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 are well placed to defend their title in two weeks time after adding the Auckland Knock Out Cup to their Auckland league championship win last month.
The team triumphed over Saint Kentigern College 1-0 at Seddon Fields on Wednesday, 20 August, in the Knock Out Cup Final.
On 2 July they secured the AKSS championship for the sixth year in a row.
Even more remarkably, the First XI have not conceded a goal all season. They have so far scored 83 goals, with nil against them.
Coach Paul Marshall says the girls' superior tactical knowledge and strong team bond are parts of their winning formula. They are now looking forward to this year's NZSS championship in Taupo from 1 September.
Street artist and educator Bobby Hung will produce a piece of 'live art' at the opening night cocktail function for the MAGS Fine Art Show.
Mr Hung has a Masters degree in Education and is the Programme Leader for the Certificate of Design and Visual Arts at Unitec. He produces art both in a studio and outdoors, and is currently exploring Maori and Chinese culture through painting, typography, figuration and graphic illustration.
Mr Hung has specialised in graffiti art for 13 years says his works are a response to contemporary visual culture and led by cultural inquiry.
See below for more information about the Fine Art Show.
* Tickets are now selling for the Fine Art Show's opening night
cocktail function and charity auction: Friday, 22 August, 6.30pm, FW
Gamble Hall, $35pp.
Click here to purchase
* Admission is free to the Fine Art Show on Saturday, 23 August and Sunday, 24 August. Click here for more information
English teacher Ms Sarah Drew was one of a number of MAGS staff and students who had their hair shaved off for charity this week.
Like most families, Ms Drew has friends and relatives who have died or are now battling the disease. She decided to take part in Shave for a Cure in memory of loved ones lost, to help provide wigs for those in need, and to raise funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.
The fundraiser was held in the old gym at lunch time on 20 and 21 August. Many had gathered sponsorship totals ranging from $20 to $2500 - all to be donated to this worthy cause. Those brave enough to lose their hair had a large and supportive audience cheering their efforts.
A group of MAGS students were 'buddied' with young survivors of the Japanese tsunami on their visit to New Zealand from 18-20 August.
Four boys and six girls from tsunami-ravaged towns in the Tohoku region spent a day and a half attending classes with their Year 9 and 10 buddies, and stayed with local families. They were welcomed with a powhiri and farewelled with a lunch. They also spent a day in Christchurch meeting students who had been through the earthquakes and seeing how the city was recovering.
This is the fourth year MAGS has hosted students from Tohuku, and their chaperone, Mr Tosh Aoshima, says the visit is now less about giving the teenagers a break and more about developing their leadership abilities for the future.
"We select them as potential leaders, and from their experience in New Zealand they take home ideas for restoration projects we get them involved with," said Mr Aoshima.
At the farewell the students spoke of their appreciation in being able to spend time in a country that was also recovering from a natural disaster, and enjoy the day to day life of a New Zealand high school with their Kiwi buddies.
MAGS' cheerleading team were crowned Grand Champions at the Schools Spectacular Cheerleading Competition on Sunday, 17 August.
Held at the ASB Stadium in Kohimarama, the MAGS girls won their division and then the overall competition ahead of about 40 teams from other schools from around the North Island.
Led by coach Ms Michelle Williams (pictured), and teacher in charge Ms Carissa Calvert, the 14-member team includes girls ranging from Years 9 to 13.
Ms Williams said they had been practicing their routine since February, and should be very proud of their success.
Mattais Heimuli (left) and Connor Purcell have been named among the top 13 rugby league players in Auckland.
The Year 13 students attended Auckland Rugby League's end of season awards for Premier high school players, held at Alexandra Park on Wednesday, 20 August. Mattais, a loose forward, and Connor, a prop, were named in the CRL Premier XIII Merit Team of the Year.
Mattais has already been accepted into the Junior Warriors, and is hoping for games next year. At the end of this year Connor is going to Australia to trial for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Both are members of MAGS' First XIII, which reached the semi-finals of the Auckland competition this year. The boys are now looking forward to the NZSS championship in South Auckland from September 1, when they hope to better the runner-up spot the team claimed in 2013.
A hip hop group that includes MAGS students and Albertians has won Silver for the second year running at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.
