Tradition & Change
Founded in 1922, the school values its traditions whilst delivering a 21st century education.more
Founded in 1922, the school values its traditions whilst delivering a 21st century education.more
A 2012 total of 92 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.more
National titles, New Zealand representatives and unsurpassed success in Auckland grades over the years all showcase our sporting depth.more
Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.more
The MAGS Way reflects the core values of our school's community.more
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
Nuowei (Oliver) ChenFive Scholarships,
including one Outstanding
Jamie HucklesbyFour Scholarships
Ryan Cory-WrightThree Scholarships,
including two Outstanding
Anika RadojkovichThree Scholarships
Mount Albert Grammar School students have again achieved with outstanding success in the 2013 New Zealand Scholarship awards. These examinations represent the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students.
Our 2013 tally is 83 scholarships was the seventh highest among all New Zealand secondary schools. Read more
Overall the academic progress for the school continues to be what The Education Review Office described as " outstanding". Our NCEA results of 2013 were our best to date, and at Scholarship level the school remains in the top 7 schools in New Zealand for the second year in a row.
While our results at Levels 1, 2 and 3 continue to improve and are well beyond the national averages for similar types of schools, there will always be room for improvement.
The tables below show the extent to which our students' qualifications are meeting very high levels of endorsement at merit and excellence level. MAGS is a decile 7 school (deciles refer to the socio-economic status of the school community), but at Level 1 we are well in excess of decile 10 averages, at Level 2 we are well in excess of averages for decile 8 schools, and at Level 3 we are well in excess of decile 9 averages. We can all be very proud of these results but also acknowledge that although there has been huge improvement over recent years, we are not yet at 100 percent. More information and full size graphs here
Mr Wilkie played the Call the Service at the beginning of the assembly in the FW Gamble Hall, and, at its conclusion, a Resurrection of Life Lament which he composed, called Sarjini - Charles Wilkie, in honour of his father.
The pipe music enhanced the moving ceremony, attended by old boys, Albertians' Association President Mr Ben Stallworthy, a Guard of Honour from the Air Training Corps, Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, Prefects and students of Years 9 and 13.
Prefect Rohith Tagulan gave a speech about the meaning of ANZAC Day to New Zealanders, learnings from war, and how the ANZAC spirit is part of our nation's character.
The names of 50 Albertians who have died in various wars was read, the Last Post and Reveille was played on trumpets by Gina Golden and Tim Sinclair, and wreaths were laid by Mr Stallworthy, Head Boy Liam Ferguson and Deputy Head Girl Alexandra Chaptynova.
Dozens of MAGS dancers performed a stunning showcase of work before their biggest audience ever on Wednesday, 16 April.
Slice of Heaven was a compilation of works by students from Years 9-13 and performed as part of their assessments, and was held at the Centennial Theatre at Auckand Grammar School.
Each piece was set to music by New Zealand musicians, and had a New Zealand theme. They varied from fun pieces by a Year 9 group to comedian Fred Dagg's song If it weren't for your gumboots ... to a moving dance on the loss suffered in the Erebus disaster, to an inspiring Pasifka themed piece by a large group of Year 12 students. A number of dances were also choreographed by students.
Head of Dance Ms Jacqui Cesan was proud of all the groups who had worked hard all term to perfect their pieces.
"The fact that we can present a full evening's show of dances from all age groups after only one term shows dance is in excellent heart at MAGS," says Ms Cesan.
Thanks to photography students Thomas Kerby and Tim Moss-Mason for their photos, which you can view here
Head boy Liam Ferguson has won the Auckland Central regional competition of the National Shakespeare School Programme, and will go on to compete for a place on a trip to the Globe Theatre in England in 2015.
Liam won his regional award at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition on Saturday, 12 April, with a powerful performance from Henry V, co-directed by himself and fellow Year 13 drama student Scott Morrison. The pair brought the 15 minute scene into a World War I setting, creating their own costumes for Liam and 13 'soldiers', their own make-up, including fake blood and dirt, and set, which included the topical reference of red poppies. Their musical score included a character playing a bugle.
MAGS Head of Drama, Dr Lilicherie McGregor, says Liam planned the performance from the end of last year, and already knew all his lines before Christmas.
"We gave him a few tips but he did most of it himself. He really interrogated the role, and it's a tribute to his performance that he won what is arguably the hardest region to compete in."
Liam will join other regional winners in Dunedin in the October holidays for a week of intensive workshops and rehearsals with the Shakespeare Globe Company of New Zealand. The top 24 students will then be selected to travel to England in July 2015 to perform and study at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and visit his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.
To conclude a recent English unit on Static Image Production, two Year 9 girls' classes - 9CVT and 9BVS - had fun making handmade Easter cards to accompany a 'secret egg swap'.
While the cards were magnificent, it was the chocolate that stole the day. Their English teacher, Ms Kate Todd was very impressed by the special care and attention to detail that each student had put into their card.
"It's great to see such creative and fun evidence of successful learning. These girls are such hard workers and a pleasure to teach. All that chocolate was just an added bonus," says Ms Todd. More photos here
The Te Urunga Award for Inclusiveness is open to groups who perform at the annual ASB Polyfest, and recognises inclusive practice in a creative performance at each of the festival's six cultural stages.
MAGS' Samoan group includes Year 12 student Amelia Eades, who has Down Syndrome. She has performed with the group since she was in Year 9, and took part in its return to the Polyfest stage for the first time in eight years this year.
