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

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    A 2012 total of 92 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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    Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.

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Latest News

Outstanding ERO Report

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

Outstanding Scholarship and NCEA results

Mount Albert Grammar School's 2013 tally of 83 scholarships was the seventh highest among all New Zealand secondary schools. Read more

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

In memory of Tagaloa Peter Sua - 1956-2014

MAGS Music teacher - 2005-2014

Ia tatou olioli ma pepese i ai

You are leaving but we will keep on singing

MAGS' beloved Music teacher, Mr Tagaloa Peter Su'a, passed away on Tuesday, 18 November.

Mr Su'a taught at Mount Albert Grammar School for 10 years - his first and only job since changing his career to follow his heart into teaching later in life. He embraced teaching in the greatest sense - as a mentor, a leader, a supporter of those struggling and a guide to those who excelled - and took his skills beyond the classroom to help the community. He was a gifted pianist and choir master, abilities which enabled him to gather many students for performances they might not have otherwise experienced.

Since learning of his passing, former students and fellow teachers now living all over the world have sent messages in honour of a man who many say changed their lives for the better.

You can read some of those messages, an obituary, and see more photos, by clicking here



MAGS leads NZ Chinese language team

Year 13 Chinese language student Luke Butler (right) and teacher Ms Eva Liu helped the New Zealand team to the semi-finals in an international language competition in China.

They are pictured with other team members Jaeho Shin of Auckland and Shannon Couper of Tauranga. Ms Liu was selected as the New Zealand team teacher following her success helping Luke win the New Zealand branch of the Chinese Bridge Competition in May. The International Chinese Bridge Competition was held in Beijing and Kunming from 16 October to 3 November.

Following speeches in Chinese, cultural performances, and a "game show"-style general knowledge quiz, the New Zealand team finished in the top 16 out of 67 competing countries.

Luke had already received a six month scholarship to a Chinese university of his choice as a prize for winning the New Zealand competition, which he will take up between studies for a Commerce degree at Auckland University.

"But the greatest advantage I've gained from competing in the Chinese Bridge is recognition for my language ability among organisations in New Zealand, such as the recently formed New Zealand China Council, which I believe is invaluable in terms of my desired career in business," says Luke.

Click here to read Luke's report on competing in China

Paula Calver selected for Government science teaching programme

Science teacher Ms Paula Calver and Mount Albert Grammar School have been selected to take part in the Science Teaching Leadership Programme in 2015.

An initiative run by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and The Royal Society of New Zealand, the programme is part of the Government's national strategic plan for science in society. It will involve 37 science teachers from schools all over New Zealand. Ms Calver says MAGS was selected because the school has already made progress in the implementing the philosophy of the new science curriculum, which is as much about applying scientific thinking and processes as it is content.

The aim of the programme is threefold - to increase the number of students going into science-related fields, to increase scientific understanding among all students even if they are not continuing with science, and to bring more community opportunities for science into schools.

Ms Calver will spend Terms 1 and 2 next year working with professional scientists from The Royal Society to learn more about the nature of their work and the skills their jobs require. She will also visit Wellington to work with others involved in the programme, before returning to MAGS in Term 3 to transfer what she has learned to the Science Department, and into the classroom. Part of this will be surveying the school community to find out what science issues they are concerned about, so they can be incorporated into students' education.

"Science affects people in different ways every day," says Ms Calver, "Whether it's worry about the ebola virus, to council weed spraying, to climate change. This programme aims to increase scientific literacy throughout society as we move into a future where greater understanding is needed, and more and more jobs will be available."

2014 MAGS teaching awards

Head of Music Ms Milica Zjajic-Moon won the Herb Towers travel prize for professional development. The award will enable Ms Zjajic-Moon to plan an overseas journey that will further enhance her teaching.

Winners of the CP Liddell Scholarships for excellence in teaching were Head of English Ms Aubrey Mason, Maths teacher Mr Gareth Hodges, Health and Physical Education teacher Ms Amy Wiltshire and Chemistry teacher Ms Alayna Pulham.

Head prefects for 2015

Isaac Ah Kuoi-Atmore and Holly Fowler are MAGS' Head Boy and Head Girl for 2015.

Isaac follows in the footsteps of his brother Keneti, who was Head Boy in 2012. This year Isaac received the Harry Wichman Cup for the Best All-Round Boy in Year 12.

Holly Fowler is the Captain of MAGS' Premier Netball team, which this year won the National Championships for the third year in a row - the first time a school has achieved that record. She was also Captain of the New Zealand Secondary Schools team that won the International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge in Australia for the third year in a row.

"Both Issac and Holly have been chosen to lead the student body as they are great role models," said Headmaster Mr Dale Burden. "They work hard, have great values and are totally committed to our school and the MAGS Way. Both have shown during the past four years the ability to serve, collaborate and work collectively in the best interests of other people. They have great strength of character and integrity. They are leaders."

Aishia Maka wins art scholarship

The winner of the 2014 Ara Lodge Arts Scholarship is Year 13 student Aishia Maka. She receives $1000 to put towards her tertiary studies.

Aishia, who has excelled in Painting and Photography, will be presented with the Scholarship at the ARA Lodge Fine Art Awards in January. The Awards are made up of top art students from secondary schools across Auckland.

