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' Under 14 Rugby team won the Auckland competition with a 35-7 victory over Sacred Heart College, while the Under 15 team drew 3-3 with De La Salle College to share the trophy.
The finals were played side by side at Marist Rugby Club on Saturday, 30 August.
Many of the young players are now in Palmerston North for the NZSS Colts Tournament.
A host of MAGS old boys are starring in provincial teams for the ITM Cup 2014 season.
All Black Steven Luatua and Gafatasi Su'a are playing for Auckland, Elias "Jack" Goodhue has made the Canterbury team in only his first year out of high school, and Albert Nikoro has already made national news with a 59 metre penalty kick for Waikato.
Provinces that have Albertian players representing them are:
Auckland: Stephen Luatua, Gafatasi Su'a
North Harbour: Matt McGahan
Waikato: Albert Nikoro
Canterbury: Elias Goodhue, Milford Keresoma, Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala
Southland: Willis Halaholo, Dillon Halaholo, Michael Fatialofa
Fourteen of MAGS' top girl science students attended a special forum at the University of Auckland aimed at encouraging more girls into tertiary science study and careers.
The L'Oréal Girls in Science schools forum was held in conjunction with the Maurice Wilkins Centre at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Campus on Thursday, 14 August.
The MAGS girls, with teacher in charge Ms Sarnia Slabbert, joined others from schools around Auckland to hear talks by recipients of the L'Oréal For Women in Science Fellowships. The Fellows are successful scientists in the early stages of their careers, learning to juggle the demands of family life while pursuing a career in science. They include biologists, botanists, zoologists, doctors, astronomers and physicists.
After the forum the students toured the faculty’s Research Laboratories, guided by PhD students and postdoctoral scientists.
Ms Slabbert said the forum was a great opportunity for girls to see the science facilities available at Auckland University, and hear from inspiring women scientists about the variety of career options open to them.
Year 12 student Cole Evans and Albertians Callum Elson and Bradley Bennett were part of the Junior Black Sox Softball team that won the Silver medal at the Junior Men's World Series in Canada in July.
It was the first podium finish for the New Zealand Junior team since 1997.
Callum's mother Mrs Carol Elson said the boys represented New Zealand with skill and commitment.
"The boys were amazing to watch - they played themselves into the final so well," said Mrs Elson.
On their way to the final the New Zealanders won over the United States, Denmark, Canada, Japan, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Mexico and Argentina. They played Argentina in the final, losing 9-0, but were delighted with their overall performance.
As part of their Interpersonal and Self-Management units for Year 11
Outdoor Education, students took part in a two-day tramping journey in
the Waitakere Ranges on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 August. This experience
allowed them to repeatedly demonstrate interpersonal and
self-management skills under pressure and develop their bush craft
skills in a bush environment.
The two days consisted of travelling to the West Coast by bus, tramping between Piha and Whatipu, on track and off track navigation, group shelter building, group cooking, a swamp crossing and cave exploration.
The students were fortunate with ideal 'summer like' weather conditions. However, they all had their interpersonal skills tested as they navigated the Whatipu swamp.
MAGS' young Premier Lacrosse team did extremely well to come runner-up in New Zealand, despite the loss of a number of Year 13 players who won the National title with the team in 2013.
This year MAGS once again faced Cambridge High School in the final, held at Fowlds Park in Mt Albert on 24 August. MAGS lost 8-4, but the team of young players has plenty to build on for the future.
Star MAGS netballer Jamie-Lee Price has been selected to trial for the Silver Ferns.
Jamie-Lee, 18, completed Year 13 last year, and has just finished her first season with the Waikato Magic.
As Captain of the MAGS Premier Netball team in 2013, she led the girls to a successful defence of the National Secondary Schools Championship title.
She is one of 26 players from around the country chosen to take part in the Silver Fern trials in Auckland from 15 September.
From there a wider Silver Ferns squad will be named on 19 September, and also the team of 12 players to contest the Constellation Cup against Australia in October.
Senior A win AKSS final, Premier team runner-up
MAGS' Senior A and Premier netball teams both reached the finals of their respective grades in the AKSS competition, played at the Auckland Netball Centre on Wednesday, 27 August.
The Senior A won 39-25 against Auckland Girls' Grammar. The Premier team tried to retain their Auckland title but could not get the better of a fired-up Saint Kentigern team, losing 32-37.
The Premier team will now regroup for the Upper North Island championships, to be held at Trusts Arena in Waitakere from 1-5 September.
Plenty of rain through winter has resulted in a excellent crop of citrus fruit in the MAGS orchard.
Head of Horticulture Ms Trish Bevins says trees laden will oranges were harvested last week and a tray given to each school department and to horticulture students. In addition to the normal Navel oranges, the students have also grown Blood oranges which have a pink interior.
