Tradition & Change
Founded in 1922, the school values its traditions whilst delivering a 21st century education.more
Founded in 1922, the school values its traditions whilst delivering a 21st century education.more
A 2012 total of 92 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.more
National titles, New Zealand representatives and unsurpassed success in Auckland grades over the years all showcase our sporting depth.more
Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.more
The MAGS Way reflects the core values of our school's community.more
The Education Review Office gave Mount Albert Grammar School an excellent report following its assessment visit recently. 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."
Mount Albert Grammar School's 2013 tally of 83 scholarships was the seventh highest among all New Zealand secondary schools.
Our NCEA results of 2013 were our best to date. Students' achievement is higher than national averages and considerably higher than averages for other similar schools. Details and graphs here
MAGS' National Champion girls' football team and coach Paul Marshall were interviewed on Campbell Live on Friday, 12 September, about their "Immaculate Season".
The team won the Auckland League, the Auckland Knock Out Cup and defended the National title, all without conceding a goal. The team scored 114 goals this season, with nil against.
Campbell Live reporters Tristram Clayton and Anna Burns-Francis spoke with Captain Rivalina Fuimaono, Coach Paul Marshall, and had a fun "penalty shootout" with the MAGS team.
Tristram Clayton said the team was "arguably the greatest football team New Zealand has ever produced."
Coach Paul Marshall was also interviewed on Radio Live on Sunday, 14 September. Click here to listen to the interview, which starts just after 3pm on the "7 Day Catch Up" list of audio recordings.
The annual Junior Bytes and Arts Alive concerts will be held on Tuesday, 23 August, and Wednesday, 24 August at Centennial Theatre at Auckland Grammar School.
The Junior Bytes concert will present performances from our Year 9 and 10 musicians, actors and dancers, highlighting the depth of talent at MAGS down to Junior school level. The evening will be hosted by Junior Arts leaders.
The Arts Alive concert will include the presentation of Arts Lions, and showcase the best creative and performance pieces from the Dance, Drama and Music Departments.
Both evenings will include a exhibition of work by some of our promising young visual artists.
Tickets from the Finance office or available at the door: Adults $15, students and seniors $10, MAGS students and staff $5.
MAGS was this week honoured to host two New York firefighters as part of their visit to New Zealand to mark the anniversary of 9/11.
Mr John Mills and Mr Chris Barber spoke to Year 9 and 10 students in two assemblies on Wednesday, 10 September. They work at neighbouring fire stations on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They were accompanied by Mr Tony Scott of the Auckland Fire Service, who worked with the US Embassy to bring the firefighters to Auckland to take part in an anniversary event on Thursday, 11 September, including a Sky Tower stair-climb and a ceremony in Queen Street.
After watching a short video about the September 11 attacks, students were able to ask questions of the two New York firefighters. Mr Mills and Mr Barber spoke about their jobs, the different kinds of situations they have dealt with, and why they became firefighters. Mr Mills said he made his decision after his father died in the South Tower on 9/11. Mr Barber, who was already a firefighter in a different State at that time, was in New York on holiday on the day of the attack. He was able to help, and decided to stay and apply to work for the New York fire department.
Mr Mills said he and Mr Barber appreciated being able to talk with the students as much as the students appreciated hearing from them.
“Those images are still hard to watch, but for kids who were just being born around that time it’s important that we remember that event and talk about how much things have changed since then,” said Mr Mills.
MAGS' Junior German language students won nearly all the top places at the annual Goethe Society Auckland competition.
In the Year 9 category, Rosemary Tatupu came first while Allie Hawksworth came third. In Year 10, Isobel Welsford-Ackroyd came first, Fraser Eade came second and Eamon Sadler took third place.
Several hundred students from a large number of schools take part in the competition. Of the top 38 prizes in the Year 9 category, MAGS students won 17 (45%). Of the top 28 prizes in Year 10, our students won 23 (82%), including the top three places.
In Term 2 the students sat an exam testing listening, reading and writing. The top students from this were chosen to sit a speaking test at Auckland University in August. Marks from all the tests were combined to find the winners.
Head of German Mr Warwick Gibbs said teacher Ms Barbara Lynch should be congratulated on the results she achieved with her Junior students.
