Tradition & Change
Founded in 1922, the school values its traditions whilst delivering a 21st century education.more
Founded in 1922, the school values its traditions whilst delivering a 21st century education.more
A 2012 total of 92 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.more
National titles, New Zealand representatives and unsurpassed success in Auckland grades over the years all showcase our sporting depth.more
Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.more
The MAGS Way reflects the core values of our school's community.more
The Education Review Office gave Mount Albert Grammar School an excellent report following its assessment visit recently. 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."
Mount Albert Grammar School's 2013 tally of 83 scholarships was the seventh highest among all New Zealand secondary schools.
Our NCEA results of 2013 were our best to date. Students' achievement is higher than national averages and considerably higher than averages for other similar schools. Details and graphs here
MAGS Lions are not given lightly - those who attain a Scholar Lion, or one for Sport, the Arts or Service, have earned it through hard work, achieving excellence, and giving back to the school.
Only five students finished 2014 having gained all four Lions - Head Boy Liam Ferguson, Head Girl Katie Budgen, and fellow Prefects Jed Bradley, Claudia Howlett and Liam Rudd.
All students achieved Scholar Lions by gaining Excellence in NCEA Levels 1 and 2.
Liam was awarded an Arts Lion for his outstanding work in Drama, a Sports Lion for Rowing, and a Service Lion for his many duties as Head Boy.
Katie gained her Arts Lion for her work in the Orchestra, with the Chamber Group and Strings Group, a Sports Lion for Lacrosse, in which she is a New Zealand representative, and a Service Lion for her duties as Head Girl.
Jed's Arts Lion was awarded for his excellence in Media Studies, his Sports Lion was for making the top crew in Rowing, and his Service Lion was for his video work for the Performing Arts Department.
Claudia was awarded an Arts Lion for Dance, a Sports Lion for making the First XI in Hockey, and a Service Lion for her work for the Performing Arts Department and wider school community.
Liam gained an Arts Lion for excellence in Painting, a Sports Lion for his achievements in Lacrosse, and a Service Lion for his duties as Head Librarian, in Peer Support, Peer Mediation and tutoring.
Headmaster Mr Dale Burden said the students were true all rounders who exemplified the MAGS philosophy of producing young people who would contribute to society in a variety of ways.
"They are great role models for their peers and younger students, and should feel very proud to have completed their school careers with such an achievement," said Mr Burden.
Ia tatou olioli ma pepese i ai
You are leaving but we will keep on singing
MAGS' beloved Music teacher, Mr Tagaloa Peter Su'a, passed away on Tuesday, 18 November.
Mr Su'a taught at Mount Albert Grammar School for 10 years - his first and only job since changing his career to follow his heart into teaching later in life. He embraced teaching in the greatest sense - as a mentor, a leader, a supporter of those struggling and a guide to those who excelled - and took his skills beyond the classroom to help the community. He was a gifted pianist and choir master, abilities which enabled him to gather many students for performances they might not have otherwise experienced.
Since learning of his passing, former students and fellow teachers now living all over the world have sent messages in honour of a man who many say changed their lives for the better.
Cole Evans, Deven Jackson and Maia Wilson were each named the best players in their respective sports at the ASB College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, held at Eden Park on Thursday, 20 November.
Cole was part of the New Zealand Junior Black Sox Softball team that won the Silver medal at the Junior Men's World Series in Canada in July - the first podium finish for the New Zealand Junior team since 1997. He was also a member of the MAGS Premier Softball team that won the Auckland and New Zealand championships for the second year in a row.
Deven was one of three MAGS First XI Girls' Football players selected for the New Zealand Under 17 team that travelled to Costa Rica for the U17 World Cup in Term 1. The First XI went on to win the Auckland championship, the Auckland Knock Out Cup and the New Zealand championship for the second year in a row, all without conceding a goal.
Maia has been selected for the Silver Ferns accelerate squad, and played in the New Zealand A team against England in October. She helped the NZSS team win the International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge in Australia for the third year in a row, and is a goal shoot for the MAGS Premier team which won the New Zealand championship for a record third year in a row.
