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    A 2012 total of 92 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.

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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."

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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


First XI girls claim sixth Auckland Championship

Our victorious First XI, pictured with team manager Chrissy van Dort (left) physio Natalie Brunger and acting coach John van Dort.
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.


Shadow A Leader Day 2014

Ports of Auckland CEO Mr Tony Gibson gives a briefing to MAGS' Luke Butler (centre) and AUT finance student Bin Xu on the Shadow A Leader Day.

Three of MAGS' top Year 13 students spent a day learning about business first hand on Shadow a Leader Day on Tuesday, 1 July.

Kathryn Sherlock (left) spent the day with the CEO of Leadership New Zealand, Ms Sina Wendt-Moore, Eilish Buckley (below) was partnered with the Westpac New Zealand's Head of Corporate Strategy & Development Strategy, Products & Marketing, Mr Julian Smith, and Luke Butler experienced at day at Ports of Auckland with CEO Mr Tony Gibson.

The students attended meetings with different departments of each business, were taken to lunch with contacts who could offer advice, and were able to ask questions about how they could shape their future careers.

The programme is run by AUT in liaison with MAGS' Head of Commerce, Ms Sarah Hayes.

Ms Wendt-Moore and Mr Smith both said that they also appreciated gaining the students' insight on issues affecting young people.

"Leadership New Zealand's purpose is to grow great leaders, and part of that is helping older and younger leaders to interact and integrate their experience," says Ms Wendt-Moore. "Kathryn took part in a panel discussion and it was helpful to hear her ideas and opinions."

Mr Smith said part of his job was developing an inclusive workplace as well as incorporating diversity into the bank's dealings with its 1.3 million customers.

"I was able to ask Eilish what young people would look for in a workplace, and what would make it attractive to them," said Mr Smith.

Eilish said it was an "amazing experience" to see first hand a day in the life of a big business that she might aim to work for in the next few years.

Wins for MAGS swimmers at AKSS Championships

MAGS swimmers, top row from left, Caitlin Pritchard, Sylvia Louis-Marie, Charlotte Pritchard (Captain), Katherine Grozev, Emily Jerrom, Fynn Oberdries. Front row: Tyler Jerrom (Captain), Liam Grozev, Yinhu Cui

MAGS swimmers made their mark at the AKSS Individual Championships at the West Wave Aquatic Centre on 29 June.

Wins were claimed by Charlotte Pritchard in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle, by Yinhu Cui in the 50m Backstroke, and by Katherine Grozev in the 100m Medley.

They and other members of the team also bagged a number of second and third placings. Read more ...

Daphne Erlano wins international online Chinese language competition

Winning Chinese language student Daphne Erlano with Gold Award winners, from left, Heejoo Jang, Hien (Helen) Thu Nguyen, Angela Liu and Anvilly Huang. Absent are Thomas Day and Tyler Jerrom.

Year 11 Chinese language student Daphne Erlano has come top out of about 300,000 competitors from around the world in an online language competition.

Daphne answered 60,104 questions in Chinese, and had the top score of 23,001 points, placing her top in the world for Chinese, and in the top 2% overall for all subjects.

Daphne, who has been learning Chinese since Year 9, says she spent the 10 day duration of the competition answering as many questions as she could in her spare time. The questions asked for translations of English words, phrases and sentences.

Her teacher, Ms Eva Liu, says her success is testament to her perseverance and determination to do well.

The competition is run by online language website Language Perfect, which holds the event among its students around the world over 10 days each year. The website is used at MAGS as a learning tool by teachers of English as a second language, te reo, French, Chinese, Japanese and German.

In addition to Daphne's success, students who won Gold Awards in this year's competition were Tyler Jerrom (Y12 Japanese), Angela Liu (Y11 Chinese), Hien (Helen) Thu Nguyen (Y11 French), Thomas Day (Y10 German), Anvilly Huang (Y9 Japanese) and Heejoo Jang (Y10 Japanese). A number of other students also won Silver, Bronze and Credit Awards.

