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

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    A 2015 total of 104 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.

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  • 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 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


* Riki Guernier and Bruno Batinica named as NZQA Outstanding Scholars - among top 68 students in the country


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

Alex
Boyd

3 Scholarships

Jessica
Chen

4 Scholarships

Hannah
Dowsett

3 Scholarships

Grace
Drummond

3 Scholarships

Riki Guernier
5 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding

Caitlyn
Jelleyman

3 Scholarships

Hamish Jelleyman
3 Scholarships, incl 1 Outstanding

Esther
Ji

3 Scholarships

Max
Johansson-Pugh

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

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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.


MAGS wins 1A Rugby Championship

Photo by NZ Herald

Match photos here

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For the first time in six years, Mount Albert Grammar School has won the prestigious Auckland 1A Rugby Championship, defeating Sacred Heart College 15-13 in a tense final at Eden Park on Saturday, 20 August.

Isaiah Papali'i was named Man of the Match after scoring a try and putting up some fearsome defence. Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa scored our other try.

The game was tightly fought and saw MAGS trailing for at least half the match. But their overall dominance in territory, possession, ongoing attack and solid defence saw them prevail. A late attempt at a runaway try by Sacred Heart was closed down by Niven Longopoa, who also kicked well throughout the game.

This Saturday, 27 August, we play Westlake Boys High School for the Auckland regional title. The game kicks off at 2.30pm, at MAGS.

Fine Art Show the best yet

A big crowd gathered for the Gala Auction, led by Mr Murray Smith of Barfoot & Thompson.
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The 2016 MAGS Fine Art Show held from 19-21 August was the biggest and most successful to date - initial estimates are that more than $65,000 was raised for the school.

More than 1000 artworks from 130 of New Zealand's most renowned and emerging artists were exhibited, with 40% of each sale going to the MAGS Foundation for benefit of the school and students, particularly in the area of Visual Art.

About 600 people attended the Gala Opening on Friday night, where Barfoot & Thompson auctioneer Mr Murray Smith sold eight pieces of donated art to enthusiastic bidders, for a total of nearly $9000. About 700 people are thought to have visited the show on the free admission days on Saturday and Sunday.

Director of Advancement, Mr Tim Kay, said the MAGS Foundation was extremely grateful to the Friends of MAGS committee which organised the show, to the artists and Mr Smith for the donation of their work and time, and to the MAGS community for supporting the show in such great numbers.

First XI Girls Football wins APC Knockout Cup

Match photos here

MAGS' First XI Girls Football team made it three in a row when they won the APC Knockout Cup at Seddon Fields on Wednesday, 17 August, beating Saint Kentigern College 5-0.

The team also won the trophy in 2014 and 2015. In July this year they won the Auckland League for the eighth year in a row when they beat Long Bay College 2-0.

The girls are now preparing to defend their New Zealand title at the National Tournament in September. They have won the NZSS championship for the past three years.

AgriBusiness launched to meet employer demand

Mr Ian Proudfoot of KPMG spoke about how students could be part of the high-tech future of food production.
Click here for more information about AgriBusiness at MAGS

Some of New Zealand's leaders in Primary industries spoke at the launch of MAGS' new AgriBusiness course, held in the Maurice Hall Building Atrium on Thursday, 18 August.

Mr Ian Proudfoot, KPMG's Global Head of AgriBusiness, Mr Julian McCurdy of BeezThingz apiculture technology, and Mr Philip Mitchell and Mr Regan Ranby of Lely agricultural robotics spoke of the growing demand for tertiary graduates throughout New Zealand's Primary industries.

It is estimated that by 2025, the country will need an additional 50,000 employees in the sector, with a movement away from people without qualifications to those who have completed tertiary study. Mount Albert Grammar School is one of 10 lead schools involved in developing, in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries and Primary sector companies, an AgriBusiness programme that will prepare the best and brightest students for Primary sector careers.

The course will be available to Year 12 students in 2017, and expanded to a Year 13 programme in 2018. It is most suited to students already taking Commerce and/or Science subjects.

Also speaking last night were Albertians Jessica Munro and Jack Scahill, who both attained Scholarships in Agricultural Science in Year 13 and are now studying AgriBusiness at Lincoln University.

Geography teams win Auckland competitions

MAGS' Year 13 and Year 11 Geography teams both won their respective Auckland competitions on 4 and 11 August.

The Year 13 team of Stephen Fountain, Angela Liu, Tom Butler and Michael Barlow gained the top score in the Images section, and a perfect score in Current Events. Teacher in charge Ms Donna Hobbs said that in a tie-break playoff the MAGS' students depth of knowledge shone through with a convincing 5-1 victory.

The Year 11 team of Hugh Malcolm, Harrison Zheng and James Inkson dominated each category of Current Events, NZ Geography, Map Skills and 3D Modelling to win by a decisive 15 points. Theirs was part of a national competition and the team is now waiting to see where they placed in New Zealand.

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra mentors students

A partnership between MAGS and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra saw four APO musicians visit the school music studio to work with students on Sunday, 7 August.

Violinists Mr Mark Bennett and Ms Dianna Cochrane, viola player Ms Christine Bowie and cellist Mr James Yoo spent four hours working with members of our String Orchestra in sections, and then together. Head of Music, Ms Milica Zjajic-Moon, said the students enjoyed "the intense and inspiring workshop, and learned a lot."

Earlier this year MAGS orchestra members attended a free concert by the APO at the Auckland Town Hall.

World Challenge Expedition to Borneo

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Ten students and teacher Mr Andy Belson completed a 28-day expedition to Borneo from 2-30 July, tackling jungle treks, visiting wildlife sanctuaries and working on a community project.

World Challenge works in partnership with schools to deliver a student-led expedition to the developing world. MAGS students have previously travelled to Peru and Vietnam and Cambodia.
“A World Challenge Expedition is student-led, meaning it’s much more than just a ‘trip overseas’. Students take on responsibilities such as itinerary planning, management of the budget and group leadership; creating a journey of challenge, discovery and friendship. Students will get the opportunity to experience life in the developing world by engaging in sustainable community projects, tackling trekking in rural areas and immersing themselves in local culture." Read more ...

Sports Update

Rowing: Albertians at World Championships

Carl Pracey and Jonathan Winter, who completed Year 13 at MAGS last year and rowed in our First VIII, are currently in the Netherlands preparing to represent New Zealand at the World Junior Rowing Championships.

Both will compete in the New Zealand VIII, with Carl in the stroke seat which sets the rhythm for the rest of the boat. Jonathan was also in the NZ Juniors squad last year with fellow MAGS rower Fergus McSwiney.

Following the World Championships Jonathan will take up a place at Yale University in America, where he will row while completing a degree.

Cycling: Prudence Fowler wins 14km road race

The wins keep coming for Year 9 cyclist Prudence Fowler - the latest in the 14km Mauku Road Race held in south-east Auckland on Sunday, 7 August.

Prudence broke ahead of the field from the start and finished 1min 40 seconds in front.

She will represent MAGS at the NZSS Individual Cycling Championships at Mt Wellington in early September, competing in the Individual Time Trial, the Hill Climb, the Criterium and for the overall title.




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