• Tradition & Change

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

    Tradition & Change
  • Academic Achievement

    A 2015 total of 104 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

Record results in 2015 NCEA and Scholarship put MAGS among top 5 schools in New Zealand

* Riki Guernier and Bruno Batinica named as NZQA Outstanding Scholars - among top 68 students in the country

Mount Albert Grammar School students gained a record 104 Scholarships in the 2015 NCEA exams, the fifth highest among all New Zealand secondary schools. The total surpasses our 2014 tally of 88. Scholarships represent the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students. Our total was gained across 18 subjects, also the most ever, and included seven at Outstanding level.

Our students also attained our best ever results in NCEA Levels 1-3, once again exceeding the national average and equalling or surpassing averages for schools in the higher Decile 8-10 bracket (MAGS is Decile 7). In the graphs below, MAGS figures are shown in the black line.

Click here to see the graphs and figures in more detail

Particular acknowledgement is made of the following students who achieved multiple Scholarship success:

Bruno Batinica
4 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


4 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships

Riki Guernier
5 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships

Hamish Jelleyman
3 Scholarships, incl 1 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships

Hrishikesh Kodthuguli
3 Scholarships

Yixin Ma
4 Scholarships

Aakash Rajay
3 Scholarships

Michael Soffe
3 Scholarships

Once again our Mathematics students were dominant, gaining 28 Calculus Scholarships, including 3 Outstanding, and 13 in Statistics, with 1 Outstanding - a total of 41 across the Department.

Scholarships were achieved in Accounting, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Dance, Design, Drama, Economics, English, History, Media Studies, Painting, Physical Education, Physics, Statistics and Te Reo Maori. Outstanding Scholarships were achieved in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics.

Click here for the full list of Scholarship winners

MAGS top sporting school in Auckland at ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Read the NZ Herald story here

Mount Albert Grammar School cemented its position as the top sporting school in Auckland at the 2015 ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, with Black Sox softball player Cole Evans named Young Sportsman of the Year.

Out of a record 17 finalists from 11 sporting codes, MAGS' athletes won eight categories, more than any other school:
Best Softball Player: Cole Evans; Best All-Rounder: Caitlin Pritchard; Best Male Cricket player: Aniket Parikh; Best Male Athletics Champion: Niven Longopoa; Best Female Athletics Champion: Symone Tafuna’i; Best Male Rower: Fergus McSwiney; Best Lacrosse player: Georgia Carter; Best Netball player: Maia Wilson.

Chef Michael Meredith named 2016 Albertian of the Year

Read the NZ Herald story here

Mr Michael Meredith (left) with President of the Albertians Association Mr Aftab Moosa after the presentation of Mr Meredith's award.
More photos here

Renowned chef Michael Meredith was named Albertian of the Year at the annual Albertians Reunion Dinner on Thursday, 23 June, and in his acceptance speech thanked the school and his teachers for helping give him the self-belief that has ensured his success.

"The school's motto - Through Hardship to Glory - was something that resonated with me. My introduction to New Zealand from Samoa wasn't easy, but a school helps lay the foundations of your character and MAGS contributed some important building blocks for me.

"My teachers gave me a spark, an insight to life - a lot of that was about self-belief. If you believe in yourself, that's hugely motivating - you can overcome anything in life and let the light inside you shine."

Mr Meredith, who attended MAGS from 1988-1991, said he was very grateful, deeply moved and honoured to receive the award. He is pictured right with his mother, Ms Metita Saleilua.

The chef is best known through his award-winning restaurant Meredith's in Mt Eden, and for helping to establish the Eat My Lunch social enterprise business, through which customers can buy a lunch and have one donated to a child in need. Eat My Lunch now delivers meals to 1300 children in Auckland every school day.
Read more about the award evening here ..

Coming up: MAGS annual Music Concert

Thursday, 30 June, 7pm
Raye Freedman Arts Centre
Silver Rd, Epsom

Tickets: Adults $20, Students/Seniors 65+ $15,
Under 12s and MAGS students and staff $10 www.iticket.co.nz

Don't miss Mount Albert Grammar's annual music concert, this year with the theme "I Feel Good", guaranteed to have you leave with a spring in your step.

The School Orchestra will play music from the 1970s show The Professionals and some of the best music from the 1970s and 1980s, with vocals by one of our top singers, Siosiua Atuekaho.

The acclaimed MAGS Strings and the award-winning MAGS Jazz Band will also perform, and the Gospel Choir and Girls Barbershop groups will sing. There will also be feel good performances from smaller groups and soloists.

Year 12 Drama presents Metamorphoses

More photos here

The growth in Year 12 Drama has enabled two separate productions this year. This week saw two performances of Metamorphoses, based on the myths of Ovid, written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman. It featured nine stories of transformation, with a common theme of love and loss, and the desire to stay connected to a loved one in the afterlife.

