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
The inaugural MAGS Fine Art Show is ready for the school community to come and enjoy this weekend, 23-24 August.
Entry is free and all artworks on display are for sale, with 40% of the purchase price going to the MAGS Foundation.
The show will be launched this evening, 22 August, with a cocktail party, including an auction of two donated works by Neal Palmer and Dean Buchanan, and a "live paint" by street artist Bobby Hung.
The Foundation will use proceeds from the show for a range of initiatives around the school, particularly in the Arts.
The show, in the FW Gamble Hall, is open to the public on Saturday from 10am-7pm and Sunday from 10am-1pm.
There will be a cafe on site and assistants to help with art purchases.
The MAGS colours of blue and yellow were worn in a multitude of ways on Friday, 22 August, at a Mufti Day to raise funds for the Cancer Society.
Students brought a gold coin in return for the freedom to wear their own clothes in the theme of Blue & Yellow, tying in with the Society's Daffodil Day next Friday, 29 August.
A number of teachers joined in on the mufti theme, and there were performances at lunchtime and appearances by Leo the Lion.
MAGS' national champion girls' football team are well placed to defend their title in two weeks time after adding the Auckland Knock Out Cup to their Auckland league championship win last month.
The team triumphed over Saint Kentigern College 1-0 at Seddon Fields on Wednesday, 20 August, in the Knock Out Cup Final.
On 2 July they secured the AKSS championship for the sixth year in a row.
Even more remarkably, the First XI have not conceded a goal all season. They have so far scored 83 goals, with nil against them.
Coach Paul Marshall says the girls' superior tactical knowledge and strong team bond are parts of their winning formula. They are now looking forward to this year's NZSS championship in Taupo from 1 September.
English teacher Ms Sarah Drew was one of a number of MAGS staff and students who had their hair shaved off for charity this week.
Like most families, Ms Drew has friends and relatives who have died or are now battling the disease. She decided to take part in Shave for a Cure in memory of loved ones lost, to help provide wigs for those in need, and to raise funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.
The fundraiser was held in the old gym at lunch time on 20 and 21 August. Many had gathered sponsorship totals ranging from $20 to $2500 - all to be donated to this worthy cause. Those brave enough to lose their hair had a large and supportive audience cheering their efforts.
The other staff to volunteer were Ms Clare Baldock, Mr Anzar Chida and Mr James Bellingham. Five people donated their long tresses to a wig maker who make wigs for people suffering the hair loss side-effect of cancer treatment.
A group of MAGS students were 'buddied' with young survivors of the Japanese tsunami on their visit to New Zealand from 18-20 August.
Four boys and six girls from tsunami-ravaged towns in the Tohoku region spent a day and a half attending classes with their Year 9 and 10 buddies, and stayed with local families. They were welcomed with a powhiri and farewelled with a lunch. They also spent a day in Christchurch meeting students who had been through the earthquakes and seeing how the city was recovering.
This is the fourth year MAGS has hosted students from Tohuku, and their chaperone, Mr Tosh Aoshima, says the visit is now less about giving the teenagers a break and more about developing their leadership abilities for the future.
"We select them as potential leaders, and from their experience in New Zealand they take home ideas for restoration projects we get them involved with," said Mr Aoshima.
At the farewell the students spoke of their appreciation in being able to spend time in a country that was also recovering from a natural disaster, and enjoy the day to day life of a New Zealand high school with their Kiwi buddies.
MAGS' cheerleading team were crowned Grand Champions at the Schools Spectacular Cheerleading Competition on Sunday, 17 August.
Held at the ASB Stadium in Kohimarama, the MAGS girls won their division and then the overall competition ahead of about 40 teams from other schools from around the North Island.
Led by coach Ms Michelle Williams (pictured), and teacher in charge Ms Carissa Calvert, the 14-member team includes girls ranging from Years 9 to 13.
Ms Williams said they had been practicing their routine since February, and should be very proud of their success.
Mattais Heimuli (left) and Connor Purcell have been named among the top 13 rugby league players in Auckland.
The Year 13 students attended Auckland Rugby League's end of season awards for Premier high school players, held at Alexandra Park on Wednesday, 20 August. Mattais, a loose forward, and Connor, a prop, were named in the CRL Premier XIII Merit Team of the Year.
