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' top Junior academic, sports and arts students were named at the Year 9 and 10 Prizegiving ceremonies on Tuesday, 9 December.
The Junior Boy and Girl Duxes for 2014 are Dylan Owen and Theresa Boyd. Dylan this year won a Certificate in Year 11 Mathematics as well as first places in Accounting and Economics, Business and Social studies. Theresa has been studying subjects at least a year ahead and came first in Year 11 Biology, 11 French, 11 Physics and Year 12 Calculus, and also won a Certificate in Chemistry. She received the Warren Biology Prize, the Raine Cup for French, and the TG Moorcraft Physics Prize.
The Junior Victor Ludorum is Isaac Munro, who is still only in Year 9, for achievements in Softball, Lacrosse, Skiing, Water polo and Swimming.
Junior Victrix Ludorum is Year 10 student Paige Witehira, for achievement in Athletics, Netball, Volleyball, Touch and Rugby Sevens.
The Junior Duxes Artium are Oliver Mathiesen and Jenna Ackerman. Oliver was recognised for his achievements in Dance, Drama and Art Design; Jenna for her achievements in Music, Drama and Art Design; and both were members of the Arts Committee. Oliver and Jenna were also named the Best All-round Boy and Girl in Year 10, recognising their academic and sporting ability in addition to their talent in the Arts.
Liam Thompson and Nadine Hidalgo (left) were named best All-round Boy and Girl in Year 9.
A highlight of the Year 10 ceremony was a touching and humourous speech by retiring teacher Mr Paul Gardner. Mr Gardner has taught History at MAGS for nearly all of the 40 years he has worked here. He shared some of his memories, views on how the school had changed, and the importance of the MAGS Way set of values which "help this community of 3000 get along." Using the analogy of a life being like a bus journey, he advised the Junior students to be drivers rather than passengers, and set their own destination.
Both ceremonies were attended by senior staff, Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle, and parents.
MAGS athletes came home with a seven medal haul from the NZSS Athletics Championships held at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui from 6-7 December.
The Senior Boys' Athletics Champion, Year 13 student Aaron Booth, showed his all-round skills as a decathlete, producing a personal best height in the Senior Boys' High Jump clearing 2.02m to win a silver medal, then collecting two bronze medals in the Senior Boys' Long Jump and Javelin. Aaron was unlucky not to pick up another medal in the Open Boys' 300m Hurdles when he finished in fourth place.
Aaron was beaten in the Long Jump by Year 12 student Niven Longopoa, who finished second jumping 6.79m. Niven was also just out of the medals in the 110m Hurdles, finishing 4th behind team-mate Aaron Booth.
Year 12 student Symone Tafuna'i had an excellent meeting, picking up two silver medals in the Senior Girls' 100m and 200m in her first year competing in the Senior Girls' grade.
The final medallist was Girls' Athletics Captain, Celine Pearn, who finished in third place in the Open Girls' 300m hurdles event.
At the conclusion of the meeting Aaron Booth and Symone Tafuna'i were named in the NZSS Athletic team. Aaron was also awarded the Brent Newdick Cup for the best multi-event athlete of the meet.
Year 9 and 10 students were awarded a variety of Junior sports awards at assemblies in the last week of school.
The MAGS Junior Boys' Softball team claimed the Auckland and the New Zealand titles in the space of four days this week. They played St Peter's College in the finals of both championships, winning the Auckland final 5-2 and the National title 11-8.
Their results match those of the Senior Softball team (below), which earlier this season also won both Auckland and New Zealand titles for the second consecutive year. To top off the season, the Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' each won a one-day Auckland tournament on Thursday, 4 December.
Grandfather Mr Stu Kinghorn coaches both the Senior and Junior teams. His grandson, Cole Evans, is in the Senior team, was selected for the NZ Junior Black Sox Softball team that won the Silver medal at the Junior Men's World Series in Canada in July, and on 20 November was named the top Softball player in Auckland at the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards. Mr Kinghorn contributes his coaching skills to MAGS for free. He is assisted with the Juniors by Senior player and Year 12 student, Marshall Layt-Maynard.
The two Most Valuable Players were named as Harley Maynard (Captain) and Toby Bourgeois.
The following players have also been selected for Auckland Softball age-group representative teams: Harley Maynard, Marshall Layt-Maynard, Seth Bourgeois, Toby Bourgeois, Cole Evans, Andrew Sutton, Blake Wardrope, Zeyvien Ward, Jesse Amiatu, Ethan Jardine-Ngauamo, Ethan Clark, Max Earley, Joshua Kara, Floyd Nola and Ethan Grant.
Click here for a photo essay of the Junior Boys' pool match against Massey High School, which they won 8-1.
Year 9 and 10 students finished off their year-long Inter-Form Class Competition with half a day of games to decide the overall winning classes.
The boys' and girls' winning classes in each year were 9ROB (Form Class of Mrs Sharne Roberts), 9DWS (Mr Brandon Dewes), 10WSN (Mrs Jessica Wilson) and 10COU (Mr Aubrey Coup).
The classes' prize is lunch at the St Lukes food court on Friday, 5 December, followed by a movie.
All Junior Form Classes competed in a range of competitions throughout the year, including lunchtime sports games and class quizzes in subjects such as Science, accumulating points as they went.
This week's half-day games sessions saw the classes rotate around Long Ball, Sideline Soccer and Capture the Flag, among others.
Teacher in charge Mr James Hantz says the Inter-Form Competition is a way develop a sense of belonging for all students to their Form Class, to reward teamwork and positive behaviour, offer leadership opportunities and have fun.
