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."
Mount Albert Grammar School's 2013 tally of 83 scholarships was the seventh highest among all New Zealand secondary schools.
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
MAGS' National Champion girls' football team and coach Paul Marshall were interviewed on Campbell Live on Friday, 12 September, about their "Immaculate Season".
The team won the Auckland League, the Auckland Knock Out Cup and defended the National title, all without conceding a goal. The team scored 114 goals this season, with nil against.
Campbell Live reporters Tristram Clayton and Anna Burns-Francis spoke with Captain Rivalina Fuimaono, Coach Paul Marshall, and had a fun "penalty shootout" with the MAGS team.
Tristram Clayton said the team was "arguably the greatest football team New Zealand has ever produced."
Coach Paul Marshall was also interviewed on Radio Live on Sunday, 14 September. Click here to listen to the interview, which starts just after 3pm on the "7 Day Catch Up" list of audio recordings.
The annual Junior Bytes and Arts Alive concerts will be held on Tuesday, 23 September, and Wednesday, 24 September at Centennial Theatre at Auckland Grammar School.
The Junior Bytes concert will present performances from our Year 9 and 10 musicians, actors and dancers, highlighting the depth of talent at MAGS down to Junior school level. The evening will be hosted by Junior Arts leaders.
The Arts Alive concert will include the presentation of Arts Lions, and showcase the best creative and performance pieces from the Dance, Drama and Music Departments.
Both evenings will include a exhibition of work by some of our promising young visual artists.
Tickets from the Finance office or available at the door: Adults $15, students and seniors $10, MAGS students and staff $5.
Two of MAGS' star netballers - Jamie-Lee Price (left) and Maia Wilson -
have been selected for New Zealand's Netball's Accelerate Squad, and are
one step away from making the Silver Ferns.
Jamie-Lee, 18, completed her studies at MAGS last year, and is now part way through a contract with the Waikato Magic. She spent this week trialling for the Silver Fern squad.
Maia Wilson is in Year 12 and still only 16. As a goal shoot for the Premier Netball team, she helped secure the Upper North Island Secondary Schools' title for the eighth year in a row during Tournament Week.
Also a talented basketball player, Maia was one of eight new caps
selected for the New Zealand Tall Ferns for their trip to China in
August. Earlier this year she travelled to China with the Junior Tall
Jamie-Lee and Maia are two of only seven players selected for the NZ Netball Accelerate Squad. MAGS' Director of Netball, Ms Te Aroha Keenan, a former Silver Fern, says the girls will train alongside the Silver Ferns and have access to all the support networks afforded the top team, including nutrition and education support.
Their next step would be selection for the Silver Ferns.
Albertian cricketer Georgia Guy (2007-2011) is making her mark with the White Ferns on their tour of the West Indies.
In her debut international - the opening One Day match in St Kitts on Saturday, 13 September - Georgia claimed 2 for 26 from 8.1 overs. In the following One Day game she took 1 for 27 from 10 overs.
Earlier this year Georgia travelled to Bangladesh with the NZ T20 squad.
MAGS' Director of Cricket, Mr Tony Sail, says Georgia was a member of the MAGS Cricket Academy, and went on the junior cricket tour to Australia where she successfully bowled off-spin against male opponents.
The MAGS Row Boys' First Eight won Silver in their first outing in the schools' section of the prestigious Great Race on the Waikato River. Click here to watch a video of the race
The MAGS crew and those from five other schools rowed time trials over the course through the middle of Hamilton on Saturday, 13 September. MAGS rowed the second fastest time behind Hamilton Boys' number one crew. Behind us were Hamilton Boys' number two, Auckland Grammar, St Paul's Collegiate and St John's College. This entitled us to a position in the A Final against Hamilton Boys, as only two boats can compete on the river at the same time.
The MAGS crew rowed a fantastic race in what is a dogfight between coxes as much as a show of power, technique and endurance over the 2.5km stretch of river, rowing against the current. Coxswain Dylan Dodds did a brilliant job of making the race as difficult as he could for Hamilton Boys' to win, and we held on to be within a 2-3 boatlengths of them crossing the line, despite us having to come down the home straight on the side of the river with the stronger current.
