• Tradition & Change

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

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    Tradition & Change
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    A 2014 total of 88 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

  • Performing & Visual Arts

    Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.

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  • The MAGS Way

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

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    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."

To read the full report, click here

2014 Scholarship and NCEA results put MAGS among top 5 schools in New Zealand

- Benjamin Dekker one of top 66 Outstanding Scholars
- Liam Ferguson Top Scholar in Drama with Scholarship mark of 100%

Mount Albert Grammar School exceeded its 2013 tally of 83 Scholarships by gaining 88 in the 2014 results, the fifth highest among all New Zealand secondary schools. Our Scholarship total included seven at Outstanding level.

Click here for full NCEA results and the list of Scholarship winners

Senior course selection for 2016

Year 10-12 students may now choose their subjects for 2016. Letters were given to students and an email sent to parents on Friday, 31 July. The documents can be downloaded below.

From this year, course selection must be done online. Please click on the links below to guide you through the process.

Students must complete their course selection by Friday, 21 August.

Academic Guide 2016
Senior course selection process
Senior course selection block line sheet


Unity Concert 2015

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More than 100 students celebrated the cultural diversity of Mount Albert Grammar School at the 2015 Unity Concert, held at the Dorothy Winstone Centre on Friday, 24 July.

For the first time Korean and Japanese students were represented when groups performing their traditional dances in traditional costume took the stage.

An audience of more than 600 also enjoyed displays by Tongan, Indian, Chinese, Samoan and Cook Island groups. MAGS' Kapa Haka group performed the collection they presented at this year's Polyfest, which the other cultural groups may attend every second year.

Deputy Principal Ms Te Aroha Keenan said the Unity Concert is held in alternate years to MAGS' wider participation in Polyfest to encourage all our cultural groups to prepare well for the biggest high school Polynesian festival in the world.

"They have to earn the right to attend Polyfest by showing though the Unity Concert that they are organised and can perform to a high standard," says Ms Keenan. "Unity is partly about inspiring students who will be here next year to go on to Polyfest, and also to celebrate the wonderful range of cultures among the young people at MAGS."

Maia Wilson signs with ANZ Championship team Pulse

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MAGS' star goal shoot Maia Wilson will move to Wellington in January to take up a contract with the Mojo Pulse.

The 17-year-old will enter the fray of the ANZ Championship against other MAGS alumni - Jamie-Lee Price in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, Nadia Loveday in the Northern Mystics and Erikana Pedersen in the Mainland Tactix.

Maia has already represented New Zealand in both basketball and netball. She played for the New Zealand Tall Ferns last August at the age of 16, and has been a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools netball team for the last three years. Last month, Maia became the youngest player to trial for the Silver Ferns.

Her most recent outing was with the U23 Northern Zone team which won the 2015 Netball NZ U23 Championship. Maia’s 85% shooting statistic earned her a place in the Tournament Team.

Maia had to choose between pursuing basketball and netball next year, as she had also been offered a basketball scholarship from the University of Idaho.

"In the end it came down to what I felt most passionate about," says Maia. "I'm pleased to have made a decision, and excited to be moving to Wellington to start playing for the Pulse."

Maia is also looking forward to starting part-time studies in sports psychology at Massey University's Wellington campus.

Student art wanted for MAGS Fine Art Show 2015

The Mount Albert Grammar School Fine Art Show of 2015 is only a month away, and the call has gone out for student art to exhibit beside works of professional artists.

Last year a number of student art pieces were purchased, including four by leading art collector Sir James Wallace who planned to exhibit them in the Wallace Arts Centre at the Pah Homestead.

The MAGS Foundation has a limited supply of canvases to give to students wishing to submit works. Those interested should contact Visual Art teacher Mr Peter Rees in E block, or email prees@mags.school.nz

This year the Show will exhibit works from more than 130 well-known and emerging New Zealand artists. Pieces include paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glassware. A portion of each sale will be donated to the school.

Visit the Art Show's website, www.magsartshow.co.nz

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Mount Albert Grammar School Fine Art Show, Gala Opening Friday, 21 August, 6.30pm, FW Gamble Hall. Tickets $40 from www.iticket.co.nz Free admission Saturday-Sunday 22-23 August

School Ball given an Oriental flavour

King of the Ball Alex Hunt

Queen Grace Drummond

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The annual School Ball gave Year 12 and 13 students the opportunity to dress up and dance the evening away on Saturday, 4 July, a the Pullman Hotel in Auckland city.

The theme this year was "A Taste of the Orient", and the Ball Committee did a stunning job of decorating the ballroom with motifs from across Asia.

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, pictured with Head Girl Holly Fowler and Head Boy Isaac Ah Kuoi-Atmore, said the behaviour of all students who attended was exemplary, and it was also an enjoyable night for staff.

