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
Come along to support our students at this annual event, as four of our
top teams compete for the Jubilee Cup in rugby, and the Burden-Cole Cup
for the winning school overall.
Saturday, 2 August, at MAGS
9.30am: First XI Girls Football
11am: Premier Netball
12.30pm: First XI Boys Football
2.30pm: First XV Rugby
Delegates Katie Budgen and Liam Rudd took MAGS' place at the table for the National Student CHOGM meeting at Parliament Buildings on Monday and Tuesday, 28-29 July.
The event replicates the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which is held in a different country each year, where talks are held between nations and resolutions are put to vote.
During the two days, the students, from schools all over New Zealand, were addressed by the Prime Minister Mr John Key, a number of MPs, and had a "crisis session" hosted by Colonel Martin Dransfield of the NZ Defence Force.
The event was held in the Grand Hall at Parliament Buildings, and the students attended a "State Dinner" at the Beehive.
Katie and Liam were randomly assigned the Maldive Islands to represent, and had to research the issues affecting that nation. Both are members of MAGS' Premier Debating Team, so were well-equipped to state the Islands' concern that global warming could lead to the islands being underwater within the next century.
"We got our resolution passed that Commonwealth members use sanctions against countries that exceed a certain carbon emissions quota," says Katie. "We had to have talks with countries like Singapore to make sure we got the votes we needed - it was interesting learning how politics operates at that level."
The crisis session looked at a state of civil unrest, similar to that going on in the Ukraine, and Colonel Dransfield was able to advise the students on how such conflict might be resolved.
Another group of students posed as journalists, held press conferences and put out a CHOGM newspaper.
Katie and Liam said the experience opened their eyes to the background workings of international politics and diplomacy, and the appreciated the opportunity to take part.
Proceeds from the annual MAGS Quiz Night will this year be donated to
Autism New Zealand. Autism is a life-long disorder, affecting people's
social and communication skills. Autism New Zealand runs a number of
programmes designed to help those with autism and their families by
providing information, resources and support. It is a non-profit
organisation and has no Government funding. The charity relies on the
generosity of the community, and the MAGS Academic Prefects, who are
organising the Quiz Night, decided it would be a worthy beneficiary of
our community's generosity this year.
Friday, 8 August, 6pm-9.30pm. Doors open 5.30pm
Tickets $10 per person or $50 for a team (up to 8 people), from the Finance Office
Over $1000 of prizes to be won, including spot prizes and prizes for best dressed.
Our thanks to the businesses below who have generously donated supplies and prizes.
MAGS' national champion First XI girls' football team has won the Auckland Secondary Schools' Championship for the sixth year in a row, this year without conceding a goal.
The breakdown of the team's astounding record of 67 goals for, 0 against affirms their domination of the Auckland competition: 2-0 vs Onehunga, 5-0 vs Diocesan, 11-0 vs St Mary's, 9-0 vs Avondale, 10-0 vs Botany, 4-0 vs St Kentigern, 11-0 vs Massey, 7-0 vs Westlake, 1-0 vs Rangitoto, 2-0 vs EGGS, 5-0 vs Takapuna.
Coach Paul Marshall, currently in Brazil watching the World Cup, said before he left that most of the girls have played together for three years, "and are an amazing team ... more tactically astute that their opposition."
Match reports and photos here
In Term 3 the team aims to take out the Knock Out Cup competition, before defending their title at the national championships.
Three members of the team were selected for the NZ U17 team that competed at the U17 World Cup in Costa Rica last term - Jade Parris, Bella Kingi and Deven Jackson.
Five others - Samantha Tawharu, Jacqui Hand, Alosi Bloomfield, Grace Jale and Nicole Mettam (pictured) - were selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools U16 Girls Football Team Tour to Sydney in the July holidays, where they won one game, lost two and drew one against New South Wales teams.
MAGS' young Performance Poets punched above their weight to beat many older contestants and claim second place in an Auckland competition at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau on Saturday, 26 July.
Year 9 student Hannah Cope (centre) and Year 10 students Theresa Boyd and Jahmal Nightingale took the stage against poets from nine other schools, most of whom were in Years 12 and 13. The students said the stadium was full, and the atmosphere was more like that of a concert.
The finalists had attended workshops each Saturday over seven weeks leading up the final, perfecting their poem's language, construction and their performance.
Theresa's poem was about identity and being able to choose who you want to be ahead of others' expectations, Jahmal wrote a love poem, and Hannah's piece was about personal expression, self-esteem and confidence.
Called Word - The Front Line, the competition was run by the South Auckland Poets Collective and Action Education. The judges included poet Selina Tusitala Marsh, rapper Giant Killa and the current New Zealand Poetry Slam champion, each of whom performed.
English teacher Ms Sarah Drew, who runs MAGS' Spoken Word Poetry group, said she was proud of the students doing so well against others older than themselves.
"This is just the beginning of Spoken Word Poetry at MAGS," says Ms Drew. "Watch this space."
MAGS' committee of Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) organised a series of events this week to raise the profile of their cause.
On Thursday, 31 July, other students arriving at school were met with a mock car crash in D Quad. For the rest of the day, SADD members wore black and did not speak unless required, alluding to the ghosts of young people killed in car crashes involving alcohol.
Painting sessions and the distribution of "mocktail" fruit drinks at lunchtimes were other activities the students chose to spread their anti drunk-driving message.
Two of MAGS' top Agricultural Science students returned to the school during their break from Lincoln University to speak to students about the advantages of specialising in rural studies.
Jack Scahill, who
passed NCEA Agriculture and Horticulture at Scholarship level in 2013,
was awarded a DairyNZ Scholarship to study at Lincoln University.
Jessica Munro, Deputy Head Girl last year, gained a Future Leaders
Scholarship from Lincoln to go towards her Ag Commerce degree.
The students, pictured with MAGS' Head of Agricultural Science Mrs Michelle Farmer, spoke to students about the rural study pathways open to them, what it's like studying at Lincoln, and the many job opportunities available in New Zealand's rural sector.
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7.30pm, in the staffroom
Ms Christine Cato, Head of Social Sciences (left), and Ms Milica Zjajic-Moon, Head of Music.
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
Wednesday, 6 August, 6.30pm-8pm
Maori Pathways evening for Maori parents and students
Thursday, 7 August, 6.30pm
Pathways evening for Y10, Y11 and Y12 students and parents
Thursday, 14 August, 6pm
Pasifika Pathways evening for Pasifika parents and students
Friday 22 August
Final day for Y10, Y11 and Y12 students to return their course option form to Form Teachers
The mid-year reports emailed to families contained changes to presentation and the nature of comments. We welcome your feedback and invite you to complete a brief Survey Monkey questionnaire by clicking here
People might forget what you said, people might forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
We all respond to people who make us feel valued, secure, know us as individuals and inspire us, which are key aspects of any significant relationship. Continue to show respect for your friends, teachers and classmates. Help MAGS continue to be a place where learning occurs in an environment where the MAGS Way and MAGS pride are displayed every day.
Click here to check out the new MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.
Don't miss out on the opening night cocktail evening - there will be wine, canapes, entertainment, and the opportunity the meet the artists and view and purchase their work before the free open days.
Saturday, 23 August and
Sunday, 24 August
FW Gamble Hall
Click here for more info
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.
There are no staff vacancies at this time.