• 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 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."

To read the full report, click here

Outstanding Scholarship and NCEA results

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

Arts Awards announced at celebration dinner

Nicole Roulston and Liam Ferguson are MAGS' girl and boy Duxes Artium for 2014.

Their awards were announced at the Arts Dinner on Tuesday, 28 October, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland city.

Liam, who is also MAGS' Head Boy, was earlier awarded nearly all of the top drama prizes, including Best Male Actor, Best Sheilah Winn Performer, the McGregor Cup for Drama Leadership, Most Promising Drama Student and the JCNB Clark Memorial Cup for Excellence in Dramatic Work.

Earlier this month Liam was selected among 24 young Shakespearean actors to travel to the Globe Theatre in London and Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon next year.

Nicole was earlier given the awards for Excellence in Painting, Excellence in Design, the Senior Art Cup, and shared the Leadership in Design award with Tobias Heeringa.

In his speech to the students and parents present, Headmaster Dale Burden encouraged the students to continue to be advocates for the arts.

"The arts are so important but they can be a quiet part of society. I hope when you go out into the world that you continue to stand up and advocate for the arts to be seen and heard, and help others to become involved."

The evening featured performances by the award-winning Jazz Band, dancers, singer Mapa Toutaiolepo accompanied by gifted guitarist Saul Osaki, Liam Ferguson playing two characters from Shakespeare's The Tempest, and a screening of a music video made by the winners of the Most Promising Film Maker award, Mackensie Clayton, James Donaldson and Gilbert Patten-Elliott.

Click here for the full list of Arts Award winners

More photos here

Service Lions hear from head of Auckland City Mission

Auckland City Mission CEO Ms Diane Robertson with, from left, Service Prefect Kathryn Sherlock, Teacher in charge of Service Lions Ms Sarah Hayes and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

More photos here

The Service Lions for 2014 were awarded at a special Service Assembly on Friday, 24 October. This year's guest speaker was Ms Diane Roberston, CEO of Auckland City Mission. Ms Robertson spoke to the students about finding value in service when recognition and thanks was not necessarily forthcoming.

"The reward is knowing that you have given value, even if you might not see it at the time. It is very rewarding to me to come to Mount Albert Grammar School and see young people who have contributed to their school community. Take that sense of service into your lives and continue to help your community, place of work and other people and you will help to make this country an even better place in which to live."

Students were awarded Service Lions for services to music, visual arts, the performing arts, the library, technology, the academic council, International students and the wider school community.

Year 13 Service Lion winners: Oliver Barnett (re-award), Jed Bradley, Samuel Buckman, Katie Budgen, Alexandra Chaptynova, Jennifer Chen, Sarah Crowhurst, Lydia Denby, Sanjana Dudaki, Angela Feng, Liam Ferguson, Gina Holden (re-award), Claudia Howlett, Vibhuti Kadam, Eric Liu, Elizabeth Lyon, Harshil Magan, Alice Mallon, Emily Mills, Eric Munro, Shannon Murphy, Rohith Nagulan, Chae Yun Christine Park, Emma Pearce, Laura-Marie Rodahl, Laurena Roquero, Phoebe Ross, Kathryn Sherlock, Timothy Sinclair, Alexshana Sivarajah (re-award), Raymond Subritzky, Witana Subritzky,Yuchen Aaron Wang, Irene Wu.

Year 12 Service Lion winners: Alexander Boyd, Vivek Gajanand, Hamish Jelleyman.

Year 11 Service Lion winner: Hooryah Asif.

Pasifika Celebration Dinner

MAGS' Pasifika community came together for the inaugural Pasifika Celebration Dinner, held at Kowhai Intermediate on Thursday, 23 October.

Between dance and music performances were speeches from Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle, and the Minister for Pacific Peoples, the Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-liga.

Pasifika Liaison Mr Apisaloma Taulapiu gave a moving tribute to long-time Music teacher Mr Peter Sua, who presented the Pasifika Dux Artium awards to Janet Stewart and Saul Osaki.

