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

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    A 2014 total of 88 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.


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    National titles, New Zealand representatives and unsurpassed success in Auckland grades over the years all showcase our sporting depth.


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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%

Samuel Buckman
3 Scholarships

Benjamin Dekker
3 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding

Louisa Howse
3 Scholarships

Jericho Jackson
4 Scholarships

Flynn Letford
3 Scholarships

Harshil Magan
3 Scholarships

Rohith Nagulan
5 Scholarships

Jonathan Stuart
4 Scholarships

Run (Irene) Wu
3 Scholarships
incl 1 Outstanding

Yingying (Jade) Xiao
3 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding

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. Congratulations to our top scholars pictured above, who each achieved multiple Scholarship success.

Benjamin Dekker's results place him as an Outstanding Scholar, one of top the 66 in the country, awarding him $5000 per year for three years from NZQA toward his tertiary studies.

Liam Ferguson (see story below) gained 100% in Scholarship Drama, placing him first in New Zealand in that subject. Liam also gained a Scholarship in Chemistry.

The 2014 NCEA results continue to show that MAGS students' achievement is higher than national averages and considerably higher than averages for other similar schools, both for overall pass rates, and for endorsements with Merit and Excellence. University Entrance is gained by passing Level 3 in at least three approved subjects, and achieving the required literacy and numeracy credits. MAGS also has a higher pass rate for University Entrance than the national average.

NCEA pass rates
Decile 7 average
National average
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
University Entrance
Merit Endorsements

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Excellence Endorsements
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Click here for the full list of Scholarship winners

ANZAC Service - the 100th Anniversary

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Detailed and emotional speeches by two Prefects, and the attendance of Albertians currently serving in the defence forces, were highlights of the annual Mount Albert Grammar School ANZAC Service, this year marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli conflict.

The service was held in the FW Gamble Hall on Friday, 24 April, attended Year 9 and 13 students, Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, President of the Albertians Association Mr Ben Stallworthy, and a number of Albertians. Albertian bagpiper Mr Andrew Wilkie piped dignitaries into and from the hall.

Prefects William McMaster and Samantha Brake related the war experiences of relatives and family friends. Samantha spoke about her Grandpa Jack, who served in Europe during WWII, primarily at Dunkirk. She passed on some of his stories that captured the drama and desperation of conflict, but also how difficult it was for him to speak about what he had been through, and how his war experience had affected his whole life. She wore the eight medals he was awarded by the end of the war. Click here to read Samantha's speech

William gave a well-researched speech about the horror and futility of war, New Zealand's enormous contribution, and how grateful his generation should feel for the sacrifices made by those who fought. He related stories told to him by family friend Denis Bounsall, a stretcher bearer in WWII who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, second only to the Victoria Cross in its recognition of bravery. Click here to read William's speech

Seated on stage in full uniform were Albertians currently serving New Zealand: Pictured from left, Aircraftsman Chase Peri, Corporal Ana Gibbs (nee Rangi), Leading Seaman Combat Dylan Thomas, Warrant Officer Mani Wichman and Major John Liddell.

As at every ANZAC Service, the names of 50 fallen Albertians were read aloud, the Final Benediction was read in English and Maori, and a laying of wreaths at the school memorial wall was performed during the Last Post and Reveille, as the school flag was lowered and raised.

Albertians then attended a lunch at School House, where musical performances were given by a MAGS strings group and award-winning songwriter James Donaldson. Mr Burden spoke about the importance of young people playing a part in war memorial events, and gave Albertians an update of progress at their old school.

Mount Albert Grammar School will play a key role in the community ANZAC Service at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall on Saturday, 25 April.

MAGS top school fundraiser for Cancer Society

From left, Cancer Society representatives Ms Sam Maulder, Mr John Loof and Ms Gina Fergusson, Aimee Hunt, Isaac Murphy, Mr Dale Burden, Tessa Cochrane and Sam Lissaman.

Representatives of the Cancer Society attended MAGS assemblies on Monday, 20 April, to receive a cheque for $28,454 from the Relay for Life fundraising event - the most raised by any school in Auckland.

Auckland/Northland Chief Executive Mr John Loof said the sum was "an absolutely extraordinary amount - and we thank you." The money would be put towards funding cancer nurses and counsellors in the local community.

More than 100 students and 10 teachers took part in the Relay for Life at the AUT Millennium Stadium at Mairangi Bay from 28-29 March. The aim was to walk or run as many laps of a 400m course as possible over 18 hours - the four MAGS teams completed more than 1200 laps.

On the Friday before the event, all MAGS students were allowed to wear mufti in the colours of the fundraiser, in return for a gold coin donation toward the cause.

"It's so good to know that so many people are supporting our researchers and people with cancer," said Mr Loof. "You have made a tremendous contribution to our work in fighting back against this disease."