"MAGS is leading the way in including all students who want to be involved in a cultural group," says Mr Gibson. "By using these opportunities to increase your creativity in the performances you give, you are doing the best for all your students."
The teacher in charge of the Samoan group, Mr Peter Sua, says the award meant even more to the students than the song and dance they had perfected for Polyfest.
"They all embraced Amelia and helped her learn the words and movements, as they have every year," says Mr Sua. "Amelia loves Samoan culture and her fellow group members love her." Read more
The team is made up of Caitlin Pritchard (Y11), Charlotte Pritchard (Y13), Katherine Grozev (Y10) and Morgan Wadley (Y12). Swimming Captain Charlotte Pritchard has been part of the team in each of the four winning years.
In all 23 swimmers competed for Mount Albert Grammar School, some in both individual and relay events. Other wins came in the Girls 14-15 Year Old 200m Freestyle Relay (Maria Markovich, Caitlin Pritchard, Hana Newnham-McGrath and Katherine Grozev) and in the Girls 14-15 50m Backstroke (Katherine Grozev). More results here
Drawing pictures in chalk all over the Albetian Quad would be a case for detention most days, but on Friday, 11 April, it marked the start of 30 hours of Prefect team building and fund raising.
Students and staff arrived early in the morning to find the Quad covered in colourful designs, names and even a fitness circuit - Prefects had been there since 6.30am to create the artwork.
At lunchtime Headmaster Dale Burden was at the front of the queue of volunteers to get dunked in aid of the Child Cancer Foundation. Students bought tennis balls to throw at a bucket stationed above the volunteer's head. An accurate throw meant a dunking for Mr Burden, teachers and Prefects.
At 6.30pm the Prefects gathered once more in the Quad for the annual "Lockdown", when they play team building games and then sleep out under the stars. This was also a way of welcoming 10 new Prefects to their ranks, named earlier in the week. A few showers overnight didn't deter some hardy campers, who slept through the drops while others migrated indoors.
There were more games in the morning, rounded off with a spot of yoga, complete with human pyramid.
The full list of MAGS Prefects for 2014 is hereMore photos here
Milking cows, handling livestock, riding ATVs, fencing, driving tractors, chainsawing and chemical spraying were among the activities experienced by a group of Agricultural Science students on a trip to the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre.
The eight Year 11 students spent five days at the camp, 11km south of Masterton at the end of March. Ella Campin, Josh Kelly, David Hemingway, Isaac Coupe, Campbell Harris, Tom LaHood, Sam Darin and Emily Cavell were selected for their conscientious dedication to Agricultural Science and the potential they show to carry their study through to tertiary level.
MAGS' Head of Agricultural Science, Mrs Michelle Farmer, says the students experienced commercial farming systems and management decisions that were relevant to farming in the 21st century.
"The camp provided them with practical opportunities beyond what is already available on the School Farm, and gave them valuable insight into tertiary training opportunities available in this sector of the industry." More photos here
More than $20,000 was raised at the MAGS Foundation's inaugural Golf Day, in aid of the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship Fund.
Nineteen teams comprised of 76 players teed off at the Titirangi Golf Club on Tuesday, 8 April. Those who took part were the school's corporate partners, sponsors, Albertians and parents. Funds were raised through entry fees, golf hole sponsorship, raffles and an auction of two items of rugby memorabilia linked to Mr Williams - a MAGS First XV jersey signed by MAGS All Blacks, and a print of images representing Mr Williams' playing days.
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2013/2014 Entertainment Book
Available now. A great way to raise money for the school and save yourself hundreds of dollars in the process. Still only $65.
Our cookbook is a quality product and we encourage you to purchase a copy and maybe more as presents for your family and friends.
The cookbook may be purchased from the finance office for $32 each. This is reduced to $30 per book when you purchase 10 or more copies.
We have a range of MAGS supporters' clothing and accessories.
The range of goods and order form are available here
Youthtown will run a free school holiday progamme at Mount Albert Grammar over the April holidays.
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Watersafe Auckland will run free school holiday programmes at Cameron Pool, Mt Roskill, and Lagoon Leisure and Fitness, Panmure.
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The Roy Clements Treeway next to School House will be closed during the school holidays to enable a bridge to be replaced.
The company undertaking the work aims to have the walkway open again in time for the start of Term 2.
Park safely and keep our kids safe
In Term 2 our school is participating in Auckland Transport's Safety at the School Gate programme. Drivers who stop in the wrong place to drop off or pick up passengers put the safety of children at risk. Parking officers will be on patrol and will be issuing tickets to drivers who park illegally.
The agreed approach is zero tolerance. There will be no warnings issued - you will receive a ticket if you are double parked, parked on yellow lines, or over someone's driveway, or for any other vehicle safety offence.
Please park legally to keep our children safe and to avoid being ticketed.
You can download a brochure about the programme here
As an integral component of the 2014 IT programme at MAGS we are pleased to offer all students the opportunity to learn to touch type with Jan Morris of Computer Success.
Click here for a comprehensive weekly calendar of school events and meetings.
The Lions' Den Uniform Shop at school will open for extended hours during April and May to allow families more opportunities to buy items of school uniform in preparation for winter, and winter sports uniforms. Click here to see opening hours for April and May, and for more info.
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The School welcomes applications from local families who may be able to provide Homestays for our international boys or girls.
Click here to find out more about how to become a Homestay family.