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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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    Sporting Excellence

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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

Information for the new school year

Please click here to read and download a booklet with all the details you will need for starting at MAGS in 2015.

Year 9 parents, please do not send your child to school with their BYOD device on their first day. BYOD orientation will take place in Week 2.

Key dates for the start of the 2015 school year


Monday 26 January
Auckland Anniversary Day

Tuesday 27 January
Deans / HOF / HOD / TIC Meeting
Senior re-enrolment (Yrs 12 & 13)
9.30am-12pm
1pm-3pm

Wednesday 28 January
Senior re-enrolment (Yrs 12 & 13)
9am-12pm
Academic testing catch-up day for students in Years 9 and new to the school in
Year 10
9am-12pm, please report to the Student Centre
New staff induction
Peer Support training

Timetable administration


Thursday 29 January
Peer Support training
Staff administration day

Friday 30 January
Staff administration day

Term 1

Monday 2 February
Year 9 only
School House opens

Tuesday 3 February
Full school in

Thursday 2 April

End of Term 1

Please see boxes at right regarding uniform and stationery

Prefects for 2015

Joining Head Boy Isaac Ah Kuoi-Atmore and Head Girl Holly Fowler will be the following Year 13 Prefects. Congratulations to our Senior student leaders for 2015:

Alicia Barrington, Andrew Battley, Lauren Blanchard, Milan Bonkovich, Samantha Brake, Mana Carr, Jessica Chen, Mackensie Clayton, Tessa Cochrane, Madeleine Cooper, Samuel Creagh, James Donaldson, Grace Drummond, Richard Enright, Hugo Harvey, Sophie Henderson, Adil Imran, Caitlyn Jelleyman, Hamish Jelleyman, Esther Ji, Isabella Kerridge-Temm, Zachary King, Nicole Lawrence, Angela Lei, Lavinia Lousi, Lisa McLaughlan, William McMaster, Isaac McNickle, Alex McShane, Emma McShane, Fergus McSwiney, Charles Napa’a, Frankie Patten-Elliott, Fraser Polkinghorne, Christian Prescott, Aakash Rajay, Nathan Rhodes-Hasler, Masayoshi Sasaki, Braedon Schache, Matthew Smith, Michael Soffe, Janet Stewart, Gabriel Sutton, Leilani Utupo, Alysha Vaigalu, Rebekah Van Dort, Morgan Wadley, Breahna Ward, Maia Wilson, Mengyan (Monica) Xia

Three MAGS footballers help NZ U17 team win spot at World Cup

Ben Mata and Billy Jones (flanking goalie Michael Woud) and Sarpreet Singh (front row, far left) all played a part in New Zealand's championship win. Photo: Oceania Football

Billy Jones, Max Mata and Sarpreet Singh played key roles in helping the New Zealand Under 17 Boys' Football team beat 10 others from the Oceania Group to secure a berth at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile in October.

The final of the Oceania tournament came down to a penalty shootout between New Zealand and Tahiti on Tuesday, 27 January at the Pago Park Soccer Stadium in American Samoa. The game was drawn 1-1 after 90 minutes, but goalie Michael Woud's save of the first Tahitian penalty kick sealed New Zealand's 5-4 win.

Billy and Ben both converted their penalties. They and Sarpreet all made the field during the final, having all played their part in New Zealand's progression through the earlier rounds and the semi-final.

Coach Jose Figueira said the final, played in torrential rain, was a tremendously intense affair which he felt his side deserved to take out.

“I think that shows the character of the boys under an immense amount of pressure. We kept our nerve... all the way to the final, where times were tough they battled through. They showed unbelievable bravery and it was team effort from the boys."

Billy's father, Mr Peter Jones, says the NZ U17 squad will regroup to train leading up to the World Cup in October, and may also be sent on a tour for match experience during a holiday break.

Billy has also been selected as one of two New Zealand U17 members of an international invitation team to play at the Al Kaas U17 Cup tournament in Qatar from 5-15 February. The academy-linked tournament is played each year, and features young representatives from the top football clubs in the world. Logan Rogerson from Hamilton, who scored New Zealand's only goal in the Oceania final, is the other New Zealand selection.

Click here to read the Football NZ reports from the Oceania Championship

Spirit of Adventure voyage for Board student representative

Fraser (seen at left in black t-shirt) enjoyed meeting students from all over New Zealand on his Spirit of Adventure voyage.

Year 13 student Fraser Polkinghorne spent five nights on the Spirit of Adventure in January on a special voyage for student representatives on schools' Boards of Trustees.

Fraser was voted onto MAGS' Board by his peers last year. The voyage, to Great Barrier Island and around the Hauraki Gulf, included daily seminars and workshops on leadership, team-work and how to be an effective student representative.