Also on stage for the presentation were the two students who had completed the longest distance at the Relay - Sam Lissaman and Isaac Murphy, both Year 9, ran or walked 200 laps each, the equivalent of completing nearly two marathons. They were joined by Year 11 student Aimee Hunt, who raised the most of any student - $2793, and Tessa Cochrane, a Prefect who had helped teachers Mr Tom Clark and Ms Alayna Pulham organise the event.

Mr Loof thanked them and all the students who had supported the cause, challenging them to make the fundraiser even more successful next year.

Click here to see a video of MAGS at the Relay for Life

Click here to see photos of the Relay for Life and school mufti day

MAGS dance group runner-up to NZ title

The MAGS Mega Crew hip hop dance group came second in the Street Dance NZ National Championships held at the Vodaphone Events Centre from 17-19 April.

Up against 14 other schools and before audiences of 1200-1700 people, the MAGS group also won the trophy for Most Outstanding Performance. Head of Dance Ms Jacqui Cesan gave credit to group leaders Gabriel Sutton, Jackson Tuarae, Moana Te Hei and Semira Van Der Made, who led the team through full day rehearsals through the school holidays.

Gabriel and Jackson also joined Albertians Nathan Kara and Riley Bourne in the group The Bradas, which won the adult 5-8 man crew division. They received a standing ovation and also won the trophy for Most Original Performance.

MAGS students Jaimee McLaughlan and Celia Hext were also part of the group Masque, which came third in the Varsity section.

The Bradas and Masque have now qualified to represent New Zealand at the World Championships, to be held in San Diego in August. The groups are part of ID CO, managed by Albertian Joshua Cesan.

Rowers selected for NZ Juniors team bound for Rio

MAGS rowers Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney have been selected for the Rowing New Zealand Juniors squad and will compete at the World Junior Rowing Championships on the Olympic course in Rio de Janiero in August.

In the U18 Pair Jonathan and Fergus won Gold in the Auckland and North Island Championships this season, and Silver at the Maadi Cup National Championships. They were then invited to trial for the Juniors squad, which is a direct pathway to eventually be considered for selection for the top New Zealand rowing crews.

At the World Junior Championships Jonathan and Fergus will form half of the New Zealand Four - MAGS was the only school to have more than one rower selected for the U18 Junior crews.

They will spend the second half of Term 2 boarding near Cambridge so they can continue their Year 13 studies between training at Rowing New Zealand's High Performance Centre at Lake Karapiro.

Netball New Zealand selects MAGS players for rep teams

Holly Fowler

Maia Wilson

Alanis Toia-Tigafua

Caitlin Dowden

Elle Temu

Meretini Fuimaono

Nadia Loveday

Erikana Pedersen

Chiara Semple

Five MAGS Premier Netball players and four Albertians were named in Netball New Zealand representative teams announced on Tuesday, 21 April.

Head Girl and Premier Captain Holly Fowler has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team and the U21 National Development Squad. She will be joined in the NZSS team by Maia Wilson, Alanis Toia-Tigafua and Caitlin Dowden. With four out of the 12 NZSS players, MAGS has contributed the most of any school to the national team.

Alanis, Caitlin and Elle Temu have also been selected for the Pathway to Podium run by Netball New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand to help prepare talented athletes for the high performance system. They will receive support and guidance in areas of performance planning, training, mental skills, strength and conditioning and nutrition.

Also with Holly in the U21 squad are Albertian netballers Meretini Fuimaono, Nadia Loveday (currently playing for the Northern Mystics), Erikana Pedersen (now playing for the Mainland Tactix) and Chiara Semple.

Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award recipients

Back row from left: Conor Quinlan, Aidan Quinlan, Angenita Lousi, Riley King, Thomas Day, Jack Soffe. Middle row: Alec Butler, Thomas Eagles-Smith, Virginia Megson, Kushali Tuinder, Leanne Burton, Sebastian Morris. Front row: Rhys Kontze, Rohan Dey, Heejoo Jang, Ria Shon, Eleanor Fletcher

Twenty three students received their Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Awards at assembly on Monday, 20 April.

Each completed the requirements of the Award's four sections - Service, Skill, Physical Activity and Expedition - over a minimum period of six months.

The teacher in charge of the Award scheme at MAGS, Mr Andy Belson, said the students had fulfilled the scheme's underlying principles of individual improvement through persistence, voluntary participation and challenge to the individual.

Recipients of Bronze Awards were: Leanne Burton, Alec Butler, Thomas Day, Rohan Dey, Thomas Eagles-Smith, Brenna Hobson, Salote Holi, Heejoo Jang, Riley King, Rhys Kontze, Sebastian Morris, Ella Neighbours, Conor Quinlan, Aidan Quinlan, Ria Shon, Jack Soffe, Kushali Tuinder, Angenita Lousi, Eleanor Fletcher.

Recipients of Silver Awards were: Emma Bayfield, Alexander Boyle, Virginia Megson, Shanika Tuinder

SAS training for rugby leaders

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The First XV leadership group were pushed to their limits during a Leadership Camp led by a former SAS officer on Saturday, 18 April.