A group of lawyers and professional mediators gave a day of their time this week to coach Year 12 students who have volunteered to be Peer Mediators next year.
Co-ordinated by Ms Christina Barruel of the Peace Foundation, the eight mediation leaders spoke with the students about ways to help resolve conflict, and then coached the students through role-play scenarios.
MAGS' Peer Mediators work alongside the Guidance Department to help fellow students resolve conflict in constructive ways. Guidance Counsellor Ms Marianne Wilson, who organised the training day on Wednesday, 3 December, said Peer Mediators learned how to listen, reflect and help those in conflict come to their own solutions in a way that empowered all parties.
"Our Peer Mediation programme adds to the atmosphere of safety in the school," said Ms Wilson.
Ms Barruel, the Foundation's Head of Peace Education, runs training days on Leadership through Peer Mediation at schools throughout New Zealand. Find out more at www.peace.net.nz
Mount Albert Grammar School won the inaugural Auckland Secondary Schools Challenge Cup held over four weekends in conjunction with Auckland Centre Athletics meetings.
The cup was awarded to the school that accumulated the most points, based on the place that each athlete achieved in their individual events.Thirty-eight schools from across Auckland competed for the cup. MAGS led from round 2 to win ahead of Auckland Grammar and St Kentigern College.
Teacher in charge Mr Brent Booker said the competition has served as a build-up for the National Championships being held in Wanganui on December 6-7. Two MAGS athletes achieved performances that rank them highly leading into Nationals. Symone Tafuna’i ran personal bests in the 100m and 200m to currently rank second in both events in New Zealand. Niven Longopoa also currently ranks second in New Zealand in the long jump and is highly ranked in the 110m hurdles.
Other athletes that competed for MAGS in the Challenge Cup were: Kodi Barlow, Kilian Segers, Celine Pearn, Aaron Booth, Sean Donald, Tyrone Frances, Janelle Kara and Lexi Kiriwi.
Balmoral Primary School pupils were treated to a taste of high school Drama in a performance by Year 9 and 10 students on Thursday, 4 December.
Two classes of Year 1 and 2 youngsters visited MAGS for the show, and were enthralled by the Year 9 girls performing McCavity the Mystery Cat, and and Year 9 boys acting out Growl Tiger.
Year 10 students made animal masks and staged their own versions of popular fairy tales, often including their young audience in their performances.
Head of Drama, Dr Lilicherie McGregor, said the Year 10 students spent the term making their masks and learning about the 16th century Italian art of masked comedy called Commedia dell'Arte.
This style of theatre uses exaggerated physical movements, slapstick humour and audience interaction to tell a story.
The young audience loved it and took part in responding to questions from the actors. Dr McGregor says the inter-school exercise gave primary students exposure to how much fun Drama could be at high school, and provided the MAGS students with a receptive audience to gain performance experience.
Five young Business students took part in the Launchpad Pasifika Enterprise Competition to test their entrepreneurial skills.
The event is run by the Pacific Business Trust, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and Young Enterprise Trust. Twenty schools from across Auckland took part.
Each team had to brainstorm an idea for an innovative product to solve a given problem – this year they had to use waste materials to "upcycle" and come up a product of of better quality that was also useful. They than had to do a short presentation to a panel of judges from the local Pacific community.
Teacher in charge Ms Grace Leaso says the students found the experience worthwhile and gave them a practical insight into the world of business, especially making key decisions under pressure.
Year 9 Science classes spent their last full week of school making rockets and then testing how high they could fly.
An air-compressor was used to provide boost.
The students delighted in seeing whether each other's rockets survived launch and landing, or came back to earth a bit worse for wear. Their flight time was measured and awards given to the groups whose rockets lasted the longest distance.
There was a fine turnout of former students, teachers and Headmasters at the annual Old Boys' Christmas Luncheon, held at School House on Thursday, 4 December. It was followed by the Albertians Association AGM. More photos here
Aftab Moosa, Maurice Hall, Graham Burgess, Ben Stallworthy
Registrations are now open for the MAGS Foundation Golf Day, scheduled for Tuesday, 31 March, at the Titirangi Golf Club.
This annual event will once again raise funds for the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship Fund. The 2014 Golf Day raised $20,000.
Click here for more information and the registration form
We have a number of International students arriving at MAGS in 2015 and
would like to find Homestays for them by the end of this year.
The fee payable to families is $250 per week.
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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 to find out all you need to know about stationery requirements for 2015, including lists, stores and how to purchase online through OfficeMax.
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
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.
Starting at MAGS information booklet
Information PowerPoints on education, arts and sports
Inter-form Class Competition Points Table
Click here to see a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School
Boys who want to play in the MAGS cricket afternoon grades in 2015 will need to be available for trials from Tuesday, 20 January.
Tuesday, Jan 20: First XI and Second XI trials on grass, at MAGS, 9.30am.
Wednesday, Jan 21 : First XI and Second XI trials vs Rangitoto College, at MAGS, 10.30am.
Thursday Jan 22 : Colts
(Y9-10) trials on grass at MAGS, 9.30am.
Friday Jan 23 : First XI and Second XI vs Auckland Grammar School, at MAGS, 10.30am.
Tuesday Jan 2 7: First XI and Second XI vs Rangitoto College at Rangitoto College, 10.30am.
The afternoon grades will begin their competitions on Saturday, 31 January.
Any queries or offers of assistance with teams (morning or afternoon grades) please contact MAGS' Director of Cricket, Mr Tony Sail at email@example.com
Click here to read and download MAGS' latest Community Update brochure
Click here for a list of tertiary providers' course entry requirements
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
Click here for a comprehensive weekly calendar of school events and meetings.
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