• 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

Tournament Week success

MAGS' U18 Boys' Eight back in the Maadi Cup Final

The NZ Champion Girls' Futsal team

Maadi Cup photo essay here

MAGS' Rowing, Softball and Futsal teams all achieved national success at their championship events during Summer Tournament week from March 23-28.

In rowing, the Boys U18 Eight gained a place in the prestigious Maadi Cup final for the first time in 53 years, in only our sixth season back in competition. MAGS won the Maadi Cup eight times during our rowing heyday in the 1940s-60s - the last time we won it was 1961, and the last time we were in the A Final was 1962. Our Girls U17 Eight became the first ever MAGS girls Eight to make an A Final, as girls did not attend the school during rowing's earlier era.

Congratulations also to Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney, pictured with coach Josh Schmidt, who won Silver in the Boys U18 Pair. Their second placing guarantees them a trial for the New Zealand Juniors Squad. MAGS was the only school to secure places in the three elite boys' A Finals – the U18 Pair, Four and Eight.

Rowers Carl Pracey and Maria Markovich, and coxswain Dylan Dodds, have also been invited by Rowing NZ to trial for the North Island squad. And to top off the week, our U15 Boys Eight and Four also gained A Final spots, boding well for the squad's future success. In total MAGS gained places in six A Finals, our highest so far.

Congratulations to the Girls First XI Futsal team on becoming New Zealand Champions for the third year in a row. The team, which is made up of First XI football players, was unbeaten at the tournament and dominated each opposition team 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, also New Zealand Champions for the third successive year after overcoming St Patrick's Silverstream 3-2 in a tight final. They played 11 games in five days and were defeated only once during the tournament. Named in two Tournament Teams were Cole Evans, Seth Bourgeois, Harley Maynard, Ethan Jardine-Ngauamo, Marshall Maynard, Cameron Sutton and coach Stu Kinghorn. Cole was named Top Catcher, and Seth picked up the Top Pitcher and Most Valuable Player awards.

MAGS was also represented at the North Island Water Polo Championships in Auckland, in which the girls came second in Division 2 and the boys fifth in the Division 1 Plate.

At the NISS Athletics Championships at Mt Smart, MAGS won five Gold medals, four Silver and one Bronze. Niven Longopoa won the Senior Boys 110m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles and the Long Jump. His sister Kalisi won the Junior Girls 70m Hurdles, and Dylan Moon won the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles. Gaining Silver medals were Symone Tafuna'i in the Senior Girls 100m and 200m, Dylan Moon in the Triple Jump and Ally Toutaiolepo in the Senior Girls High Jump. Dylan Moon also won Bronze in the High Jump.

Full Results - Summer Tournament Week
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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%

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

MAGS raises $20,000 for cancer charity

More than 100 students and 10 teachers took part in the Relay for Life fundraising event for the Cancer Society, raising more than $20,000.

The event took place at the AUT Millennium Stadium at Mairangi Bay from 28-29 March. The aim was to walk or run as many laps of a 400m course as possible over 18 hours - the four MAGS teams completed more than 1200 laps.

Overnight they also took part in a range of fun activities, including zumba, tug of war and a wearable art competition.

On the Friday before the event, all MAGS students were allowed to wear mufti in the colours of the fundraiser, in return for a gold coin donation toward the cause.

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.

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

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.

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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