He thanked teacher in charge Ms Natasha Phyn and her student Ball Committee.

Some of the 2015 prize winners were: King: Alex Hunt; Queen: Grace Drummond; Best Dressed Boy: Matt Paton; Best Dressed Girl: Alex McShane; Best Boy Dancer: Jake Porter; Best Girl Dancer: Moana Te Hei; Cutest Couple: Charles Napa'a and Semira Van Der Made


Students take the reins for school production

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When a group of enthusiastic Arts students heard there would be no school production this year, they decided to put one on themselves.

Scholarship Drama student Emma McShane (pictured centre front) even wrote a play herself. With the help of her twin sister Alex (front right) and Mackensie Clayton (front left), the girls pulled in a team of actors and production crew to stage the play at the Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre next week.

Teachers have overseen the play's development, but the students have worked and rehearsed independently to bring to life Emma's story, 4/5, which follows a group of teenagers who fall out after a disaster. It mirrors the sense of loss and uncertainty that comes with the move from high school out into the world.

MAGS stages a full school production every other year, but the 4/5 team is hopeful they will gain just as much audience support.

4/5, Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre, 30 July-1 August. Tickets: Adults $15, students $10 from www.iticket.co.nz

Oliver Curtis off to Norway for Youth Winter Olympics

Year 10 student Oliver Curtis will represent New Zealand in ice hockey skills at the Youth Winter Olympics in Norway next February.

Oliver won a national competition in Christchurch during the school holidays, qualifying him for the New Zealand team. The Youth Winter Olympics take place in Lillehammar, Norway, from 12-21 February, 2016.

Ice hockey skills is an event that pits individuals against each other over six disciplines, including speed skating, puck handling, agility and shooting skills.


Jaimee McLaughlan wins LA dance scholarship

Year 11 Dance student Jaimee McLaughlan will attend a week of classes at the prestigious Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles after impressing visiting teachers at a workshop series.

Jaimee was one of a number of MAGS students who attended the Jazz dance workshops run by LA-based professional dancers during the school holidays. Fellow Year 11 student Oliver Mathiesen won entry to the next workshop series to be held in New Zealand.

Jaimee will have to put her week in LA on hold while she trains for the World Hip Hop Championships, where she will represent New Zealand with the ID Co team Masque.



Music Concert blends the best of old and new

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"Something Old, Something New" was the theme of the MAGS' Music Concert of 2015, and students showed they were adept at a variety of music styles that spanned the generations.
Held at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre on Friday, 3 July, Head of Music Mrs Milica Moon conducted the orchestra through a variety of works ranging from Quincy Jones' Soul Bossa Nova to Neil Diamond's I'm a Believer.

Year 12 student Kauri May, who came first in New Zealand in the Trinity College Grade 8 Violin exam, peformed the famous work Czardas by Vittorio Monti. James Donaldson performed the original song with which he won the FIFA U20 World Cup song competition, Colours, and Jenna Ackerman performed her original song Rumours, which won her second place in the Auckland Smokefree Rockquest this year.

A highlight was the Year 13 Flamenco Group, who rehearsed with Mr Chico Zarata, formerly of the Gipsy Kings and whose son Isaiah is part of the MAGS group. Their energetic and expressive guitar work fired up the audience and garnered huge applause.

The String Group displayed the impressive progress they have made in just 15 weeks they have been together. The Gospel Choir was inspirational, and the Jazz Band displayed a high level of professionalism. Siosiua Atuekaho and Janet Stewart showed their incredible vocal skills in a number of accompanied and solo pieces.

Mrs Moon commended the artists of all 21 items for their dedication to rehearsal and performance, and she in turn was applauded for staging another impressive concert.

Friday, 25 September, 6.30pm
FW Gamble Hall

Hear from Olympic Gold medallists Mahe Drysdale, Shane O'Brien and other New Zealand rowers, fresh from the 2015 World Championships in France.

Interviews conducted by Radio Sport host and MAGS alumnus Mark Watson

Live and online auction of rowing memorabilia and other great prizes

Beverages and canapes

Proceeds to benefit the Kerry Ashby Rowing Endowment Fund for less privileged MAGS students with rowing talent

Tickets $75 per person, click here to book

Fantastic auction prizes already coming in - can you help?

Return flights for two to Australia aboard Virgin Airlines, and your own private cruise aboard the Pacific Mermaid, are two key prizes that will be auctioned on the night.

An online auction will also be run in the lead up to the event - would you or your company like to donate a product or service? Be it a weekend at your family bach, an internship at your company for a young student, or an item of sporting memorabilia, all offers will be gratefully considered.

Please contact Mr Tim Kay at the MAGS Foundation, tkay@mags.school.nz or phone 09 815 4034.

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