Ten MAGS' athletes from seven sporting codes made the finals of the Awards. The other finalists were Bella Kingi (Girls' Football), Katie Budgen and Georgia Carter (Girls' Lacrosse), Holly Fowler (Netball), Jonathan Winter (Rowing), Mattais Heimuli (Rugby League) and Matthew Downes (Wrestling).
Year 13 Chinese language student Luke Butler (right) and teacher Ms Eva Liu helped the New Zealand team to the semi-finals in an international language competition in China.
They are pictured with other team members Jaeho Shin of Auckland and Shannon Couper of Tauranga. Ms Liu was selected as the New Zealand team teacher following her success helping Luke win the New Zealand branch of the Chinese Bridge Competition in May. The International Chinese Bridge Competition was held in Beijing and Kunming from 16 October to 3 November.
Following speeches in Chinese, cultural performances, and a "game show"-style general knowledge quiz, the New Zealand team finished in the top 16 out of 67 competing countries.
Luke had already received a six month scholarship to a Chinese university of his choice as a prize for winning the New Zealand competition, which he will take up between studies for a Commerce degree at Auckland University.
"But the greatest advantage I've gained from competing in the Chinese Bridge is recognition for my language ability among organisations in New Zealand, such as the recently formed New Zealand China Council, which I believe is invaluable in terms of my desired career in business," says Luke.
Science teacher Ms Paula Calver and Mount Albert Grammar School have been selected to take part in the Science Teaching Leadership Programme in 2015.
An initiative run by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and The Royal Society of New Zealand, the programme is part of the Government's national strategic plan for science in society. It will involve 37 science teachers from schools all over New Zealand. Ms Calver says MAGS was selected because the school has already made progress in the implementing the philosophy of the new science curriculum, which is as much about applying scientific thinking and processes as it is content.
The aim of the programme is threefold - to increase the number of students going into science-related fields, to increase scientific understanding among all students even if they are not continuing with science, and to bring more community opportunities for science into schools.
Ms Calver will spend Terms 1 and 2 next year working with professional scientists from The Royal Society to learn more about the nature of their work and the skills their jobs require. She will also visit Wellington to work with others involved in the programme, before returning to MAGS in Term 3 to transfer what she has learned to the Science Department, and into the classroom. Part of this will be surveying the school community to find out what science issues they are concerned about, so they can be incorporated into students' education.
"Science affects people in different ways every day," says Ms Calver, "Whether it's worry about the ebola virus, to council weed spraying, to climate change. This programme aims to increase scientific literacy throughout society as we move into a future where greater understanding is needed, and more and more jobs will be available."
Head of Music Ms Milica Zjajic-Moon won the Herb Towers travel prize for professional development. The award will enable Ms Zjajic-Moon to plan an overseas journey that will further enhance her teaching.
Winners of the CP Liddell Scholarships for excellence in teaching were Head of English Ms Aubrey Mason, Maths teacher Mr Gareth Hodges, Health and Physical Education teacher Ms Amy Wiltshire and Chemistry teacher Ms Alayna Pulham.
Isaac Ah Kuoi-Atmore and Holly Fowler are MAGS' Head Boy and Head Girl for 2015.
Isaac follows in the footsteps of his brother Keneti, who was Head Boy in 2012. This year Isaac received the Harry Wichman Cup for the Best All-Round Boy in Year 12.
Holly Fowler is the Captain of MAGS' Premier Netball team, which this year won the National Championships for the third year in a row - the first time a school has achieved that record. She was also Captain of the New Zealand Secondary Schools team that won the International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge in Australia for the third year in a row.
"Both Issac and Holly have been chosen to lead the student body as they are great role models," said Headmaster Mr Dale Burden. "They work hard, have great values and are totally committed to our school and the MAGS Way. Both have shown during the past four years the ability to serve, collaborate and work collectively in the best interests of other people. They have great strength of character and integrity. They are leaders."
