• Tradition & Change

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

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    Tradition & Change
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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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    Academic Achievment

  • Sporting Excellence

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

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    Sporting Excellence

  • Performing & Visual Arts

    Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.

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    Performance & Visual Arts
  • The MAGS Way

    The MAGS Way reflects the core values of our school's community.

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    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

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%

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.

Click here for full NCEA results and the list of Scholarship winners

Fine Art Show reaches new milestone

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MAGS' second Fine Art Show exceeded the fundraising total of its first year, lifting profit from $47,000 in 2014 to around $65,000 this year.

The funds go straight to the MAGS Foundation for use in projects to benefit students. This year projects will include an artist in residence programme in the Visual Art Department.

Director of Advancement Mr Tim Kay said the show was not only an outstanding fundraising event for the school, but also brought people together from the local and wider Auckland community, reunited former students, and showcased the culture of MAGS.

"The students who helped throughout the weekend, led by Arts Prefect Tessa Cochrane, were outstanding - a credit to the school," said Mr Kay.

About 450 guests attended the Gala Opening Evening on Friday, 21 August, up from 350 last year. The evening included an auction, run by Marian Tolich of Barfoot & Thompson, of six donated works by photographer Emma Bass, the Gow Langsford Gallery, the Greg Moyle art collection and artist Peter Collis. In total the works raised $10,000.

This year the student art exhibits were judged and the winners named at the Gala. First place went to Uhila Nai (pictured right with John Gow of Gow Langsford Gallery,), second was Hugo Harvey (centre) and third was Jeremy Porteous.

Hundreds of people visited the show on the free admission days of Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the 750 pieces of art by 130 established and emerging artists. Works included paintings, photography, sculpture and objects. The artists donated 40% of each sale to the school.

"The Friends of MAGS parents committee is to be hugely congratulated for organising such a wonderful show," said Mr Kay. "The committee members are all volunteers and have other commitments but they devoted a great deal of time over the last six months to stage a great event. One of New Zealand’s most prominent art benefactors said the MAGS Fine Art Show was the best school art show he had been to."

Music festival awards for MAGS musicians

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The MAGS Jazz Band won arguably the top award at this year's KBB Music Festival - the Chairperson's Command Performance Award for their rendition of You Are My Sunshine by Ray Charles.

Although the band won Bronze in competition for their five-piece repertoire, their performance so impressed Festival Chairman Dr Trevor Thwaites that he chose them as his favourite group of the week-long event.

To top off our success, the MAGS Chamber Strings group (right) claimed a Silver medal in only their first outing in this prestigious competition.

The KBB Music Festival showcases the best in secondary school orchestras, concert bands and stage bands from across the Auckland region. More than 135 groups take part from more than 50 schools.

The Jazz Band, directed by Albertian Ben Sinclair, won Silver last year, and this year played pieces by Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini, among others. For You Are My Sunshine the 20-member band was joined by vocalists Siosiua Atuekaho, Janet Stewart, Sarah Alatimu, Cyprus Taumaoe and Esther Ji.

The 12-member MAGS Chamber Strings group includes nine members who are still only in Years 9 and 10. Directed by Loata Mahe, also a former student of MAGS' Head of Music Ms Milica Zjajic-Moon, they played four pieces and were congratulated by the judges on their lively and polished performance.

The MAGS Concert Band (below), directed by Ms Zjajic-Moon, played a six-piece set in the non-competitive festival performance section, and also received glowing praise.

New Maths Block opens for classes

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A dawn blessing ceremony was held at the new wing of the Maths Block on Friday, 21 August, ahead of its opening for classes on Monday, 24 August.

Te Puna o Wairaka parent and kaumatua Mr Joe Wilson performed a traditional Maori blessing, attended by Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, members of the Board of Trustees, teachers, parents and students. Members of Te Puna o Wairaka took part in the ceremony.

Ms Liz de Kort spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Education's infrastructure service, saying it was one of the best building projects she had been involved with.

Parents Mr Charles Royal and Mr Malesala Malesala stepped forward to thank the school on behalf of Maori and Pasifika families respectively.

Ten new classrooms are now in use, including upstairs rooms which have stunning views of the farm. The final two classrooms will be ready by the end of September. One room downstairs will be used by Deans while the Student Centre renovation takes place. The whole building, including the renovated Student Centre and the atrium connecting the two wings, will be open by the start of the 2016 school year.

