• 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

Winter Tournament Week

Click here for all results

Latest results

Basketball Junior Boys
Basketball Prem Boys
Basketball Junior Girls
Basketball Premier Girls
v Western Springs won 61-51
v Otumoetai won 80-15
Football Boys First XI
Football Girls First XI
Hockey Boys First XI
Hockey Girls First XI
v Hamilton Boys won 4-2
v Trident won 6-0
v Saint Kentigern won 1-0
v Avondale lost 0-2
Premier Netball
Rugby U15 Colts
Rugby League First XIII

v EGGS won 34-17
v Palmerston North Boys won 32-14
v Southern Cross Campus won 18-12

Underwater Hockey
Senior Open A

Underwater Hockey
Senior Girls B

Underwater Hockey
Junior Open A

Fine Art Show reaches new milestone

More photos here

MAGS' second Fine Art Show exceeded the fundraising total of its first year, lifting profit from $47,000 in 2014 to around $65,000 this year.

The funds go straight to the MAGS Foundation for use in projects to benefit students. This year projects will include an artist in residence programme in the Visual Art Department.

Director of Advancement Mr Tim Kay said the show was not only an outstanding fundraising event for the school, but also brought people together from the local and wider Auckland community, reunited former students, and showcased the culture of MAGS.

"The students who helped throughout the weekend, led by Arts Prefect Tessa Cochrane, were outstanding - a credit to the school," said Mr Kay.

About 450 guests attended the Gala Opening Evening on Friday, 21 August, up from 350 last year. The evening included an auction, run by Marian Tolich of Barfoot & Thompson, of six donated works by photographer Emma Bass, the Gow Langsford Gallery, the Greg Moyle art collection and artist Peter Collis. In total the works raised $10,000.

This year the student art exhibits were judged and the winners named at the Gala. First place went to Uhila Nai (pictured right with John Gow of Gow Langsford Gallery,), second was Hugo Harvey (centre) and third was Jeremy Porteous.

Hundreds of people visited the show on the free admission days of Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the 750 pieces of art by 130 established and emerging artists. Works included paintings, photography, sculpture and objects. The artists donated 40% of each sale to the school.

"The Friends of MAGS parents committee is to be hugely congratulated for organising such a wonderful show," said Mr Kay. "The committee members are all volunteers and have other commitments but they devoted a great deal of time over the last six months to stage a great event. One of New Zealand’s most prominent art benefactors said the MAGS Fine Art Show was the best school art show he had been to."

Music festival awards for MAGS musicians

More photos here

The MAGS Jazz Band won arguably the top award at this year's KBB Music Festival - the Chairperson's Command Performance Award for their rendition of You Are My Sunshine by Ray Charles.

Although the band won Bronze in competition for their five-piece repertoire, their performance so impressed Festival Chairman Dr Trevor Thwaites that he chose them as his favourite group of the week-long event.

To top off our success, the MAGS Chamber Strings group (right) claimed a Silver medal in only their first outing in this prestigious competition.

The KBB Music Festival showcases the best in secondary school orchestras, concert bands and stage bands from across the Auckland region. More than 135 groups take part from more than 50 schools.

The Jazz Band, directed by Albertian Ben Sinclair, won Silver last year, and this year played pieces by Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini, among others. For You Are My Sunshine the 20-member band was joined by vocalists Siosiua Atuekaho, Janet Stewart, Sarah Alatimu, Cyprus Taumaoe and Esther Ji.

The 12-member MAGS Chamber Strings group includes nine members who are still only in Years 9 and 10. Directed by Loata Mahe, also a former student of MAGS' Head of Music Ms Milica Zjajic-Moon, they played four pieces and were congratulated by the judges on their lively and polished performance.

The MAGS Concert Band (below), directed by Ms Zjajic-Moon, played a six-piece set in the non-competitive festival performance section, and also received glowing praise.

Friday, 25 September, 6.30pm
FW Gamble Hall

Hear from Olympic Gold medallists Mahe Drysdale, Shane O'Brien and other New Zealand rowers, fresh from the 2015 World Championships in France.

Confirmed guests include President of the NZ Olympic Committee Mike Stanley, who stroked the NZ Eight to back to back Gold medals at the 1982 and 1983 World Championships and represented NZ at the 1984 Olympics, and half the crew of the 1972 Gold Medal-winning Eight - Lindsay Wilson, Tony Hurt, Wybo Veldman and Dick Joyce.

