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. 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
Please click here to read and download a booklet with all the details you will need for starting at MAGS in 2015.
Year 9 parents, please do not send your child to school with their BYOD device on their first day. BYOD orientation will take place in Week 2.
| Monday 26 January
|| Auckland Anniversary Day
| Tuesday 27 January
|| Deans / HOF / HOD / TIC Meeting
Senior re-enrolment (Yrs 12 & 13)
| Wednesday 28 January
|| Senior re-enrolment (Yrs 12 & 13)
Academic testing catch-up day for students in Years 9 and new to the school in
9am-12pm, please report to the Student Centre
New staff induction
Peer Support training
| Thursday 29 January
|| Peer Support training
Staff administration day
| Friday 30 January
|| Staff administration day
| Monday 2 February
|| Year 9 only
School House opens
| Tuesday 3 February
|| Full school in
|Thursday 2 April
End of Term 1
Please see boxes at right regarding uniform and stationery
Joining Head Boy Isaac Ah Kuoi-Atmore and Head Girl Holly Fowler will be the following Year 13 Prefects. Congratulations to our Senior student leaders for 2015:
Alicia Barrington, Andrew Battley, Lauren Blanchard, Milan Bonkovich, Samantha Brake, Mana Carr, Jessica Chen, Mackensie Clayton, Tessa Cochrane, Madeleine Cooper, Samuel Creagh, James Donaldson, Grace Drummond, Richard Enright, Hugo Harvey, Sophie Henderson, Adil Imran, Caitlyn Jelleyman, Hamish Jelleyman, Esther Ji, Isabella Kerridge-Temm, Zachary King, Nicole Lawrence, Angela Lei, Lavinia Lousi, Lisa McLaughlan, William McMaster, Isaac McNickle, Alex McShane, Emma McShane, Fergus McSwiney, Charles Napa’a, Frankie Patten-Elliott, Fraser Polkinghorne, Christian Prescott, Aakash Rajay, Nathan Rhodes-Hasler, Masayoshi Sasaki, Braedon Schache, Matthew Smith, Michael Soffe, Janet Stewart, Gabriel Sutton, Leilani Utupo, Alysha Vaigalu, Rebekah Van Dort, Morgan Wadley, Breahna Ward, Maia Wilson, Mengyan (Monica) Xia
The final of the Oceania tournament came down to a penalty shootout between New Zealand and Tahiti on Tuesday, 27 January at the Pago Park Soccer Stadium in American Samoa. The game was drawn 1-1 after 90 minutes, but goalie Michael Woud's save of the first Tahitian penalty kick sealed New Zealand's 5-4 win.
“I think that shows the character of the boys under an immense amount of pressure. We kept our nerve... all the way to the final, where times were tough they battled through. They showed unbelievable bravery and it was team effort from the boys."
Fraser was voted onto MAGS' Board by his peers last year. The voyage, to Great Barrier Island and around the Hauraki Gulf, included daily seminars and workshops on leadership, team-work and how to be an effective student representative.
As with every Spirit of Adventure trip, the students also took part in sailing the ship, cooking meals and all other work required of the crew.
Fraser said he particularly enjoyed meeting the other students from all over New Zealand. "It was interesting hearing about their different schools and lives in places like Canterbury and Southland. The trip was a fantastic opportunity; I learned a lot of new skills, including being able to network with new groups of people."
For the first time, MAGS' Peer Support training was opened with a powhiri. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, 28 January, and was led by the head of Te Puna o Wairaka, Mr Tahau Thompson, and Te Puna students.
Year 13 student Richard Enright gave a speech in Maori, to which Head Boy Isaac Ah-Kuoi Atmore responded in Samoan and English. There were waiata and a speech by Mr Thompson.
Mr Thompson and guidance counsellor Ms Rhonda Weeks, who helped run the Peer Support training with other Guidance Department staff, said the powhiri acknowledged the multiple ethnicities among the student group.
"We wanted to welcome the students to their new role as Peer Supporters, in which they will pass on the leadership values shown to them when they first started at MAGS," said Mr Thompson.