Sports teams win Auckland Championships

Girls First XI Football

Premier Netball

Girls Junior A Football

Boys Senior Open Basketball

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MAGS' sports teams are having a winning end to the Auckland season. On Wednesday, 19 August, our top girls' Football and Netball teams each defeated Saint Kentigern College in their Auckland finals - the First XI Football team won the APC Knockout Cup 7-0, and the Premier Netball team won the AKSS Championship 40-34.

On the same day the Senior A Netball team also defeated Saint Kentigern 22-20 to win their final, the Girls Junior A Football beat St Cuthbert's College 2-0 to win their division, and our two Girls Second XI teams beat Auckland Girls Grammar and Epsom Girls Grammar 7-0 and 8-1 respectively to come first in their leagues.

Last Friday, 14 August, the Boys Senior Open Basketball team beat Dilworth School 58-51 to win their Championship, ending four years of frustration at coming second.

To date 18 teams have won their leagues, with a few more finals to be played before Winter Tournament national championships begin on Monday, 31 August.

CK Stead is New Zealand's new Poet Laureate

New Zealand's new Poet Laureate, Professor C K Stead, says his love of writing was ignited during his years at Mount Albert Grammar School.

The distinguished writer, who has won numerous awards for his fiction and poetry, attended MAGS from 1946-1950.

"I really discovered poetry there - the library was very important to me," says Professor Stead. "My sixth form English teacher, Butch Brown, was unconventional but had a heart of gold, and steered us toward writing that we wouldn't have otherwise discovered, particularly modern poetry."

At MAGS Professor Stead also encountered the works of classic poets such as Rupert Brooke, John Keats, William Wordsworth and William Shakespeare, which inspired him to begin writing while still at high school.

"Butch Brown also compiled anthologies, and before long I had appeared in one," recalls Professor Stead, who was also a member of the First XI Football team and Senior Athletics squad during his time at MAGS. Read more ...

Swimmers medal at New Zealand Championships

Three swimmers from Mount Albert Grammar School won medals at the 2015 New Zealand Swimming Short Course Championships, held at the Sir Owen Glenn Aquatic Centre in Mairangi Bay on Saturday, 15 August.

In the 13-year age group Sinead Kelly won Silver in the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle, and Bronze in the 100m medley. Katherine Grozev won Silver in the 16-year 100m backstroke. Both girls were selected for the New Zealand age group development training camp during the October school holidays, and Sinead has also been chosen to go to the Australian State Age Group Championships in Canberra in 23 September.

Flynn Oberdries won Silver in the 15-year 4x 200m freestyle relay.

Click here for the full list of results

Albertian Te Rina Keenan representing New Zealand at World Athletics Championships

Te Rina Keenan, who attended MAGS from 2005-2007 and was named Victrix Ludorum for each year, is competing with the 15-strong New Zealand team at the Athletics World Championships in Beijing from 22-30 August.

Te Rina now specialises in the Discus and Shot Put events. In Discus she threw a personal best distance of 60.78m this year and will compete in that event in Beijing. In New Zealand her results are second only to Beatrice Faumuina in Discus and Valerie Adams in Shot Put.

At MAGS she was involved in Athletics, Premier Netball and Premier Basketball. She gained a sports scholarship to the University of Hawaii and spent four years there, gaining a degree in Communications.

Friday, 25 September, 6.30pm
FW Gamble Hall

Hear from Olympic Gold medallists Mahe Drysdale, Shane O'Brien and other New Zealand rowers, fresh from the 2015 World Championships in France.

Interviews conducted by Radio Sport host and MAGS alumnus Mark Watson

Live and online auction of rowing memorabilia and other great prizes

Beverages and canapes

Proceeds to benefit the Kerry Ashby Rowing Endowment Fund for less privileged MAGS students with rowing talent

Tickets $75 per person, click here to book

Fantastic auction prizes already coming in - can you help?

Return flights for two to Australia aboard Virgin Australia, and your own private cruise aboard the Pacific Mermaid, are two key prizes that will be auctioned on the night.

An online auction will also be run in the lead up to the event - would you or your company like to donate a product or service? Be it a weekend at your family bach, an internship at your company for a young student, or an item of sporting memorabilia, all offers will be gratefully considered.

Please contact Mr Tim Kay at the MAGS Foundation, tkay@mags.school.nz or phone 09 815 4034.

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