• Tradition & Change

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

    Tradition & Change
  • Academic Achievement

    A 2014 total of 88 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

2014 Scholarship and NCEA results put MAGS among top 5 schools in New Zealand

- Benjamin Dekker one of top 66 Outstanding Scholars
- Liam Ferguson Top Scholar in Drama with Scholarship mark of 100%

Mount Albert Grammar School exceeded its 2013 tally of 83 Scholarships by gaining 88 in the 2014 results, the fifth highest among all New Zealand secondary schools. Our Scholarship total included seven at Outstanding level.

Click here for full NCEA results and the list of Scholarship winners

New Zealand Netball Champions for record 4th consecutive year

MAGS' Premier Netball team made it four in a row when they beat Saint Kentigern College 41-35 in the final of the NZSS Championships in Ashburton on Friday, 9 October.

No other school has won the national title more than two consecutive times. The win tops a season which saw the team also take out the National College Netball Championship, and the Auckland and Upper North Island titles.

Co-coach Ms Te Aroha Keenan (pictured left with Captain Holly Fowler) said the game was "intense", with the team two goals down after the first quarter, and the score 16-16 at half time.

"But the girls believed in each other and pulled through. Our theme for the week was the legacy we wanted to leave behind, and the girls lived up to that."

The MAGS team was unbeaten through the four day NZSS competition, winning against Baradene 43-10, Roncalli 58-11, Manukura 53-24, Epsom Girls Grammar 48-9, Wellington Girls 50-22 and in the semi-final against Wellington East Girls, 44-27.

Named in the Tournament Team were Captain Holly Fowler, Maia Wilson, Caitlin Dowden and Elle Temu.

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, who spent the week in Ashburton supporting the team, said four national titles in a row was testament to the outstanding coaching programme at MAGS.

The winning season is a great send off for Ms Keenan, who is heading to England to take up a two-year contract as Head Coach of Team Northumbria in the English Super League, and Coach of the University of Northumbria Netball team in the British University Netball Competition.

Holly will begin a contract with the Northern Mystics after completing her Level 3 studies at MAGS. Goal shoot Maia Wilson will head to Wellington and a contract with the Pulse.

Olympic stars gather for A Golden Night of Rowing

Olympic Gold medallist Mahe Drysdale with, left, World Champion Zoe Stephenson and Olympic Bronze medallist Juliette Drysdale (nee Haigh).
More photos here

A Golden Night of Rowing on Friday, 25 September, was a star studded affair, as Olympic and Albertian rowers gathered from New Zealand and overseas to help launch a new scholarship fund.

Olympic Gold medallist Mahe Drysdale and Albertian Shane O'Brien (pictured with Headmaster Mr Dale Burden), who won Gold at the 1984 Olympics, were guests of honour at the launch of the Kerry Ashby Rowing Endowment Fund, named in honour of the late MAGS rower, national champion, Empire Games Silver medallist, coach and patron. Mr Ashby was instrumental in restarting rowing at MAGS six years ago, and the fund will benefit students who have the talent but not the financial circumstances to take up the sport.

Mr Drysdale and Mr O'Brien were joined by a number of other Olympic and New Zealand rowers, and Albertians from rowing's heyday at the school in the 1950s and 1960s reunited in the FW Gamble Hall.

Radio Sport host and Albertian Mr Mark Watson was MC, and interviewed the Olympic rowers on stage throughout the evening.

Also in attendance were Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, Chairman of the MAGS Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle, Chairman of the MAGS Foundation Mr Peter Thorp, MAGSROW parents, rowers and supporters.

A charity auction led by Ms Marian Tolich of Barfoot & Thompson rounded out a successful night, which will see the Endowment Fund launch with a strong base with which to assist Mount Albert Grammar School's young rowers of the future.

Tom Butler wins 3 Gold medals in Australia

To cap off a great week for MAGSROW, Boys' Captain Tom Butler won 3 Gold medals as part of the Auckland team competing at the Queensland Schools Rowing Championships in Rockhampton.

Tom was selected for the Auckland Pair, Four and Eight - all of which won their races by a significant margin.

Art show exhibits student talent

On Thursday, September 24, Visual Art students in Years 11, 12 and 13 displayed their folio boards before they were sent away for marking.

Parents and family were invited to visit and celebrate the effort that our students have put into these works of art across multiple disciplines. Boards from Photography, Design and Painting were on show and the quality of work was testament to the teaching and learning in the Department. A big thank you to the many parents and grandparents who attended.

Ms Daniella Aleh, Head of Visual Art

Art students receive awards

Year 13 Art students Uhila Ngai and Hugo Harvey are recipients of Auckland Art Gallery's Pat Hanley Art Student Awards for demonstrating outstanding commitment and passion for the visual arts, and community awareness.

MAGS' Head of Visual Art, Ms Daniella Aleh, said Uhila had explored her Tongan heritage in design, painting, sculpture and printmaking, integrating elements from her local community into her work.