Next Monday and Tuesday, 27-28 June, other Year 12 Drama students will present The Causasian Chalk Circle at 7pm in the Drama Room. This is one of Bertolt Brecht's most well known plays, and follows the fortunes of a young girl on the run in search of a safe haven during a time of war and revolution. She adopts a child and is determined to protect him, even if it means being separated from her fiance, and being forced to fight for the right to be acknowledged as the child’s true mother.

Head of Drama Dr Lilicherie McGregor says the two plays were chosen for the Year 12 classes to give each student a substantial role to fulfil their NCEA requirements, and work on a play that was challenging, interesting, educational and fun.

Kiwiana jam seals the deal in Business competition

A group of Year 12 Business students have qualified for the Auckland Regional division of the Young Enterprise Competition after impressing judges with their pitch for a range of jams in Kiwiana flavours.

Pictured above from left, Nicole Kearney, Tom Mirams, Ria Shon and Heejoo Jang, came up with the concept of Tami Jam (Tami is Maori for jam) in flavours such as Feijoa, Guava and Kiwifruit.

They were one of four MAGS Business groups to compete at the Auckland Central/West division of the competition, held at the Auckland Tourism offices on 30 May. Each group had to present their business plan to a panel of experts in a Dragon's Den-style format. Tami Jam came in the top 10 out of about 40 groups, qualifying them for the Regional competition to be held on Monday, 27 June, at AUT. If they do well there, they will advance to the National final in Wellington in December, and the chance to win $3000 toward launching their product.

In their pitch, the group had to explain their product, market research, pricing and plans for advertising, production and distribution.

Ria said the judges liked the idea of their unusual Kiwiana flavours and could see them filling a gap in the market. "They also liked our labelling and said they could see our product in boutique shops like Nosh and Farro."

Jacinda Adern speaks to girls' assembly

The Labour list MP for Auckland Central, Ms Jacinda Adern, was a guest speaker at an assembly of Year 11-13 girls on Wednesday, 22 June.

Ms Adern was invited to MAGS by Year 12 student Jenna Ackerman, who had been to a presentation by another inspiring woman speaker and wanted to provide a similar opportunity for MAGS girls to hear from a woman leader.

Ms Adern spoke to the girls about her upbringing in the small towns of Murupara and Morrinsville, and her journey to becoming a Member of Parliament. She illustrated how girls often have less confidence than boys in pursuing their dreams, and encouraged her audience to believe in themselves and say yes to opportunities.

"When I was first asked to stand as an MP I was scared I couldn't do the job, but we wanted to change the perception that Parliament was full of people who were male and old. If people like me hadn't said yes, that situation would never change. When someone offers you an opportunity, or you see one you want to go for, you might also be scared, but trust what other people see in you. You might have to learn as you go, but as you grow in confidence, you will also find you can be your own type of leader."

Albertian Molly Swanson awarded PhD grant for research into Alzheimer's Disease

Molly Swanson, who attended MAGS from 2007-2011, has received a grant of more than $100,000 to assist her PhD research into early detection of Alzheimer's disease and potential therapeutic intervention.

Ms Swanson, a student at the University of Auckland where she gained a BSc majoring in Biomedical Science, will use the Neurological Foundation W & B Miller Postgraduate Scholarship to travel overseas to learn from experienced researchers in her field of interest. Her research extends from an early symptom of Alzheimer's, the loss of the sense of smell. She will test whether the disease is triggered by inflammatory processes in the olfactory bulb.

"The support from the Neurological Foundation will allow me to travel to Germany to contribute to a 3D model of the human olfactory bulb that we hope will aid in our understanding of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease pathology," says Ms Swanson. "Overall, I hope to further understand the potential role that specific cells and their related inflammation play in Alzheimer's disease progression."

Ms Swanson not only excelled academically at Mount Albert Grammar, she was also a champion long distance runner, and the Molly Swanson Cup is awarded annually to an athlete with similar talent. Ms Swanson is now a keen triathlete, and hopes to also travel to the Netherlands in 2017 for a World Championship event.

Sports Update

Gymsports: Gold for Sarah Sherlock and Madison McQuoid

At the ARGOS 2016 Senior Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Tauranga on 18-19 June, Year 10 student Sarah Sherlock won Gold in the Step 8 level of Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Gold on the beam and Bronze on the floor.

Gymnasts from 22 clubs around the top half of the North Island competed. Sarah's results qualify her for the National Championships in Invercargill in September.

At the AKSS Championships held in Papakura on Wednesday, 22 June, Year 12 student Madison McQuoid won Gold in the Elite Women's Trampoline.

Snowboarding: Gold for Holly Curran

Year 13 student Holly Curran won the Slalom event at the AKSS Snowboarding Championships at Snowplanet on Monday, 13 June.

Mackay Jamieson and Kahukura Cleave also competed. The group is now preparing for the NISS Championships at Turoa skifield in September.

Xterra: Great start in Auckland winter series

The MAGS Xterra Trail Running team is at the top of the table after the first two races in the 7km AKSS winter series.

In Race 1 at Riverhead Forest on 29 May, MAGS tied up the top 3 places with Hannah Houghton 1st, Holly Bannister 2nd and Holly Chaafe 3rd. In Race 2 at Shakespear Regional Park on 19 June, Holly Bannister came 1st and Holly Chaafe 3rd.

