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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

Premier Netball into final of College Netball Championship

Mount Albert Grammar School are once again into the final of the national College Netball Championship after defeating Wellington Girls College 35-21 in Palmerston North on Sunday, 17 May.

MAGS will meet Saint Kentigern College in the final, to be played on Queen's Birthday, Monday, 1 June, 5.45pm at Trusts Arena in Henderson.

The match will be televised live by Sky Sport as the curtain-raiser to an ANZ Championship game between the Northern Mystics and the Melbourne Vixens. Tune in early to see a preview package that includes MAGS Captain Holly Fowler giving a tour of Mount Albert Grammar.

MAGS has not lost a match in the College Netball competition since it started in 2012.

With four players in this year’s New Zealand Secondary Schools team - Captain Holly Fowler, Maia Wilson, Alanis Toia-Tigafua and Caitlin Dowden, the team has strengths across the court and are now preparing to win the title for fourth consecutive year.

Tickets $10 for MAGS families. Click here to book, enter the promo code MAGSGF

Junior teams make clean sweep of North Harbour Tournament

Year 9 photo essay here


Year 10 photo essay here

MAGS' Year 9 and Year 10 netball teams each won their grades after winning every game at the North Harbour Tournament at the AMI Netball Centre in Northcote on Tuesday, 26 May.

The Year 9 Junior team's scores were: v Long Bay, won 42-7; v Massey, won 32-9; v Westlake Girls, won 20-14; v Rangitoto, won 27-9; v Kaipara, won 35-7, Final v Saint Kentigern, won 25-16

The Year 10 Intermediate team's scores were: v EGGS, won 23-13; v Kristin, won 36-4; v Massey, won 27-9; v Long Bay, won 30-11, Final v Westlake Girls, won 17-13

Tournament report here

Students attend Auckland Writers Festival

A group of 36 students and two teachers attended to the Auckland Writers Festival Schools Programme to listen to talks by inspiring writers and ask them questions about their life and work.

They heard from performance poet Grace Taylor, and authors Anthony Horowitz, creator of the popular Alex Rider series, Laurie Halse Anderson who tackles themes such as eating disorders and depression in her books, and Morris Gleitzman (pictured above with Saranya Nagpal and Parie Maholtra), who talked about how crucial a problem is to the creation of an interesting story.

A number of students took the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers, and all the students who participated in the event learned a lot from the thought-provoking ideas the speakers touched upon. To listen to writers speak in person about their own life and writing was an amazing experience for the keen readers and aspiring writers among the MAGS group.

Theresa Boyd, Year 11 student

James Enright receives prestigious academic scholarship

James Enright, far right, with Education Minister Hekia Parata and the other scholarship recipients at Parliament.

Albertian James Enright (2008-2012) has been named a recipient of a Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship.

The Scholarship is awarded to tertiary students with high academic merit, and is given by the Ministry of Education in honour of the 28th Maori Battalion which fought with distinction in World War II, and Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu, whose heroism was acknowledged by the awarding of the highest Commonwealth military award, the Victoria Cross.

The five Scholarship winners for 2014/15 were chosen from 86 applicants, and are made up of aspiring psychologists, doctors and an environmental scientist at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.

James is studying for a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Auckland.

“Maori are a people in crisis with health statistics that are consistently poorer than Pākehā. In the future I aim to make a difference by working as a General Practitioner”. Read more ...

Georgia Carter selected for New Zealand Lacrosse team

Georgia Carter, front row, third from right, with her New Zealand U19 team.

MAGS Premier Girls' Lacrosse Captain Georgia Carter has been selected for the New Zealand Under 19 Lacrosse team.

The Year 12 student will travel to Edinburgh in July to compete in the U19 Women's World Lacrosse Championships.

Georgia has played in the MAGS Premier team for the past three years, helping them win the New Zealand Championship in 2013 and come runner-up last year.

Top chemistry students compete in colour test

The colours of chemistry came to the fore on Tuesday, 26 May, when the 40 students taking the Scholarship Chemistry programme completed their first “colour identification” practical.

The students competed against each other in small groups to identify each of the solutions provided.

It is the first time the students have completed a Scholarship-style practical and they did incredibly well. They not only had to identify each solution but also prove they were correct by completing appropriate chemistry tests. It was an exciting afternoon and great to see students engage in such a challenging exercise.

A big thank you to our dedicated lab technicians, Ian De Stigter and Michelle Kiernan, who kindly made up the many solutions.

The winning team were Alexander Krivenko, Owen Cao and Hrishikesh Kodthuguli.

Red & White Mufti Day raises more than $10,000 for Nepal Earthquake Appeal

More photos here

MAGS students raised $10,144 for the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Appeal through a mufti day and food sales.

The students for embraced the opportunity to wear mufti for a day on Friday, 15 May, dressing up in the red and white colours of the Red Cross. A number of teachers also dressed up for the day.

In return for wearing mufti students brought a donation to the cause, a gold coin or a $5 note, which fittingly bears the image of Sir Edmund Hillary, who devoted himself to charity work in Nepal following his ascent of Mt Everest.

The day was primarily organised by some of our Prefect leaders on the Interact Committee - Morgan Wadley, Angela Lei, Samantha Brake, James Donaldson, Nathan Rhodes-Hasler, Biku Adhikari, and also the Junior Committee. Our thanks to them and to everyone who contributed to this worthy cause.


MAGS Robotics at the World Championships

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Over the April school holidays one of MAGS' two Robotics teams travelled to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championships.

The MAGS team, made up of Harry Duncan, Alex Boyd, Hideaki Murakami and Parie Malhotra, qualified for the World Championships by winning the National Design award at the National Championships earlier this year. The design award is presented to a team that demonstrates a solid approach to the design process, project management, time management and team organisation.

