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
The annual Junior Bytes and Arts Alive concerts once again displayed the rich depth of talent among MAGS students.
The Junior concert by Year 9 and 10 students was held on Tuesday, 23 September, with the Senior concert held the following evening, both at the Centennial Theatre at Auckland Grammar School.
Performances by singers, dancers, drama students and musicians were by turns awe-inspiring, touching and comical, with fantastic range shown by many students who excel in more than one discipline.
A number of pieces were original compositions, including those by singers Jenna Ackerman (left) and Taine Buchan, and dances choreographed by a number of Senior students. Audiences were treated to award-winning performances, such as the MAGS' Jazz Band's and singer Janet Stewart's rendition of Over the Rainbow, part of a set which won a Silver Award at the Auckland-wide KBB Music Festival, and Jenna Ackerman's moving original song Tyler's Song, which won the APRA Lyric Award and came runner-up in the Word Up songwriting competition.
Drama students performed excerpts from this year's school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Head Boy Liam Ferguson performed a scene from his award-winning interpretation of Shakespeare's George V. Junior students performed a variety of drama pieces, many of which showed their sense of humour.
The Perfect Dance, performed by the prefects of 2014, was a hilarious medley of styles and costumes devised by dance leaders Emily Mills, Emma Pearce and Claudia Howlett "to introduce the prefects to the joys of dance".
The MAGS Snowboarding team surprised many other schools with closer links to Mt Ruapehu's skifields by taking out three top awards at the North Island Championships from September 22-24.
The Girls' Team won Bronze out of 46 schools with points accumulated across the three events - the Giant Slalom, Border Cross speed race, and Slope Style event where they show off jumps and aerial spins. The MAGS girls were Olivia Stewart, Brooke Hansen, Maddison Hargreaves and Bridget Hartley.
In the Boys' and Girls' competitions, Eric Munro (above) won Gold in the Giant Slalom, and Olivia Stewart (left) won Silver in the Slope Style.
Teacher in charge Mr Matthew Huang said 11 students competed and were to be commended for their results considering Auckland's distance from the skifields.
"Other schools that regularly win all the events, such as Ruapehu College and Trident High School in Whakatane, have much easier access for training," said Mr Huang.
Following a blizzard on Monday, September 22, which closed the mountain and compressed the championships into two days, the snowboarders enjoyed perfect conditions, with clear skies and powder snow.
Painting board by Rosa Henderson, Y11
Thank you to all the parents and family members who came into school on 25 September to view the Second Folio Board Show for Years 11, 12 and 13 Painting, Design and Photography students.
This was a wonderful opportunity to see the calibre of work throughout the department and for last minute changes and adjustments to be made before final marking.
Congratulations to the students who successfully met the deadline and have made excellent progress towards completing their boards.
Marking deadlines are early in Term 4
Level 1: Tuesday 14 October
Level 2: Tuesday 21 October
Level 3: Tuesday 28 October
There will be two open days in the second week of the school holidays for students to complete their boards: Wednesday 8 October and Thursday 9 October, 10am-4pm.
Students must arrive before 11am. Entry will be via the farm entrance through to sculpture courtyard.
Twenty Japanese language students will spend the October school holidays in Japan with teachers Ms Yukie Oki and Ms Kathy Edmonds.
The students, from Years 10, 11 and 12, will begin their experience in Ms Oki's home city of Osaka (pictured). They will visit the school she attended, and stay with host families.
They will then visit Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo, visiting educational and tourist sights and experiencing Japanese culture.
This is the first time a Japanese trip has been undertaken; Ms Oki hopes it will become a regular opportunity for MAGS Japanese language students.
MAGS' Premier Canoe Polo continued its winning run, clinching the Auckland Championship 5-2 over Long Bay College on Wednesday, 23 September.
This is the fifth year in a row the team has won the championship under the guidance of coach Mr Andrew Candy and teacher in charge Mr Henry Ludlam.
This is the third year the current team has come out on top. They are Captain Liam Hughes, Marshall Norbitt, Joshua Bougen, Alexander Hunt, Jack Mabus and Kailash Uchiyama Cawte. More photos here
Year 12 Music student James Donaldson has won the Wero Songwriting Competition with his song 'Try'.
James' song was judged the best of dozens submitted by secondary student songwriters from all over Auckland. He not only wrote the song, but sung and played nearly the instruments on his recording, including guitar, bass and saxophone, with only a drum machine for backing.
