• 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

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

Arts concerts showcase student talent

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The annual Junior Bytes and Arts Alive concerts were stunning showcases of the rich and varied talents among MAGS students.

The Junior concert by Year 9 and 10 students was held on Tuesday, 22 September, with the Senior concert held the following evening, both at the Centennial Theatre at Auckland Grammar School.

Each show combined Dance, Drama and Music performances across a range of genres and themes. Junior Bytes included Musical Theatre, jazz and classical music, and drama excerpts from Shakespearean plays. It concluded with the presentation of the inaugural Junior Arts Awards, by Arts Co-ordinator Ms Jacqui Cesan and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

Arts Alive this year included a contemporary Pasifika dance which has been selected for performance in the Tempo dance festival in October, an excerpt from the original play Four Out of Five that students produced earlier this term, and a piece by the MAGS String Group which won a silver medal at the KBB Music Festival. The 2015 Arts Lions were also presented.

Click here for the Junior Bytes programme including the names of Junior Arts Award winners

Click here for the Arts Alive programme including names of 2015 Arts Lions

Gold, Silver and Bronze for Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award students

Award achievers, front row from left, Salote Holi, Alexandra Chaptynova (Gold), Isha Parker; middle row: Jimmy Banks, Merry Wu, Harper Burtenshaw; back row: Brenna Hobson, Liam Quinlan (Silver), Adil Imran (Silver). Absent is Luther Robinson.
Attaining a Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award at Bronze or Silver level is a big achievement, gaining the demanding Gold standard is another step up altogether. In the eight years the scheme has been run at MAGS, only six Gold Awards have been presented. On Monday, 21 September, MAGS' Deputy Head Girl and Best All Round Girl of 2014, Alexandra Chaptynova, returned to the school to receive her Gold Award at assembly.

Alexandra was congratulated on her completion of the four sections of service, skill, physical activity and adventurous journey over a minimum period of a year, and an additional section requiring a residential project.

Among Alexandra's undertakings were helping at a primary school, a 4-day expedition along the Hillary Trail and volunteering for DOC on Kawau Island.

Current MAGS students Adil Imran and Liam Quinlan were presented with Silver Awards. Bronze awards were achieved by Jimmy Banks, Harper Burtenshaw, Brenna Hobson, Salote Holi, Isha Parker, Luther Robinson and Merry Wu.

Lacrosse boys are Auckland Champions

MAGS Premier Boys' Lacrosse team won the Auckland Championship when they beat Westlake Boys High School 9-5 on the last day of term, Friday, 25 September. Match report coming.

MAGS players help NZSS Rugby League to win against Australia

Bostyn Hakaraia

Auzzie Tuwhangai

Isaiah Papali'i
Year 13 student Bostyn Hakaraia captained the NZSS Rugby League team to a 30-22 win over New South Wales at Massey Park, Papakura, on Monday, 21 September.

Bostyn had fellow MAGS players Auzzie Tuwhangai and Isaiah Papali'i with him on attack and defence respectively in what was a game of two halves.

The New Zealand team was down 4-22 at half time, but staged a storming comeback in the second half and prevented the Australian team from scoring any further points. NZSS scored 6 tries, with Bostyn kicking 3 goals.

The boys will pull on the black jersey again this week, when NZ 18s take on the Australian Schools in a two-test series in Brisbane.

Click here to read the match report on the NZRL website

Albertians' lunch

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Albertians gathered for a reunion luncheon at School House on Wednesday, 23 September, where they heard from Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, and Chairman of the MAGS Foundation, Mr Peter Thorp.

Patrick Drumm announced as new Headmaster

Mr Patrick Drumm, the Principal of Botany Downs Secondary College, and former Principal of Aorere College, will be the next Headmaster of Mount Albert Grammar School.

Mr Drumm will begin his tenure from Term 1 of 2016, making time to visit MAGS through Term 4 to receive a comprehensive handover from outgoing Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

Mr Drumm grew up in Mt Albert and still lives in the area. His grandfather, Mr Reginald Harrop, was a foundation student when MAGS opened in 1922 and went on to become a Prefect.

