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Albertian Silver Ferns return for launch of netball fitness programme

Albertian Silver Fern Maia Wilson (right) with her Captain Katrina Grant and some of the MAGS netballers who took part in the NetFit launch.

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Mount Albert Grammar School hosted the launch of a new Netball fitness programme promoted by the ANZ Premiership teams on Tuesday, 21 March.

A number of Silver Ferns and Premiership players visited MAGS for the event, including Silver Fern Captain Katrina Grant, and Albertians Maria Tutaia (Mystics Co-Captain), Maia Wilson (Silver Fern and member of the new Northern Stars team), and Tera-Maria Amani (Mystics team member).

Katrina Grant and fellow Silver Fern Courtney Tairi led a session of the NetFit Netball programme for about 100 MAGS netballers, while their fellow national players joined in with the students. NetFit is part of ANZ's "Dream Big" programme for netball, aiming to help players avoid injury through good workouts.

Cameras from Newshub, 1 News, Sky Sport and Netball NZ buzzed through the players as they jogged, stretched and buddied up for exercises to music.

MAGS' Head of Netball, Ms Paula Smith, was delighted to see some of her former MAGS players and have her students involved in the fitness promotion.

"Safe training is part of maintaining your fitness and being available for your team-mates, so we're very happy to host the launch of a national programme that promotes injury prevention as well as fun through fitness," said Ms Smith.

Te Papa partnership marked at launch of learning lab

Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm at Te Papa with Chief Executive Mr Rick Ellis, right, and Director of Collections, Research and Learning, Mr Dale Bailey.

A strengthening partnership between Mount Albert Grammar and the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, saw Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm invited to the launch of its innovative new learning lab, Hinatore.

Mr Drumm was hosted by Te Papa Chief Executive, Mr Rick Ellis, who attended MAGS from 1967-1971 and was named Albertian of the Year in 2015.

Mount Albert Grammar was asked to attend a 'think tank' with other schools in the lab's planning stages last year. Physics teacher Ms Paula Calver and Year 13 student Jeremy King travelled to Te Papa to take part.

"We offered ideas on what experiential learning could look like, and how students in centres other than Wellington could benefit," said Ms Calver.

Hinatore is equipped with a virtual reality studio, 3D printers, 3D scanners, touch tables, and telepresence technologies that enable learners to connect in real time with those in other parts of the country, and overseas.

Learning lab spokesman Ms Miri Young says the lab is an inspiring space with a range of technologies that “allow us to learn in completely new ways”. Read more ...

Kapa Haka retains Top 10 placing at Polyfest

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Mount Albert Grammar's Kapa Haka group put on a stunning performance the ASB Polyfest on Saturday, 18 March, to come 9th in Auckland. This retains our place in the prestigious first division.

Click here to watch the group's performance on the Maori TV website

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'Gabby's Gift' marked in NZ Herald story

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The tragic loss of Albertian Gabby Marsh, a Prefect in 2014, was marked this week in the New Zealand Herald, with a story on how even in death she continued to give as her family honoured her wish to be an organ donor.

Gabby passed away on her 20th birthday, Monday, 6 March, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Her organs saved the lives of six people.

Gabby was an outstanding student and member of the MAGS community. She won a Scholar Lion for attaining Levels 1 and 2 with Excellence, and gained Level 3 with Merit, came 1st in Accounting in Years 12 and 13, and was Girl Captain of the Underwater Hockey squad, for which she won a Sports Lion. She was a Peer Support Leader, a Peer Reading Tutor, a member of the Environment Club, and achieved the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award at Bronze level.

Gabby was about to head back to the University of Auckland to continue her studies toward an LLB/BCom.

Her brother Jacob was Deputy Head Boy last year; her sister Victoria is still at MAGS in Year 12.

Gabby's university friends have launched a Scholarship in her name to benefit a young school leaver demonstrating exceptional character and service to fulfil their dream of studying commerce at the University of Auckland. You can contribute through a Givealittle page at this link:

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/gabbymarshscholarship

Our thoughts and prayers remain with Gabby's family.

Albertian Arun Panchia named Black Sticks Captain

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Arun Panchia,who attended Mount Albert Grammar from 2002-2006, has been named Captain of the New Zealand Black Sticks men's hockey team.

He will lead the squad in their series against Pakistan starting in Wellington on Friday, 17 March.

