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Mount Albert Grammar School represented at Sir Peter Snell presentation

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Mount Albert Grammar School was invited to play a key role in the ceremony marking Sir Peter Snell's presentation of gifts to Te Papa Tongarewa.

Head Girl Jaimee McLaughlan and Deputy Head Boy Jack Casey-Pickering both spoke at the ceremony attended by about 300 people on Tuesday, 18 April. Sir Peter attended MAGS from 1955-1957, as did his coach, the legendary Arthur Lydiard, from 1931-1932, and Te Papa Chief Excecutive Mr Rick Ellis is also an Albertian. Mr Ellis asked the school to be involved in the ceremony in which Sir Peter gifted the museum a collection of medals, trophies, and a running shoe designed by Arthur Lydiard.

Jaimee and Jack spoke of Sir Peter's time at Mount Albert Grammar, where he exemplified the all-round involvement in school life that is still encouraged. As well as being a member of the First XV and First XI Cricket team, his main sporting success at school was in Tennis, as well as doing well in Athletics. Sir Peter's name is on the school Honours Boards as School Tennis Champion in 1956 and 1957, Senior Athletics Champion in 1957, and Victor Ludorum that same year. He was also a Prefect and School House Prefect, having boarded at the House since he came to MAGS as a fifth former from his home in Te Aroha in 1955.

Sir Peter also excelled academically, indicating his achievement later in life when he gained a PhD in exercise physiology.
Both Sir Peter and Mr Ellis acknowledged the school in their speeches, and referred to the school motto of Per Angusta Ad Augusta - Through Hardship to Glory - as representative of the work that went in to Sir Peter's success in running and in life.

Acting Headmaster Mr Paul McKinley accompanied Jaimee and Jack to Wellington, and Mr Ellis (right) gave the group a behind-the-scenes tour of Te Papa after the ceremony.

"Our students were a credit to the school and their speeches were very well received," said Mr McKinley. "It was an honour and a privilege for Mount Albert Grammar to be represented at this special occasion in New Zealand's history."

ANZAC Service 2017

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A moving speech by Deputy Head Boy Thomas Day was a highlight of the 2017 Mount Albert Grammar School ANZAC Service, held in the FW Gamble Hall on Thursday, 13 April.

Thomas (far right) spoke of two relatives who died in war - Walter Vinnicombe, who died from wounds sustained at Gallipoli and was buried at sea, and his Great Uncle Ron Verney, who was killed in Italy in World War II.

"Walter and Ron were two men who epitomised why we have ANZAC Day - to remember and commemorate those who gave everything they had to ensure the world became a better place," said Thomas. "I think ANZAC Day is also one of celebration - to value those we have around us, and be thankful for the freedom New Zealand enjoys."

The service was attended Year 9 and 13 students, Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle, President of the Albertians Association Mr Aftab Moosa, and a number of Albertians. Albertian bagpiper Mr Andrew Wilkie piped dignitaries into and from the hall. Attending on behalf of returned servicemen was Mr Bill Ashdown, President of the Pt Chevalier Memorial RSA.

Te Puna o Wairaka performed a welcome haka to dignitaries and sung a waiata following a speech in te reo by student Uenuku Malesala.

As at every ANZAC Service, the names of 50 fallen Albertians were read aloud, the Ode of Remembrance was read in English and Maori, and a laying of wreaths was performed during the Last Post and Reveille, as the school flag was lowered and raised.

Albertians then attended a lunch at School House, where the guest speakers were Acting Headmaster Mr Paul McKinley and Head Prefects Jack Casey-Pickering and Jaimee McLaughlan.

Thomas and Jaimee also spoke at the community ANZAC Service at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 25 April, and laid a wreath on behalf of the school.

Dance Concert draws inspiration from mythology

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Myths, legends and fables from a variety of cultures were the inspiration behind the 2017 MAGS Dance Concert, held at the Centennial Theatre on Tuesday, 11 April.

Classes, groups and individuals from all year levels presented items that drew on a range of styles, including contemporary, ballet, Pasifika and hip hop.

Among the stories expressed included those of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Pandora's Box, King Midas, Maui and Rangi and Papa.

Highlights were choreographies by Year 13 Scholarship student Jaimee McLaughlan, whose choice of the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare was performed expressively by Oliver Mathiesen and Karissa Tapu, and Oliver's choreography of the legend of the Phoenix, danced with powerful precision by Jaimee and Charlotte Barrand.

Class pieces designed by Head of Dance Ms Jacqui Cesan and teacher Ms Samantha French were works of art.