The Pasifika Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year were David Hutchinson and Rivalina Fuimaono. The Year 11 Academic Awards went to Leilani Ioelu and Luke Fitzpatrick; in Year 12 they were won by Janet Stewart and Isaac Ah Kuoi Atmore, and the Headmaster's Pasifika Award for All Round Achievement in Year 13 went to Rivalina Fuimaono and David Hutchinson (pictured). More photos here

Historic moment adds to winning season start for MAGS Row

The boating of MAGS' first ever Under 18 Girls' Eight added a touch of history to a successful first regatta of the 2014-15 season.

The young crew, made up of U15-U17 rowers, came second among the schools in the Premier U18 event at the Waitemata-TGS Regatta at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, October 25, impressing commentators with their potential.

The same crew had earlier won the U17 Eight by two boat lengths.

With MAGS Row now into its sixth season since relaunching, it has enough boys and girls to boat Eights in all four age groups, from U15 to U18.

The U18 boys also had a winning start to the season, claiming the U18 Four and both races of the U18 Pairs.

MAGS' boys and girls both came second in the keenly watched U15 Eight races, seen as a show of the squad's podium potential in the years ahead.

The regatta also saw the first races for MAGS Row's four new boats, three of which are named after the squad's foundation rowing students - Grayson Dauphin, Sane-Va Ginnen and Sam Perry. In a nice touch, all the boats won their first races.

MAGS netballers selected for NZ squads

Read the NZ Herald story here

Jamie-Lee Price has been called in to the Fast5 Ferns to replace injured Captain Casey Kopua.

Jamie-Lee, who finished her studies at MAGS last year and now has a contract with the Waikato Magic, trialled for the Silver Ferns last month and was placed in the Accelerate Squad, one step away from national selection.

She is now about to make that step in the six-nation Fast5 Netball World Series, to be held at Vector Arena on 8-9 November.

Meanwhile, Year 12 student Maia Wilson, who was also named in the Accelerate Squad, has made the New Zealand A team with Jamie-Lee to play against England later this month. The matches take place in Rotorua on 28 October and Palmerston North on the 31st.

To cap off MAGS' selection success, five of the eight players named in the NZ U21 team are MAGS current or former students - current Captain Holly Fowler, her Premier team-mate Chiara Semple, and former students Meretini Fuimaono, Erikana Pedersen and Nadia Loveday.

Media Studies Film Night

A selection of the best music videos and documentaries by Year 12 and 13 Media Studies students were shown to full effect on the big screen at Event Cinemas, St Lukes, on Tuesday, 21 October.

This was the first time the annual Media Studies Film Night was held at a cinema rather than at school, and was such a success that it’s hoped a similar venue will be used every year.

About 120 tickets were bought by students, parents and teachers, with many missing out after the event sold out in a matter of days.

The two hours of entertainment showcased the students’ maturity and exceptional creativity. Subject treatments that were thoughtful, intriguing and humourous were enhanced by technical skill in filming, lighting and editing.

Documentaries covered subjects such as the worlds of modelling, dancing and the homeless, there were ‘mockumentaries’ on the ‘wildlife’ at Mount Albert Grammar School and whether aliens exist in Auckland (featuring interviews with Mayor Len Brown and Kim Dotcom) and music videos that ranged from gothic brilliance to warm-hearted humour.

Head of Media Studies Mr Simon Allen thanked the students, his fellow staff and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden for his support of the subject’s growth at MAGS. Next year Media Studies will be extended to Year 11 students.

MAGS Boys' and Girls' Sevens teams qualify for National Condor 7s Championship

MAGS' Girls' Sevens team won Auckland Schools' competition at Marist Rugby Club on Friday, 24 October, beating Otahuhu College 17-12 in the final.

The Boys' team came runner-up to the same school, 10-21.

