• Tradition & Change

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

    Tradition & Change
  • Academic Achievement

    A 2014 total of 88 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.


    Academic Achievment

  • Sporting Excellence

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


    Sporting Excellence

  • Performing & Visual Arts

    Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.

    Performance & Visual Arts
  • The MAGS Way

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


    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."

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Record results in 2015 NCEA and Scholarship put MAGS among top 5 schools in New Zealand

Mount Albert Grammar School students gained a record 104 Scholarships in the 2015 NCEA exams, the fifth highest among all New Zealand secondary schools. The total surpasses our 2014 tally of 88. Scholarships represent the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students. Our total was gained across 18 subjects, also the most ever, and included seven at Outstanding level.

Our students also attained our best ever results in NCEA Levels 1-3, once again exceeding the national average and equalling or surpassing averages for schools in the higher Decile 8-10 bracket (MAGS is Decile 7). In the graphs below, MAGS figures are shown in the black line.

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Particular acknowledgement is made of the following students who achieved multiple Scholarship success:

Bruno Batinica
4 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


4 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships

Riki Guernier
5 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships

Hamish Jelleyman
3 Scholarships, incl 1 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships

Hrishikesh Kodthuguli
3 Scholarships

Yixin Ma
4 Scholarships

Aakash Rajay
3 Scholarships

Michael Soffe
3 Scholarships

Once again our Mathematics students were dominant, gaining 28 Calculus Scholarships, including 3 Outstanding, and 13 in Statistics, with 1 Outstanding - a total of 41 across the Department.

Scholarships were achieved in Accounting, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Dance, Design, Drama, Economics, English, History, Media Studies, Painting, Physical Education, Physics, Statistics and Te Reo Maori. Outstanding Scholarships were achieved in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics.

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MAGS top sporting school in Auckland at ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Cole Evans with his Supreme Boys' winner's trophy, pictured with Supreme Girls' winner Bryony Botha of Rangitoto College

Read the NZ Herald story here

Mount Albert Grammar School cemented its position as the top sporting school in Auckland at the 2015 ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, with Black Sox softball player Cole Evans named Young Sportsman of the Year.

Out of a record 17 finalists from 11 sporting codes, MAGS' athletes won eight categories, more than any other school: Best Softball Player: Cole Evans; Best All-Rounder: Caitlin Pritchard; Best Male Cricket player: Aniket Parikh; Best Male Athletics Champion: Niven Longopoa; Best Female Athletics Champion: Symone Tafuna’i; Best Male Rower: Fergus McSwiney; Best Lacrosse player: Georgia Carter; Best Netball player: Maia Wilson.

Leadership Assembly 2016

Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm with the Head Prefects of 2016, from left, Deputy Head Boy Kahu Boyd, Deputy Head Girl Alex Thompson, Head Boy Tom Butler, Head Girl Leilani Ioelu, Deputy Head Boy Jacob Marsh and Deputy Head Girl Caitlin Pritchard.
This year's Prefects, Arts and Sports Leaders were presented with their badges at the Senior Leadership Assembly on Friday, 12 February.

The ceremony was attended by parents, Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm, representatives of the Board of Trustees, senior staff and guest speaker Mr Daniel Xu (left).

Mr Xu attended MAGS from 2003-2007, graduating as a Prefect and Dux, and last year completed a PhD in Bio-Mechatronics at the University of Auckland. At university, he led a team to win the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition and represented New Zealand at the world finals in Russia. On his return, he launched a product called UVLens to help pre-school children stay safe in the sun. In 2015, he won the National AMP Scholarship and is currently working in his own start-up business, developing technology to help people live healthier outdoor lives.

Mr Xu shared some of his memories of MAGS with the Year 9 and 13 students in attendance, and encouraged them to treasure their time at the school.

"The people I met here are still among my best friends - so reach out, get to know people, help those you can."

Year 13 was a time to begin living life "more deliberately - set your goals and build routines into your life that will help you achieve them."

Click here for more photos and the full list of Senior Leaders for 2016

Year 9 Parents Evening

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The Albertian Quad was full as several hundred parents and students gathered for the annual Year 9 Parents' Evening Tuesday, 9 February.

Drinks and nibbles were followed by an introduction to the Friends of MAGS parents' group by Chairwoman Ms Nealie Barker.

