• Tradition & Change

    Founded in 1922, the school values its traditions whilst delivering a 21st century education.

    Tradition & Change
  • Academic Achievement

    A 2012 total of 92 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 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."

To read the full report, click here

Outstanding Scholarship and NCEA results

Mount Albert Grammar School's 2013 tally of 83 scholarships was the seventh highest among all New Zealand secondary schools. Read more

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

Maria Tutaia inducted into the MAGS Hall of Distinction

Read the NZ Herald story here

More photos here

Wednesday, 15 October, was an historic day for Mount Albert Grammar School - our first former girl student, Silver Fern Maria Tutaia, was inducted into the Hall of Distinction.

In a moving ceremony filled with warmth and humour, Maria's citation was read by her coach from when she captained MAGS' first Premier Netball Team in 2004, Ms Te Aroha Keenan. Ms Keenan still oversees MAGS' netball programme, and the Netball Academy and Premier players, dressed in netball uniform, formed a guard of honour through which Maria entered and left the FW Gamble Hall.

The Hall was filled with Year 9 and Year 13 students, Maria's parents Sam and Niukini, sister Rina, former team-mates, coaches and friends, and the ceremony attended by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Greg Moyle, President of the Albertians' Association Mr Ben Stallworthy, Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, Deputy Headmaster Mr Paul McKinley, Director of the MAGS Foundation Mr Tim Kay and former Headmaster Mr Greg Taylor.

Maria spoke warmly of Mr Taylor, pictured at left with her and Mr Burden, and how he helped engender the values of acceptance and respect for which she remembers the school.

"He would chat to me every week about how netball was going," says Maria. "Taking the first Premier team to Nationals and coming fourth, when we had come from nowhere, is a memory I'll keep for my lifetime."

Maria wore a MAGS skirt, blazer and tie in honour of the school, and told the gathered students that they were privileged to attend what she considers the best school in the country.

"I wear this uniform on behalf of the dignitaries sitting on the stage with me, for the students who have come before us, some of whom have their names on the walls around you, and in honour of my family. This school has pride, respect and heart - it taught me to learn, strive and have a real crack. Mental toughness wins games, and in life you will face hardships and if you don't have mental toughness you won't succeed.

"Decide what grows you, serves you, and in the end makes you happy. If I can get my name on these boards there's no reason why any of you can't do the same. It's an honour to have my name forever a part of this school."

MAGS netballers selected for NZ squads

Read the NZ Herald story here

Jamie-Lee Price has been called in to the Fast5 Ferns to replace injured Captain Casey Kopua.

Jamie-Lee, who finished her studies at MAGS last year and now has a contract with the Waikato Magic, trialled for the Silver Ferns last month and was placed in the Accelerate Squad, one step away from national selection.

She is now about to make that step in the six-nation Fast5 Netball World Series, to be held at Vector Arena on 8-9 November.

Meanwhile, Year 12 student Maia Wilson, who was also named in the Accelerate Squad, has made the New Zealand A team with Jamie-Lee to play against England later this month. The matches take place in Rotorua on 28 October and Palmerston North on the 31st.

To cap off MAGS' selection success, five of the eight players named in the NZ U21 team are MAGS current or former students - current Captain Holly Fowler, her Premier team-mate Chiara Semple, and former students Meretini Fuimaono, Erikana Pedersen and Nadia Loveday.

Oldest Albertian farewelled as youngest member of Hall of Distinction inducted

MAGS' oldest Albertian, Mr Connell Percy (Con) Thode, died on 9 October aged 103.

Mr Thode, who attended MAGS from 1925-1926, was a Lieutenant Commander in the New Zealand Navy and the only New Zealander to be given command of a Royal Navy submarine during World War II. He was later a dedicated supporter of the Spirit of Adventure Trust.

Mr Thode was inducted into the MAGS Hall of Distinction in 2010 for services to yachting and the navy. He is pictured here with his son, Scott, at an Old Old Boys' Luncheon in 2012.

