grammar School students gained a record 104 Scholarships in the 2015 NCEA exams, the fifth highest among all New Zealand secondary schools. The total surpasses our 2014 tally of 88. Scholarships represent the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students. Our total was gained across 18 subjects, also the most ever, and included seven at Outstanding level.

Our students also attained our best ever results in NCEA Levels 1-3, once again exceeding the national average and equalling or surpassing averages for schools in the higher Decile 8-10 bracket (MAGS is Decile 7). In the graphs below, MAGS figures are shown in the black line.

Click here to see the graphs and figures in more detail

Particular acknowledgement is made of the following students who achieved multiple Scholarship success:

Bruno Batinica
4 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


4 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships

Riki Guernier
5 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships

Hamish Jelleyman
3 Scholarships, incl 1 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships

Hrishikesh Kodthuguli
3 Scholarships

Yixin Ma
4 Scholarships

Aakash Rajay
3 Scholarships

Michael Soffe
3 Scholarships

Once again our Mathematics students were dominant, gaining 28 Calculus Scholarships, including 3 Outstanding, and 13 in Statistics, with 1 Outstanding - a total of 41 across the Department.

Scholarships were achieved in Accounting, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Dance, Design, Drama, Economics, English, History, Media Studies, Painting, Physical Education, Physics, Statistics and Te Reo Maori. Outstanding Scholarships were achieved in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics.

Click here for the full list of Scholarship winners

MAGS top sporting school in Auckland at ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Read the NZ Herald story here

Mount Albert Grammar School cemented its position as the top sporting school in Auckland at the 2015 ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, with Black Sox softball player Cole Evans named Young Sportsman of the Year.

Out of a record 17 finalists from 11 sporting codes, MAGS' athletes won eight categories, more than any other school:
Best Softball Player: Cole Evans; Best All-Rounder: Caitlin Pritchard; Best Male Cricket player: Aniket Parikh; Best Male Athletics Champion: Niven Longopoa; Best Female Athletics Champion: Symone Tafuna’i; Best Male Rower: Fergus McSwiney; Best Lacrosse player: Georgia Carter; Best Netball player: Maia Wilson.

Science teachers visit MAGS to learn from the best

A group of 21 science teachers from around New Zealand toured Mount Albert Grammar's Science Faculty on Thursday, 5 May to see best practice science teaching in action.

The visit by the 13 secondary and 9 primary teachers was organised by the Science Teaching Leadership Programme, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and facilitated by the Royal Society of New Zealand. MAGS' Science Faculty Pedagogical Leader Ms Paula Calver says the aim of the programme is to bring a future-oriented focus to science teaching across the country to better meet the needs of industry and innovative employers.

The teachers were able to observe science classes taking part in modern learning activities that focus on scientific literacy, analytical thinking and active engagement. They then met with Ms Calver and Head of Science Ms Ang Whitlam to discuss the change process used to redevelop our curriculum and teaching methods. Read more ...

Grimm's Tales given new twist in school production

Original music and new scenes will add a fresh, modern edge to a performance of Grimm's Tales, Mount Albert Grammar's school production for 2016.

More than 70 students are involved on stage and behind the scenes of the show, to be held at the Playhouse Theatre in Glen Eden from 18-21 May.

Drama teacher Ms Jessica Rigold selected eight of the Grimm brothers' tales to interpret - four dramas and four comedies. Award-winning student singer songwriter Jenna Ackerman (far left) has written an original score for the show, and dances will be choreographed by top Dance student Oliver Mathiesen.

Students Jonathan Buckman (at right) and Brooke Walker have written original scenes that depict aspects of the Grimm brothers' lives growing up in Germany. These will be inserted between each tale as a way of introducing the following story, with Jonathan playing Wilhelm Grimm and fellow Drama student Elliot Paton-Simpson (second from right) playing his brother Jacob. Read more ...

Grimm's Tales, Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden, 18-21 May, 7pm, Matinee 1pm on Saturday, 21 May. Tickets from www.iticket.co.nz Students $10, Adults $20, Family Concession $50 (2 adults, 2 students)

Six receive Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Gold Award

Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm and teacher Mr Andy Belson with the Gold Award recipients, from left, Alexandra Chaptynova, Michael Soffe, Hayley Becht, Katy MacKenzie, Harry Duncan and Aakash Rajay.