Four students and several family members travelled to the United States for a week to compete in the tournament from 15-18 April. They won 7 out of 10 games, finishing 17th in their division of 90 of the best teams from around the world.

A team placing at around this level in a robotics tournament would usually be picked by one of the top teams as a second alliance partner to compete with them in the quarter finals and beyond. Unfortunately, as a relatively unknown team to the US teams that made up the majority of the competition, the MAGS team was not chosen.

The World Championships is the culmination of the year long robotics season, and the high schools division was contested by 450 teams from 26 countries. The MAGS team was one of eight teams to represent New Zealand, three of which qualified by winning the National Championships, one through the National Excellence award and two through skills challenges. The Lynfield College team that won the New Zealand competition won the World Championships, the 7th year in a row New Zealand has won. The Glenfield College team won the overall Excellence Award.

Alex Boyd, Robotics Team Captain

Football girls selected for Pathway to Podium

First XI footballers Jacqui Hand, Nicole Mettam and Grace Jale have gained selection for the New Zealand Pathway to Podium Programme.

Pathway to Podium is a nationwide athlete development programme run by Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand and regional sporting organisations. It identifies aspiring athletes from a range of sports, each with the potential to become a future winner for New Zealand. The programme helps them be better prepared for the demanding high performance system. The MAGS girls were identified by New Zealand Football as an ideal candidates.

It is anticipated that each athlete will be involved in the programme for two years. The services provided over this time include nutrition, strength and conditioning and performance psychology. The girls start with the programme on 24 May, accessing its services between their studies and playing for the school.

The girls' selection follows their performance with the New Zealand Football’s National Women’s League Under 18 Team at the end of 2014, and in the build up to selection for the New Zealand Women’s Under 17 Team to travel to the World Cup in 2016 in Jordan.

MAGS band into Auckland finals of Smokefree Rockquest

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Four Year 13 Music students who formed a band only a month ago have made it through to the Auckland finals of the Smokefree Rockquest.

Pictured from left, James Venkatrao, Connor Stockman, Biku Adhikari and James Luff formed the group Apollo after meeting in Music class, and deciding to give the competition a go. They won the Auckland Central division of Rockquest on Saturday, 16 May, ahead of 12 other bands.

Biku, a guitarist and singer-songwriter, says he finished writing their winning song, Everlasting Innocence, only the week before. The group is now putting together two new songs for the Auckland regional final on 12 June, hoping to make it to the national final.

James Venkatrao also plays guitar, James Luff plays bass and Connor plays drums.

Biku, who intends studying Music at university next year, says the group was pleased that their first song came together so well. They've made use of Mount Albert Grammar's Music Department for composing and rehearsals.

"We started off as four musicians and are now a band," says Biku.

Smokefree Rockquest Auckland Regional Finals, Friday, 12 June, 6.30pm, Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar School, tickets $23.10 (adults), $12.85 (students),book here

Calling all artists in the MAGS community

Mount Albert Grammar School is hosting its second Fine Art Show from 21-23 August. Our inaugural show last year was a fantastic success, with $125,000 worth of art sold, raising $47,000 for the MAGS Foundation for investment in the school. The opening night gala was a sell out, with great community support.

This year we are excited about encouraging a strong local representation within the exhibition. Would you be interested in exhibiting in the 2015 show?

We are calling for interested artists to submit applications for consideration to the Art Selection Committee by Friday, 5 June. Initially, we need you to submit a brief bio, up to four images of your current work, the sizes and media used to create your works, and indicative pricing. The Art Selection team will then be in contact with further information as soon as possible.

Artists make 60% of the sale price from all work sold. The other 40% will go towards a variety of projects at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Please submit your initial application to the Chair of the Friends of MAGS Committee, Ms Nealie Baker, at nealie.barker@gmail.com on or before the 5 June. Regretfully, applications submitted after this date cannot be considered for selection.

Please also contact Ms Barker if you require any further information before submitting your application.

Blood Donor Day

About 140 students and 20 teachers gave blood at the annual Blood Donor Day at Mount Albert Grammar School on Thursday, 14 May.

School Nurse Ms Monica Haworth said MAGS was a big supporter of the day, which provided between 80-120 units of blood to Auckland Hospital. This was used for blood transfusions, Factor VIII clotting, and some units would be separated for transfusions of iron, white cells and plasma. Each unit of blood could help three patients.

"Our Student Health Committee leads the project, recruiting students aged 16 and over, and assisting on the day," says Ms Haworth. "MAGS is one of the biggest school collection centres for NZ Blood, and we're very grateful to the students who donate, and their parents for encouraging them to do so."


Te Papa CEO Rick Ellis to be awarded Albertian of the Year at Reunion Dinner

All members of the MAGS community - parents, alumni and friends - are invited to the annual Albertians' Reunion Dinner, where the 2015 Albertian of the Year Award will be made to Mr Rick Ellis.

Mr Ellis, who attended Mount Albert Grammar from 1967-1971, took over as the CEO of Te Papa in November last year. He was previously Group Executive at Telstra in Sydney, and CEO of TVNZ from 2006-2011 and from 1998-2002. He also held executive roles with Ansett and EDS, and a number Directorships for companies, crown entities and not-for-profit organisations.

The evening will also include an update on the school and Albertian activities by Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, and President of the Albertians Association, Mr Ben Stallworthy.

Wednesday, 1 July, from 6.30pm
The Nothern Club, Princes Street, Auckland central


RSVP by Wednesday, 24 June to Tim Kay, ph 815 4034 or email tkay@mags.school.nz

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