In addition to Dylan, our crew was Carl Pracey (stroke), Jonathan Winter, Fergus McSwiney, Matthew Smith, Pierre Fladgate, Tom Butler, Cole Brann and Mark Lawrence.
The boys were then able to watch the main events of the weekend - the races between Waikato University and invitation crews from Melbourne, Washington and Harvard.
The Great Race is a prestigious event that is an honour for any school to be invited to. For MAGS to win silver on our first outing is special, and we look forward to competing again next year, perhaps with a girls' crew as well.
MAGS once again dominated the Arthur Lydiard Challenge Cup long distance race, held in West Auckland on Saturday, 13 September.
For the second consecutive year we won both the Boys' and Girls' Team trophies after our runners took most of the top placings in the 10km races. The event, a fundraiser for the Legend Charitable Trust, has special significance for MAGS as Arthur Lydiard is an old boy of the school, and went on to train fellow Albertian Sir Peter Snell, helping him achieve his Olympic gold medals.
The Senior Girls team took out the Girls Team title by claiming the first four places - Rebekah Van Dort came first, Dillyn Ward second, Elizabeth Lyon third and Nicole Lawrence fourth.
The Senior Boys also won their Team trophy after Andrew Battley came first, Martin Lyon third, Liam Grozev fourth and Thomas Coupe fifth. Special mention must be made of Liam who was asked on the morning of the event to step up from the 5km race to the Senior 10km event to replace a late withdrawal.
The races were run over part of the Waitakeres course on which Arthur Lydiard trained his gold medal winning athletes.
Attaining a Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award at Bronze or Silver level is a big achievement, gaining the demanding Gold standard is another step up altogether. In the seven years the scheme has been run at MAGS, only four Gold Awards have been given out, and on Monday, 8 September, two of those were presented to former students who revisited the school specially to receive them at assembly.
Edward Duncan and Tim Rutledge, who both completed their studies at MAGS in 2012, were congratulated on their completion of the four sections of service, skill, physical activity and adventurous journey over a minimum period of a year, and an additional section for which they had to go away for several days with a group of people they didn't know to complete a service project.
"This has required a huge amount of commitment, time and motivation from these young men," said the Head of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary programme at MAGS, Mr Andy Belson.
Edward, Tim and other Gold Award recipients will have them officially presented by the Governor General at a ceremony in Auckland on 18 October.
In addition to the Gold Awards, eight students received Bronze and Silver Awards at the assembly. They were Leilani Ioelu (Bronze), Bradley Dennehy-Beals, Olivia Eagles-Smith, Gina Holden, Hamish Jelleyman, Oscar Ma, Katy MacKenzie and Alex Thompson (all Silver).
First XIII second rower Reuben Porter has been selected for the NZ Secondary Schools team to play the New South Wales Combined High Schools team visiting Auckland this month.
The test match takes place at Westlake Boys High School on Tuesday, 23 September, at 3.30pm.
Reuben has had a busy season, flying back and forth to Sydney to fulfill a two-year contract with the Sydney Roosters. Once the Year 13 student has completed his Level 3 exams, he'll move to Sydney to live for the remainder of his contract. The Roosters will pay for him to study at a university of his choice in Sydney.
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Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Helping others can be one of the most therapeutic tasks you can perform in life. Like many of our school seniors who respect others, find ways to cheer people up in small, yet meaningful ways on a regular basis. It will definitely make you feel better.
The Lions' Den Uniform Shop hours have changed until November. The new hours are:
Friday: 8am-9am (closed Friday, 19 September)
School Holiday opening:
Friday, 10 October, 1pm-3pm
To assist families with uniform requirements prior to Term 4
November hours will be posted here in late October.
Click here to go to the Uniform page.
Make the most of some special offers and support MAGS at the same time.
Your School Business Directory lists firms that will give donations and discounts to MAGS. A selection are now offering special deals to the MAGS community.
Click here to check out the new MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.
Click here to see a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School
Click here for a comprehensive weekly calendar of school events and meetings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
HOD Agriculture - commences Term 1, 2015
Japanese teacher - LTR covering maternity leave