• Tradition & Change

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

    Tradition & Change
  • Academic Achievement

    A 2015 total of 104 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

* Riki Guernier and Bruno Batinica named as NZQA Outstanding Scholars - among top 68 students in the country

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

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.

Music Concert 2016

More photos here

"I Feel Good" was the theme of the MAGS' Music Concert of 2016, and an appreciative audience was left with a spring in their step from performances that spanned the musical genres.

Held at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre on Thursday, 30 June, Head of Music Ms Milica Zjajic-Moon conducted the orchestra through a variety of works ranging 1970s and 1980s compilations, to 'Tijuana Brass in Concert' and 'All I Want for Christmas is You'.

Performances by the Gospel Choir and Pasifika group Lost Groovement, which won an Auckland competition last week, were interspersed with songs by the MAGS Rock Band, Girls Barbershop Quartet and soloist Alex London.

The String Orchestra performed to high standard that has seen them booked for public events, and the award-winning Jazz Band had feet tapping with their upbeat sound, enhanced by vocalists Siosiua Atuekaho, Salote Filoi, Lileekatre Ieriko and Cyprus Taumaoe.

Ms Zjajic-Moon commended the artists of all 24 items for their dedication to rehearsal and performance, and she in turn was applauded for staging another impressive concert.

Record Quiz Night raises $4000

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The biggest ever MAGS Quiz Night raised more than $4000 for the charity I Have a Dream.

Organised by the student-led Academic Council, more than 300 competitors filled 47 tables in the FW Gamble Hall on Friday, 24 June. Quiz-master Mr Pat Barrett marshalled teams of students, teachers, parents and community supporters, while Ms Donna Hobbs and Ms Catherine Horne did an admirable job of keeping score.

Fancy dress outfits were also among the best we've seen, with themes including superheroes, pyjama party, 101 dalmations, Hawaii and cowboys. The winning table was called "Make MAGS Great Again" and featured Donald Trump lookalikes guarding a 'wall' between themselves and members dressed as Mexicans.

The winning quiz team, called "Booked Gibbs a Year in Advance", was chaired by MAGS' Academic Dean Mr Warwick Gibbs and was made up of some of his past and current students.

More than 155 pizzas and dozens of trays of baking kept up the competitive energy.

Beneficiary charity I Have A Dream aims is to inspire and enable children at low-decile schools to reach their full potential. They do this by providing long term support to each student, walking with them from when they enter primary school to tertiary study and beyond.

Thanks to our sponsors for prizes of vouchers and products: Auckland Zoo, Bunnings, Four Square Mt Albert, King's Plant Barn, The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Westfield St Lukes

Language students in line for scholarships to Germany

Year 12 German language students Isobel Welsford-Ackroyd and Jasper Sontier are into the final round of interviews for selection to win scholarships to Germany through ILEP (International Languages Exchanges and Pathways).

Ms Heike Papenthin of ILEP said Isobel and Jasper "belong to the very best students I have interviewed this year." They will now take part in a two-day language immersion experience at the Goethe Institute in Wellington from 7-8 August. The scholarships allow each recipient to spend between one and three months living with a host family in Germany and attending school there.

Ms Papenthin congratulated MAGS Head of German Mr Warwick Gibbs on his "excellent German language education".

Chef Michael Meredith named 2016 Albertian of the Year

Read the NZ Herald story here

Mr Michael Meredith (left) with President of the Albertians Association Mr Aftab Moosa after the presentation of Mr Meredith's award.
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Renowned chef Michael Meredith was named Albertian of the Year at the annual Albertians Reunion Dinner on Thursday, 23 June, and in his acceptance speech thanked the school and his teachers for helping give him the self-belief that has ensured his success.

"The school's motto - Through Hardship to Glory - was something that resonated with me. My introduction to New Zealand from Samoa wasn't easy, but a school helps lay the foundations of your character and MAGS contributed some important building blocks for me.

"My teachers gave me a spark, an insight to life - a lot of that was about self-belief. If you believe in yourself, that's hugely motivating - you can overcome anything in life and let the light inside you shine."