As with every Spirit of Adventure trip, the students also took part in sailing the ship, cooking meals and all other work required of the crew.

Fraser said he particularly enjoyed meeting the other students from all over New Zealand. "It was interesting hearing about their different schools and lives in places like Canterbury and Southland. The trip was a fantastic opportunity; I learned a lot of new skills, including being able to network with new groups of people."

Powhiri opens Peer Support training

For the first time, MAGS' Peer Support training was opened with a powhiri. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, 28 January, and was led by the head of Te Puna o Wairaka, Mr Tahau Thompson, and Te Puna students.

Year 13 student Richard Enright gave a speech in Maori, to which Head Boy Isaac Ah-Kuoi Atmore responded in Samoan and English. There were waiata and a speech by Mr Thompson.

Mr Thompson and guidance counsellor Ms Rhonda Weeks, who helped run the Peer Support training with other Guidance Department staff, said the powhiri acknowledged the multiple ethnicities among the student group.

"We wanted to welcome the students to their new role as Peer Supporters, in which they will pass on the leadership values shown to them when they first started at MAGS," said Mr Thompson.

This year's Peer Support group is the biggest ever at 120 Year 13 students. They undertook two days of training to prepare them to meet members of their allocated Year 9 Form Class on Monday, 2 February, when they will give the new students tours of the school and help them get to know their classmates. They will then keep in touch with the young students through the year to help them settle into MAGS.

Head of Guidance Mr Paul Ferner said the aim of the Peer Support system was to dispel any fears that high school was an intimidating place.

"Our Year 13s will help induct and mentor their Year 9 charges - we want the the younger students to go home feeling like they have made new friends and that MAGS is a cool place to be," said Mr Ferner.

Regatta success for MAGS rowers

MAGS’ rowing squad battled the extremes of weather at two regattas over the summer holidays, but earned top results at both.
Finals day of the Christmas Regatta at Lake Karapiro on 14 December was beset with cold rain; at the Cambridge Town Cup in January the athletes sweltered through 30-degree temperatures over all three days. The conditions didn’t hold back the MAGS crews, who came through with the following top line results across the two regattas:

1st: Boys’ U18 Pair

1st: Boys’ U18 Four

1st: Girls’ U15 Eight

2: Boys’ U18 Pair

3rd: Girls U17 Eight

The other crews to qualify for A Finals were: Boys U18 Eight, Girls U16 Eight, Boys U15 Eight, Girls U17 Four, Girls U15 Four, Girls U15 Octuple, Kieran McLean in the Single

The range of finals among our boy and girl crews, from Novices to Seniors, proved the strength of our programme through the age groups and for both genders.

The crews are now training for the Auckland Secondary School Championships, called Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, 14 February.

Softball teams are Auckland and New Zealand Champions

Click here to watch the Maori TV news story on MAGS' win

The MAGS Junior Boys' Softball team claimed the Auckland and the New Zealand titles in the space of four days this week. They played St Peter's College in the finals of both championships, winning the Auckland final 5-2 and the National title 11-8.

Their results match those of the Senior Softball team (below), which earlier this season also won both Auckland and New Zealand titles for the second consecutive year. To top off the season, the Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' each won a one-day Auckland tournament on Thursday, 4 December.

Grandfather Mr Stu Kinghorn coaches both the Senior and Junior teams. His grandson, Cole Evans, is in the Senior team, was selected for the NZ Junior Black Sox Softball team that won the Silver medal at the Junior Men's World Series in Canada in July, and on 20 November was named the top Softball player in Auckland at the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards. Mr Kinghorn contributes his coaching skills to MAGS for free. He is assisted with the Juniors by Senior player and Year 12 student, Marshall Layt-Maynard.

The two Most Valuable Players were named as Harley Maynard (Captain) and Toby Bourgeois.

The following players have also been selected for Auckland Softball age-group representative teams: Harley Maynard, Marshall Layt-Maynard, Seth Bourgeois, Toby Bourgeois, Cole Evans, Andrew Sutton, Blake Wardrope, Zeyvien Ward, Jesse Amiatu, Ethan Jardine-Ngauamo, Ethan Clark, Max Earley, Joshua Kara, Floyd Nola and Ethan Grant.

Click here for a photo essay of the Junior Boys' pool match against Massey High School, which they won 8-1.



MAGS Golf Day 2015

Registrations are now open for the MAGS Foundation Golf Day, scheduled for Tuesday, 31 March, at the Titirangi Golf Club.

This annual event will once again raise funds for the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship Fund. The 2014 Golf Day raised $20,000.

Click here for more information and the registration form


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