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."
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.
Goal for goal battles on the football field and one-point margins on the netball court were examples of the thrilling games played in the annual Burden Cole Cup Tournament between MAGS and Saint Kentigern College on Saturday, 27 June.
It was Saint Kentigern's turn to host MAGS this year, and it became their turn to claim the Burden Cole Cup for the overall Tournament win after MAGS secured it in 2014. Saint Kentigern retained the Jubilee Trophy for Rugby.
For the first time this year Boys and Girls Basketball was added to the programme. Results for the six matches were: Boys Basketball: St Kent's won 70-61, Girls Basketball: MAGS won 87-66; Boys Football: Draw 3-3; Girls Football: MAGS won 3-1; Netball: St Kent's won 29-28; Rugby: St Kent's won 17-10.
MAGS' Director of Sport Mr David Long said the evenly matched teams made for exciting matches. The Boys' Football teams went goal for goal, finishing with a 3-3 draw; the Girls' Football teams were 1-1 at half time until MAGS scored with two goals in the final 10 minutes; MAGS' Premier Netball team could not quite replicate their recent College Netball win over Saint Kentigern, losing this time by just one goal; and MAGS' First XV were one of the toughest opponents that Saint Kentigern have met in some time, with MAGS ahead at half time.
Mr Long said great sportsmanship was displayed throughout the day by all teams, and MAGS athletes were a credit to the school.
Web rangers help MAGS students be safe online
Nearly 200 students took part in Web Rangers online safety workshops at MAGS on Friday, 26 June, run by Netsafe New Zealand, Google and the student-led Sticks 'n' Stones project.
Web Rangers invites teenagers to create a campaign that will help their peers think about online behaviour and keep each other safe and happy on the web. Campaigns created as a result of the initiative include YouTube videos, animated songs, billboards and school events.
The MAGS workshops were attended by comedian Rhys Mathewson and social media celebrities Caito Potatoe and Liam Waverider, who spoke about their online experiences and worked with the students on making a start on their campaigns.
The students who attended the Junior and Senior workshops included members of MAGS' Digital Leaders group, Form Class Representatives and Prefects.
Anyone can enter the campaign competition via the website www.netsafe.org.nz/webrangers Prizes include tablets and phones, and the three winners from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will also win a trip to Sydney to present their campaign to Google executives.
A school holiday workshop for the Web Rangers campaign competition will be held on Friday, 17 July, at TAPAC in Western Springs.Click here to register
International Food & Culture Evening
An annual highlight on the MAGS' International student calendar, the 2015 Food & Culture Evening held in the FW Gamble Hall on Tuesday, 23 June was enjoyed by students, staff and homestay families.
Many of MAGS' 120 International students representing 20 different countries took part, bringing dishes of their national cuisine for the shared dinner, and performing on stage. Performances included cultural and contemporary songs and dance, piano recitations and a closing song by the International Choir.
The evening included a screening of a video made about the International Camp held earlier this year, and the announcement of the winners of the International Art Competition.
Liam Ferguson heads for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
2014 Head Boy and Dux Artium Liam Ferguson visited Headmaster Mr Dale Burden this week to thank the school for assisting him on a trip to England with the Young Shakespeare Company.
Liam was one of 24 young actors selected for the trip following his win of the Auckland Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition last year. The group will study and perform at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and visit the playwright's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The MAGS Foundation has contributed to the cost of Liam's three week trip.
Liam, who gained the top mark in New Zealand of 100% for Scholarship Drama in the 2014 NCEA exams, is now studying pre-Medicine at Auckland University with the aim of becoming a doctor, but is keeping up his acting as a hobby.
He is currently on screen in the TV3 series Westside, the prequel to the popular Outrageous Fortune, playing the young Wolf West (pictured with co-star Antonia Prebble). Earlier this year he starred in Auckland University's Summer Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Quiz Night raises $2500 for KidsCan
MAGS biggest Quiz Night to date raised nearly $2500 for the KidsCan charity that helps under-privileged children.
The FW Gamble Hall was full with 43 teams of students past and present, teachers, parents and members of the community. A team of parents called In It to Win It did as they intended, with a table of former students coming second and a table of current students headed by long time teacher Mr Warwick Gibbs taking third place.
Teacher Mr Pat Barrett did a fine job once again as Quiz Master, while Ms Donna Hobbs and Ms Catherine Horne kept the scores in order.
As well as prizes for the winning teams there were spot prizes and an award for the Best Dressed Team, won by group of pirates.
