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Scholars' Assembly 2017

Some of MAGS' top scholars from 2016: Back row from left: Kaaka Te Pou Kohere, Spencer Holmes, Luke Fitzpatrick, Henry Russell, Jonathan Buckman, Liam Quinlan. Middle row: Hannah Rahman, Hayley Nisbet, Abbey Lissaman, Mildred Armah-Ndlovu, Maddison Hargreaves, Monique Kost, Hideaki Murakami. Front row: Angela Liu, Claire Liu, Heloisa De Freitas, Samuel Negash, Elliot Paton-Simpson, Soumith Chittajallu.
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Some of MAGS' most successful Year 13 students from 2016 returned to the school for the Scholars' Assembly on Monday, 20 February.

Among them were Henry Russell and Elliot Paton-Simpson, whose results placed them as NZQA Outstanding Scholars, among the top 60 students in the country, awarding them each $5000 per year for three years toward their tertiary studies. Theresa Boyd was also judged an Outstanding Scholar.

Henry earned six Scholarships, including one Outstanding, Theresa earned four Scholarships, including two Outstanding and came first in New Zealand in Biology, 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.

Other students who will have their names inscribed on the Honours Board for Scholars for having attained three or more Scholarships were Wanli Cheng, who came first in New Zealand in Chinese, Soumith Chittajallu, Jack Henderson, Angela Liu, Claire Liu, Hideaki Murakami and Liam Quinlan, most of whom were in attendance.

Hannah Rahman, who was the co-recipient of the Sylvia Lamb Benevolence Cup last year, was the recipient of the June Gray Charitable Trust Tertiary Education Scholarship, awarded to a girl student who has shown excellent academic results and leadership skills.

The Assembly, which included a performance by the Headmaster's Choir Ad Augusta (above left), honoured all students who gain NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 with Excellence in 2016, with each awarded a Scholar Lion. Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm commended the students for their hard work, organisation and dedication, and thanked the school network and parents for their support of the students' endeavor. He made particular mention of teachers who devoted much time and effort in helping our students achieve their best, setting a high bar of expectation.

Many parents attended the ceremony, and the afternoon tea held afterwards in the Albertian Quad.

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Click here for more information about MAGS' Scholarship winners and NCEA results

Leadership Assembly 2017

Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm with the Head Prefects of 2017, from left, Head Boy Denzel Robertson, Deputy Head Boys Thomas Day and Jack Casey-Pickering, Head Girl Jaimee McLaughlan, and Deputy Head Girls Morwenna Fyfe and 'Alosi Bloomfield.
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This year's Prefects, Arts and Sports Leaders were presented with their badges at the Senior Leadership Assembly on Thursday, 16 February.

The ceremony was attended by parents, Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle and senior staff.

In his address, Mr Drumm emphasised the importance of practicing leadership through service.

"You will not be judged by your badge, but ultimately by the actions and success of others in our school and wider community," said Mr Drumm. "Their success will spring from your ability to engage and empower them."
The announcement of Head Boy, Denzel Robertson, Head Girl, Jaimee McLaughlan and their deputies - Jack Casey-Pickering, Thomas Day, 'Alosi Bloomfield and Morwenna Fyfe, was met with enthusiastic applause. