• 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 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."

To read the full report, click here

Summer Tournament Week Latest

Congratulations to the Girls First XI Futsal on being New Zealand champions for the third year in a row. The team was unbeaten at the tournament and completely dominated all opposition during their six games, scoring a total of 52 goals with only two in reply. The were victorious against Cashmere High School in the final with a score of 14-1.

Congratulations also to the Premier Boys Softball team are also New Zealand champions by overcoming St Patrick's Silverstream 3-2 in a very tight final. They played 11 games in five days and were defeated only once during the tournament.

Full Results - Summer Tournament Week
Mount Albert Grammar School Sport Facebook Page

Maadi Cup News

Our Under 18 Boys Eight came second in their heat to secure a place in the A Final on Saturday, 29 March, racing for the Maadi Cup. This is the first time we have raced for the Maadi Cup in more than 40 years.

Another first was a MAGS Girls' Eight making an A Final - our Under-17 Girls had to fight for the last spot, but made it by .25 of a second. In MAGS' early rowing era, girls did not attend the school, so the Girls' Eight achievement holds a special place in MAGS' rowing history.


Our Under 18 Boys have now secured direct entry into all three elite finals - the U18 Pair, Four and Eight - which of itself is a huge achievement and places MAGSROW back among the best rowing schools in the country. Commentators have referred several times to MAGS' comeback on the rowing scene, one saying we seemed to now be "a force to be reckoned with".

To top things off, the Under 15 Boys Eight and Under 15 Boys' Four have also secured berths in A finals, boding well for success in future years.


2014 Scholarship and NCEA results put MAGS among top 5 schools in New Zealand

- Benjamin Dekker one of top 66 Outstanding Scholars
- Liam Ferguson Top Scholar in Drama with Scholarship mark of 100%

Samuel Buckman
3 Scholarships

Benjamin Dekker
3 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding

Louisa Howse
3 Scholarships

Jericho Jackson
4 Scholarships

Flynn Letford
3 Scholarships

Harshil Magan
3 Scholarships

Rohith Nagulan
5 Scholarships

Jonathan Stuart
4 Scholarships

Run (Irene) Wu
3 Scholarships
incl 1 Outstanding

Yingying (Jade) Xiao
3 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding

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. Congratulations to our top scholars pictured above, who each achieved multiple Scholarship success.

Benjamin Dekker's results place him as an Outstanding Scholar, one of top the 66 in the country, awarding him $5000 per year for three years from NZQA toward his tertiary studies.

Liam Ferguson (see story below) gained 100% in Scholarship Drama, placing him first in New Zealand in that subject. Liam also gained a Scholarship in Chemistry.

The 2014 NCEA results continue to show that MAGS students' achievement is higher than national averages and considerably higher than averages for other similar schools, both for overall pass rates, and for endorsements with Merit and Excellence. University Entrance is gained by passing Level 3 in at least three approved subjects, and achieving the required literacy and numeracy credits. MAGS also has a higher pass rate for University Entrance than the national average.

NCEA pass rates
Decile 7 average
National average
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
University Entrance
Merit Endorsements

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Excellence Endorsements
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Click here for the full list of Scholarship winners

Dr Alan Bollard inducted into Hall of Distinction

Read the NZ Herald story here

More photos here

A former Governor of the Reserve Bank, Dr Alan Bollard was inducted into the Mount Albert Grammar School Hall of Distinction on Wednesday, 18 March.

Dr Bollard is currently executive director of the secretariat of Apec, and returned from his Singapore base for the ceremony. Attending with him were, pictured below from left, his wife Ms Jenny Morel, brother Mr Richard Bollard, who also attended MAGS, sister-in-law Ms Jane Moore and stepmother Mrs Joy Bollard.Dr Bollard attended Mt Albert from 1964 to 1968. He was head librarian in his final year, was awarded a number of scholarships and was Dux of the school. His father, the late Dr Edward Bollard, was also Dux and later inducted into the Hall for Services to Botany - he was President of the Royal Society of New Zealand from 1981 to 1985, and a former Director of Plant Diseases Division, DSIR. Edward and Alan are the only father and son to both be Dux at MAGS and inductees into the Hall of Distinction.

Dr Bollard's citation
was read by Mr Peter Thorp, who was Head Boy in Dr Bollard's final year at MAGS and is now Chairman of the MAGS Foundation. Also present were he Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Greg Moyle, President of the Albertians' Association Mr Ben Stallworthy (pictured above with Dr Bollard), Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, Deputy Headmaster Mr Paul McKinley, Director of the MAGS Foundation Mr Tim Kay and former Headmaster Mr Greg Taylor, along with a number of Albertians, some of whom were at school with Dr Bollard.

In his speech to the Year 9 and Year 13 students present, Dr Bollard said they were fortunate to attend a school that prepared them well for the future.

"A lot of the jobs you will do haven't been created yet, and the technology you'll use hasn't been invented yet, but you will be at the forefront of that … in the future there will be two types of workers – those who create technology and those who use it. I advise you to be the ones who create it," said Dr Bollard.

He also paid tribute to the teachers who had inspired him, and encouraged the students to make the most of the teachers who inspired them. "They will help set you on the right path for your future."

Cole Evans selected for New Zealand Black Sox

Watch the TV3 News story here

MAGS Softball star Cole Evans has been selected for the New Zealand Black Sox team to defend their World Champions title in Canada in June.

Cole travelled to Canada last July with the Junior Black Sox team, where they won the Silver medal in the Junior Men's World Series. Now he'll be stepping up as a 16-year-old among his adult team-mates, but is looking forward to the challenge.

New Zealand Coach Mr Mark Sorenson was himself selected for the Black Sox at 16, and says Cole "brings a lot of hunger, a lot of excitement, a bit of youthful exuberance and a no-fear approach, and that can't be underestimated."

Cole's grandfather, Mr Stu Kinghorn, was also a national representative, and now coaches MAGS' Junior and Senior Boys' Softball teams. Both teams won their Auckland and New Zealand Championships last year.

Cole says he's excited about representing his country in June, even though he'll be the only member of the team doing homework on the plane.

Mufti Day in aid of Relay for Life

All students are invited to dress up in the colours of blue, yellow, purple and pink for a Mufti Day on Friday, 27 March, to help raise funds for the Cancer Society's Relay for Life event from 28-29 March at the AUT Millennium Institute at Mairangi Bay.

In 2014 MAGS had a team of 18 students take part in the Relay for Life; this year we have 95 students in four teams, plus teachers to accompany them. More than $8000 has already been raised through online sponsorship; this will be increased by students' gold coin donations in return for wearing mufti.

At the Relay for Life, teams will do as many laps of a 400m course as they can over 18 hours. Find out more at http://relayforlife.org.nz/

Please click on the links below to support our teams by making an online donation:

Team ATeam B Team CTeam D

Lisa McLaughlan studies with New Zealand Dance Company

Deputy Head Girl and top Dance student Lisa McLaughlan won a coveted three-week secondment to the New Zealand Dance Company from February 16-March 6.

Lisa was the only secondary student to be invited to audition for the place. She won the secondment ahead of about 20 tertiary dance students.

Lisa says she spent her time with the Company as understudy for two roles in its contemporary dance production of Rotunda, which opens in Tauranga on 13 March and tours New Zealand and Australia until the end of May. Lisa says she may be called on to perform in the show if either of the professional dancers she understudied cannot take the stage.

Rotunda tells the Anzac story, incorporating live music by the NZ Army Band and North Shore Brass, and is the creation of Arts Laureates Shona McCullagh (Artistic Director) and Don McGlashan (Musical Director).

Lisa has won a number of dance and choreography awards and is aiming for a career as a professional dancer. For now, however, it is back to her studies, and rehearsals with the MAGS hip hop Megacrew as they prepare for the National Championships.

Rotunda, Australasian tour 17 March-23 May,click here for information and tickets

MAGS wins Blues 10s Rugby Tournament

Mount Albert Grammar School won the inaugural Blues 10s rugby tournament at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday, 7 March, defeating Kings College 31-0 in the final.

Fifteen schools from around Auckland took part in the tournament. The semi-final and final were broadcast live on Sky TV's Rugby Channel as the curtain-raiser to the Super 15 game between the Blues and the Lions.

MAGS' Director of Rugby Mr Geoff Moon said the team played some attractive rugby for such an early stage in the season. "The team was well organised and it was pleasing to see the fitness levels so good so early," said Mr Moon.

The team was captained by Charles Napa’a. Two young players who made their debut at top level, Noah Foster and James Strickland, performed with distinction.

Mr Moon also noted that it was good to see key players Lona Holaholo , Chris Lu’au and Geronimo Doyle playing with confidence so early in the season.

Tournament results: Round 1: Mags 31 Tangaroa 0, Round 2: Mags 37 Rangitoto 7, Round 3: Mags 29 Rosmini 7, Semi-final: Mags 31 Otahuhu 5, Final: Mags 31 Kings 0

Rowers claim Gold at North Island Championships

Fergus McSwiney and Jonathan Winter claimed the John Symes Cup for the second consecutive year when they decisively won the elite U18 Pairs event at the NISS Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro from March 6-8.

The MAGS pair once again won by clear water, a month after winning Gold at the Auckland Championships. Fergus and Jonathan now have their sights set on Gold at the New Zealand Secondary School Rowing Championships, known as the Maadi Cup, back at Lake Karapiro from March 23-28.

In all, 15 MAGS crews made finals, from Novice to U18 level, boys and girls. Two other boys' pairs made the U18 final, and to claim three of the eight top spots in this elite event was an indication of our dominance in sweep events.

MAGSROW's patron, Mr Kerry Ashby, Albertian, Empire Games silver medalist and former MAGS rowing coach, passed away on March 3. Race commentators made reference to his place in New Zealand rowing, and in re-establishing rowing at MAGS, a number of times during the regatta, and our rowers were conscious of honouring his memory on and off the water.

The squad is now preparing for the New Zealand Championships, known as the Maadi Cup, back at Lake Karapiro from March 23-28.

Robotics team qualifies for World Championships


One of MAGS' two Robotics teams has qualified to represent New Zealand at the World Robotics Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, in April.

The team is made of up Parie Malhotra, Harry Duncan (centre) and Alex Boyd. They and the other MAGS team spent the weekend of 28 February-1 March at the National Championships at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.

Nearly 70 teams, including one from China, competed. The game the teams competed at was called Skyrise – two pairs of robots had two minute matches to stack as many cubes on posts, and stack as many ‘Skyrise’ pegs into a tower as possible.

Both MAGS teams placed in the top 10 in their divisions and made it to the semi-finals. Although they were eliminated at that stage, Parie, Harry and Alex won the National Design Award, qualifying them for the World Championships. They are one of only five teams to qualify from New Zealand.

In winning the Design Award the judges commented on the professional presentation of the team's 100-page document, and their interview. The team was also shortlisted for the overall Excellence Award.

This is the second time MAGS has qualified for the World Robotics Championships - in 2010 the school won the National Championships. The 2015 team is now busy fundraising to get themselves and their robot to Kentucky.

Albertian Portia Woodman on a roll for NZ Sevens

Read the NZ Herald story here

Albertian Portia Woodman (2005-2009) is making headlines with her try-scoring prowess for the New Zealand Women's Sevens team.

Portia has already scored 33 tries this season on the World Series circuit, helping New Zealand to the top of the table, well clear of second place runner Canada.

After the team's latest win, by 50-12 over the United States, Captain Sarah Goss said of Portia: "She's world-class, one of a kind. She's got so much talent and I'm just happy she's on my team." said Goss.

Portia excelled at sport at MAGS, playing in the Premier Netball team from Year 10-13, and being the Senior Athletics Champion and Victrix Ludorum in 2008 and 2009.

Her New Zealand Sevens team is confident of making the top four teams in the World Series, which will qualify them for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Title haul for MAGS athletes

MAGS athletes won 17 titles on the track and 15 titles in the field at the West Zone Championships, held at Trusts Stadium on Tuesday, 10 March.

Overall 31 athletes qualified in a total of 51 different events for the Greater Auckland Championships to be held on Tuesday, 17 March at Mt Smart.

Several athletes were outstanding across a range of events, the best being Niven Longopoa, Caleb Clarke and Dylan Moon (pictured on right). Niven won the Senior Boys 100m, 110m hurdles, 400m and Long Jump. In the Intermediate grade Caleb Clarke won the 200m, Long Jump and was 2nd in the 100m and Shot Put. Dylan Moon also displayed great all-round ability winning the Junior Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin and 80m Hurdles.

All of these boys contributed to relays with Niven running in both the Senior 4x 100m and 4x 400m teams, which won their races. The boys relay teams won all their events, as did the girls with the exception of the Junior Girls 4x 100m team which placed 2nd.

Click here for the full list of title winners
More photos here

Prefect spreads the MAGS Way message

Prefect Christian Prescott prepared such an inspiring speech about the MAGS Way that he was asked to present it to each year level assembly.

A gifted orator, Christian had the full attention of his fellow students as he spoke about his pride in attending the same school at which his father, Charles Prescott, was Head Boy in 1990. Christian told his own story of how he had worked his way to academic success, and encouraged the students to follow the MAGS Way set of values - Respect Others, Respect Oneself, Respect Property and the Environment, Be Honest, Value Education, Aim for Excellence.

He told the students to remember that they were privileged to attend one of the top schools in the country, and to make the most of the opportunities presented to them, including the willingness of teachers to go the extra mile in helping them succeed.

You can listen to Christian's speech by clicking here

ANZAC Assembly and Albertians' Luncheon

Albertians are warmly invited to attend Mount Albert Grammar School ANZAC Assembly in the FW Gamble Hall, followed by drinks and lunch at School House.

Friday, 24 April, 11am at the hall

The luncheon cost is $30 per person, payable by cheque or cash as you arrive at School House. Cheques payable to the MAGS Albertians Assoc.

RSVP: By Friday, 17 April, to Valerie Menzies, ph 09 846-2044 ext 8153 or email vmenzies@mags.school.nz

MAGS Golf Day 2015

Registrations are now open for the MAGS Foundation Golf Day, scheduled for Tuesday, 31 March, at the Titirangi Golf Club.

This annual event will once again raise funds for the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship Fund. The 2014 Golf Day raised $20,000.

Click here for more information and the registration form

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