The other five team members had placings from 5th to 16th across the two races. Next up is Totara Park on 10 July.

Reunion for London-based Albertians

A reunion function has been planned for London-based Albertians to coincide with a tour by the school's First XI Boys' Cricket team.

The team is touring Belgium and England from 28 June-19 July. They will be in London on 11 July, and the school, with the help of the Albertians Association, has arranged a function so that Albertians and former staff and parents can meet and catch up on news from MAGS. The cricket team and management will be on hand to meet guests and help with the function.

Monday, 11 July, 5pm-7pm
The Dickens Inn, Marble Quay, St Katharine Docks, St Katharine's Way,
London E1W 1UH

Cost: 10 pounds
Finger food, cash bar

RSVP: By Friday, 1 July to MAGS' Director of Sport, Mr David Long, at dlong@mags.school.nz

Please include the years you attended MAGS.

Partners and friends of the school are welcome. In your RSVP please give their names and relationship to the school.

MAGS Fine Art Show opening gala evening

Friday, 19 August, 6.30pm
FW Gamble Hall

Be the first to view and purchase art works by New Zealand's accomplished and emerging artists, and by MAGS' top art students.

Paintings, photography, sculptures, ceramics, art glass
More than 300 works for sale

Beverages and a delicious selection of canapes will be served throughout the evening

Tickets $40 from www.iticket.co.nz

Free admission weekend
Saturday, 20 August, 10am-7pm
Sunday, 21 August, 10am-3pm

Support the Mount Albert Grammar School Fine Art Show and the Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation - Investing in the future of the school www.magsartshow.co.nz

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  • Headmaster Patrick Drumm

    Welcome to Mount Albert Grammar School. Founded in 1922, the School offers a high quality of educational opportunity amid the strong traditions of one of the oldest and best schools in Auckland.
  • Theme this week

    Discover your personal limits.

    Talent is often gifted to you through your genes, but hard work and dedication are attributes that only you can choose. Be remembered as a person who discovered the limits to your ability, no matter where you started from.

  • Key dates for Term 2

    Click here for Term Dates and the weekly diary

    27-28 June:
    Year 12 Drama performances of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, 7pm, Drama Room

    30 June: Annual Music Concert, 7pm, Raye Freedman Theatre
    Tickets from www.iticket.co.nz

    6 July:
    Albertians' Lunch, School House

    8 July: End of Term 2
  • Sport

    Click here for last week's results

    Click here for this week's fixtures, including live updates of results

    Latest photo essays

    First XV v Kelston

    Basketball Premier Boys v Auckland Grammar

    Basketball Premier Girls v Auckland Girls Grammar

    Sports news and information

    Individual sports

  • e-asTTle results login

    e-asTTle is an online assessment tool, developed to assess students’ achievement and progress in reading, mathematics, writing from Years 5-10. It is used by schools throughout New Zealand, including MAGS. You and your child can log in to the e-asTTle website to see:

    * A summary of all tests they have sat, going back to Primary and Intermediate School

    * An Individual Learning Profile of Strengths and Weaknesses in Reading comprehension

    * The test results from all tests in Reading and some tests for Writing and Mathematics

    All Year 9 and 10 students have been given their logins.

    Click here to access the site

    Once they enter the site, they are prompted to change their password. New logins and passwords can be generated by Mr John Pipe: jpipe@mags.school.nz

  • Tutoring available

    A group of Year 12 and 13 students is offering free tutoring to their fellow students.

    The service is organised by the Academic Council, led by Prefect Henry Russell and sanctioned by Headmaster, Mr Patrick Drumm. In return for their time, the students will gain Service Points.

    Click here for more information

  • Uniform shop hours

    Monday: 8am-11.30am

    The shop will also be open on the following Saturdays to coincide with home Football and/or Rugby games:

    Saturday, 2 July: 1pm-2.30pm

    Click here for more uniform information
  • MAGS Observatory

    Viewing sessions are weather dependent. The final open/cancelled decision will be posted here just after sunset on the day of each session. Please check here before departing to the observatory.

    Location: Park on Alberton Avenue and walk up the farm roadway (via Gate 5). After about 200 metres, you will see white car parked at the entrance to the Horticulture Block. The observatory is about 50 metres inside the gate. It can get cold so please dress appropriately, and bring a torch.

  • Student blog - now open

    Click here to read the latest posts on the MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.

  • Careers information

    Click here for a schedule of tertiary providers' presentations at MAGS, open days, and other Careers information

  • 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
  • Enrolment

    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 to find out how to attend Mount Albert Grammar School as an International student

  • 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 November 2015 edition of MAGS' biannual magazine, The Lion, has been posted to families and the MAGS community.

    Click here to read it online

  • 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

    NCEA information

    Click here for for a link to a pdf of the presentation used at an NCEA information evening.
  • Staff Vacancies

    Teacher Aide

    More information here

    Food Technology Assistant and
    Staff Room Attendant

    More information here