Parents then moved into the hall for a welcome from Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm, who noted that the Year 9 intake for 2016 was the highest ever at 550 students. Mr Drumm spoke about the special nature of the Junior School, and the pathways and opportunities available to students as they moved through Mount Albert Grammar over the next five years.

Year 13 Peer Support Leaders, who helped throughout the evening, guided parents to their children's Form classes, where Form Teachers spoke about the curriculum and school procedures.

Many parents who already have older children at the school had returned for the evening, showing how much they value contact with MAGS and updates on the school's progress.

Holiday sports update

Many of MAGS' young sportsmen and women stayed busy over the summer holidays, keeping our school's name at the forefront of competitions around the New Zealand and achieving podium success. Some have been selected to represent New Zealand in international competitions:

Archery:Year 13 student Emily Cavell won two Gold medals at the Archery NZ National Championships in January - one for the Target event (shooting a Recurve bow) and one for the Field event (shooting a barebow). Emily also competed at the Auckland District Archery Association's Target Championships where she won Gold in the Cadet Women's Recurve. She has qualified for the Oceania Youth Archery Championships tol be held in Tonga in April.

Cycling: Year 9 student Prudence Fowler won Gold in three events at the Auckland Track Cycling Championships on 31 January - the U15 500 Time Trial, the U15 Derby and the U15 Scratch Race. Prudence was selected to represent Auckland at the National Track Cycling Championships in Invercargill in March.

Ice hockey: Year 11 student Oliver Curtis flies to Norway on Sunday, 7 February, to compete at the Youth Winter Olympics in the ice hockey individual skills event. This is an individual event where the competitors compete in six ice hockey skills disciplines ranging from skating skills and speed to puck handling and shooting accuracy. All events are timed. Oliver won the New Zealand event to gain qualification to compete in Finland last July against the top players from 57 nations. He finished in the top 16, qualifying him for the Olympics. Since July he has been training on average two hours a day nearly every day and sometimes as much as four hours a day. His father Mr Wayne Curtis says that Oliver's ability has improved immensely due to his dedication to training. "We are quietly confident of a high finish."

Orienteering: MAGS Orienteering Captain Theresa Boyd has been selected for the Northern Regional Junior Squad (age 16-23), part of the High Performance programme of Orienteering New Zealand.

Rowing: Two three-day regattas at Lake Karapiro near Cambridge in December and January saw MAGS' 55 boy and girl rowers represent the school in all age groups and a variety of boats. We made eight finals at the December regatta, and 10 in January, against school and club crews from all over the North Island. A highlight was the 3rd placing for the U15 Boys Four of Fraser Lewins, Lewis Brown, Anton Waldmann and Lachlan Pearce, with coxswain Isaac Young-Montgomerie. The squad is now preparing for the AKSS Championships, called the Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke on 13 February.

Softball: Year 12 students Nerida Elson and Maia Lupton both played for the Auckland U17 Softball team at the New Zealand Championships, helping the team to 3rd place. Nerida has been selected for the New Zealand Junior White Sox Team (U19) to travel to Hawaii in July.

Meanwhile, Brock Evans (Y10) and Max Early (Y11) helped the Auckland U15 team to runner-up position at their New Zealand Championships. Both were named in the Tournament Team, with Max named Catcher of the Tournament and selected for the NZ U15 team to play in Australia later this year.

Tennis: In December Year 12 student Te Kani Williams won the Auckland 16s Tournament and the NZ Maori Open Mens' Tournament. In January he helped the Auckland 16s team win Silver at the National 16s Team event, and then came 3rd equal in the New Zealand 16s Individual Championships.

Golf Day 2016

The annual MAGS Foundation Golf Day to raise funds for the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship Fund is now open for entries.

Where: Akarana Golf Club

When: Thursday, 31 March, 11.30am for a 12.30pm start

Format: Ambrose Competition

The post golf function and prizegiving will be held in the club dining room following the game.

The entry fee is $150 per person, which includes a round of golf, refreshments during the day, and the prizegiving and post golf function, as well as a donation to the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship - a vital resource in keeping MAGS at the forefront of Auckland Secondary Schools First XV Rugby.

Sponsorship is available for golf holes, drinks cart, putting green and the aftermatch function. Each sponsorship includes green fees for your playing four as well as signage and promotional opportunities.

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More information: Contact Mr Tim Kay,Director of Advancement, Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation, phone (09) 815 4034; mobile 021 636 803; email tkay@mags.school.nz

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