Arun won a Bronze medal with the Black Sticks at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and was a guest speaker at the MAGS Sports Awards Dinner last year.


AgriBusiness student speaks at Field Days

Read the stuff.co.nz story on Fatima here

Year 12 student Fatima Imran spoke about her career goals in the primary sector at a future leaders' seminar held as part of the Central Districts Field Days in Palmerston North on Thursday, 16 March.

Fatima is in the first class of AgriBusiness students at MAGS, launched this year for Year 12 students who excel at Science and Commerce. It will be extended to Level 13 from 2018.
She was the only secondary student invited to speak to about 100 business people and politicians about what might encourage young people to study for careers in AgriBusiness.
"Right now not a lot of students - especially girls - see this as a possible pathway and I want to change that," said Fatima.
"My challenge to the future leaders of the industry is to show students that careers in agriculture don't have to involve working on farms - they can be in business, science, technology or marketing." Read more ....

MAGS in top 6 schools in NZ after record results in NCEA and Scholarship


Henry
Russell

Outstanding Scholar

Theresa Boyd
Outstanding Scholar
1st in Biology

Elliot
Paton-Simpson

Outstanding Scholar

Wanli
Cheng

1st in Chinese

Mount Albert Grammar School is one of the top six schools in New Zealand after students attained a record number of Outstanding Scholarships, and the highest ever pass rate in NCEA Level 2 following the 2016 examinations.

Excellence endorsements for Level 2 and Level 3 students were also at record levels. Our total of 93 Scholarships included 10 at Outstanding level (the top 1% in each subject), the most Outstanding Scholarships we have ever gained in what represents the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students. Scholarships were attained across 21 subjects, also the the most ever, and were spread among 58 students.

Among the highest achievers were our Boy and Girl Dux of 2016, Henry Russell and Theresa Boyd, and Boy Proxime Accessit Elliot Paton-Simpson, all named as NZQA Outstanding Scholars - among the top 60 in the country. Henry earned six Scholarships, including one Outstanding, Theresa earned four Scholarships, including two Outstanding, and Elliot earned three Scholarships, including two Outstanding. The award provides each of them with $5000 per year for three years toward their tertiary studies.

In addition, Theresa came first in New Zealand in Biology, and Wanli Cheng, who earned three Scholarships, including one Outstanding, came first in Chinese.

In NCEA, 95% of students who sat Level 2 passed, our highest rate ever. Merit endorsements were won by 36%, while 19.7% of Level 2 students passed with Excellence, also a record number. Our pass rates of 88% for Level 1 students and 84.7% for Level 3 were also pleasing and in line with past years. Of Level 1 students who passed, 42.5% did so with Merit, and 28% with Excellence. Of Level 3, 34% passed with Merit and 19.2% with Excellence, another record result at this demanding level. MAGS' results are above the national average and other Decile 7 schools, and in many cases also higher than than Decile 8-10 schools (see table at link below).

Click here for full NCEA and Scholarship results

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

Theresa Boyd
4 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding

Wanli Cheng
3 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding

Soumith
Chittajallu

3 Scholarships

Jack
Henderson

3 Scholarships

Angela
Liu

3 Scholarships

Claire
Liu

3 Scholarships

Hideaki
Murakami

4 Scholarships

Elliot Paton-Simpson
3 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding

Liam
Quinlan

3 Scholarships

Henry Russell
6 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding

Five winners in Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards


Jacqui
Hand

Football

James
Kirkham

Mountain Biking

Caitlin
Pritchard

All Rounder

Waimana
Riedlinger-Kapa

Rugby

Angus
Scahill

Underwater Hockey

Five MAGS students were named the best in Auckland in their chosen sports at College Sport Auckland's 2016 Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

Jacqui Hand won for Football, James Kirkham for Mountain Biking, Caitlin Pritchard in the demanding All Rounder category, First XV Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa for Rugby and Angus Scahill for Underwater Hockey. Waimana was also a finalist for the overall Young Sportsman of the Year award.

Jacqui, Caitlin, Waimana and Angus are all part of New Zealand Champion teams for MAGS, and have represented New Zealand in international competitions. James won the AKSS Mountain Biking and NZSS Multi-Sport titles this year.

MAGS had 15 finalists across 12 codes at this year's awards, among the most of any school.

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


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