Aishia plans to study Fine Art at either the Elam School of Fine Arts or the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Three Duxes awarded at Senior Prizegiving

The Mount Albert Grammar School Duxes for 2014 are, from left, Sarah Crowhurst, Katie Budgen and Rohith Nagulan. They are pictured with Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

Katie and Sarah's academic marks were so close that it was decided not to have a Girls' Proxime Accessit this year but to award the title of Dux to them jointly.

The three top students were named at MAGS' Senior Prizegiving ceremony in the FW Gamble Hall on Monday, 3 November. It was attended by parents, staff, members of the Board of Trustees, representatives of tertiary study providers, and the MP for Mt Albert, Mr David Shearer.

Mr Burden presented an annual report on the progress of the school and students, Head Prefects Liam Ferguson and Katie Budgen gave speeches about their time at the school and what they have gained from their time here, and performances were given by the MAGS Quintet, the MAGS Jazz Combo, and songwriting award-winner James Donaldson with MAGS musicians.

Click here for more photos and the full list of Senior Prize winners.

Ten MAGS finalists in ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards


Deven Jackson


Bella Kingi


Katie Budgen


Georgia Carter


Holly Fowler


Maia Wilson


Jonathan Winter


Mattais Heimuli


Cole Evans


Matthew Downes

Ten MAGS' athletes from seven sporting codes have made the finals of the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards for 2014.

The winners of each code, and the overall boy and girl winners, will be announced at a dinner on Thursday, 20 November, at Eden Park.

The MAGS finalists are:

Football - Girls: Deven Jackson and Bella Kingi

Lacrosse - Girls: Katie Budgen and Georgia Carter

Netball: Holly Fowler and Maia Wilson

Rowing: Jonathan Winter

Rugby League: Mattais Heimuli

Softball: Cole Evans

Wrestling: Matthew Downes

MAGS congratulates our nominees and wishes them well for the awards.

Governor General presents Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Gold Awards

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 run at MAGS, only four Gold Awards have been awarded, and on Saturday, 18 October, two former students received theirs.

Tim Rutledge (second from left) and Edward Duncan, who both completed their studies at MAGS in 2012, were presented with their Awards by the Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, at a ceremony in Epsom attended by the Headmaster, Mr Dale Burden, and the teacher in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award programme at MAGS, Mr Andy Belson (left).

Edward and Tim 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 involving a residential project.

“This award recognises the efforts you have made over a lengthy period," said Sir Jerry. "You and your family, friends and supporters can be rightfully proud of your achievement. Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is about more then learning valuable life skills. It is also about recognising the importance and benefits that flow from service to the community.”

Edward and Tim had earlier returned to MAGS to be presented with their Awards at a special assembly.

"The Gold Award has required a huge amount of commitment, time and motivation from these young men," said Mr Belson. "Congratulations to them both on their outstanding achievement."

Angenita Lousi wins leadership trip to America

Year 11 student Angenita Lousi is one of nine young New Zealanders selected by the US Embassy for an all-expenses paid trip to America to take part in the Australasia Youth Leadership Exchange.

On November 30, as soon as her Level 1 exams are over, Angenita will fly to the United States for a three-week programme of workshops and experiences to foster youth leadership and environmental awareness. She will spend time in Lake Tahoe, California; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington.

MAGS' Head of Guidance Mr Paul Ferner suggested Angenita apply for the trip, and Year 11 Dean Ms Va Anisi helped her prepare for an interview she had to do via Skype. Angenita spoke of her leadership work with youth groups at her Tongan church, and volunteer work helping clean up waterways in West Auckland. Part of the aim of the Exchange is for students to return home with ideas and skills they can use to further help their communities.

Run by the not-for-profit group World Learning and paid for by the United States Government, the programme also aims to promote understanding between youth from different ethnic, religious and national groups, creating an international network of young leaders.

Angenita says "there were no words to describe how happy I was when I heard I'd won a place. It's a great opportunity to enhance my leadership skills, and share them with my peers when I come home."

Oscar Harre in TV news surf lifesaving story

Year 11 student Oscar Harre featured in a Maori TV news item on a move to encourage more Maori to train to become surf lifesavers.

Oscar is interviewed and seen training at Bethells Beach. He is now a qualified lifeguard and looking forward to his first summer helping to save lives.

"It feels like I've accomplished more than just becoming a lifeguard; it's also cool to be a part of a really good social group," says Oscar.

Click here to watch the news item

Green fingers in the Horticulture glasshouse

Year 12 and 13 Horticulture students learned how plants don’t need soil to thrive – they have a fine crop of lettuces grown only in water.

The hydroponic system in the school glasshouse was this year put into action to grow Buttercrunch lettuces from seed. Students learned how much of each nutrient to add to the constantly flowing water to get the best results, also keeping an eye on the Ph of the water and the humidity level of the glasshouse.

Head of Horticulture Ms Trish Bevins says the lettuces have been growing steadily for about five weeks, and in another three will be ready to harvest for students and staff to take home.

Year 12 students Ashley Gardner, Malayna Kingsley-Smith and Harrison Batty are looking forward to returning to Horticulture next year and helping teach younger students how to grow capsicums and tomatoes hydroponically.

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