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 2014 total of 88 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 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."
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.
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.
Junior teams make clean sweep of North Harbour Tournament
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
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.
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
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.
“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 ...
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.
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.
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MAGS students raised $10,144 for the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Appeal through a mufti day and food sales.
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
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
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.
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."
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.
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Friday, 29 May, the day before Queen's Birthday weekend, 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, 28 May.
Monday, 1 June is Queen's Birthday holiday.
Classes will resume as normal on Tuesday, 2 June.
Netball Year 9 at North Harbour Tournament
Netball Year 10 at North Harbour Tournament
Basketball Premier Girls v Avondale
First XV v St Peter's
Football Boys First XI v Auckland Grammar
Hockey Boys' First XI v Pakuranga
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.
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