Five Albertians and Prefect Katy MacKenzie received their Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Gold Awards from the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, at a ceremony in Auckland on Saturday, 30 April.

2012 Head Girl Hayley Becht, 2014 Deputy Head Girl Alexandra Chaptynova, 2015 students Harry Duncan, Aakash Rajay amd Michael Soffe and Katy attended with their families, Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm and the teacher in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award programme at MAGS, Mr Andy Belson. Prefect Alex Thompson has also completed her Gold Award but is currently overseas.

The Governor-General presented each student with their award and had a chat about what they had done to achieve it. Read more ...

Careers Head to attend American university conference

MAGS Head of Careers Mr Kubi Witten-Hannah has been granted a prestigious scholarship to the United States to learn how students can best gain admission to American universities.

Mr Witten-Hannah will attend a conference run by the International Association for College Admission Counseling at Rutgers University in New Jersey in July, and then tour 17 universities in that state, New York City, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. He will be one of a group of careers counsellors from around the world there to learn what American universities look for when assessing scholarship applications from overseas students, and to build networks.

Mr Witten-Hannah was nominated by the United States Consulate in Auckland, and believes he is the first New Zealander to win the scholarship.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to take a closer look at tertiary education in the United States, and learn how to create more opportunities for MAGS students to go there," says Mr Witten-Hannah.

He added that New Zealand students were fortunate in that they lived in the only country in the world where all our universities are in the top 500 out of about 10,000 globally.

MAGS dancers 2nd in NZ competition

The MAGS Megacrew came 2nd out of 15 high schools at the New Zealand Hip Hop Championships held in Auckland on Sunday, 1 May.

More than 90 students auditioned for the crew, for which 34 were selected. The students, ranging from Year 9-13, trained through the April holidays. They were led by Year 13 Dance student Jackson Tuarae, who composed most of their dance's choreography, assisted by fellow Year 13 students Maria Wrassky-Bulmer and Celia Hext. Jackson is part of the ID Co crew The Bradas which won the Gold medal at the World Hip Hop Championships last year.

Dance teacher Ms Samantha French said the students were truly deserving of their 2nd place. "Most students had not performed in this competition before, and were extremely committed and passionate."

Sports update

Netball: MAGS girls star in ANZ and NZ rep teams

Elle Temu

Holly Fowler

Maia Wilson

Jamie-Lee Price

Erikana Pedersen

Nadia Loveday

Meretini Fuimaono

Rebekah Roache

Tera-Maria Amani

Caitlin Dowden

MAGS Netball continues to be a source of talent for national teams, as a number of our girls star in ANZ Championship sides and New Zealand age-group teams.

Year 13 student Elle Temu has been selected for the NZ Secondary Schools team, which on Sunday, May 1, played the MAGS Premier team at MAGS in what was a pre-season preparation game for both sides. MAGS has won the NZSS Championship for the past four consecutive years so is the best competition available for the NZSS side. Click here for the match report

2015 Premier Captain Holly Fowler and top shooter Maia Wilson have taken up contracts with the Northern Mystics and Central Pulse respectively. Holly made an early impact in the ANZ pre-season tournament, starting as Goal Defence for the first two Mystics games and playing a key role in this week's win against the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Maia is now the starting Goal Shoot for the Pulse and is already the number 1 ranked NZ shooter in the ANZ Championship with a success rate of 93.6%.

Other Albertian netballers continuing in the ANZ competition are Jamie-Lee Price (Magic), Erikana Pedersen (Tactix) and Nadia Loveday (Mystics).

The Beko National League is the feeder competition to the ANZ. The Northern Team includes Meretini Fuimaono, Rebekah Roache and Tera-Maria Amani, while the Mainland Team features Caitlin Dowden.

Part of Netball NZ's National Development Squad are Jamie–Lee Price and Erikana Pedersen, and four Albertian girls help make up the NZ Under 21 team - Maia Wilson, Holly Fowler, Jamie-Lee Price and Caitlin Dowden.

MAGS wishes our girls all the best and will be watching their progress in great support.

Lacrosse: Four girls in winning NZ Under 23 team

The NZ Lacrosse Under 23 team travelled to Melbourne over ANZAC weekend to play the annual commemorative ANZAC match in Melbourne. On the team were MAGS Premier team members, from left, Georgia Houston, Ruby Johnston, Rachel Adams and Nerida Elson.