Mattais has already been accepted into the Junior Warriors, and is hoping for games next year. At the end of this year Connor is going to Australia to trial for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Both are members of MAGS' First XIII, which reached the semi-finals of the Auckland competition this year. The boys are now looking forward to the NZSS championship in South Auckland from September 1, when they hope to better the runner-up spot the team claimed in 2013.
A team of MAGS Robotics students won the Design Award at a Robotics Challenge event for Auckland schools.
Thirty five teams took part in the competition at Massey University's Albany campus on Saturday, 16 August. The robots had to be able to lift cubes, transport them across a space and stack them on poles at the other end. The designers of the MAGS robot were Harry Duncan (left), Alex Boyd and Parie Malhotra.
Teacher in charge Ms Clare Baldock says the students have been working on their robot since the start of Term 2. They are taking part in a series of events called the VEX Robotics Auckland Ladder Challenge, accumulating points with the aim of qualifying for the National Championships next February. Ms Baldock says the MAGS team is confident of reaching Nationals, where they hope to gain a spot at the World Robotics Championships in America next year.
The Challenge series is run by the non-profit organisation Kiwibots New Zealand, and is aimed at inspiring a passion for science and technology among students.
A hip hop group that includes MAGS students and Albertians has won Silver for the second year running at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.
ID Co features students Jackson Tuarae, Gabriel Sutton (shown with flag) and Riley Bourne, and Albertians Cameron Cranston, Nathan Kara (seen at right) and Brosnan Ackerman. It is led by Albertians Josh and Andrew Cesan.
MAGS' Head of Dance, Ms Jacqui Cesan, says the 30-strong group formed only this year and was narrowly beaten for Gold by an experienced group from the Philippines. Forty five groups from 41 countries competed in the "Mega Crew" section, before an audience of 10,000 at the New Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
"The creativity and skill of the young New Zealand crew won over the judges and were clearly loved by the audience," says Ms Cesan.
Two classes of Year 11 Drama students staged an unusual play for their parents on Thursday, 21 August, called Love and Information.
Written by English dramatist Caryl Churchill, the play is comprised of 57 short scenes, mimicking the digital world of text and tweet messages. Head of Drama Dr Lilicherie McGregor staged the play as though the students were sitting around a campfire, with each short scene acted out by torchlight.
Between each act Year 10 student Jenna Ackerman sang a song she composed for the performance called Just a Love Song.
Dr McGregor said the students enjoyed experimenting with the groundbreaking structure of the play, and creating meaning for their selected scenes.
A Plunket Babysitting Course run at MAGS proved popular among girl and boy students.
This is the third year MAGS has hosted the course, which is run by a Plunket educator over five lunchtimes. This year about 50 students wished to take part, necessitating two classes on different days.
Teacher in charge Ms Kate Todd said it was great to have so many boys enrolling this year.
“With the increasing popularity of ‘mannies’ and more parents thinking outside the box, a babysitting course is a wise choice for a responsible and mature young man,” says Ms Todd.
About half of one class was made up of boys.
This year’s course was run by Ms Julie Arrowsmith, who is also a trained secondary school teacher. She went through issues ranging from settling babies to safety, and each group had a practical session where Plunket parents, their babies and toddlers came to school so the students had some hands-on experience. As part of the course each student was challenged to create their own ‘Babysitter’s kit’, which might include bubble blowers, balloons, play dough and books.
Ms Arrowsmith also visited MAGS earlier this year to work with Ms Todd’s Year 12 Aspire class.
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Art rooms are open after school from 3.10pm-4.30pm, Monday to Wednesday through Term 3 for students to work on completing folio boards in all disciplines.
Year 13s are welcome from 2.10.
Bread and spreads provided.
Teachers are rostered to be available for assistance:
Mondays: Ms Aleh or Mr Corkery
Tuesdays: Mr Rees or Mrs Mulgrew
Wednesdays: Ms Curin or Ms Schwalger
Click here to check out the new MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.
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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
Art teacher - LTR covering maternity leave
Japanese teacher - LTR covering maternity leave
Samoan teacher - LTR - part time or full time