• Tradition & Change

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

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    A 2015 total of 104 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.


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    National titles, New Zealand representatives and unsurpassed success in Auckland grades over the years all showcase our sporting depth.


    Sporting Excellence

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    Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.

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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

Record results in 2015 NCEA and Scholarship put MAGS among top 5 schools in New Zealand

* Riki Guernier and Bruno Batinica named as NZQA Outstanding Scholars - among top 68 students in the country

Mount Albert Grammar School students gained a record 104 Scholarships in the 2015 NCEA exams, the fifth highest among all New Zealand secondary schools. The total surpasses our 2014 tally of 88. Scholarships represent the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students. Our total was gained across 18 subjects, also the most ever, and included seven at Outstanding level.

Our students also attained our best ever results in NCEA Levels 1-3, once again exceeding the national average and equalling or surpassing averages for schools in the higher Decile 8-10 bracket (MAGS is Decile 7). In the graphs below, MAGS figures are shown in the black line.

Click here to see the graphs and figures in more detail

Particular acknowledgement is made of the following students who achieved multiple Scholarship success:

Bruno Batinica
4 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


4 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships

Riki Guernier
5 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships

Hamish Jelleyman
3 Scholarships, incl 1 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships

Hrishikesh Kodthuguli
3 Scholarships

Yixin Ma
4 Scholarships

Aakash Rajay
3 Scholarships

Michael Soffe
3 Scholarships

Once again our Mathematics students were dominant, gaining 28 Calculus Scholarships, including 3 Outstanding, and 13 in Statistics, with 1 Outstanding - a total of 41 across the Department.

Scholarships were achieved in Accounting, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Dance, Design, Drama, Economics, English, History, Media Studies, Painting, Physical Education, Physics, Statistics and Te Reo Maori. Outstanding Scholarships were achieved in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics.

Click here for the full list of Scholarship winners

MAGS top sporting school in Auckland at ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Read the NZ Herald story here

Mount Albert Grammar School cemented its position as the top sporting school in Auckland at the 2015 ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, with Black Sox softball player Cole Evans named Young Sportsman of the Year.

Out of a record 17 finalists from 11 sporting codes, MAGS' athletes won eight categories, more than any other school:
Best Softball Player: Cole Evans; Best All-Rounder: Caitlin Pritchard; Best Male Cricket player: Aniket Parikh; Best Male Athletics Champion: Niven Longopoa; Best Female Athletics Champion: Symone Tafuna’i; Best Male Rower: Fergus McSwiney; Best Lacrosse player: Georgia Carter; Best Netball player: Maia Wilson.

Five rugby players chosen for NZSS teams






Five members of MAGS' national champion First XV have been selected for the NZSS Rugby team and NZSS Barbarians - the most of any school.

MAGS Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa, Caleb Clarke, Robert Cobb and Paul Roache will play for the NZSS team; Niven Longopoa is in the Barbarians.

The two teams will play Australia and Fiji at MAGS on Monday, 3 October, and at Auckland Grammar School on Saturday, 8 October.

Monday, 3 October, at MAGS
1.10pm: NZSS Barbarians v Australia Schools
2.50pm: NZSS v Fiji Schools

Saturday, 8 October, at Auckland Grammar
NZSS Barbarians v Fiji Schools
NZSS v Australia Schools

Students express what peace means to them

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As part of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Peace Week, MAGS' Peer Mediation Team took a whiteboard around the school and asked students and staff to write what "Peace" meant to them. They later wrote key messages in chalk on the grounds of the Albertian Quad.

This video shows the result. It was shown at the AKSS Peace Symposium, run by the NZ Peace Foundation. Thanks to Arts Leader Isobel Douglas for editing.

Arts concerts showcase a rich diversity of talent

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Polished performances by singers, dancers, actors and, for the first time, a performance poet, made the annual Junior Bytes and Arts Alive concerts into highlights of the school year.

Junior students presented their show on Tuesday, 20 September and Seniors the following evening, both at the Centennial Theatre at Auckland Grammar School. Each was a showcase of the best performances of the year from subject assessments and public offerings.

They included excerpts from the school production, Grimm's Tales, dances selected for Auckland dance festivals YouDance and Tempo, and performances by our award-winning Strings Orchestra and Jazz Band. The new Headmaster's Choir, Ad Augusta, directed by choir master Mr Christian Malietoa-Brown, was breathtaking in their rendition of the 11th century Latin hymn Alma Redemptoris Mater. Performance poet Jonathan Buckman introduced the audience to the work of MAGS' Spoken Word group with his original poem about refugees, Friends.

Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm presented our top Performing Arts students with Junior Arts Badges and the Senior Arts Lions at the conclusion of each show.

German competition success

1st Year 12

2nd Year 12

3rd Year 12

1st Year 11

3rd Year 11

2nd = Year 10

2nd = Year 10

3rd = Year 10

2nd Year 9

3rd Year 9

A clean sweep of Year 12 placings and a number of other prizes made for an outstanding showing by MAGS' German language students at the annual Goethe Society Examinations.

More than 530 students competed from schools from across Auckland. In the Year 12 category, Fraser Eade came 1st, Isobel Welsford-Ackroyd came 2nd and Jonathan Bidmead came 3rd.