His funeral was held at St Christopher's Chapel, HM Naval Base, Devonport on Wednesday, 15 October, the same day as the youngest Member of the Hall of Distinction, Silver Fern Maria Tutaia, was inducted.

Liam Ferguson wins place on trip to Globe Theatre

Head boy Liam Ferguson has won selection to travel to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and visit the playwright's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Liam will be one of 24 young actors to perform and study at the theatre in July next year. They were chosen from a group of 48 regional winners of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition who gathered in Dunedin over the October school holidays for workshops and rehearsals. Liam's group performed the play Love's Labour's Lost, and Liam's portrayal of the character Berowne helped him win a place on the trip to England. He is pictured in character as Henry V, the role which won him the Auckland competition.

"We'll see plays and go on tours of theatres, and have workshops at the Globe Theatre before performing part of a play there," says Liam.

He is applying to study Medicine at Auckland University, but will keep up his acting as a hobby. After he has finished his NCEA exams he will be busy fundraising the $8000 required to go on the Shakespeare trip.

Classics trip to Greece and Italy

Head of Classics Mr Greg Cave led his fifth and biggest ever group to visit ancient sites in Greece and Italy over the October school holidays.

The tour experienced by 34 students, five teachers and four parents included Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Naples and Rome, and gave the students valuable insight into the importance of the Classical World to modern New Zealanders.

Click here to read Mr Cave's report on the trip, and see photos

Lucy Lu wins six Gold medals at Table Tennis National Championships

Year 11 student Lucy Lu is still only 15 years old, but came away from the 2014 National Table Tennis Championships with six Gold and one Bronze medal.

Lucy won Gold in the U21 Women's Singles, U21 Women's Doubles, U21 Mixed Doubles, Open Women's Doubles, Open Mixed Doubles and Auckland A Grade Team event. She won Bronze in the Open Women's Singles.

Lucy has been playing table tennis for six years. She came to MAGS from China as an International student just over a year ago, and says she loves MAGS and New Zealand so much she wants to live here permanently. She hopes to one day represent New Zealand in her sport.

Outdoor Education five-day journey across the Coromandel

The Year 12 Outdoor Education students' five-day journey across the Coromandel, from Thames to Whangamata, was a full-on adventure in the last week of Term 3.

Three groups mountain biked, tramped and kayaked their way across the ranges, camping out at night.

Click here to read more

Oliver Sail selected for All Whites

MAGS old boy Oliver Sail has been selected for the All Whites squad for November’s tour to China and Thailand.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper has already been to China this year with the U20 New Zealand side, where he was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament, and over winter added an ASB Chatham Cup semi-final with Central United FC to his rapidly-growing football CV.

"When you’re a kid and playing football you dream of playing for your country so it’s awesome to get to that stage so soon," he told the Football NZ website. "But I certainly want to go further. I want to have a long career playing for New Zealand."

Oliver, who is the son of MAGS teacher and Cricket Academy Director Mr Tony Sail, recently moved to Wellington to link with the Phoenix ahead of the club's entry into the ASB Premiership. He is also looking forward to New Zealand hosting the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2015.

Agriculture students learn how to ride safe

Year 13 Agricultural Science students spent the last day of term on the MAGS farm being assessed on their skills in riding ATVs, or All Terrain Vehicles, more commonly known as quad bikes.

Head of Department Mrs Michelle Farmer and Farm Manager Mr Larney Palmer were assisted by Mr Colin Rush of Agritec, a private training provider, in observing the students' safe riding skills and giving them further advice and encouragement.

"Accidents on quad bikes happen every week on farms around New Zealand, so we consider this safety assessment an important part of the Agricultural Science course," said Mrs Farmer.

Most of the students have learned how to ride ATVs in theory and practical lessons over the past two years. Skills they have mastered include how to shift their body weight to keep the ATV stable over different terrain, and how to dismount safely if need be in hilly, slippery situations. More photos here

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Information for International Students

  • From the Headmaster

    Welcome to Mount Albert Grammar School. Founded in 1922, the School offers a high quality of educational opportunity amidst the strong traditions of one of the oldest and best schools in Auckland.
  • Year 10 Business Market Day

  • Theme of the Week

    Relaxation improves your concentration.