Ms Cesan congratulated all the choreographers, dancers and support crew for staging an outstanding concert. "Our students will be marked on their work as part of their NCEA assessment - the standard of their productions bodes well for their final results," said Ms Cesan.

Awards in Shakespeare competition

MAGS' Drama students picked up three awards in the demanding Auckland Central division of the national Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition held over 8-9 April.

Year 12 student Arien Okan won Best Student Director and Best Stage Design for her excerpt of King Lear, in which she represented the King as Donald Trump dividing up his kingdom. Actors were dressed in modern political costume and notices were held up as tweets.

Year 9 student Ollie Blyth won Most Promising Actor for his role in a scene from The Tempest, beating many Senior students with more experience.

In all MAGS put forward 16 actors in five groups, our largest entry for some years, in what is one of the most competitive regions in the country.

Teacher in charge Ms Jessica Rigold said audience members commented on the general high standard of the MAGS performances. "All students are to be congratulated on their dedication to getting these pieces to the required performance standard in a busy term of Drama performances and assessment," said Ms Rigold.

Albertians win Microsoft Imagine Cup

Two Albertians are on their way to Seattle to represent New Zealand in the World Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup after winning the New Zealand competition.

Nilesh Magan and Eric Liu won the 2017 event with a friend after designing a website that enables students to work together and discuss exams at university level.

Eric and Nilesh both completed their studies at MAGS in 2014, and are both now studying Engineering at the University of Auckland. Eric is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Nilesh is studying Computer Systems Engineering.

Nilesh was one of 16 former MAGS students to be announced on the Dean’s Honours List for Engineering at the end of 2016.

The Imagine Cup is a global competition run by Microsoft "aimed at empowering the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play". Every year tens of thousands of students from around the world compete for cash, travel and prizes, and for the honour of taking home the World Imagine Cup.

MAGS in top 6 schools in NZ after record results in NCEA and Scholarship


Outstanding Scholar

Theresa Boyd
Outstanding Scholar
1st in Biology


Outstanding Scholar


1st in Chinese

Mount Albert Grammar School is one of the top six schools in New Zealand after students attained a record number of Outstanding Scholarships, and the highest ever pass rate in NCEA Level 2 following the 2016 examinations.

Excellence endorsements for Level 2 and Level 3 students were also at record levels. Our total of 94 Scholarships included 10 at Outstanding level (the top 1% in each subject), the most Outstanding Scholarships we have ever gained in what represents the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students. Scholarships were attained across 21 subjects, also the the most ever, and were spread among 58 students.

Among the highest achievers were our Boy and Girl Dux of 2016, Henry Russell and Theresa Boyd, and Boy Proxime Accessit Elliot Paton-Simpson, all named as NZQA Outstanding Scholars - among the top 60 in the country. Henry earned six Scholarships, including one Outstanding, Theresa earned four Scholarships, including two Outstanding, and Elliot earned three Scholarships, including two Outstanding. The award provides each of them with $5000 per year for three years toward their tertiary studies.

In addition, Theresa came first in New Zealand in Biology, and Wanli Cheng, who earned three Scholarships, including one Outstanding, came first in Chinese.

In NCEA, 95% of students who sat Level 2 passed, our highest rate ever. Merit endorsements were won by 36%, while 19.7% of Level 2 students passed with Excellence, also a record number. Our pass rates of 88% for Level 1 students and 84.7% for Level 3 were also pleasing and in line with past years. Of Level 1 students who passed, 42.5% did so with Merit, and 28% with Excellence. Of Level 3, 34% passed with Merit and 19.2% with Excellence, another record result at this demanding level. MAGS' results are above the national average and other Decile 7 schools, and in many cases also higher than than Decile 8-10 schools (see table at link below).

Click here for full NCEA and Scholarship results

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

Theresa Boyd
4 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding

Wanli Cheng
3 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


4 Scholarships

Elliot Paton-Simpson
3 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships

Henry Russell
6 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding

Five winners in Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards




Mountain Biking


All Rounder




Underwater Hockey

Five MAGS students were named the best in Auckland in their chosen sports at College Sport Auckland's 2016 Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

Jacqui Hand won for Football, James Kirkham for Mountain Biking, Caitlin Pritchard in the demanding All Rounder category, First XV Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa for Rugby and Angus Scahill for Underwater Hockey. Waimana was also a finalist for the overall Young Sportsman of the Year award.

Jacqui, Caitlin, Waimana and Angus are all part of New Zealand Champion teams for MAGS, and have represented New Zealand in international competitions. James won the AKSS Mountain Biking and NZSS Multi-Sport titles this year.

MAGS had 15 finalists across 12 codes at this year's awards, among the most of any school.

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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