Meyer and Lisbon lemons are picked as people request them, including teachers in the Food Technology Department. Orange and lemon cakes are cooked in return.
Year 13 students have already harvested their crop of Satsuma mandarins, grown as part of their study on a nationally significant export primary product.
Ms Bevins says the orchard was planted about eight years ago. In addition to citrus it also contains apples, plums, feijoas, figs, kiwiberries, nectarines, perismmon, blueberries, yellow quince and a grape vine. There are plans to extend the orchard's size so that more trees can be planted.
Horticulture can be taken as a subject at MAGS from Year 10, and is a university approved course preparing students for tertiary study and careers in the primary sector. If you would like to find out more about MAGS' Horticulture Unit, please email Ms Bevins at email@example.com
Two Year 12 Drama classes performed the challenging play Marat Sade for parents and supporters this week.
The play is set eight years after the French Revolution and was written by German playwright Peter Weiss just after the World War II had ended. Head of Drama Dr Lilicherie McGregor says it asks questions around whether people are any better off after revolution and war, and is relevant in the context of conflicts currently occurring in Iraq, Syria and Gaza.
Sade is a political prisoner in a psychiatric institution, who writes plays and directs the other patients, including one called Marat, to perform them for the public.
In this play within a play, the students are challenged with not only portraying people with mental illness, but also the characters those patients are portraying. In addition, the two classes changed roles between the two acts so that every student had the opportunity to play key characters.
The students say Marat Sade is an intense play and they enjoyed the opportunity to get to grips with more mature roles.
Year 10 student Isobel Welsford-Ackroyd is the under-15 Girls champion for the Auckland Secondary Schools Mountain Biking series.
Isobel competed in five races, starting with the North Island Secondary Schools champs held at Hunua in March, followed by the Auckland series - Riverhead and Totara Park in June, and Whitford and Woodhill in August. Isobel won every race, sometimes by quite a margin, and often beating a lot of the boys.
MAGS also had success in the Under-15 Boys and Under-17 Boys categories, with Max Neradt (Year 9) and James Kirkham (Year 11) both coming third in the overall series.
A team of MAGS Robotics students won the Design Award at a Robotics Challenge event for Auckland schools.
Thirty five teams took part in the competition at Massey University's Albany campus on Saturday, 16 August. The robots had to be able to lift cubes, transport them across a space and stack them on poles at the other end. The designers of the MAGS robot were Harry Duncan (left), Alex Boyd and Parie Malhotra.
Teacher in charge Ms Clare Baldock says the students have been working on their robot since the start of Term 2. They are taking part in a series of events called the VEX Robotics Auckland Ladder Challenge, accumulating points with the aim of qualifying for the National Championships next February. Ms Baldock says the MAGS team is confident of reaching Nationals, where they hope to gain a spot at the World Robotics Championships in America next year.
The Challenge series is run by the non-profit organisation Kiwibots New Zealand, and is aimed at inspiring a passion for science and technology among students.
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Nearly 200 students in 13 teams are representing MAGS across seven sports at National Championships around New Zealand during Winter Tournament Week from 1-5 September.
Latest results will be posted here as they come in.
* Basketball Boys
* Basketball Girls
* Football Boys v Nelson - lost 1-2
* Football Girls v Otumoetai - won 6-0 - match report here
v Takapuna - won 3-0
* Hockey Boys v Burnside - lost 2-5
* Hockey Girls v Gisborne Girls - lost 3-1
* Netball v Rosehill - won 63-8,
v Massey won 43-12
* Rugby Colts v Wellington - won 53-7
* Rugby League v St Paul's - lost 4-16
* Underwater Hockey
Be more awesome by not just being history, but by making history.
You can either drift through life being part of a world where other people decide your future, or you can join the movers and shakers and make the world a better place for us all.
Watch this clip and be inspired by this young 'president'!
Art rooms are open after school from 3.10pm-4.30pm, Monday to Wednesday through Term 3 for students to work on completing folio boards in all disciplines.
Year 13s are welcome from 2.10.
Bread and spreads provided.
Teachers are rostered to be available for assistance:
Mondays: Ms Aleh or Mr Corkery
Tuesdays: Mr Rees or Mrs Mulgrew
Wednesdays: Ms Curin or Ms Schwalger
Click here to check out the new MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of Year 12 and 13 students is offering free tutoring for their fellow students.
The service has been organised by the Academic Council, led by prefect Rohith Nagulan and sanctioned by Headmaster, Mr Dale Burden. In return for their time, the students will gain Service Points.
Click here for a table showing the subjects and year levels at which students can gain tutoring.
HOD Agriculture - commences Term 1, 2015
Art teacher - LTR covering maternity leave
Japanese teacher - LTR covering maternity leave
Samoan teacher - LTR - part time or full time
HOD History - regraded position
Physics teacher - commences Term 1, 2015
Director of Football - Boys