• Tradition & Change

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

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    A 2014 total of 88 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.


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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."

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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%

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.

Click here for full NCEA results and the list of Scholarship winners

Cole Evans named ASB Young Sportsman of the Year; MAGS wins 8 titles at awards ceremony

Mount Albert Grammar School cemented its position as the top sporting school in Auckland at the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, held at the Logan Campbell Centre on Saturday, 28 November.

Cole Evans was named Young Sportsman of the Year, after also claiming the award for top Male Softball Player.

Cole was this year selected for the New Zealand Black Sox, and in June helped them win the Silver medal at the World Championships in Canada. He was also Captain of MAGS' three-time New Zealand Champion Premier Softball team.

Out of a record 17 finalists from 11 sporting codes, MAGS' athletes picked up seven other awards in addition to Cole's: 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.

Our total of eight category awards was more than any other school in Auckland, with Cole's overall title the icing on the cake.

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, who attended the awards ceremony with Director of Sport Mr David Long, congratulated all MAGS' finalists.

"To have so many winners, and the top male sportsman, is a great reflection on our sports programme. All the finalists are a credit to Mount Albert Grammar School, their coaches and their families, who we also thank for their support."

Top All-Rounder
Caitlin Pritchard

Top Male Cricketer
Aniket Parikh

Top Male Athletics Champion
Niven Longopoa

Top Female Athletics Champion
Symone Tafuna'i

Top Male Rower
Fergus McSwiney

Top Lacrosse Player
Georgia Carter

Top Netball Player
Maia Wilson

Peter Smith is MAGS' new Director of Football

Waikato Bay of Plenty Football Development Officer Mr Peter Smith is the new Director of Football at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Mr Smith will move from Tauranga to Auckland to take up the appointment, starting at the beginning of Term 1, 2016.

Originally from Scotland, Mr Smith has spent the past 10 years in New Zealand and the past eight years with Waikato Bay of Plenty Football as Development Manager, Head Coach of its Youth Squad and, since 2013, Head Coach of its ASB National Premiership squad. He was also the NZ Football National Talent Centre coach from 2010-2013.

In Scotland Mr Smith started his working life as a firefighter, which he says instilled qualities of discipline and commitment that he took with him when he later followed his passion for football to become a professional coach. He spent four years at Dundee United Football Club preparing high performing youth players for potential selection for top teams.

"I'm very excited about bringing my experience to work at the top school in New Zealand," says Mr Smith. "Mount Albert Grammar has a proud and well-recognised sporting history, and I'm looking forward to building on that legacy."

He will oversee all of MAGS' football programme, including the Year 9 and 10 boys' and girls' Football Academies, and the 22 teams the school fields each season, from Premier to social grades.

He says he will focus on developing the depth in MAGS' football programme so that each boy and girl has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, "whether that's playing for the First XI or for a social team."

Mr Smith aims to visit MAGS before the end of the year to meet some of the players and staff he will work with from Term 1.

MAGS wins Business competition

Pasifika Business winners, from left, Rosnia Alofi, Reuben Mataia, Tara Pickering and Vincent Liku. Absent is Elias Tuitama.

A team of Year 10 Business Studies students beat groups from 18 other Auckland schools to win the Launchpad Pasifika Enterprise Competition, held in Otahuhu on Wednesday, 18 November.

The competition is run by the Pacific Business Trust, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and Young Enterprise Trust to give Year 10 students an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial and business skills.

The task this year was to come up with an innovative product to combat the growing obesity rate in New Zealand. The product had to have a unique selling point and either be fitness related or promote healthy food, or both.

The MAGS team, made up of Rosnia Alofi, Vincent Liku, Reuben Mataia, Tara Pickering, and Elias Tuitama, came up with an app that could be downloaded onto smartphones and iPads. The user could input their profile, health goals and dietary preferences, and then use the app to scan the barcodes of food products to test whether the product would help them meet their goals, and if not, now much exercise they would need to do to get back on track.

Each group had to give a three-minute presentation of their product to a panel of judges from the Pacific business community, with the winners of each zone progressing to a final.

The MAGS group won for the innovation of their idea, knowing their product well and being confident in their presentation.

Year 9 trip to Stardome

Year 9 students had a break from their classrooms on 23-24 November to instead travel to Stardome in One Tree Hill Domain to learn about space.

The trip was part of the Year 9 Science topic of Space Science. Teacher in charge Ms Paula Calver said each class had two sessions at Stardome: "The first session was in the Space Room where an educator gave a lecture about the life cycle of stars, including the predicted fate of our own sun as well as larger stars that will collapse into supernova and black holes."

After a break to study the foyer exhibits, each class then visited the Planetarium to see "immersive" videos about the the universe and the search to find evidence of alien life. The shows finished with a tour of the night sky.

Year 10 students learn about financial literacy

The Chairman of the MAGS Board of Trustees, Mr Greg Moyle, gave Year 10 students an introduction to financial planning in a series of talks in the Murray Nairn Library from 23-27 November.

Mr Moyle is the Director of 1Plan Financial Planning, and each year offers to share some of his knowledge about setting financial goals, how to reach them, and the importance of saving.

Some students will carry these concepts into future studies in Business, and Mr Moyle was keen to reach all Year 10 students and give them some pointers about the life skill of managing their money well.

Fred Free and Year 10 Speech competition winners

English teacher Ms Sarah Drew with the winner of the Fred Free reading aloud competition, Danielle Ah-Lin (front right), and the Year 10 speech winners, from left, Maisy Simpson, Elijah Manu and Lennox Shaw.

The winner of this year's Free Free Reading Aloud Award is Danielle Ah-Lin, whose public speaking skills stood out in her reading of an excerpt from the book After by Morris Gleitzman.