Their placings qualify both teams for the National Condor 7s Championship, to be played from 29-30 November at Kelston Boys' High School.

Girls' photos here

Boys' photos here

Tournament report here

Agricultural Science students get hands on experience

The Year 13 Agricultural Science Livestock Handling Camp was held at Otiwhiti Station near Hunterville for the first time this year.

Ten students spent five days at the 3250 hectare sheep and cattle station. The facilities were superb and well adapted to our needs. This commercial station teaches hill country sheep and cattle skills to a group of not more than 10 cadets each year. The Year 13 Agriculture class was lucky enough to join them drenching, ear tagging and weighing steers and hoggets. Ewes were drafted depending on their proximity to lambing.

Other activities included horse riding, dog training, pest control and fencing. Students appreciated the opportunity to be involved with the seasonal operations on a commercial hill country farm. More photos here

Mrs Michelle Farmer, Head of Agricultural Science

Visit by MAGS' Chinese sister school

The Principal of Mount Albert Grammar's sister school in China paid a visit this week. Mr Youzhi Li is the head of the Yinzhou Experimental Middle School in Ningbo, a city of about 5 million people just outside Shanghai.

MAGS' International Director, Mr Evan Gray, and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, visited Mr Li's school last November. Over the past four years, two groups of students have travelled from Yinzhou school each year to spend two weeks at MAGS at the beginning of Term 3.

International Prefect Yuchen (Aaron) Wang assisted MAGS Associate Principal Mr Paul McKinley and Deputy Principal Mr John Pipe in hosting Mr Li and his interpreter Elaine. They visited the School Farm, had lunch at School House and visited classes.

Jacqui Cesan honoured by dance community

MAGS' Head of Dance Ms Jacqui Cesan was the star of a show celebrating her career as part of the Tempo Dance Festival on Friday, 17 October.

The Rangatira room at Q Theatre in Auckland city was filled with Jacqui's present and former students and colleagues from the world of dance.

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden gave a speech, and Jacqui was accompanied by her sons Josh, Andrew and Richie, all of whom dance professionally.

Dances were performed, memories shared, and Ms Cesan was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms Cesan founded Boyzdance2 in 1998, The Dance Studio in 1999 and has taught NCEA Dance at Mount Albert Grammar School since 2008.

50th anniversary of Sir Peter Snell's double Olympic gold

Read the NZ Herald story here

Tuesday, 21 October, marked 50 years since Albertian Sir Peter Snell won Gold in the 800m and 1500m at the Tokyo Olympics. He remains one of only two men to complete the 800m-1500m double at the same Games.

Sir Peter attended MAGS from 1955-1957, and was later trained by fellow Albertian Arthur Lydiard.

Sir Peter came to MAGS from Te Aroha District High School as a fifth former. He not only excelled at athletics, but was also in the First XV, the First XI, was Senior Tennis Champion and Victor Ludorum in 1957. That same year he was a School Prefect and House Prefect.

He made his home in the United States, where he gained a PhD and specialised in sports medicine.

Lucy Lu wins six Gold medals at Table Tennis National Championships

Year 11 student Lucy Lu is still only 15 years old, but came away from the 2014 National Table Tennis Championships with six Gold and one Bronze medal.

Lucy won Gold in the U21 Women's Singles, U21 Women's Doubles, U21 Mixed Doubles, Open Women's Doubles, Open Mixed Doubles and Auckland A Grade Team event. She won Bronze in the Open Women's Singles.

Lucy has been playing table tennis for six years. She came to MAGS from China as an International student just over a year ago, and says she loves MAGS and New Zealand so much she wants to live here permanently. She hopes to one day represent New Zealand in her sport.

Outdoor Education five-day journey across the Coromandel

The Year 12 Outdoor Education students' five-day journey across the Coromandel, from Thames to Whangamata, was a full-on adventure in the last week of Term 3.

