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    National titles, New Zealand representatives and unsurpassed success in Auckland grades over the years all showcase our sporting depth.

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Year 12 and Year 13 Course Re-enrolment

Tuesday, 24 January, 1pm-3pm
Wednesday, 25 January, 9am-3pm

Following the release of NCEA results on Tuesday, 17 January, Year 12 and 13 families will receive an email from the school with instructions for course re-enrolment. Some students will need to visit school during one of the times noted above, with a printed copy of the email from the school, to check that they have met the pre-requisites for the courses they selected to take this year, or choose new courses. Allow 30 minutes for this procedure.

If a student cannot attend on either of the dates above, they should forward the school's email to their Dean, with their NCEA results, to confirm their enrolment in their selected courses.

Students finish year with four-day sailing adventure

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Twenty four Year 11 students finished the year with a four-day sailing journey aboard Sir Peter Blake's around-the-world yacht Steinlager 2.

Head of Outdoor Education, Mr Darren Whitehead, who accompanied the students with teacher Mrs Michaela Hey, said the group sailed 330 miles (550km), visiting six islands - Tiritiri Matangi, Great Barrier, the Mokohinau Islands, Kawau, Waiheke and Motuihe.

"We sailed in 38 knot winds and at speeds as high as 15 knots, saw dolphins, sailed at night with three watches rotating until 2.30am, cooked on open fires, swam at 6am and some students even slept under the stars on deck," says Mr Whitehead.

The students were involved in all aspects of the trip. They helmed the boat, were on the grinders to raise, lower and trim the sails, cooked the meals and cleaned. "The confined spaces and need to constantly work together enhanced their leadership, teamwork, communication, determination, courage and respect."

Mr Whitehead said the students represented MAGS extremely well and were spoken of by the crew as being among the top five groups they have taken in the past eight years.

"It was fantastic to see the pride each student took to show their parents around the boat when we returned to Viaduct Harbour. This group comprises many of the future leaders of our school."

Rowing - Christmas Regatta 2016

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Two third placings for MAGSROW's boys' Eights topped a successful weekend at the annual Christmas Regatta at Lake Karapiro from December 16-18.

The Novice Boys' Eight and Under 16 Boys Eight each took Bronze places in their A finals. Other A finalists were the Boys Under 16 Four and the Girls Under 16 Double. Four crews also made B finals at the large event that sees clubs and schools fighting for finals spots through tough criteria.

Another highlight of the weekend was the naming ceremony for two new boats bought with money fundraised by rowers and parents. The high performance Four/Quad boats are named after two successful former MAGS rowers, Charlotte Pearce and Jono Winter. Charlotte was one of our foundation girl rowers, and Jono has twice represented New Zealand with the NZ Juniors rowing squad and is now studying at Yale University in America on a rowing scholarship.

MAGS to open girls' hostel in 2018

Outside the former rest home which is set to become Mount Albert Grammar’s first boarding hostel for girls are, from left, Chairman of MAGS’ Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle, Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm, and Deputy Principal in charge of Junior Girls, Ms Jo Williams.

Mount Albert Grammar School will open its first boarding facility for girl students in 2018.

The school has acquired a former rest home in nearby Lloyd Avenue, Mount Albert, and will spend 2017 renovating it in preparation for its first intake of up to 30 girls. They will be a mix of New Zealand and International students.

Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm said the school had run a boarding hostel for boys for the past 90 years, and the new facility enabled the school to provide equal opportunity for girls from outside its zone to attend Mount Albert Grammar.

“MAGS has a long history of offering our quality education to boy students from throughout the North Island. Now their sisters, and the daughters of former students, will have the opportunity to also board with us,” said Mr Drumm.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Greg Moyle, said the ability to host girls from outside the school’s zone complemented other initiatives, such as the development of the ASB MAGS Farm to promote careers in the primary sector to urban students.

“MAGS’ new AgriBusiness course is ideal for students keen to pursue a career in New Zealand’s primary industries. MAGS is the only school in Auckland offering the course, so girls may wish to board with us to have that educational opportunity.”

Mr Drumm said demand for places at the school was unprecedented from both inside and outside its zone – the roll was due to rise to 2800 in 2017, making MAGS the second largest high school in the country.

It was rare for a suitable facility for a hostel to become available, and this property was in a safe residential street only six minutes walk from the school. It is planned that the MAGS Foundation will take over the hostel’s ownership.

Gold medal in NZSS Athletics Road Race

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MAGS' Junior Girls Road Race team won Gold at the NZSS Athletics Championships on Saturday, 3 December.