    The benefits of relaxation include reduced stress, increased blood flow to your muscles and brain, slowing your breathing rate and lowering fatigue.

    Google 'relaxation exercises' today and benefit from practising daily. It is a great daily habit, and it's free!

  • Year 9 and 10 exams

    Study leave

    Monday, 3 November
    All Year 9, 10 and 11 students will be on study leave.

    If your child requires supervision at school please ring the office on 846 2044 by midday on Friday, October 31.

    Year 11 students will remain on study leave for NCEA exams.

    Year 9 and 10 students will return to school on Tuesday, 4 November

    Year 9 and 10 exams run from Monday, 10 November to Thursday, 13 November

    Click here for the Junior exam timetable

    Click here to read and download a booklet of exam preparation tips

  • Arts, Sports and Leavers' Dinners

    Don't miss out on these special occasions. Tickets on sale now from the Finance Office.

    Arts Dinner
    Tuesday, 28 October, 7pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel
    Tickets $75, no limit on family members able to attend

    Sports Dinner
    Thursday, 30 October, 6.20pm, Alexandra Park Function Centre
    Tickets $65, up to two family members may attend with their child

    Leavers' Dinner
    Monday, 3 November, 6.30pm, Alexandra Park Function Centre
    Tickets $65, up to two family members may attend with their child

    Please click here for a letter with more details about the Leavers' Dinner, and the consent form each attending student must return

  • BYOD for Year 9 in 2015

    In 2015, Year 9 students will bring their own device to school to assist with their learning in the classroom. The iPad is MAGS' device of choice.

    There will be a meeting for parents, caregivers and students in Year 9 for 2015 to share information and enable questions regarding the BYOD programme to be answered:

    Monday, 10 November, 6.30pm-8pm
    Murray Nairn Library.

    Please click here for more information

  • Enrolment for 2015

    Link to information, application forms and prospectus

    Includes information on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for Year 9 in 2015

  • MAGS News e-newsletter

    Click here to see the latest edition of our new e-newsletter
    Click here to view past e-newsletters
    To go on our mailing list, click here

  • Uniform Shop - opening hours

    The Lions' Den Uniform Shop hours have changed until November. The new hours are:

    Monday: 8am-9am
    Wednesday: 8am-9am
    Friday: 8am-9am

    November hours will be posted here in late October.
    Click here to go to the Uniform page.

  • The Junior School

    This section contains teacher contacts and further information about the special nature of our Junior School.

    Latest Posts

    Inter-form Class Competition Points Table
    Online science quiz
    Inter-Form Class science competition
  • Student blog

    Click here to check out the new MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.

  • Welcome to International families

    Click here to see a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School

  • Calendar

    Click here for a comprehensive weekly calendar of school events and meetings.

    For 2015 term dates and public holidays, click here

  • Sport

    Sports Information and News

    Sports Fixtures and Results

    Photo Reports

    Match/event reports

  • Tutors for free

    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.

  • The Lion - new school magazine

    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 esarney@mags.school.nz

  • MIcrosoft Office Software

    Mount Albert Grammar School students are now able to download the latest full versions of Microsoft Office. Both Windows and Mac versions are available at no charge. More....

  • Free IPad apps

    Microsoft Office apps for iPad are available free to MAGS students.

    If your child has an iPad and attends MAGS, he or she can download the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for free. If they sign in with their school e-mail, they will be able to unlock all features, including the ability to create and edit documents.

    Click here to access the Microsoft Office app site

  • Useful Links


    Latest ERO Report
    NZQA ExaminationTimetable

    Senior Academic Guide - 2015
    Subject Information

    Careers Information
    Tertiary Links and Fact Files

    Guidance Links for Parents
    pdf download

    NCEA L1 internal assessments
    NCEA L2 internal assessments
    NCEA L3 internal assessments

  • Outdoor Ed on YouTube

    MAGS Outdoor Education
    YouTube Channel

  • Staff Vacancies

    Japanese teacher - LTR covering maternity leave

    More information here