For his prize, James wins a $500 Rockshop voucher, will record his song in a professional recording studio for its inclusion on the annual Play It Strange CD, and perform his song at the Earth Turning Ceremony for the WERO development.
Run by the Play It Strange Trust, which fosters songwriting and performance among young New Zealanders, the competition celebrated the launch of the Wero Centre in Manukau. Wero will be a tourism destination that will highlight our country's Maori and Polynesian heritage with a watercourse, kayak centre, interactive and multimedia exhibitions and galleries.
The theme for the songwriting competition mirrored those of Wero, "accepting positive challenges and overcoming obstacles". Click here to read James' lyrics
A group of primary school students found high school science could be fun and surprising during visit by MAGS' Head of Science, Ms Ang Whitlam.
Ms Whitlam visited the Waikowhai class of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education on Friday, 19 September, following an invitation from teacher Ms Charlene Barnett. The children, who attend the special class one day a week outside of their normal schools, were studying science and Ms Barnett thought some high school experiments would extend their learning.
Ms Whitlam took the students through a series of experiments that had the children enthralled - chemical reactions that caused balloons to explode in a small ball of flame, liquids to fizz and smoke, and test tube ingredients to change colour. More photos here
Two of MAGS' star netballers - Jamie-Lee Price (left) and Maia Wilson -
have been selected for New Zealand's Netball's Accelerate Squad, and are
one step away from making the Silver Ferns.
Jamie-Lee, 18, completed her studies at MAGS last year, and is now part way through a contract with the Waikato Magic. She spent last week trialling for the Silver Fern squad.
Maia Wilson is in Year 12 and still only 16. As a goal shoot for the Premier Netball team, she helped secure the Upper North Island Secondary Schools' title for the eighth year in a row during Tournament Week.
Also a talented basketball player, Maia was one of eight new caps
selected for the New Zealand Tall Ferns for their trip to China in
August. Earlier this year she travelled to China with the Junior Tall
Jamie-Lee and Maia are two of only seven players selected for the NZ Netball Accelerate Squad. MAGS' Director of Netball, Ms Te Aroha Keenan, a former Silver Fern, says the girls will train alongside the Silver Ferns and have access to all the support networks afforded the top team, including nutrition and education support.
Their next step would be selection for the Silver Ferns.
MAGS once again dominated the Arthur Lydiard Challenge Cup long distance race, held in West Auckland on Saturday, 13 September.
For the second consecutive year we won both the Boys' and Girls' Team trophies after our runners took most of the top placings in the 10km races. The event, a fundraiser for the Legend Charitable Trust, has special significance for MAGS as Arthur Lydiard is an old boy of the school, and went on to train fellow Albertian Sir Peter Snell, helping him achieve his Olympic gold medals.
The Senior Girls team took out the Girls Team title by claiming the first four places - Rebekah Van Dort came first, Dillyn Ward second, Elizabeth Lyon third and Nicole Lawrence fourth.
The Senior Boys also won their Team trophy after Andrew Battley came first, Martin Lyon third, Liam Grozev fourth and Thomas Coupe fifth. Special mention must be made of Liam who was asked on the morning of the event to step up from the 5km race to the Senior 10km event to replace a late withdrawal.
The races were run over part of the Waitakeres course on which Arthur Lydiard trained his gold medal winning athletes.
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MAGS has both a Girls' and a Boys' team competing at the NZSS Basketball Championships in Palmerston North from 29 September-4 October. Daily results will appear here:
Monday 29 September
Girls: vs Hamilton Girls' - won 72-67
vs Waimea - lost 44-47
Boys: vs Onslow - won 73-58
vs Burnside - lost 62-86
Tuesday 30 September
Girls: vs Avondale - lost 71-86
Boys: vs Pakuranga - won 60-52
Wednesday 1 October
Girls: vs Otago Girls - won 66-28
Boys: vs Rotorua Boys - lost 55-72
Diamonds are formed under pressure and without pressure, they are simply lumps of coal.
Between now and the NCEA externals or junior exams, you should take every opportunity to put yourself under pressure, as each pressure point will make you stronger. Preparation is more than just cramming. Embrace the adversity, embrace the obstacles and get ready for success.
The Lions' Den Uniform Shop hours have changed until November. The new hours are:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Japanese teacher - LTR covering maternity leave