Junior Art trip to Auckland Art Gallery
Year 10 Art students had the opportunity to view one of the most extensive art collections in the country on a trip to the Auckland Art Gallery on Thursday, 11 June.
Art teacher Mr Bryn Corkery said the four classes were able to see examples of the types of art they had studied in class, such as pop art at the Billy Apple exhibition and modern New Zealand art. They also saw a range of historical works.
The students were given practical and theoretical tasks which helped them analyse and appreciate the collection.
"For some it was their first visit to the gallery," said Mr Corkery. "They responded to the art maturely and were positive representatives of the school."
Success for Performance Poets
MAGS Performance Poetry team is one of 12 selected from 32 to go on to the semi-finals of the Auckland competition.
Three of the five team members performed a poem for judges at the first round on Saturday, 20 June. Theresa Boyd's poem was in favour of voluntary euthanasia, Jahmal Nightingale spoke of the disconnect between people's feelings and what they show on the outside, and Jonathan Buckman's topic was nostalgia for childhood. The other team members are Joseph McNamara and Shannon Hoole.
Teacher in charge Ms Sarah Drew says the team will now take part in a Poetry Slam Camp and four weekend workshops before the semi-final on 26 September. Six teams will be chosen for the grand final on 24 October.
French exchange students welcomed by MAGS buddies
A group of 23 students from a Paris high school arrived at Mount Albert Grammar on Monday, 15 June, to spend the next month with their Kiwi buddies.
Each visitor from the school Sainte Croix de Neuilly has been paired with a MAGS French student, and will spend the remainder of term attending most classes with them. They will stay at their homes and enjoy the school holidays with their host family before returning to France.
In December the French students will return the favour, when the New Zealanders travel to Paris to spend four weeks with them, and then a final week touring the country.
Head of Languages and French teacher Ms Helen Selaries organised a similar exchange last year, which was such a success that even more students are taking part in the 2015-2016 programme.
"It's a great skill to welcome another child into your home and build on your language and cultural awareness," says Ms Selaries. "When our students travel to France they learn how to cope in a foreign country, staying with a new family - they grow a lot."
The first thing the French students had to get used to this week was wearing a uniform - Ms Selaries says few students wear them in France.
"But their English is very good - most of them have studied it for 10 years whereas our students have only been learning French for about two."
Ten groups of Year 11 Business Studies students chose their products well for their annual Market Day, held in the Albertian Quad on Wednesday, 17 June.
All chose to sell food or drink items, and most had sold out by half way through lunchtime. Malaysian noodles, fried rice, milkshakes, home-made dumplings, churros and baking were snapped up by other students, and teachers.
Business Studies teacher Mr Max Jeremic said the Market Day was part of an internal assessment which required the students to write a business plan for their product, including marketing, financials, operations and defining the roles of company members.
Junior Art Competition winners
1st: Maya Pellizzaro-Hurrell
Pen and ink
2nd: Ella McCool-Reay
3rd: Arien Okan
All Year 9 and 10 students were invited to take part in the MAGS Junior Art Competition, with the brief "Out of the Ordinary".
They could submit any original piece of work they had completed during the first half of the year, including photography, painting, design, sculpture and drawing.
The winners, shown above, were presented with their prizes of boxes of art materials at assembly on Monday, 15 June.
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
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Families of Year 8 students at MAGS' contributing intermediate schools
are welcome to attend the following information evenings. Each will be
held at 7pm in the FW Gamble Hall
Mon 27 July: Balmoral Intermediate families
Tues 28 July: Auckland Normal, Ponsonby and Kowhai Intermediate families
Wed 29 July: Pasadena, Blockhouse Bay and Glen Eden Intermediate families
The evening will include a visual presentation about Mount Albert
Grammar School, information about enrolment procedures, and the
opportunity to ask questions about MAGS' academic, sporting and cultural
To assist with our preparation we would
appreciate you confirming your attendance by emailing Enrolments Officer
Ms Theresa Taylor at email@example.com or phoning 09 846 2044 x 8131. Please leave your name, school and the number attending.
Observatory viewing times
Viewing sessions at the MAGS Observatory are weather dependent, so notifications will be posted here on the day of each session. Please check back as late as 6pm on the day, as weather can change quickly.
Location: Park on Alberton Avenue and walk up the farm roadway to the Horticulture block on the left. Look for the domed Observatory hut.
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
Hours until the end of Term 2 are:
Monday: 8am-1pm Tuesday-Friday: 8am-9am
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