Pictured above from left, Theane van Zyl, Holly Bannister and Hannah Houghton competed in the 4000m team event at Moir Park in Massey. The girls placed 11th, 14th and 16th, and when their places and times were combined they were awarded 1st place.

The girls competed against teams from 18 other schools from around New Zealand. New Plymouth Girls High School won Silver and Wanganui Collegiate claimed Bronze.

In other results, Paige Witehira won Silver in the Senior Girls Javelin with a personal best of 39.67m, and Kalisi Longopoa won Silver in the Junior Girls 80m Hurdles in a time of 12.24 seconds.

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Peer mediators learn from the experts

Students who will take on the role of Peer Mediators in 2017 received specialist training from members of the Peace Foundation on Monday, 5 December.

For the first time, this year's workshop included 10 Year 11 students to create depth and continuity for the future of the programme at MAGS.

Led by the foundation's Head of Peace Education, Ms Christina Barruel, the students took part in role plays and discussions to learn how to be active listeners, reflective, non-judgemental, impartial, and empathic.

MAGS Guidance Counsellor Ms Marianne Wilson says that learning conflict resolution skills "empowers young people to come to their own solution for a win/win outcome."

The Peer Mediators will put their skills into action next year to help resolve conflicts between their fellow students of all ages, overseen by the Guidance Department.

Ted van Arkle inducted into Hall of Distinction

Mr van Arkle with members of his family after receiving his charter, from left, son in law David Roberton, daughter Lisa, wife Wendy, son Simon and grandson Samuel Roberton.
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Albertian Mr Ted van Arkel a respected business leader and professional director, was inducted into the Mount Albert Grammar School Hall of Distinction on Thursday, 1 December, 2016.

The ceremony fittingly took place at a gathering of Albertians for a special Christmas Luncheon and the AGM, also attended by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Greg Moyle, President of the Albertians' Association Mr Aftab Moosa (pictured left with Mr van Arkle), and former Headmaster Mr Greg Taylor.

Mr van Arkel, who attended MAGS from 1957-1958, was accompanied by his wife Wendy and members of their family and friends.

His citation was read by his longtime friend and colleague, Mr Tim Cook, who spoke of Mr van Arkel's rise from a 15-year-old on the shop floor at Woolworths to become a leader of companies employing thousands of staff and turning over billions of dollars each year. Mr Cook said Mr van Arkel was known among those he worked with not only for his business acumen, but also for his caring nature and ability to engage with his staff. Read more ...

Five winners in Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards


Jacqui
Hand

Football

James
Kirkham

Mountain Biking

Caitlin
Pritchard

All Rounder

Waimana
Riedlinger-Kapa

Rugby

Angus
Scahill

Underwater Hockey

Five MAGS students were named the best in Auckland in their chosen sports at the College Sport Auckland's Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards held at Eden Park on Saturday, 26 November.

Jacqui Hand won for Football, James Kirkham for Mountain Biking, Caitlin Pritchard in the demanding All Rounder category, First XV Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa for Rugby and Angus Scahill for Underwater Hockey. Waimana was also a finalist for the overall Young Sportsman of the Year award.

Jacqui, Caitlin, Waimana and Angus are all part of New Zealand Champion teams for MAGS, and have represented New Zealand in international competitions. James won the AKSS Mountain Biking and NZSS Multi-Sport titles this year.

MAGS had 15 finalists across 12 codes at this year's awards, among the most of any school.

Head of Arts made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Ms Milica Zjajic-Moon, the Head of MAGS' Faculty of Arts and our Head of Music, has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts based in London.

"This is a huge honour and I am very humbled," says Ms Moon, "and the thing I am happiest about is the variety of opportunities my fellowship unlocks for our students. We can now enter competitions open only to students of Fellows, which are sponsored by international corporations with prize money worth tens of thousands of pounds."

Ms Moon will also be able to collaborate with other Fellows around the world, enhancing the Arts programme MAGS can offer.

The Society was formed in 1754 to "embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine art (and) extend our commerce". Fellows include Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin and Professor Stephen Hawking. Today the RSA describes itself as "an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges", and includes more than 2000 Fellows elected from 80 countries, including social entrepreneurs, scientists, community leaders, commercial innovators, artists, journalists, architects, engineers, and those from many other occupations who have demonstrated achievement or potential related to the arts, manufacture and commerce. The RSA's patron is Queen Elizabeth II.

New Fellows must be nominated by two existing members, and then elected. Ms Moon does not know who nominated her, assuming they are among the network of contacts she has built up through the arts and education in New Zealand and overseas.

She has been invited to the the Society's offices in London, and is looking forward to meeting its international co-ordinator during a planned trip to Europe over the summer holidays.

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.

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