Warm-up club games were won 12-2 and 16-3, before the main event on Anzac Day against the Australian Under 23 team. New Zealand won 14-2.

Underwater Hockey: Five selected for NZ Under 18 team

Premier Underwater Hockey team members, from left, Finn Hollingworth, Nicholas Sykes, Liam Quinlan, Nathan Browne and Angus Scahill have been selected for the NZ Under 18 team.

They will travel to Hobart in July to compete in the Trans-Tasman Tournament.

Swimming: Medals at National Championships

MAGS swimmers took away a haul of medals at the National Age Group Championships in in Wellington from 18-22 April.

Year 9 student Brearna Crawford won seven medals, Year 10 student George Smith won five, and Year 12 Katherine Grozev completed the takings with a Bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Brearna won Silver in the 200m breaststroke and Bronze in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 200m and 400m individual medley, and as part of the 4x 100m medley relay.

George won Gold in the 100m butterfly, Silver in the 100m freestyle, and Bronze in the 50m and 200m butterfly and 50m freestyle.

MAGS wins Silver at NISS Orienteering Championships

The MAGS orienteering team achieved its best ever results at the NISS Orienteering Championships in Hawkes Bay over the holidays, holding off last year’s champions Havelock North High School for 2nd place overall in the Top Schools points competition. More than 360 orienteers from 61 schools from all over the North Island took part in the three-day competition. In the relay event, our Junior Boys A team of Adam Bateman, Mitchell Cooper and Daniel Carroll earned Bronze. Click here for photos and the event report

Following the team's success, five members were selected for the Auckland Regional Schools Team, from left, Liam Thompson, Theresa Boyd, Liam Grozev, Adam Bateman and Jonty De Pledge.

The Auckland team will contest the Regional Challenge Trophy against other New Zealand regional teams at a three-day forest orienteering competition at Queens Birthday Weekend. Australian teams will also be competing, and the event will act as trials for the NZSS team to compete in the Southern Cross Trophy in Australia in September.

Basketball boys back in the Premier league

MAGS top Boys Basketball team will move up from the Senior Open to the Premier grade this season after a strong performance at the qualification tournament, held at Saint Kentigern College from 29 April-1 May.

The competition was made up of the top teams from the Open grade and two teams from the Premier grade facing relegation. MAGS won every game, beating Mt Roskill Grammar 92-54, Massey High School 112-45, Alfriston College 68-36, Pakuranga College 80-63 and finally Saint Kentigern College 87-43. Read more ...

Albertians' Annual Reunion Dinner and Albertian of the Year presentation

Albertians, staff and members of the MAGS community are warmly invited to attend the annual Reunion Dinner, which will include the presentation of the Albertian of the Year Award to renowned chef Mr Michael Meredith.

Thursday, 23 June, 6.30pm
Northern Club, Princes Street, Auckland city

This special occasion includes welcome drinks, a two course meal, a selection of beverages, an update on School and Albertian activities by Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm and Albertians Association President Mr Aftab Moosa respectively, and the presentation of the 2016 Albertian of the Year Award to Mr Michael Meredith, one of New Zealand's most celebrated Master Chefs.

Click here for booking and payment details

Read more about Michael Meredith here ...

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Information for International Students

  • Headmaster Patrick Drumm

    Welcome to Mount Albert Grammar School. Founded in 1922, the School offers a high quality of educational opportunity amid the strong traditions of one of the oldest and best schools in Auckland.
  • Theme this week

    Never lose sight of your goals.

    Whatever your goals, it is important to keep them fresh, especially as the weather gets colder and the days shorten. Share your goals with family and friends, as you are more likely to achieve them if they are posted on the fridge. Term 2 is when successful achievers separate themselves from the coasters.