1972 Eight

1984 Four

1982-83 World Champion Eight

Interviews conducted by Radio Sport host and MAGS alumnus Mark Watson

Live and online auction of rowing memorabilia and other great prizes

Beverages and canapes

Proceeds to benefit the Kerry Ashby Rowing Endowment Fund for less privileged MAGS students with rowing talent

Tickets $75 per person, $50 for Gold Card holders click here to book

Online auction – trade.me/MAGSROW

* Return flights for two to your choice of destination in East Australia aboard Virgin Australia

* A private cruise aboard the Pacific Mermaid luxury yacht

* A weekend at a beach house at beautiful
Langs Beach in Northland

* Unleash your inner racedriver with 'hot laps' in a V8 car or speedboat

Just some of the prizes on offer through our online auction running in the weeks leading up to
A Golden Night of Rowing. Visit trade.me/MAGSROW

Sports teams win Auckland Championships

Girls First XI Football

Premier Netball

Girls Junior A Football

Boys Senior Open Basketball

Read the Fairfax story here

MAGS' sports teams are having a winning end to the Auckland season. On Wednesday, 19 August, our top girls' Football and Netball teams each defeated Saint Kentigern College in their Auckland finals - the First XI Football team won the APC Knockout Cup 7-0, and the Premier Netball team won the AKSS Championship 40-34.

On the same day the Senior A Netball team also defeated Saint Kentigern 22-20 to win their final, the Girls Junior A Football beat St Cuthbert's College 2-0 to win their division, and our two Girls Second XI teams beat Auckland Girls Grammar and Epsom Girls Grammar 7-0 and 8-1 respectively to come first in their leagues.

Last Friday, 14 August, the Boys Senior Open Basketball team beat Dilworth School 58-51 to win their Championship, ending four years of frustration at coming second.

To date 18 teams have won their leagues, with a few more finals to be played before Winter Tournament national championships begin on Monday, 31 August.

CK Stead is New Zealand's new Poet Laureate

New Zealand's new Poet Laureate, Professor C K Stead, says his love of writing was ignited during his years at Mount Albert Grammar School.

The distinguished writer, who has won numerous awards for his fiction and poetry, attended MAGS from 1946-1950.

"I really discovered poetry there - the library was very important to me," says Professor Stead. "My sixth form English teacher, Butch Brown, was unconventional but had a heart of gold, and steered us toward writing that we wouldn't have otherwise discovered, particularly modern poetry."

At MAGS Professor Stead also encountered the works of classic poets such as Rupert Brooke, John Keats, William Wordsworth and William Shakespeare, which inspired him to begin writing while still at high school.

"Butch Brown also compiled anthologies, and before long I had appeared in one," recalls Professor Stead, who was also a member of the First XI Football team and Senior Athletics squad during his time at MAGS. Read more ...

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Information for International Students

  • From the Headmaster

    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.
  • Theme this week

    Be stronger than your excuses

    We all want to succeed at a tournament or achieve to a high level in our chosen activities, but always remember that whether you win or lose, humility is something others will observe in you. Enjoy your challenges, but always remember that without opponents, there would be no competition. Strength of character is often the real test at times like this.

  • Calendar and this week's events

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

    Winter Tournament Week (see left)

    Fri 4th: Mufti Day in support of depression.org.nz
    Wear bright colours, bring a gold coin donation

    Coming up:

    Wed Sept 9-Thurs 17th: Senior Examinations

    Click here to download the exam timetable

    Fri 18th: Staff only day

    Students will not be required to attend school on Friday, 18 September.

    If you would like your child to be supervised at school on that day, please contact the office on 09 846 2044 by midday on Thursday, 17 September.

    Classes will resume as normal on Monday, 21 September.
  • 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.

  • Albertians' Luncheon

    Wednesday, 23 September
    12 noon

    School House
    Alberton Avenue

    $30 per person
    Payable on the day

    RSVP: by Friday, 18 September to Sandra Harrison
    email: advancement@mags.school.nz
    Ph 09 846 2044 x 8153

  • 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

    Monday: 8am-1pm
    Wednesday: 8am-9am
    Friday: 8am-9am

    NB: The shop will be closed on Friday, 4 September, but open on Thursday, 3 September instead during this week only

    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 close on 2 September.

    Please note that applications for siblings of current students who live out of zone must also be made by this date.

    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

  • Careers information

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

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

  • 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

    Mathematics teacher
    More information here

    Mathematics teacher
    More information here

    Science teachers - 2 positions
    More information here

    Director of Football - Boys and Girls
    More information here