• Tradition & Change

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

    Tradition & Change
  • Academic Achievement

    A 2014 total of 88 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

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

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

Cole Evans with his Supreme Boys' winner's trophy, pictured with Supreme Girls' winner Bryony Botha of Rangitoto College

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.

Year 9 Parents Evening

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The Albertian Quad was full as several hundred parents and students gathered for the annual Year 9 Parents' Evening Tuesday, 9 February.

Drinks and nibbles were followed by an introduction to the Friends of MAGS parents' group by Chairwoman Ms Nealie Barker.

Parents then moved into the hall for a welcome from Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm, who noted that the Year 9 intake for 2016 was the highest ever at 550 students. Mr Drumm spoke about the special nature of the Junior School, and the pathways and opportunities available to students as they moved through Mount Albert Grammar over the next five years.

Year 13 Peer Support Leaders, who helped throughout the evening, guided parents to their children's Form classes, where Form Teachers spoke about the curriculum and school procedures.

Many parents who already have older children at the school had returned for the evening, showing how much they value contact with MAGS and updates on the school's progress.

D Block opened with dawn blessing

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The new Student Centre and remaining classrooms in D Block were opened with a dawn blessing on Tuesday, 2 February.

Kaumatua Mr Kahu Williams led the service, attended by members of the Board of Trustees, Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm, Senior Managers, staff and students. The procession moved through the renovated classrooms upstairs, and the new Student Centre complex downstairs, as each room was blessed and infused with wairua, or life, by the people walking through it.

The new wing of D Block was opened last year, and the completed complex now boasts 17 classrooms dedicated to Mathematics, and a renovated Student Centre containing a reception office, Enrolments, Guidance Counsellors, Deans, the Careers Department and the Health Clinic.

A wide atrium links the building's two wings, providing additional sheltered space for students during interval and lunch times.

Albertian Mr Dale Griffiths, representing the Board of Trustees, said he remembered when the original D Block was opened in 1969.

"It was a bright and shiny building then, and now we have a new bright and shiny model that will serve our students well into the future."

Mr Drumm thanked the people who had helped bring the building to completion, including former Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

"The school's motto, From Hardship to Glory, seems apt here - there has been some hardship during this project, but now we have this glorious building. It just needs staff and students to breathe life into it."

Holiday sports update

Many of MAGS' young sportsmen and women stayed busy over the summer holidays, keeping our school's name at the forefront of competitions around the New Zealand and achieving podium success. Some have been selected to represent New Zealand in international competitions:

Archery:Year 13 student Emily Cavell won two Gold medals at the Archery NZ National Championships in January - one for the Target event (shooting a Recurve bow) and one for the Field event (shooting a barebow). Emily also competed at the Auckland District Archery Association's Target Championships where she won Gold in the Cadet Women's Recurve. She has qualified for the Oceania Youth Archery Championships tol be held in Tonga in April.

Cycling: Year 9 student Prudence Fowler won Gold in three events at the Auckland Track Cycling Championships on 31 January - the U15 500 Time Trial, the U15 Derby and the U15 Scratch Race. Prudence was selected to represent Auckland at the National Track Cycling Championships in Invercargill in March.

Ice hockey: Year 11 student Oliver Curtis flies to Norway on Sunday, 7 February, to compete at the Youth Winter Olympics in the ice hockey individual skills event. This is an individual event where the competitors compete in six ice hockey skills disciplines ranging from skating skills and speed to puck handling and shooting accuracy. All events are timed. Oliver won the New Zealand event to gain qualification to compete in Finland last July against the top players from 57 nations. He finished in the top 16, qualifying him for the Olympics. Since July he has been training on average two hours a day nearly every day and sometimes as much as four hours a day. His father Mr Wayne Curtis says that Oliver's ability has improved immensely due to his dedication to training. "We are quietly confident of a high finish."

Orienteering: MAGS Orienteering Captain Theresa Boyd has been selected for the Northern Regional Junior Squad (age 16-23), part of the High Performance programme of Orienteering New Zealand.

Rowing: Two three-day regattas at Lake Karapiro near Cambridge in December and January saw MAGS' 55 boy and girl rowers represent the school in all age groups and a variety of boats. We made eight finals at the December regatta, and 10 in January, against school and club crews from all over the North Island. A highlight was the 3rd placing for the U15 Boys Four of Fraser Lewins, Lewis Brown, Anton Waldmann and Lachlan Pearce, with coxswain Isaac Young-Montgomerie. The squad is now preparing for the AKSS Championships, called the Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke on 13 February.

Softball: Year 12 students Nerida Elson and Maia Lupton both played for the Auckland U17 Softball team at the New Zealand Championships, helping the team to 3rd place. Nerida has been selected for the New Zealand Junior White Sox Team (U19) to travel to Hawaii in July.

Meanwhile, Brock Evans (Y10) and Max Early (Y11) helped the Auckland U15 team to runner-up position at their New Zealand Championships. Both were named in the Tournament Team, with Max named Catcher of the Tournament and selected for the NZ U15 team to play in Australia later this year.

Tennis: In December Year 12 student Te Kani Williams won the Auckland 16s Tournament and the NZ Maori Open Mens' Tournament. In January he helped the Auckland 16s team win Silver at the National 16s Team event, and then came 3rd equal in the New Zealand 16s Individual Championships.

Melbourne Storm train at MAGS

Andrew Blowers with First XV Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa (right) and Vice-Captains Caleb Clarke (left) and Isaiah Papali'i.

Students were able to watch the Melbourne Storm training session during interval. The players signed a shirt for the school to auction.