This year's Peer Support group is the biggest ever at 120 Year 13 students. They undertook two days of training to prepare them to meet members of their allocated Year 9 Form Class on Monday, 2 February, when they will give the new students tours of the school and help them get to know their classmates. They will then keep in touch with the young students through the year to help them settle into MAGS.
Head of Guidance Mr Paul Ferner said the aim of the Peer Support system was to dispel any fears that high school was an intimidating place.
"Our Year 13s will help induct and mentor their Year 9 charges - we want the the younger students to go home feeling like they have made new friends and that MAGS is a cool place to be," said Mr Ferner.
MAGS’ rowing squad battled the extremes of weather at two regattas over the summer holidays, but earned top results at both.
The MAGS Junior Boys' Softball team claimed the Auckland and the New Zealand titles in the space of four days this week. They played St Peter's College in the finals of both championships, winning the Auckland final 5-2 and the National title 11-8.
Their results match those of the Senior Softball team (below), which earlier this season also won both Auckland and New Zealand titles for the second consecutive year. To top off the season, the Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' each won a one-day Auckland tournament on Thursday, 4 December.
Grandfather Mr Stu Kinghorn coaches both the Senior and Junior teams. His grandson, Cole Evans, is in the Senior team, was selected for the NZ Junior Black Sox Softball team that won the Silver medal at the Junior Men's World Series in Canada in July, and on 20 November was named the top Softball player in Auckland at the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards. Mr Kinghorn contributes his coaching skills to MAGS for free. He is assisted with the Juniors by Senior player and Year 12 student, Marshall Layt-Maynard.
The two Most Valuable Players were named as Harley Maynard (Captain) and Toby Bourgeois.
The following players have also been selected for Auckland Softball age-group representative teams: Harley Maynard, Marshall Layt-Maynard, Seth Bourgeois, Toby Bourgeois, Cole Evans, Andrew Sutton, Blake Wardrope, Zeyvien Ward, Jesse Amiatu, Ethan Jardine-Ngauamo, Ethan Clark, Max Earley, Joshua Kara, Floyd Nola and Ethan Grant.
Click here for a photo essay of the Junior Boys' pool match against Massey High School, which they won 8-1.
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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The Lions' Den Uniform Shop will be open for extra days and extended hours in February to assist families with uniform requirements for 2015.
Click here to find out all you need to know about stationery requirements for 2015, including lists, stores and how to purchase online through OfficeMax.
In 2015, Year 9 students will bring their own device to school to assist with their learning in the classroom. The iPad is MAGS' device of choice.
Please do not send your child to school with their device on their first day. BYOD orientation will take place in Week 2.
The School has arranged discount pricing for the purchase of devices and other goods from several retailers.
JB Hi-Fi has a school iPad deal for the MAGS community.
Click here to download the JB-Hi-Fi flyer.
These prices are valid until the end of January.
Second hand iPads welcomed
Would you like to donate your older iPad to the school?
If you have recently upgraded your iPad and have an older model that is no longer of use to your family or business, please consider donating the device to the school. These iPads will be used in departments.
Please e-mail Elise Goddard, the Director of E-Learning, email@example.com if you are able to help.
Microsoft Office apps for iPad are available free to MAGS students.
If your child has an iPad and attends MAGS, he or she can download the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for free. If they sign in with their school e-mail, they will be able to unlock all features, including the ability to create and edit documents.
Click here to access the Microsoft Office app site
Mount Albert Grammar School students are now able to download the latest full versions of Microsoft Office. Both Windows and Mac versions are available at no charge. More....
This section contains teacher contacts and further information about the special nature of our Junior School.
Starting at MAGS information booklet
Information PowerPoints on education, arts and sports
Inter-form Class Competition
Junior Sports Awards
Click here to see a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School
Click here to read and download MAGS' latest Community Update brochure
Click here for a list of tertiary providers' course entry requirements
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for 2015 back to school dates, term date and public holidays
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