  • Key dates for Term 2

    Click here for Term Dates and the weekly diary

    11 May:
    School Cross Country Race - boys

    13 May:
    School Cross Country Race - girls

    17 May:
    Friends of MAGS meeting, staffroom, 5.30pm. All parents welcome

    18-21 May:
    School Production:
    Grimm's Tales
    , Playhouse Theatre,
    Glen Eden
    Tickets from www.iticket.co.nz
    Students $10, Adults $20

    25 May:
    Board of Trustees voting papers received by parents (see below)

    1 June:
    MAGS dancers in YOUDANCE Youth Dance Festival, Raye Freedman Theatre

    3 June:
    Board of Trustees voting closes

    6 June: Queen's Birthday holiday

    10 June:
    2016-2019 Board of Trustees announced

    14 June:
    Art Board Show and Business Market, E Block, 4.30pm-6pm

    23 June:
    Albertians Annual Reunion Dinner and Albertian of the Year presentation (see below)

    30 June:
    Annual Music Concert, Raye Freedman Theatre

    6 July:
    Albertians' Lunch, School House

    8 July: End of Term 2
  • Sport

    Click here for results of fixtures during the school holidays

    Click here for this week's fixtures, including live updates of results

    Winter sports season - uniform and behaviour

    The school is looking forward to another successful and enjoyable season, and would like to draw players' and supporters' attention to our rules regarding uniform and behaviour.
    Please click here to ensure your child is fully prepared come game time, and that every match is played and supported in the best spirit for the benefit of the players and the team.

    College Sport app

    MAGS recommends the College Sport Auckland app, containing draws, rules, information and locations for your child's sporting activity.

    Download it for free from the App Store

    Latest photo essays

    Football Girls First XI v Rangitoto

    Football Girls Junior A v Rangitoto

    Sports news and information

    Individual sports

  • Board of Trustees election

    The three-yearly election of members to the MAGS Board of Trustees will take place this June.

    Parents are invited to stand for the Board, and all parents have the right to vote for Board nominees.

    There will be seven elected members of the Board. Those members will then vote for which of them will be the Board Chairperson.

    Parents have been emailed with details of the election process.

    Click here to read the email

  • Uniform shop hours

    Monday: 8am-1pm
    Tuesday: 8am-9am
    Wednesday: 8am-9am and 3pm-6pm
    Thursday: 8am-9am
    Friday: 8am-9am

    The shop will also be open on the following Saturdays to coincide with home Football and Rugby games:

    Saturday, 7 May:
    8.30am-10.30am and 1.30pm-2.30pm
    Saturday, 14 May:
    10.30am-12 noon and 1.30pm-2.30pm
    Saturday, 28 May:
    10.30am-12 noon

    NB: The shop will be closed on Monday, 6 June, for the Queen's Birthday holiday

    Click here for more uniform information
  • MAGS Observatory

    Viewing sessions are weather dependent. The final open/cancelled decision will be posted here just after sunset on the day of each session. Please check here before departing to the observatory.

    Location: Park on Alberton Avenue and walk up the farm roadway (via Gate 5). After about 200 metres, you will see white car parked at the entrance to the Horticulture Block. The observatory is about 50 metres inside the gate.

  • Junior Art Exhibition

    Drop by the Gallery in the Visual Arts Department in E block to view some of the top drawings by Year 9 and 10 students. Pictured below are the exhibition's Year 10 curators Ella McCool-Reay and William Kung.

    The drawings will be on show for the next three school weeks.

  • Student blog - now open

    Click here to read the latest posts on the MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.

  • Careers information

    Click here for a schedule of tertiary providers' presentations at MAGS, and other Careers information

  • The Junior School

    This section contains teacher contacts and further information about the special nature of our Junior School.

    Latest Posts
    Starting at MAGS information booklet
    Information PowerPoints on education, arts and sports
    Inter-form Class Competition
  • Enrolment

    Click here for information, application forms and to download a copy of the Prospectus

    Includes information on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for all Year 9 students

  • Welcome to International families

    Click here to see a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School

  • MAGS News e-newsletter

    Click here to read our latest e-newsletter

    Click here to view past e-newsletters
    To go on our mailing list, click here
  • The Lion - school magazine

    The November 2015 edition of MAGS' biannual magazine, The Lion, has been posted to families and the MAGS community.

    Click here to read it online

  • Useful Links


    Latest ERO Report
    NZQA ExaminationTimetable

    Senior Academic Guide - 2016
    Subject Information

    Careers Information
    Tertiary Links and Fact Files

    Guidance Links for Parents

    NCEA L1 internal assessments
    NCEA L2 internal assessments
    NCEA L3 internal assessments

    NCEA information

    Click here for for a link to a pdf of the presentation used at an NCEA information evening.
  • Staff Vacancies

    There are no vacancies at this time.