Hugo painted sophisticated imagery with flair and commitment, has been an active Arts Prefect and role model for the Arts at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Each student received gift packs and membership to the Friends of the Art Gallery.

MAGS poets into final of Spoken Word competition

Theresa Boys competing in the semi-final

Joseph McNamara and Jahmal Nightingale
Photos: Sole Photography

For the second consecutive year, MAGS' performance poetry team has reached the finals of the Auckland competition Word - The Front Line.

The team of Theresa Boyd, Shannon Hoole, Jonathan Buckman, Jahmal Nightingale and Joseph McNamara made it through the semi-final on 2 October to earn a spot in the Grand Slam with five other schools. The competition started with 144 young people in 32 teams.

Described as an "explosion of youth expression", the poets write original works on issues they feel strongly about, and then hone their performance for a stage show that is more akin to a rock concert.

Word - The Front Line, Saturday, 24 October, 7pm, Aotea Centre. Click here for tickets

North Island Gold for snowboarders

The MAGS Girls Snowboarding team won Gold at the NISS Snowboarding Championships at Turoa from 21-23 September.

The team is made up of Holly Curran, Maddison Hargreaves, Bridget Hartley and Olivia Stewart.

Holly also won Gold in the Dual Slalom.

University Blues Awards for Albertians

Six Albertians received University of Auckland Blues Awards at a ceremony on Friday, 25 September.

Joshua Cesan, son of MAGS' Head of Dance Ms Jacqui Cesan, also received the top award in the Arts category for the Most Meritorious Performance, recognising his achievements in Dance. Joshua is pictured with the university's Vice-Chancellor, Mr Stuart McCutcheon.

Blues Awards are presented annually to University of Auckland students who are not only achieving at a high standard academically, but have also achieved in the Arts, Sports or in Service and Leadership.

Sporting Blues were awarded to:

Danyon Kemp (Faculties of Arts and Science) for representing New Zealand in Underwater Hockey
Reid McGowan (Faculty of Business) for representing New Zealand in Gymnastics
Callum Phillips (Faculties of Science and Business) who represented New Zealand in Gymnastics
Liam Robertson (Faculty of Arts) for representing New Zealand in Underwater Hockey
Molly Swanson (Faculty of Science) for representing New Zealand in the ITU Triathlon Championships

Arts Blues were awarded to:

Lucy Harrison (Faculties of Law and Arts) for international achievement in Debating
Joshua Cesan (Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries) for award-winning hip hop dance performances and choreography with two consecutive Silver medals at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships, and for his leadership as Head-Choreographer, Company Director and Dancer in both Identity Dance Crew and its umbrella company IDCO.

Arts concerts showcase student talent

More photos here

The annual Junior Bytes and Arts Alive concerts were stunning showcases of the rich and varied talents among MAGS students.

The Junior concert by Year 9 and 10 students was held on Tuesday, 22 September, with the Senior concert held the following evening, both at the Centennial Theatre at Auckland Grammar School.

Each show combined Dance, Drama and Music performances across a range of genres and themes. Junior Bytes included Musical Theatre, jazz and classical music, and drama excerpts from Shakespearean plays. It concluded with the presentation of the inaugural Junior Arts Awards, by Arts Co-ordinator Ms Jacqui Cesan and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

Arts Alive this year included a contemporary Pasifika dance which has been selected for performance in the Tempo dance festival in October, an excerpt from the original play Four Out of Five that students produced earlier this term, and a piece by the MAGS String Group which won a silver medal at the KBB Music Festival. The 2015 Arts Lions were also presented.

Click here for the Junior Bytes programme including the names of Junior Arts Award winners

Click here for the Arts Alive programme including names of 2015 Arts Lions

Gold, Silver and Bronze for Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award students

Award achievers, front row from left, Salote Holi, Alexandra Chaptynova (Gold), Isha Parker; middle row: Jimmy Banks, Merry Wu, Harper Burtenshaw; back row: Brenna Hobson, Liam Quinlan (Silver), Adil Imran (Silver). Absent is Luther Robinson.
Attaining a Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award at Bronze or Silver level is a big achievement, gaining the demanding Gold standard is another step up altogether. In the eight years the scheme has been run at MAGS, only six Gold Awards have been presented. On Monday, 21 September, MAGS' Deputy Head Girl and Best All Round Girl of 2014, Alexandra Chaptynova, returned to the school to receive her Gold Award at assembly.

Alexandra was congratulated on her completion of the four sections of service, skill, physical activity and adventurous journey over a minimum period of a year, and an additional section requiring a residential project.

Among Alexandra's undertakings were helping at a primary school, a 4-day expedition along the Hillary Trail and volunteering for DOC on Kawau Island.

Current MAGS students Adil Imran and Liam Quinlan were presented with Silver Awards. Bronze awards were achieved by Jimmy Banks, Harper Burtenshaw, Brenna Hobson, Salote Holi, Isha Parker, Luther Robinson and Merry Wu.