Year 13 Dean and English teacher Mr Martin Wright has been granted a Teach NZ Study Award to complete his thesis for a Masters Degree in Education.
Mr Wright will spend 2015 researching his thesis topic - the effect of multiple professional development initiatives on teacher effectiveness.
He will interview teachers about the various teaching initiatives they are asked to implement and whether they are helpful or for various reasons hinder their performance.
Mr Wright says a Masters is usually a two-year full time programme, but he completed the first year's work part time around his teaching and Dean commitments. The Teach NZ award, funded by the Ministry of Education, will fund the second year of work, which he will complete through Unitec.
He is looking forward to returning to MAGS full time in 2016.
Jack Scahill, who gained NCEA Scholarship in Agriculture and Horticulture in 2013, revisited MAGS during a break from his studies at Lincoln University.
Jack, pictured with Head of Horticulture Ms Trish Bevins, is doing a four-year Degree in Agricultural Science, assisted by a scholarship from Dairy NZ. The Dairy NZ scholarship pays for Jack's formal tuition fees up to a value of $5750.
Jack spoke with some of Ms Bevins' Year 12 and 13 Horticulture students about what it was like studying at Lincoln, and the job pathways open to students in a rural sector that is crying out for graduates.
"I'll have my pick of jobs when I've finished my degree," said Jack, who is aiming for a career in either farm management or animal science. "The rural sector needs 1200 graduates a year, but it's lucky if there are 200. You can work on farms or off farms in support industries, in the science area or business."
Jack encouraged the students to take the extra step and sit NCEA Scholarship in Agriculture and Horticulture, as this qualification had opened more doors for him and helped him gain the Dairy NZ scholarship.
He grew up in Auckland, but says coming from the city was considered an advantage in rural tertiary study and employment as applicants were not entering the sector with pre-conceived impressions.
MAGS offers Horticulture and Agricultural Science from Years 10-13. If you would like to find out more about the Horticulture programme email Ms Bevins at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2014 Classical Studies tour of Greece and Italy will be the biggest yet, with 34 students looking forward to the two week trip through the October school holidays.
This will be the fifth time that the Head of Classical Studies Mr Greg Cave has taken a group on tour to see many of the sites they study in class. The students make the most of also experiencing Greek and Italian culture, food and language.
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Senior exams start on Wednesday, 10 September and run until Friday, 19 September.
Click here for the exam timetable
Friday, 19 September, will be a staff only day.
Students will not be required to attend school on that day.
If you would like your child to be supervised at school on that day, please contact the office on 09 846 2044 by midday on Thursday, 18 September.
Classes will resume as normal on Monday, 22 September.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Helping others can be one of the most therapeutic tasks you can perform in life. Like many of our school seniors who respect others, find ways to cheer people up in small, yet meaningful ways on a regular basis. It will definitely make you feel better.
The Lions' Den Uniform Shop hours have changed until November. The new hours are:
Friday: 8am-9am (closed Friday, 19 September)
School Holiday opening:
Friday, 10 October, 1pm-3pm
To assist families with uniform requirements prior to Term 4
November hours will be posted here in late October.
Click here to go to the Uniform page.
Make the most of some special offers and support MAGS at the same time.
Your School Business Directory lists firms that will give donations and discounts to MAGS. A selection are now offering special deals to the MAGS community.
Click here to check out the new MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.
Click here to see a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School
Click here for a comprehensive weekly calendar of school events and meetings.
Click here to read MAGS' new biannual magazine online, and download a copy.
If you would like a print copy please contact the editor, Estelle Sarney, at email@example.com
A group of Year 12 and 13 students is offering free tutoring for their fellow students.
The service has been organised by the Academic Council, led by prefect Rohith Nagulan and sanctioned by Headmaster, Mr Dale Burden. In return for their time, the students will gain Service Points.
Click here for a table showing the subjects and year levels at which students can gain tutoring.
HOD Agriculture - commences Term 1, 2015
Art teacher - LTR covering maternity leave
Japanese teacher - LTR covering maternity leave
Samoan teacher - LTR - part time or full time
Technology teacher - full time permanent
Technology teacher - full time LTR
HOD Classical Studies - regraded position