First XV Captain Charles Naapa, Chris Lu’au (Vice Captain), Paul Roache (Vice Captain), Sam Slade, Milan Bonkovich, Lona Halaholo, Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa, Christain Prescott, Zac King, Geronimo Doyle and Caleb Clarke gathered at Bethells Beach with former SAS officer Scott from Specforce Fitness.

The conditions at Bethells are extreme at the best of times, but on Saturday the boys experienced driving rain, thunder, lightening, wind and chilly river crossings. Our aim was to “gel” the leadership group by pushing them to the very limit of their abilities. They were challenged both physically and mentally as they traversed high sand dunes and waded through rivers while carrying a 100kg truck tire or 25kg jerry cans.

After four challenging hours the boys made it to the end and were able to reflect on their efforts. While most were fatigued, they were able to rest knowing they had conquered one of the biggest challenges of their lives so far. They could also draw comfort in the knowledge they had earned the respect of each other, and more importantly their coaches.

Special thanks to Scott from Specforce Fitness. His ability to demand the best from our young leaders will hold them in good stead as they embark on their 1A season.

Steven King, First XV Manager

Congratulations to our Junior Form Class Representatives

Each Year 9 and 10 Form Class has voted for the student they would like to represent them at meetings led by Prefects, with the assistance of Associate Principal Mr Paul McKinley, responsible for Junior Boys, and Deputy Principal Ms Jo Williams, responsible for Junior Girls.

Year 9 Form Class Representatives, back row from left: Darhys Simone, Philip Taua; second row: Mr Paul McKinley, Kenneth Iki, Ali Abbaspour-Mojdehi, Aidan Bright, Ben Gregory, Kanhaiya (Ken) Naidu, Ms Jo Williams; front row: Eva Williams, Sophie Thomson, Rikki Fiatau, Richard Mann (Year 9 Rep), Takunda Muzondiwa (Year 9 Rep), Maxime van Luijken (Deputy Year 9 Rep), Germain Hellriegel-White (Deputy Year 9 Rep), Alanah Faga, Lilee Ieriko, Precious Valencia. Absent: Milan Hussenet
Year 10 Form Class Representatives, back row from left: Nela Ta'ufo'ou, Izaak Glynn; second row: Mr Paul McKinley, Laurence Sivasubramaniam, Phoenix Silver, Tuyishime Byamana, Liam Akeli, Theo Lobin, Elisaia Morris, Tom Barrand; front row: Hannah Fale, Vincent Cudmore (Year 10 Rep), Punipuao Lavea (Year 10 Rep), Elijah Manu (Deputy Year 10 Rep), Cleo Sime, Rosarina Pillissi, Ms Jo Williams. Absent: Nadine Hidalgo (Deputy Year 10 Rep), Angel Halatoa, Carla Robertson, Leighton Heremaia-Dale
Students who wished to be considered as Form Class Representatives had to email Mr McKinley and Ms Williams outlining the experiences, skills and traits they could bring to the role. They were then given the opportunity to address their peers.

Mr McKinley says the high level of skills and good character among the group means Year 9 and 10 students will be well represented on sub-committees, giving the Junior School a voice and ensuring Junior students are involved in as many opportunities as possible through the Arts, Sport and Academic areas.

"All Form Class Representatives have had leadership experience at their previous schools. We are looking forward to hearing their ideas for initiatives that will make the Year 9 and 10 MAGS experience even more memorable," said Mr McKinley.

School's history through 100 objects

MAGS Archivist Mr Brian Murphy has added to his fascinating project to chronicle the history of the school in 100 objects.

Seven more historical items have been added to his earlier collection of 14. They include the story behind the 1922 foundation stone; a card used by members of the MAGS Radio Club, which ran for nearly three decades from the 1940s-1970s; and a ticket to an early Albertians' reunion. Mr Murphy's growing collection already represents the rich and varied history of Mount Albert Grammar School, and how it reflects in the development of Auckland as a city. Read about the collection here

MAGS observatory re-opens

Students, staff and families can once again stargaze from the MAGS Observatory. Its 12 inch telescope has been restored and evening viewing sessions have begun.

Physics teacher Mr Michael Ashby volunteered to have the Meade LX200 telescope overhauled and given a warrant of fitness, and engaged the services of Stardome astronomer Mr Grant Christie. The telescope, one of the most powerful at any school in the country, has its own little observatory hut in the Horticulture section of the school grounds.

"It's a proper research telescope," says Mr Ashby. "You can see the moon in exquisite detail, such as the sun casting shadows in the craters as it sets. You can see cloud bands on Jupiter, and the leftovers of exploded stars. In two months Saturn will be visible in our part of the sky and we'll be able to see its rings."

Mr Ashby is now working with the MAGS' Head of Science, Ms Ang Whitlam, on how to incorporate use of the observatory into science classes. Viewing sessions will be notified on the school website, and the MAGS Astronomy facebook page.

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