• 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.

Applause for Grimm's Tales

More photos here

The 2016 school production of Grimm's Tales closed last Saturday night, 21 May, after an outstanding season which saw full houses and delighted cast and crew.

More than 70 students were involved on stage and behind the scenes of the show, held at the Playhouse Theatre in Glen Eden. Drama teacher Ms Jessica Rigold selected eight of the Grimm brothers' tales to interpret - four dramas and four comedies. Award-winning student singer songwriter Jenna Ackerman wrote an original score for the show, and dances were choreographed by top Dance student Oliver Mathiesen.

Students Jonathan Buckman and Brooke Walker wrote original scenes that depicted aspects of the Grimm brothers' lives growing up in Germany. They were inserted between each tale as a way of introducing the following story, with Jonathan playing Wilhelm Grimm and fellow Drama student Elliot Paton-Simpson playing his brother Jacob.

Ms Rigold said that while stories of magic and encounters with characters such as the Pied Piper and the Handsome Prince may seem far-fetched, "a quick look at today's news and popular entertainment shows us equally outlandish and horrifying characters and situations."

While she selected the tales, the students did the rest of the creative work to bring the production to the stage, including scripting, music, choreography, design and artwork, costumes, lighting, sound and backstage organisation.

"I have been privileged to work with such students - their discipline and hard work when deadlines were approaching were awesome," said Ms Rigold. "They show that our future is in good hands."

Nanogirl inspires MAGS' young scientists

Scientist Dr Michelle Dickinson, also known as Nanogirl, visited MAGS on Friday, 13 May, to give an inspiring presentation to some of our Science students.

Prefect Parie Malhotra (pictured above) helped organise her visit as a way of motivating girl students in particular to think about a career in science. Dr Dickinson writes a weekly column in the NZ Herald and speaks weekly on radio about science subjects, also visiting schools and speaking at public events to encourage young people into her profession.

"Nanogirl talked to us about her journey to become a scientist - how she managed to convert her passion for breaking things into a job," says Parie. "She explained how the sterotype of a scientist being a wiry-haired old man in a lab coat and glasses is wrong - that there are a lot of young people and women in science, but they want more."

Parie says Dr Dickinson's passion for her profession rubbed off on the students, who answered her call for questions with many about the pathways to various science careers, including nanotechnology.

Students volunteer for Motutapu tree-planting

Twenty three students from the MAGS Environment Club travelled to Motutapu Island on Sunday, 15 May to take part in a volunteer planting day.

The Motutapu Restoration Trust holds a planting day once a fortnight and our students were keen to get involved in this massive restoration project. Despite the unseasonably warm weather and steep terrain, the students rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in. The end result was that nearly 1000 pioneer (or primary) species put in the ground. Read more

Year 9 student on Albert-Eden Youth Board

Isla Thompson might only be in Year 9, but that didn't stop the 13-year-old from putting her name forward for the Albert-Eden Youth Board.

She has been appointed as one of 12 members; the others range in age from 17-24, making her the youngest by some margin.

"I saw in the school notices that applications were open and I thought that would be a cool thing to be part of," says Isla. "We get to look at issues from young people's perspectives, and give feedback to the adults on the Albert-Eden Local Board."

The Youth Board has four areas on which to focus - sustainability, social mobility, social development and civic engagement. Projects will include encouraging young people to vote, and using social and online media in a positive way.

"This is our opportunity to get involved in our community and help make it what we want it to be."

US Ambassador visits MAGS

Mr Gilbert with, from left, Head of Careers Mr Kubi Witten-Hannah, Head Boy Tom Butler, Head Girl Leilani Ioelu and Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm

The United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, His Excellency Mr Mark Gilbert, spoke with Year 11-13 students on a visit to Mount Albert Grammar on Monday, 9 May.

Mr Gilbert was accompanied by Ms Katherine Gleeman, Education USA representative at the US Consulate in Auckland.

The Ambassador spoke to the Year 11 and 12 students about politics in the US, including reading the Gettysburg Address.

He spoke about the role of President and the achievements of current President Barack Obama. He stressed the importance of voting.

After the assembly Mr Gilbert conducted an informal Q & A session with 30 Prefects.

MAGS Business students attend university camp

Olivia Humphrey won a day with a CFO

Luke Howlett won an award for his 3D trophy design
Year 13 students Olivia Humphrey and Luke Howlett were among 70 selected from across New Zealand to attend the Massey Business Bootcamp in the second week of the school holidays.

The five-day camp is designed to immerse the students in the business world and connect them wiith experts and industry specialists.