"MAGS has always been at the heart of the magnificent community of Mt Albert, and in recent years I have watched its outstanding growth and achievement in academic results, sport, culture and the performing arts. I can't wait to begin leading the school I believe to be the best in New Zealand," said Mr Drumm.

Mr Drumm has spent the past year as head of Botany Downs Secondary College. Before that he was Principal of Aorere College for five years, leading year on year improvement in its NCEA results and in the progression of students to tertiary study, the promotion of its First XV rugby team to the Auckland 1A competition, and the development of its cultural and performing arts programmes – alumni Pene and Amitai Pati are members of the Sole Mio modern opera group. Aorere College was named Counties-Manukau Secondary School of the Year at the 2014 Counties-Manukau Sports Awards.

Mr Drumm is the Chairman of the Polyfest Trust Board, a former member of the College Sport Board, the President of the Auckland Secondary Schools Rugby Association, and a qualified rugby referee. He was Head Boy of St Peter's College and later returned as Associate Principal before becoming head of Aorere.
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Swimmers help re-open Mt Albert Aquatic Centre

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Members of the new MAGS Aquatic Academy were the first to break the waters of the refurbished Mt Albert Aquatic Centre on Saturday, 12 September.

Pictured are, from left, Pavel Pyatakov, Fia Jones and Gio Aguilar, who gathered with other MAGS swimmers, members of Auckland Council, Mount Albert Grammar School and community representatives to officially re-open the centre to the public.

Kaumatua Mr Fred Holloway led a blessing ceremony, followed by speeches from members of the Mount Albert Grammar School Community Swimming Pool Trust, which oversaw the re-development, Belgravia Leisure, the company which will operate the pool on the council's behalf, and Mt Albert MP Mr David Shearer.

Also in attendance were the Chairman of the MAGS Board of Trustees, Mr Greg Moyle, Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, Albertian Association members Mr Greg Taylor and Mr Dale Griffiths, and Director of the MAGS Aquatic Academy, Mr Paul Kent.

Chair of the Trust Ms Glenda Fryer said that since the centre first opened in 1998 the MAGS roll had tripled in size, and the refurbishment would enable the pools to be used as much as possible by the school until a second aquatic centre was built for the area.

The students then jumped into the refurbished pool to officially re-open it, and enjoyed the wave machine's first run of the centre's new era.

Cooper Hutchinson to play in US baseball tournament

Cooper Hutchinson, front row, third from right, in the NZ Champion MAGS Premier Softball team of 2014

Cooper (David) Hutchinson, who completed Year 13 at MAGS in 2014, has been invited to play in the Arizona Fall Classic Baseball Tournament in front of university scouts from all over the United States.

Cooper was in the MAGS Premier Softball team when it won the New Zealand Championship for the second year in a row, and is now working for Baseball NZ coaching at primary schools. He attended a camp in the Netherlands, where a coach invited him to play in the Arizona Diamond Backs team in this year's Fall Classic, from 8-11 October.

The tournament is designed to showcase the best young players in America and from around the world in front American university scouts. Cooper says it is his dream to gain an American university scholarship, and from there a contract to become a professional baseball player

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Information for International Students

  • From Headmaster Dale Burden

    Welcome to Mount Albert Grammar School. Founded in 1922, the School offers a high quality of educational opportunity amidst the strong traditions of one of the oldest and best schools in Auckland.
  • Scholarship info and tutorials

    NZQA Scholarship Examinations are designed to incorporate elements of Level 3 subject course work and to also test higher level thinking skills in order to stretch even the most able students.
    For more specific information about NZQA Scholarship Examinations, and the subject specific tutorial support offered, please click on the following link:

    NZQA Scholarship Information 2015

    Schedule of Scholarship Tutorials
  • NZSS Netball Championships

    MAGS' Premier Netball team are this week competing in the NZSS Championships in Ashburton, aiming to win the title for a record fourth year in a row.
    Latest results:

    vs Baradene: won 43-10
    vs Roncalli: won 58-11
    vs Manukura: won 53-24
    vs Epsom Girls Grammar: won 48-9

    Click here for live results
  • Sandals compulsory in Term 4

    A reminder that sandals are compulsory in Term 4.

