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Dance Concert draws inspiration from mythology

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Myths, legends and fables from a variety of cultures were the inspiration behind the 2017 MAGS Dance Concert, held at the Centennial Theatre on Tuesday, 11 April.

Classes, groups and individuals from all year levels presented items that drew on a range of styles, including contemporary, ballet, Pasifika and hip hop.

Among the stories expressed included those of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Pandora's Box, King Midas, Maui and Rangi and Papa.

Highlights were choreographies by Year 13 Scholarship student Jaimee McLaughlan, whose choice of the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare was performed expressively by Oliver Mathiesen and Karissa Tapu, and Oliver's choreography of the legend of the Phoenix, danced with powerful precision by Jaimee and Charlotte Barrand.

Class pieces designed by Head of Dance Ms Jacqui Cesan and teacher Ms Samantha French were works of art.

Ms Cesan congratulated all the choreographers, dancers and support crew for staging an outstanding concert. "Our students will be marked on their work as part of their NCEA assessment - the standard of their productions bodes well for their final results," said Ms Cesan.

Hotel Europa a hit with hosts and guests

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The Year 13 production of Hotel Europa was a popular success, with E block filled with a cheerful, moving audience on the evenings of 5-6 April.

The production required the audience to move in groups between rooms for different scenes, then come together for a central piece and the finale.

The show combined live action, music and dance in a story that traversed countries and histories. Among the various scenes were tales of Odysseus fighting to escape Circe and go home, two newlyweds coping with post-traumatic stress in an abandoned building, a young woman seeking revenge for a war crime, and a criminal turned politician campaigning for the weak and poor.

Head of Drama Dr Lilicherie McGregor said the unusual and thought-proking show was a hit with the students and audience alike.

"The production style presented new challenges for the actors, and the atmosphere among the audience as they moved around was fun and energetic. It was a great success," said Dr McGregor.

Awards in Shakespeare competition

MAGS' Drama students picked up three awards in the demanding Auckland Central division of the national Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition held over 8-9 April.

Year 12 student Arien Okan won Best Student Director and Best Stage Design for her excerpt of King Lear, in which she represented the King as Donald Trump dividing up his kingdom. Actors were dressed in modern political costume and notices were held up as tweets.

Year 9 student Ollie Blyth won Most Promising Actor for his role in a scene from The Tempest, beating many Senior students with more experience.

In all MAGS put forward 16 actors in five groups, our largest entry for some years, in what is one of the most competitive regions in the country.

Teacher in charge Ms Jessica Rigold said audience members commented on the general high standard of the MAGS performances. "All students are to be congratulated on their dedication to getting these pieces to the required performance standard in a busy term of Drama performances and assessment," said Ms Rigold.

Albertians win Microsoft Imagine Cup

Two Albertians are on their way to Seattle to represent New Zealand in the World Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup after winning the New Zealand competition.

Nilesh Magan and Eric Liu won the 2017 event with a friend after designing a website that enables students to work together and discuss exams at university level.

Eric and Nilesh both completed their studies at MAGS in 2014, and are both now studying Engineering at the University of Auckland. Eric is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Nilesh is studying Computer Systems Engineering.

Nilesh was one of 16 former MAGS students to be announced on the Dean’s Honours List for Engineering at the end of 2016.

The Imagine Cup is a global competition run by Microsoft "aimed at empowering the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play". Every year tens of thousands of students from around the world compete for cash, travel and prizes, and for the honour of taking home the World Imagine Cup.

Young Orienteers off to represent New Zealand

Albertian Orienteer and Coach Mr Kieran Woods will accompany the team to Italy, from left, Daniel Carroll, Aidan Skinner, Mitchell Cooper and Thomas Brendolise. Absent is Adam Bateman (below left).
MAGS' Junior Boys Orienteering team leaves for Italy on Sunday, 9 April, to represent New Zealand at the World Orienteering Championships.

Adam Bateman (left), Thomas Brendolise, Daniel Carroll, Mitchell Cooper and Aidan Skinner were selected following their standout performance at the NZSS Championships in the Waikato last July. Competing in pairs against 19 other teams, Adam and Thomas won Gold while Mitchell and Aidan took Bronze.

Albertian Mr Kieran Woods, who competed in Orienteering during his time at MAGS, was approached to coach and escort the team to Italy. For the past few months he has coached the team through courses in orienteering areas such as the Hunua Ranges and Woodhill Forest, often with the girls team selected to represent New Zealand in the girls' division.