The students heard from guest speakers from around the world, business owners and successful entrepreneurs. They visited three national and multi-national companies and took part in team-building exercises. Luke won the HP Team Challenge award for his 3D design of a trophy that represented teamwork. Olivia won a day with the My Food Bag’s Chief Finance Officer, Ms Hannah Howard, a huge opportunity for the budding entrepreneur. Click here to read Olivia and Luke's impressions of the boot camp ...

Sports update

Georgia Carter selected for NZ Lacrosse team

Prefect and Premier Lacrosse team member Georgia Carter has been selected for the top New Zealand team, the NZBlax.

Georgia (back row, far right) will travel to Melbourne with the team on 3 June to compete in the Australian National Championships. As well as playing against Australian state sides, New Zealand will also play England, Hong Kong, Japanese University and the USA College team.

Year 10 students helps NZ Tag side to victory

Moanekah Va'ai represented New Zealand in the Under 21 Womens Tag team that competed in the Trans Tasman series on April 1-3.

The New Zealand team won three of the five game series, taking the overall win. Moanekah, who is still only in Year 10, was the youngest in the team.

Netball: Premier team wins North Harbour Tournament

MAGS' Premier Netball team were victorious at the 2016 Netball North Harbour Secondary Schools Tournament, held at the AMI Netball Centre in Takapuna on Tuesday, 17 May.

Coach Ms Paula Smith said the tournament was an opportunity for the team to execute their skills and principles of play in a performance environment. "The Premiers had only two games prior to this and it was great to try out new combinations and consolidate a starting seven," said Ms Smith.

MAGS was unbeaten through the day, winning against Massey High School 49-15, Carmel College 32-18 and Long Bay College 35-18 before claiming the final against Westlake Girls High School 34-22. Read more ...

Albertians' Annual Reunion Dinner and Albertian of the Year presentation

Albertians, staff and members of the MAGS community are warmly invited to attend the annual Reunion Dinner, which will include the presentation of the Albertian of the Year Award to renowned chef Mr Michael Meredith.

Thursday, 23 June, 6.30pm
Northern Club, Princes Street, Auckland city

This special occasion includes welcome drinks, a two course meal, a selection of beverages, an update on School and Albertian activities by Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm and Albertians Association President Mr Aftab Moosa respectively, and the presentation of the 2016 Albertian of the Year Award to Mr Michael Meredith, one of New Zealand's most celebrated Master Chefs.

Click here for booking and payment details

Read more about Michael Meredith here ...

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.

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Information for International Students

  • 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

    Be an active participant.

    Learning is similar to socialising, because if you are an active participant in discussions and activities, you will gain so much more from the experience. Ask questions and contribute to the discussions and it will stimulate and activate your thoughts, as well as encourage others to be more active and involved.

  • Key dates for Term 2

    Click here for Term Dates and the weekly diary

    31 May:
    Year 11 students go on study leave, exams begin (see below)

    1 June:
    MAGS dancers in YOUDANCE Youth Dance Festival, Raye Freedman Theatre

    3 June:
    Board of Trustees voting closes
    : Official opening of D Block

    6 June: Queen's Birthday holiday

    8 June:
    Year 11 exams finish

    9 June:
    Year 11 students resume classes

    10 June:
    2016-2019 Board of Trustees announced

    14 June:
    Art Board Show and Business Market, E Block, 4.30pm-6pm

    23 June: Albertians Annual Reunion Dinner and Albertian of the Year presentation (see below)

    30 June:
    Annual Music Concert, Raye Freedman Theatre

    6 July:
    Albertians' Lunch, School House

    8 July: End of Term 2
  • Year 11 exams

    Year 11 exams will be held from Tuesday, 31 May to Wednesday, 8 June.

    Click here for the timetable and exam rules

    Year 11 students will be on study leave during this time. They are expected to be at home studying between exams.

    They will resume normal classes from Thursday, 9 June.

  • 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 Auckland Grammar

    Football Boys First XI v Rosmini

    Sports news and information

    Individual sports

  • Board of Trustees election

    The three-yearly election of members to the MAGS Board of Trustees will take place this June.

    Parents are invited to stand for the Board, and all parents have the right to vote for Board nominees.

    There will be seven elected members of the Board. Those members will then vote for which of them will be the Board Chairperson.

    Parents have been emailed with details of the election process.

    Click here to read the email

  • Uniform shop hours


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

    Saturday, 11 June, 1pm-2.30pm
    Saturday, 18 June: 10.30am-12 noon
    Saturday, 25 June: 10.30am-12 noon
    Saturday, 2 July: 1pm-2.30pm

    NB: The shop will be closed on Monday, 6 June, for the Queen's Birthday holiday, and 9-10 June for stocktake

    Click here for more uniform information
  • 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

  • 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 a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School

  • 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

    Mathematics teacher

    More information here