The winner of the 2014 Ara Lodge Arts Scholarship is Year 13 student Aishia Maka. She receives $1000 to put towards her tertiary studies.
Aishia, who has excelled in Painting and Photography, will be presented with the Scholarship at the ARA Lodge Fine Art Awards in January. The Awards are made up of top art students from secondary schools across Auckland.
Aishia plans to study Fine Art at either the Elam School of Fine Arts or the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.
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 seven years the scheme has run at MAGS, only four Gold Awards have been awarded, and on Saturday, 18 October, two former students received theirs.
Tim Rutledge (second from left) and Edward Duncan, who both completed their studies at MAGS in 2012, were presented with their Awards by the Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, at a ceremony in Epsom attended by the Headmaster, Mr Dale Burden, and the teacher in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award programme at MAGS, Mr Andy Belson (left).
Edward and Tim were congratulated on their completion of the four sections of service, skill, physical activity and adventurous journey over a minimum period of a year, and an additional section involving a residential project.
“This award recognises the efforts you have made over a lengthy period," said Sir Jerry. "You and your family, friends and supporters can be rightfully proud of your achievement. Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is about more then learning valuable life skills. It is also about recognising the importance and benefits that flow from service to the community.”
Edward and Tim had earlier returned to MAGS to be presented with their Awards at a special assembly.
"The Gold Award has required a huge amount of commitment, time and motivation from these young men," said Mr Belson. "Congratulations to them both on their outstanding achievement."
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"Kua hinga te totara i Te Waonui a Tane"
A totara has fallen in the great forest of Tane
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge our beloved MAGS music teacher, Tagaloa Peter Sua, who passed away in the presence of his loved ones. He has been an inspirational music teacher for countless students and has made a huge difference to the lives of many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, students and colleagues at this time. His musical legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched and inspired.
"Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted"
The MAGS family
Students who have been successful in their trials for MAGS Year 9 and 10 Sports Academies for 2015 will be notified by Friday, 28 November.
In 2015, Year 9 students will bring their own device to school to assist
with their learning in the classroom. The iPad is MAGS' device of
Information evening for parents and caregivers
The School has arranged discount pricing for the purchase of devices and other goods from several retailers.
JB Hi-Fi has a school iPad deal for the MAGS community.
Click here to download the JB-Hi-Fi flyer.
These prices are valid until the end of January.
Second hand iPads welcomed
Would you like to donate your older iPad to the school?
If you have recently upgraded your iPad and have an older model that is no longer of use to your family or business, please consider donating the device to the school. These iPads will be used in departments.
Please e-mail Elise Goddard, the Director of E-Learning, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help.
Microsoft Office apps for iPad are available free to MAGS students.
If your child has an iPad and attends MAGS, he or she can download the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for free. If they sign in with their school e-mail, they will be able to unlock all features, including the ability to create and edit documents.
Click here to access the Microsoft Office app site
Mount Albert Grammar School students are now able to download the latest full versions of Microsoft Office. Both Windows and Mac versions are available at no charge. More....
This section contains teacher contacts and further information about the special nature of our Junior School.
Information PowerPoints on education, arts and sports
Inter-form Class Competition Points Table
Click here for a list of tertiary providers' course entry requirements
Thursday, 4 December
Drinks from noon, lunch at 12.30pm
To be followed by the Albertians Association Annual General Meeting
Cost: $30 per person, payable on the day
RSVP: By Friday, 28 November, to Valerie Menzies
Phone 09 846 2044 x 8153
Click here to see a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School
Click here for a comprehensive weekly calendar of school events and meetings.
The Lions' Den Uniform Shop will be open for extra days and extended hours through December and January to assist families with uniform requirements for 2015.
Click here for a photo essay on the Junior Girls' Volleyball team
Click here to check out the new MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.
Click here to read MAGS' new biannual magazine online, and download a copy.
If you would like a print copy please contact the editor, Estelle Sarney, at email@example.com
Music teacher - LTR
English teacher - full time