Lacrosse boys are Auckland Champions

MAGS Premier Boys' Lacrosse team won the Auckland Championship when they beat Westlake Boys High School 9-5 on the last day of term, Friday, 25 September. Match report coming.

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Information for International Students

  • From Headmaster Dale Burden

    Welcome to Mount Albert Grammar School. Founded in 1922, the School offers a high quality of educational opportunity amidst the strong traditions of one of the oldest and best schools in Auckland.
  • Scholarship info and tutorials

    NZQA Scholarship Examinations are designed to incorporate elements of Level 3 subject course work and to also test higher level thinking skills in order to stretch even the most able students.
    For more specific information about NZQA Scholarship Examinations, and the subject specific tutorial support offered, please click on the following links:

    NZQA Scholarship Information 2015

    Schedule of Scholarship Tutorials
  • MAGS wins NZSS Netball Championship

    MAGS' Premier Netball team has won the NZSS Championship for a record 4th consecutive year, beating Saint Kentigern College 41-35 in the final on Friday, 9 October. They were unbeaten through the four-day tournament.


    vs Baradene: won 43-10
    vs Roncalli: won 58-11
    vs Manukura: won 53-24
    vs Epsom Girls Grammar: won 48-9
    vs Wellington Girls: won 50-22
    Semi-final vs Wellington East Girls: won 44-27
    Final vs Saint Kentigern: won 41-35
  • Sandals compulsory in Term 4

    A reminder that sandals are compulsory in Term 4.

    Sandals must be black or brown leather Roman, or McKinlays 'Safari' sandals. No socks are to be worn with sandals. Sandals are not to be worn with long trousers.

    Local stores have a good supply of Roman sandals up to size 12. The store Gr8 Shuz can order McKinlays 'Safari' for larger sizes, and offers a 10% discount for MAGS families.

    Gr8 Shuz
    80 Lansford Crescent
    Phone: 09 828 3336
    Email: gr8shuzavondale@xtra.co.nz

    Students who take a Technology subject requiring enclosed shoes in workshops should bring appropriate shoes for those subject periods. The enclosed shoes may only be worn during the Technology periods, and not around school or on the way to or from school.

  • Calendar and key dates

    Click here for term dates, public holidays and weekly updates of school events

    Mon, 12 October:
    Term 4 begins

    Tues 20th: Sports Dinner, Alexandra Park, 6pm

    Wed 21st: School House Prizegiving

    Thurs 22: Media Studies Film Night, Event Cinemas, 5.45pm

    Fri 23rd: Service Lions Assembly, FW Gamble Hall, 2pm

    Mon 26th: Labour Day

    Wed 28th: MAGS Arts Dinner, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7pm

    Thurs 29th: Pasifika Celebration Dinner, Owairaka Primary School, 6.30pm

    Fri 30th: Year 11 Prizegiving, FW Gamble Hall, 1.45pm

    Mon 2 Nov: Y12-13 Prizegiving, FW Gamble Hall, noon

    Mon 2 Nov: Leavers' Dinner, Alexandra Park, 6pm

    Wed 4 Nov: Year 8 Girls academic testing and sports academy trials

    Thurs 5 Nov: Year 8 Boys academic testing and sports academy trials

    Fri 6 Nov:
    NCEA exams begin

    Fri 6 Nov: Te Puna o Wairaka Dinner, Te Mahurehure Marae, Pt Chev

    Fri 4 Dec: NCEA exams end

    Tues 8 Dec: Y10 Prizegiving, 9.30am; Y9 Prizegiving, noon

    End of the school year

  • Sport

    School holiday fixtures and live results

    Sports Dinner registrations

    Please click here
    if you wish to attend as a member of a Premier sports team

    Match reports

    Sports news and information

    Individual sports

  • Careers information

    Click here for a list of tertiary providers' course entry requirements

    Click here for at schedule of tertiary providers' 2015 open days

  • Observatory opening times

    Viewing sessions at the MAGS Observatory are weather dependent, so notifications will be posted here on the day of each session. Please check back as late as 6pm on the day, as weather can change quickly.

    Location: Park on Alberton Avenue and walk up the farm roadway to the Horticulture block on the left. Look for the domed Observatory hut.

  • 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
  • Uniform Shop hours

    The shop will also be open on the last Friday of the school holidays, 9 October, 1pm-4pm

    Click here for more details about uniform requirements and how to purchase
  • Enrolment

    Out of zone applications for enrolment at MAGS for 2016 have now closed and the ballot has been drawn.

    Please submit in-zone applications as soon as possible to assist us with planning.

    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 July 2015 edition of MAGS' biannual magazine, The Lion, is in the mail to families and the MAGS community.

    Click here to read it online

    If you would like a print copy please contact the editor, Estelle Sarney, at esarney@mags.school.nz

  • 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

    Students' individual assessment calendars have been emailed to parents. If you did not receive one for your child, please email Mr Ian Scoltock at iscoltock@mags.school.nz

  • Staff Vacancies

    English teacher - LTR
    More information here

    English assistant teacher
    More information here

    Office Administrator
    More information here