ID Co features students Jackson Tuarae, Gabriel Sutton (shown with flag) and Riley Bourne, and Albertians Cameron Cranston, Nathan Kara (seen at right) and Brosnan Ackerman. It is led by Albertians Josh and Andrew Cesan.
MAGS' Head of Dance, Ms Jacqui Cesan, says the 30-strong group formed only this year and was narrowly beaten for Gold by an experienced group from the Philippines. Forty five groups from 41 countries competed in the "Mega Crew" section, before an audience of 10,000 at the New Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
"The creativity and skill of the young New Zealand crew won over the judges and were clearly loved by the audience," says Ms Cesan.
MAGS' Jazz Band won the Silver Award in the KBB Music Festival held from 4-8 August.
The festival was this year held at Westlake Boys' and Westlake Girls'
High Schools. It features music groups from schools across
Auckland who take part in either performance or competition categories.
The Jazz Band played five arrangements under the direction of Albertian Ben Sinclair, including an interpretation of Over the Rainbow featuring beautiful vocals by student Janet Stewart. The other pieces performed were Moten Swing, The Magnificent Seven, Sloo Foot and One Mint Julep.
The MAGS Concert Band also took part in the festival in the performance section.
MAGS' netballers stamped their authority on the Auckland competition by winning all three grades in the 2014 Combined Points Tournament at the Auckland Netball Centre on Wednesday, 6 August.
The Year 9 and 10 teams both faced Westlake Girls High School in their finals, while the Premier team played Saint Kentigern for the second time this week after beating them 39-32 in the MAGS vs Saint Kentigern annual sports day on Saturday, 2 August.
MAGS Premier Netball goal shoot Maia Wilson will travel to China later this month as one of eight new caps with the New Zealand Tall Ferns.
Maia, who is in Year 12 and still only 16, has already been to China with the Junior Tall Ferns earlier this year. In the four-nation tournament from 19-30 August, the Tall Ferns will play six games against an American All Star team, China and a Slovenian side.
Although Maia's sporting focus at MAGS is netball, she plays club basketball for the Waitakere West Lady Rangers.
A group of Year 12 geography students came third in the annual Auckland Geography Teachers' Association Year 13 Quiz held at St Cuthbert’s College on Wednesday, 6 August.
With our Year 13 geography students away on the Rotorua field trip, it was down to MAGS' Year 12 geography students to fill the breach. Pictured from left, Edwin Stanton, Rebekah van Dort, Sam Cummins and Gilbert Patten Elliott stepped up to the challenge.
Students from more than 20 schools answered questions on current events, geography alphabet and general geographic knowledge.
Some last minute revision and frantic learning of the Year 13 curriculum by the Year 12 team paid off with MAGS scoring good marks in nearly every round, getting through to the final four playoffs for the third time in four years. The team is keen to do even better next year when they get to return as Year 13s.
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Friday, 22 August
Wear blue and yellow and bring a gold coin donation to support the work of the Cancer Society.
Activities and performances at breaks, and appearances by Leo the Lion.
Daffodils on sale for a donation - the official Daffodil Day is Friday, 29 August. See www.daffodilday.org.nz
Show your intelligence by using appropriate words in appropriate places.
School is never the place to show your limited vocabulary by swearing and cursing. Most of us believe that swearing is a loss of control and a moment of weakness. It is also bad manners and certainly not the MAGS Way. This is not the kind of excellence expected of our MAGS community and it shows disrespect for others. Like bullying, you should not have to put up with swearing and should strongly tell people you do not like it and that you find it offensive.
Year 10-12 students now have a copy of the Senior Academic Guide for 2015. They need to make their subject choices by August 22.
Click here to download a copy of the Guide.
Click here to find out more about it, and its easy-to-navigate features
Friday 22 August
Final day for Y10, Y11 and Y12 students to return their course option form to Form Teachers
Art rooms are open after school from 3.10pm-4.30pm, Monday to Wednesday through Term 3 for students to work on completing folio boards in all disciplines.
Year 13s are welcome from 2.10.
Bread and spreads provided.
Teachers are rostered to be available for assistance:
Mondays: Ms Aleh or Mr Corkery
Tuesdays: Mr Rees or Mrs Mulgrew
Wednesdays: Ms Curin or Ms Schwalger
Former student Joanne Olsen is performing in the play That Woman at The Dolphin Theatre, about cosmetics doyennes Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Read more ...
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