The annual Fred Free competition holds a special place in MAGS history - it dates back to 1925 and is named after a talented young speaker who died during Year 10 in a climbing accident at Karekare beach. Fred's father, Mr WRH Free, made a donation to the school and asked that a prize be given in his son's name to the winner of an annual reading aloud competition among Year 10 students. That request has been honoured ever since.

This year's event was held in the English Department on Tuesday, 24 November, and Danielle gave a gripping reading from the novel about a boy caught up in the Holocaust.

The finals of the Year 10 Speech Competition are held in conjunction with the Fred Free Award. This year's winner was Elijah Manu, who presented a piece called A Love Revolution in the style of a performance poet, which spoke about how his generation could change the world for the better. Second place went to Lennox Shaw for a humorous take on the Auckland train system's problems with punctuality and its Hop card, and Maisy Simpson came third for her speech about the importance of being grateful, which included a personal story.

The judges were Head of English Ms Aubrey Mason and English teacher Ms Marian Moore. Ms Mason said the winning speakers had the ability to draw in the audience and hold their attention. "A good speech comes from the heart, and each of these speakers chose subjects they connected with and, in turn, were able to connect with the audience."

Ian Scoltock receives Woolf Fisher Fellowship

MAGS’ Assistant Head of Science, Mr Ian Scoltock, has been granted a prestigious Woolf Fisher Fellowship for professional development.

The Secretary of the Woolf Fisher Trust, Dr Nigel Evans, visited the school to present the fellowship to Mr Scoltock at a special staff breakfast on Monday, 16 November. Dr Evans is pictured at right with Mr Scoltock and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

Mr Scoltock has been a Science teacher at MAGS for 18 years, after switching from a career as an industrial chemist. He now specialises in teaching Chemistry.

Sir Woolf Fisher attended Mount Albert Grammar from 1926-1927 and went on to become the co-founder of Fisher and Paykel and foundation Chairman of New Zealand Steel. He was passionate about education, and in 1960 founded the Woolf Fisher Trust for the advancement of scientific and general education in New Zealand through its prestigious fellowships and scholarships. The Woolf Fisher Fellowships provide for overseas study and travel for outstanding principals and teachers.

The inaugural fellowships were awarded to the then Headmasters of MAGS and Auckland Grammar School. Since then, 18 staff members of Mount Albert Grammar have been ‘made fellows’, including each Headmaster.

The fellowships are conferred rather than applied for, and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden says the granting of a fellowship to Mr Scoltock is recognition of his excellence as a Chemistry teacher and the outstanding results he has enabled his students to attain over the years.

Mr Scoltock plans to use the fellowship to travel to Australia for three weeks next term, visiting six schools in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to study how they prepare their Junior Science students for Senior courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

“Making the step up involves new thinking and analytical skills, and I’d like to explore techniques for teaching those skills to younger students,” says Mr Scoltock.

Te Aroha Keenan named NZ Netball Coach of the Year

Ms Te Aroha Keenan, back row, second from right, with the Premier team after winning the New Zealand Championship for the fourth year in row this season.

MAGS' Head of Netball and Premier Co-coach Ms Te Aroha Keenan was named National Coach of the Year at the inaugural New Zealand Netball Awards at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Wednesday, 18 November.

The award recognises excellence in coaching in New Zealand domestic events. Ms Keenan, together with Co-coach Ms Paula Smith, guided the Premier team to its fourth consecutive New Zealand title this season. The team also won its three other competitions - the national College Netball Championship, and the Upper North Island and Auckland Championships.

Ms Keenan also oversees MAGS' Netball Academy programme, and the 20 teams that make up MAGS Netball across all age groups and grades.

She was recently granted two years' leave to take up a contract in England, where she is now Head Coach of Team Northumbria in the English Super League, and Coach of the University of Northumbria Netball team in the British University Netball Competition. Speaking from Newcastle via video link to the awards ceremony, Ms Keenan said to be named National Coach of the Year was an "amazing honour", and thanked Netball New Zealand for the opportunities it had given her over the years, including coaching Aotearoa Maori this year. She also thanked her MAGS team.

"It's been a great year and this award has topped it off," said Ms Keenan.

Her daughter, Albertian Te Rina Keenan, accepted her award on her behalf.

Prestigious cricket scholarship for First XI Captain

Read the NZ Herald story here

First XI Boys Cricket Captain Aniket Parikh is the inaugural recipient of the Cornwall Cricket Club Crowe Family Scholarship.

The Scholarship was established this year in recognition of the Crowe family and their contribution to cricket and the Cornwall Cricket Club. Its purpose is to support an outstanding all-rounder to study at the University of Auckland, play cricket for the Cornwall Cricket Club and to contribute to both the club and the wider community.

Aniket plans to study Engineering at Auckland University from next year, and the Scholarship will contribute up to $15,000 towards his fees.

As a cricketer he is a remarkable all-rounder - his top run score is 130, his top bowling figure 7/41. He received all three of MAGS' top Cricket prizes at the Sports Awards this year for batting, bowling and as an all-rounder, and is a finalist in the ASB Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, to be announced on 28 November. He has been in the First XI since Year 10, Captain this year, and in the Auckland U19 team for the past two years.

MAGS' Director of Cricket, Mr Tony Sail, says Aniket plays in the true spirit of cricket, with honesty and integrity.

"His training ethic is second to none, and he manages his time to give his best to both his sport and his studies. As an off-spin bowler he is advanced for his years, and stands a good chance of making the New Zealand U19 team this year."

Aniket says it is a huge honour to receive the Scholarship, particularly as the inaugural recipient. "It will be a big financial help at university, and also support my cricket. My dream is to play for the Black Caps one day."

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