In Year 11, Hugh Malcolm came 1st and Vincent Cudmore came 3rd; in Year 10 Adam Bateman and Izzy MacKenzie came 2nd equal, while Jack Cavanagh came 3rd equal; and in Year 9 Giles Paton-Simpson came 2nd and Sophia Wen came 3rd.

A number of other students received prizes and diplomas, seeing MAGS claim more than half of all the major prizes.

Head of German Mr Warwick Gibbs said 2016 was a very good year for MAGS' students of German with many top places achieved at all levels. "This bodes well for the future health of the subject; congratulations should go to the students and their teachers for their outstanding work."

Click here for a list of all the prizewinners

Brearna Crawford top swimmer at NZSS with 8 Gold medals

MAGS' NZSS Swim team, from left, Eva Williams, Vasilina Shipilova, Brearna Crawford, Joseph Nathan, Sinead Kelly and Fia Jones.
Year 9 swimmer Brearna Crawford will represent New Zealand in Australia after claiming a perfect result of 8 Gold medals in the 8 events she entered at the national Secondary Schools Championships in Wellington from 9-11 September.

Brearna, a member of MAGS Aquatic Academy, was named Individual Swimmer of the Championships. She helped MAGS' small team of six to 7th place in the girls division out of 150 schools and nearly 600 swimmers.

Brearna claimed Gold in 200m Individual Medley, 200m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and the 50m Freestyle.

She backed up her medals by setting Auckland age-group records in the 200m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly.

Brearna and fellow MAGS student George Smith (left) have been selected for the 40-strong New Zealand team to compete in the Australian Age Group Championships to be held in Canberra from 23-25 September.

Other MAGS medallists at the NZSS Championships were Sinead Kelly, who won Bronze in the 50m Backstroke, and Vasilina Shipilova, who won Bronze in the 200m Breaststroke. Eva Williams, Fia Jones and Joseph Nathan completed the MAGS team and also competed well, setting new personal bests. Vasilina, Fia and Nathan are also members of the MAGS Aquatic Academy programme, which launched this year.

Click here to see all of MAGS' Top 10 results

Te Uranga Royal awarded Russell McVeagh Scholarship

Prefect Te Uranga Royal has been granted a sought-after Russell McVeagh School Leavers Scholarship to support her tertiary law studies from next year.

Te Uranga was one of 300 applicants from around New Zealand. Eighty were interviewed and only 10 granted a Scholarship. The award will provide Te Uranga with financial support throughout her degree, mentoring by the firm's partners, a summer clerk position in her penultimate year of study, and an extra welcome payment should she accept a graduate position with the company.

Ms Pagen Plaizier of Russell McVeagh said the firm looks for applicants who are "excellent all-rounders." Strong academic results were important, and also involvement in community and leadership initiatives, sport and other extra-curricular activities.

Te Uranga is a high achieving student, has played in MAGS' Senior A and Premier Netball teams for the past five years, went on an AFS exchange to Italy for six months last year, and has been a member of MAGS' Te Puna o Wairaka whanau unit for the past two years. She plans to study Law at Victoria University.

If you would like information about applying for a Russell McVeagh Scholarship next year, please contact Ms Pagen Plaizier at the firm:pagen.plaizier@russellmcveagh.com

Maia Wilson debuts for the Silver Ferns

Albertian Maia Wilson become a dual international at the age of 18 when she debuted for the Silver Ferns on Wednesday, 14 September.

Maia came on as goal shoot in the final minutes of the second Test against Jamaica in the New World Netball Series for the Taini Jamison Trophy.

She made an immediate impact, slotting her first shot on goal and going on to net three goals on debut.

Wilson becomes the 163rd player to pull on the Black Dress, having also played for the NZ Tall Ferns Basketball team in 2014. After completing Year 13 at MAGS last year, she went straight to a contract with ANZ Championship team the Central Pulse.

Maia said it was a privilege to be on court with the Silver Ferns. "It’s an amazing opportunity. To be able to solidify my spot as an 18-year-old is awesome.”

Maia will be hoping to once again make the court in the Silver Ferns' next Test against Jamaica this Saturday, 17 September, in Rotorua. The game will screen live on Sky Sport 1 at 5pm before the All Blacks Test against South Africa at 7.30pm.

Click here to see Netball NZ's story on Maia's debut

Albertian wins National Contemporary Art Award

Mr Sorawit Songsataya, who attended MAGS from 2001-2005 and won the Art Cup in his final year, has won the 2016 National Contemporary Art Award with a pair of quirky 3D printed vases atop a wooden plant pot holder.

Titled Good Kisser, the work by Auckland artist combines digital and traditional artistry. The Award comes with a cash prize of $20,000.

Awards judge Mr Misal Adnan Yildiz - who named Mr Songsataya as this year's winner at a ceremony at Waikato Museum on Friday, 9 September, said the piece was significant because it evoked artworks of bygone eras, such as the ancient Anatolian goddess statues of Kibele and the "readymades" of French/American artist Marcel Duchamp.

It also referenced personal politics, gender, sexuality and the struggle for equal rights "in the age of Trump", Yildiz said.

The competition, hosted each year by Waikato Museum, has a tradition of attracting unusual works that challenge perceptions.

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