Mr Meredith, who attended MAGS from 1988-1991, said he was very grateful, deeply moved and honoured to receive the award. He is pictured right with his mother, Ms Metita Saleilua.

The chef is best known through his award-winning restaurant Meredith's in Mt Eden, and for helping to establish the Eat My Lunch social enterprise business, through which customers can buy a lunch and have one donated to a child in need. Eat My Lunch now delivers meals to 1300 children in Auckland every school day.
Read more about the award evening here ..

Farm plans make front page news

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The MAGS Foundation's plans to develop the ASB Bank MAGS Farm is the front page story in this week's edition of NZ Farmer's Weekly.

Published by NZX Agri, the agricultural information arm of the New Zealand stock exchange, Farmers Weekly is delivered to 80,000 rural households each week.

The story explains how the Foundation is about to embark on a major renovation of the farm as part of the school's new Agribusiness course, and to upgrade it to a display and demonstration farm for city schools and visitors from overseas. Plans have been drawn for an 'experience centre' to showcase the latest agricultural and horticultural technology, and inspire city students to consider careers in the primary sector.

The Ministry for Primary Industries sees the location of the farm in the centre of New Zealand's biggest city as key in attracting urban students to the sector. The Government has a goal of doubling the value of primary exports to $64 billion by 2025, which will generate a further 50,000 jobs, half of which will require a tertiary qualification.

The MAGS farm development project is backed by stakeholders including the Ministry, KPMG, Fonterra, Landcorp Farming and Plant and Food Research. Click here to read more about the farm development

Year 12 Drama presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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The second Year 12 production for the year was held in the Drama Room on Monday and Tuesday, 27-28 June. Students presented their interpretation of The Causasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, a play which follows the fortunes of a young girl on the run in search of a safe haven during a time of war and revolution. She adopts a child and is determined to protect him, even if it means being separated from her fiance, and being forced to fight for the right to be acknowledged as the child’s true mother.

The growth in Year 12 Drama enabled two productions to be held this year. Last week saw performances of Metamorphoses, based on the myths of Ovid, written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman.

Head of Drama Dr Lilicherie McGregor says the two plays were chosen to give each student a substantial role to fulfil their NCEA requirements, and work on a play that was challenging, interesting, educational and fun.

Sports Update

Trampolining: Australian Silver medal for Madison McQuoid

In addition to her win of the Gold medal in the Elite Women's Trampoline at the AKSS Gymsports Championships on June 22, Year 12 student Madison McQuoid and her Synchronised Trampolining partner won Silver at the Australian National Championships in Melbourne from May 29-June 3. Madison normally competes in the Junior International division, but made the podium in the Senior competition.

Cheerleading: Good start for MAGS team
The MAGS Cheerleading team had a good start to their season, coming 2nd in the Level 1 division of the Eutopia competition at the North Shore Events Centre on Saturday, 25 June.

Cricket: Follow the Boys First XI Tour of Europe
MAGS' Boys First XI Cricket team has begun a three week tour of England, Belgium and France. They will train at Lords, play 10 games in England, three in Belgium and one in Paris. They will also visit historic sites, including war graves at Ypers and Passchendaele, and perform a wreath-laying ceremony at the Menin Gate. Accompanying them is MAGS Head of Cricket Mr Tony Sail, coach Mr Brett Sorrenson and manager Mr Paul Donnell.

The boys won their first match this week against Royal Hospital School in Suffolk (below), bowling out the opposition for 111 after scoring 122/8.

Click here for their schedule and to follow their results

Reunion for London-based Albertians

A reunion function has been planned for London-based Albertians to coincide with a tour by the school's First XI Boys' Cricket team.

The team is touring Belgium and England from 28 June-19 July. They will be in London on 11 July, and the school, with the help of the Albertians Association, has arranged a function so that Albertians and former staff and parents can meet and catch up on news from MAGS. The cricket team and management will be on hand to meet guests and help with the function.