The World Championships run from 22-28 April in Sicily, where 142 teams from 27 countries will compete. On their way the boys will take part in a training camp outside Rome for five days to get used to the Italian terrain and conditions.

The programme in Sicily includes an opening ceremony, long distance and middle distance races at Bosco della Ficuzza, the largest forested area in Sicily, a relay around the streets of Palermo, a cultural day and a closing ceremony.

Cancer Society thanks MAGS for record fundraising effort

Mr John Loof and Ms Sue Beuvink (left) of the Cancer Society accept the MAGS cheque from students Paris Shum and Tom Day, and Teacher in Charge of Relay for Life, Ms Alayna Pulham.
A cheque for $71,382 raised through the Relay for Life event was presented to representatives of the Cancer Society at assembly on Friday, 7 April. For the second year in a row, our sum was the highest total raised of all groups who took part in the event throughout New Zealand.

The society's Auckland/Northland Chief Executive Mr John Loof said MAGS was known to be one of the top academic and sporting schools in the country, and our Relay for Life total proved we were the best at fundraising.

"We are really thrilled to accept this cheque - it will contribute enormously to our cancer research efforts," said Mr Loof, who thanked students and staff for their outstanding efforts, saying the money would go towards funding cancer research. He invited the school to send students interested in pursuing a science career to visit the Society's cancer research labs to see the work they have helped to fund.

The assembly made special thanks to teacher Ms Alayna Pulham, who has driven the Relay for Life effort for the past three years.

The school raised the total through a mufti day, and sponsorships gathered by 220 students and staff who took part in the Relay for Life event at AUT Millennium Stadium in March. The MAGS team ran more than 10,000 laps, equivalent to around 4000km or 95 marathons.

MAGS in top 6 schools in NZ after record results in NCEA and Scholarship


Outstanding Scholar

Theresa Boyd
Outstanding Scholar
1st in Biology


Outstanding Scholar


1st in Chinese

Mount Albert Grammar School is one of the top six schools in New Zealand after students attained a record number of Outstanding Scholarships, and the highest ever pass rate in NCEA Level 2 following the 2016 examinations.

Excellence endorsements for Level 2 and Level 3 students were also at record levels. Our total of 94 Scholarships included 10 at Outstanding level (the top 1% in each subject), the most Outstanding Scholarships we have ever gained in what represents the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students. Scholarships were attained across 21 subjects, also the the most ever, and were spread among 58 students.

Among the highest achievers were our Boy and Girl Dux of 2016, Henry Russell and Theresa Boyd, and Boy Proxime Accessit Elliot Paton-Simpson, all named as NZQA Outstanding Scholars - among the top 60 in the country. Henry earned six Scholarships, including one Outstanding, Theresa earned four Scholarships, including two Outstanding, and Elliot earned three Scholarships, including two Outstanding. The award provides each of them with $5000 per year for three years toward their tertiary studies.

In addition, Theresa came first in New Zealand in Biology, and Wanli Cheng, who earned three Scholarships, including one Outstanding, came first in Chinese.

In NCEA, 95% of students who sat Level 2 passed, our highest rate ever. Merit endorsements were won by 36%, while 19.7% of Level 2 students passed with Excellence, also a record number. Our pass rates of 88% for Level 1 students and 84.7% for Level 3 were also pleasing and in line with past years. Of Level 1 students who passed, 42.5% did so with Merit, and 28% with Excellence. Of Level 3, 34% passed with Merit and 19.2% with Excellence, another record result at this demanding level. MAGS' results are above the national average and other Decile 7 schools, and in many cases also higher than than Decile 8-10 schools (see table at link below).

Click here for full NCEA and Scholarship results

Particular acknowledgement is made of the following students who achieved multiple Scholarship success:

Theresa Boyd
4 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding

Wanli Cheng
3 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


4 Scholarships

Elliot Paton-Simpson
3 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships

Henry Russell
6 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding

Five winners in Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards




Mountain Biking


All Rounder




Underwater Hockey

Five MAGS students were named the best in Auckland in their chosen sports at College Sport Auckland's 2016 Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

Jacqui Hand won for Football, James Kirkham for Mountain Biking, Caitlin Pritchard in the demanding All Rounder category, First XV Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa for Rugby and Angus Scahill for Underwater Hockey. Waimana was also a finalist for the overall Young Sportsman of the Year award.

Jacqui, Caitlin, Waimana and Angus are all part of New Zealand Champion teams for MAGS, and have represented New Zealand in international competitions. James won the AKSS Mountain Biking and NZSS Multi-Sport titles this year.

MAGS had 15 finalists across 12 codes at this year's awards, among the most of any school.

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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