    Sandals must be black or brown leather Roman, or McKinlays 'Safari' sandals. No socks are to be worn with sandals. Sandals are not to be worn with long trousers.

    Local stores have a good supply of Roman sandals up to size 12. The store Gr8 Shuz can order McKinlays 'Safari' for larger sizes, and offers a 10% discount for MAGS families.

    Gr8 Shuz
    80 Lansford Crescent
    Phone: 09 828 3336
    Email: gr8shuzavondale@xtra.co.nz

    Students who take a Technology subject requiring enclosed shoes in workshops should bring appropriate shoes for those subject periods. The enclosed shoes may only be worn during the Technology periods, and not around school or on the way to or from school.

  • Calendar and key dates

    Click here for term dates, public holidays and weekly updates of school events

    Fri, 25 September: Two week holiday/study break commences

    Mon, 12 October:
    Term 4 begins

    Tues 20th: Sports Dinner, Alexandra Park, 6pm

    Wed 21st: School House Prizegiving

    Thurs 22: Media Studies Film Night, Event Cinemas, 5.45pm

    Fri 23rd: Service Lions Assembly, FW Gamble Hall, 2pm

    Mon 26th: Labour Day

    Wed 28th: MAGS Arts Dinner, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7pm

    Thurs 29th: Pasifika Celebration Dinner, Owairaka Primary School, 6.30pm

    Fri 30th: Year 11 Prizegiving, FW Gamble Hall, 1.45pm

    Mon 2 Nov: Y12-13 Prizegiving, FW Gamble Hall, noon

    Mon 2 Nov: Leavers' Dinner, Alexandra Park, 6pm

    Wed 4 Nov: Year 8 Girls academic testing and sports academy trials

    Thurs 5 Nov: Year 8 Boys academic testing and sports academy trials

    Fri 6 Nov:
    NCEA exams begin

    Fri 6 Nov: Te Puna o Wairaka Dinner, Te Mahurehure Marae, Pt Chev

    Fri 4 Dec: NCEA exams end

    Tues 8 Dec: Y10 Prizegiving, 9.30am; Y9 Prizegiving, noon

    End of the school year

  • Sport

    School holiday fixtures and live results

    Sports Dinner registrations

    Please click here
    if you wish to attend as a member of a Premier sports team

    Match reports

    Sports news and information

    Individual sports

  • Observatory opening times

    Viewing sessions at the MAGS Observatory are weather dependent, so notifications will be posted here on the day of each session. Please check back as late as 6pm on the day, as weather can change quickly.

    Location: Park on Alberton Avenue and walk up the farm roadway to the Horticulture block on the left. Look for the domed Observatory hut.

  • 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
  • Uniform Shop hours

    The shop will also be open on the last Friday of the school holidays, 9 October, 1pm-4pm

    Click here for more details about uniform requirements and how to purchase
  • Enrolment

    Out of zone applications for enrolment at MAGS for 2016 have now closed and the ballot has been drawn.

    Please submit in-zone applications as soon as possible to assist us with planning.

    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 July 2015 edition of MAGS' biannual magazine, The Lion, is in the mail to families and the MAGS community.

    Click here to read it online

    If you would like a print copy please contact the editor, Estelle Sarney, at esarney@mags.school.nz

  • Careers information

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

    Click here for at schedule of tertiary providers' 2015 open days

  • 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

    Students' individual assessment calendars have been emailed to parents. If you did not receive one for your child, please email Mr Ian Scoltock at iscoltock@mags.school.nz

  • Staff Vacancies

    Japanese teacher
    More information here