Monday, 11 July, 5pm-7pm
The Dickens Inn, Marble Quay, St Katharine Docks, St Katharine's Way,
London E1W 1UH

Cost: 10 pounds
Finger food, cash bar

RSVP: By Friday, 1 July to MAGS' Director of Sport, Mr David Long, at dlong@mags.school.nz

Please include the years you attended MAGS.

Partners and friends of the school are welcome. In your RSVP please give their names and relationship to the school.

MAGS Fine Art Show opening gala evening

Friday, 19 August, 6.30pm
FW Gamble Hall

Be the first to view and purchase art works by New Zealand's accomplished and emerging artists, and by MAGS' top art students.

Paintings, photography, sculptures, ceramics, art glass
More than 300 works for sale

Beverages and a delicious selection of canapes will be served throughout the evening

Tickets $40 from www.iticket.co.nz

Free admission weekend
Saturday, 20 August, 10am-7pm
Sunday, 21 August, 10am-3pm

Support the Mount Albert Grammar School Fine Art Show and the Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation - Investing in the future of the school www.magsartshow.co.nz

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  • 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.
  • Theme this week

    Discover your personal limits.

    Talent is often gifted to you through your genes, but hard work and dedication are attributes that only you can choose. Be remembered as a person who discovered the limits to your ability, no matter where you started from.

  • Key dates

    Click here for Term Dates and the weekly diary

  • Sport

    Click here for last week's results

    Click here for this week's fixtures, including live updates of results

    Latest photo essays

    Lacrosse Premier Girls v Diocesan

    First XV v Kelston

    Sports news and information

    Individual sports

  • e-asTTle results login

    e-asTTle is an online assessment tool, developed to assess students’ achievement and progress in reading, mathematics, writing from Years 5-10. It is used by schools throughout New Zealand, including MAGS. You and your child can log in to the e-asTTle website to see:

    * A summary of all tests they have sat, going back to Primary and Intermediate School

    * An Individual Learning Profile of Strengths and Weaknesses in Reading comprehension

    * The test results from all tests in Reading and some tests for Writing and Mathematics

    All Year 9 and 10 students have been given their logins.

    Click here to access the site

    Once they enter the site, they are prompted to change their password. New logins and passwords can be generated by Mr John Pipe: jpipe@mags.school.nz

  • Tutoring available

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

    The service is organised by the Academic Council, led by Prefect Henry Russell and sanctioned by Headmaster, Mr Patrick Drumm. In return for their time, the students will gain Service Points.

    Click here for more information

    Holiday revision courses

    The Campus Link Foundation is a charitable trust which runs NCEA revision courses delivered by duces and premier scholars.

    Bookings are open for July holiday courses of 1-2 days per subject.

    Click here for information and bookings

    Revision strategies booklet

    Compiled by MAGS teacher Mr John Pipe, this booklet gives lots of helpful tips to get the most out of your study time, plus a list of helpful websites.

    Click here to read and download it

  • Uniform shop hours

    Monday: 8am-11.30am

    The shop will also be open on Saturday, 2 July, 1pm-2.30pm to coincide with a home Rugby game.

    Click here for more uniform information
  • MAGS Observatory

    Viewing sessions are weather dependent. The final open/cancelled decision will be posted here just after sunset on the day of each session. Please check here before departing to the observatory.

    Location: Park on Alberton Avenue and walk up the farm roadway (via Gate 5). After about 200 metres, you will see white car parked at the entrance to the Horticulture Block. The observatory is about 50 metres inside the gate. It can get cold so please dress appropriately, and bring a torch.

  • Student blog - now open

    Click here to read the latest posts on the MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.

  • Careers information

    Click here for a schedule of tertiary providers' presentations at MAGS, open days, and other Careers information

  • 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 to find out how to attend Mount Albert Grammar School as an International student

  • 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 2016 edition of MAGS' biannual magazine, The Lion, has been posted to families and the MAGS community.

    Click here to read it online

    Click here to read earlier editions of
    The Lion

  • 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

    NCEA information

    Click here for for a link to a pdf of the presentation used at an NCEA information evening.
  • Staff Vacancies

    Teacher Aide

    More information here