Three groups mountain biked, tramped and kayaked their way across the ranges, camping out at night.

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Information for International Students

  • From the Headmaster

    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.
  • Year 10 Business Market Day

    Staff and students, bring your gold coins for the last Market Day of the year

  • Theme of the Week

    If you want to be really great, then walk humbly and talk softly.

    It is a sign that your success is real and that you have learned we only succeed because of the love and support we have from family, genuine friends, coaches, teachers and mentors. Real success has humility at its core.

  • Year 9 and 10 exams

    Study leave

    Monday, 3 November
    All Year 9, 10 and 11 students will be on study leave.

    If your child requires supervision at school please ring the office on 846 2044 by midday on Friday, October 31.

    Year 11 students will remain on study leave for NCEA exams.

    Year 9 and 10 students will return to school on Tuesday, 4 November

    Year 9 and 10 exams run from Monday, 10 November to Thursday, 13 November

    Click here for the Junior exam timetable

    Click here to read and download a booklet of exam preparation tips

  • Arts, Sports and Leavers' Dinners

    Don't miss out on these special occasions. Tickets on sale now from the Finance Office.

    Arts Dinner
    Tuesday, 28 October, 7pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel
    Tickets $75, no limit on family members able to attend

    Sports Dinner
    Thursday, 30 October, 6.20pm, Alexandra Park Function Centre
    Tickets $65, up to two family members may attend with their child

    Leavers' Dinner
    Monday, 3 November, 6.30pm, Alexandra Park Function Centre
    Tickets $65, up to two family members may attend with their child

    Please click here for a letter with more details about the Leavers' Dinner, and the consent form each attending student must return

  • BYOD for Year 9 in 2015

    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.

    There will be a meeting for parents, caregivers and students in Year 9 for 2015 to share information and enable questions regarding the BYOD programme to be answered:

    Monday, 10 November, 6.30pm-8pm
    Murray Nairn Library.

    Please click here for more information

  • Enrolment for 2015

    Link to information, application forms and prospectus

    Includes information on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for Year 9 in 2015

  • MAGS News e-newsletter

    Click here to see the latest edition of our new e-newsletter
    Click here to view past e-newsletters
    To go on our mailing list, click here

  • Uniform Shop - opening hours

    The Lions' Den Uniform Shop hours have changed until November. The new hours are:

    Monday: 8am-9am
    Wednesday: 8am-9am
    Friday: 8am-9am

    November hours will be posted here in late October.
    Click here to go to the Uniform page.

  • The Junior School

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

    Latest Posts

    Inter-form Class Competition Points Table
    Online science quiz
    Inter-Form Class science competition
  • Student blog

    Click here to check out the new MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.

  • Welcome to International families

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

  • Calendar

    Click here for a comprehensive weekly calendar of school events and meetings.

    For 2015 term dates and public holidays, click here

  • Sport

    Sports Information and News

    Sports Fixtures and Results

    Photo Reports

    Match/event reports

  • Tutors for free

    A group of Year 12 and 13 students is offering free tutoring for their fellow students.

    The service has been organised by the Academic Council, led by prefect Rohith Nagulan and sanctioned by Headmaster, Mr Dale Burden. In return for their time, the students will gain Service Points.

    Click here for a table showing the subjects and year levels at which students can gain tutoring.

  • The Lion - new school magazine

    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 esarney@mags.school.nz

  • Useful Links


    Latest ERO Report
    NZQA ExaminationTimetable

    Senior Academic Guide - 2015
    Subject Information

    Careers Information
    Tertiary Links and Fact Files

    Guidance Links for Parents
    pdf download

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

  • Outdoor Ed on YouTube

    MAGS Outdoor Education
    YouTube Channel

  • Staff Vacancies

    Japanese teacher - LTR covering maternity leave

    More information here

    English with Media Studies teacher

    More information here

    English teacher

    More information here

    Physics teacher

    More information here

    Biology teacher

    More information here