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Albertian All Black Andrew Blowers brought the Melbourne Storm to MAGS for a training session on Friday, 5 February, ahead of the NRL Auckland Nines.

Students were able to watch the team train during interval, and Mr Blowers met with MAGS First XV Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa and Vice-Captains Caleb Clarke and Isaiah Papali'i. The Storm will visit MAGS to train ahead of each of their NRL games against the Warriors this season. In return, Mr Blowers and the Storm coaches will host MAGS' Director of Rugby and Sports Academies, Mr Geoff Moon (left), when he takes a group of the school's coaches to Melbourne later this year.

Mr Blowers attended Mount Albert Grammar from 1988-1992, where he played in the First XV and First XIII. He went on to play for the All Blacks from 1996-1999. Following contracts with English rugby clubs Northampton and Bristol, Mr Blowers spent time in the United States gaining qualifications in adult education and life coaching. He has worked for the Storm for the past three seasons as Player Welfare Manager, helping support young players when they move to Melbourne from their home towns and providing pathways for them to gain work or tertiary qualifications.

"We have an amazing culture at the Storm - we believe if our players are settled off the field they will play well on it, and we not only want them to be good players, but also good men. Community engagement is an important part of that."

Mr Blowers had his players sign a Storm shirt which was presented to Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm (above). It will be auctioned to raise funds for a sports trip.

"It's very generous for the school to open its grounds to us," said Mr Blowers. "MAGS is very close to my heart and it's an honour and a privilege to bring my team here. We're looking forward to returning throughout the season."

Golf Day 2016

The annual MAGS Foundation Golf Day to raise funds for the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship Fund is now open for entries.

Where: Akarana Golf Club

When: Thursday, 31 March, 11.30am for a 12.30pm start

Format: Ambrose Competition

The post golf function and prizegiving will be held in the club dining room following the game.

The entry fee is $150 per person, which includes a round of golf, refreshments during the day, and the prizegiving and post golf function, as well as a donation to the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship - a vital resource in keeping MAGS at the forefront of Auckland Secondary Schools First XV Rugby.

Sponsorship is available for golf holes, drinks cart, putting green and the aftermatch function. Each sponsorship includes green fees for your playing four as well as signage and promotional opportunities.

Click here for the Entry Form
Click here for the Sponsorship Form

More information: Contact Mr Tim Kay,Director of Advancement, Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation, phone (09) 815 4034; mobile 021 636 803; email tkay@mags.school.nz

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Information for International Students

  • Headmaster Patrick Drumm

    Welcome to Mount Albert Grammar School. Founded in 1922, the School offers a high quality of educational opportunity amid the strong traditions of one of the oldest and best schools in Auckland.
  • Info for the new year

    Click here to download the booklet with all the information you need for the new school year at MAGS.

    School donation and subject costs
    Click here to read a letter that was emailed to families on 27 January ahead of invoices requesting a school donation and extra costs for specific subjects.

  • Theme this week

    People bring life to buildings.

    MAGS has beautiful facilities and grounds which we are proud of, but the real beauty is created by the people in the buildings. Your personality, desire to learn and interact with each other is what brings life to the buildings. Add to the beauty daily and create exceptional spaces in which to learn and grow.

  • Key dates for early 2016

    Click here for Term Dates and the weekly diary

    Fri 12th:

    Senior Leadership Assembly, 2pm,
    FW Gamble Hall

    Sat 13-Mon 15:

    Prefects' Camp

    Tues 16th:

    School Swimming Sports (see below)

    Fri 19th:

    Class/ID photos

    Mon 22nd:

    Scholars' Assembly

    Thurs 25th:

    NCEA information evening, 7pm,
    FW Gamble Hall
  • Sport

    Sports news and information

    Individual sports

    Swimming Sports 2016

    Tuesday, 16 February
    Mt Albert Aquatic Centre
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    Athletics Day 2016

    Wednesday, 2 March
    Mt Smart Stadium
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  • Uniform for 2016

    The Uniform Shop will be open extended hours and extra days through February to assist students with their uniform needs for 2016.

    Click here for details
  • Stationery for 2016

    Click here to find out all you need to know about stationery requirements for 2016, including lists, stores and how to purchase online through OfficeMax.

    BYOD information

    Click here for information about our BYOD programme for Year 9 and 10 students, and the apps required for 2016

  • Careers information

    Click here for a list of tertiary providers' course entry requirements

  • The Junior School

    This section contains teacher contacts and further information about the special nature of our Junior School.

    Latest Posts
    Starting at MAGS information booklet
    Information PowerPoints on education, arts and sports
    Inter-form Class Competition
  • Enrolment

    Click here for information, application forms and to download a copy of the Prospectus

    Includes information on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for all Year 9 students

  • Welcome to International families

    Click here to see a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School

  • MAGS News e-newsletter

    Click here to read our latest e-newsletter

    Click here to view past e-newsletters
    To go on our mailing list, click here
  • The Lion - school magazine

    The November 2015 edition of MAGS' biannual magazine, The Lion, has been posted to families and the MAGS community.

    Click here to read it online

  • Useful Links


    Latest ERO Report
    NZQA ExaminationTimetable

    Senior Academic Guide - 2016
    Subject Information

    Careers Information
    Tertiary Links and Fact Files

    Guidance Links for Parents

    NCEA L1 internal assessments
    NCEA L2 internal assessments
    NCEA L3 internal assessments

  • Staff Vacancies

    International Director
    More information here

    Technology teacher

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