Matthew Downes selected for Youth Olympics in China

Year 12 student Matthew Downes has won three gold medals at the Oceania Wrestling Championships in American Samoa. This qualifies him to be the New Zealand and Oceania representative at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in August this year.

Matthew then went on to win two out of three matches against American wrestlers at the Downunder International Wrestling Event held at the North Shore Events Centre on the 4-5 July.

Matthew was selected for the New Zealand Secondary School Wrestling team after being ranked first in his weight and age category at the National Secondary School Wrestling Championships earlier this year.

The New Zealand team competed against wrestlers from the USA and Australia in the Downunder event. Wrestling in the USA is the fourth largest college sport and the USA is one of the top Olympic wrestling nations. More than 100 USA wrestlers competed in the individual events in Auckland, and the USA fielded several teams in the Team event.

Matthew won two of his three matches against USA wrestlers. In the Teams event The New Zealand team came fifth after four of the USA teams, followed by two other USA teams and Australia.

The tournament was a great success and provided valuable experience for the New Zealand wrestlers against tough opposition.


Albertians return to World Hip Hop Championships

Students were treated to world class hip hop performances on the last day of Term 2 when Identity and the MAGS Mega Crew performed in the old gym at lunchtime.

The show was a fundraiser for Identity, who this year defended their New Zealand Hip Hop Champions' title and will return to the World Championships in Las Vegas in August, where they hope to turn the silver medal they won last year into gold.

Four of Identity's eight members are Albertians - Joshua Cesan, Andrew Cesan, Nathan Kara and Cameron Cranston. Current MAGS students Riley Bourne, Gabriel Sutton and Jackson Tuarae will join them to compete in the Mega Crew section as ID Co. Identity's "sister crew" Alias, which contains last year's Dux Artium Brosnan Ackerman and fellow Albertian Paul Wilson, will also be in Las Vegas.

The MAGS Mega Crew (below), led by Riley Bourne, came third at the New Zealand National MEGA schools' competition in June, also winning the award for the most outstanding performance. The 33-member group went on to win the Project schools' competition.


Outdoor Education students fill podiums


MAGS' Year 11 Outdoor Education students proved how tough they are by filling both the girls' and boys' podiums at the Junior Tough Guy Tough Girl Challenge on 26 June.

Held at the Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre, 370 students from around Auckland took on a 6km course that included water trails, a crawl under barbed wire obstacles, swamp crossings, a bush trail, equestrian obstacles, open paddock running, hill climbs and a sand crawl. MAGS' Year 11 students were competing against some in Years 12 and 13 from other schools.

In the girls' division Madison McGregor came first, Dominique Godfrey came second and Ella Neighbours came third. Among the boys, James Kirkham came first, Thomas Trevelyan came second and Fraser Campbell came third.

Head of Outdoor Education Mr Darren Whitehead said he was also impressed that from an academic perspective the majority of the class achieved the assignment with Merit or Excellence.

"The challenge allowed the group to demonstrate quality movement in the performance of mud running to supplement other running performances over the term.

"This event will now act as a source of information to further develop an understanding of how the body functions specific to an endurance activity; it will be useful in the students' learning of exercise physiology."


Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

Among the June award recipients were, from left, Harry Duncan, Alysha Vaigalu, Michael Soffe, Deep Bedekar and James Toohey. Absent are Grace Drummond and Lewis MacKinnon.

Seven students were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award in assembly on Monday, 30 June.

Alysha Vaigalu gained her Bronze Award, while Deep Bedekar, Harry Duncan, Grace Drummond, Lewis MacKinnon, Michael Soffe and James Toohey each achieved Silver.

The Award programme is internationally recognised for its success in challenging young people to serve others, acquire new skills, experience adventure and make new friends. It is run as an extra-curricular activity at MAGS, led by teacher Mr Andy Belson. Find out more here


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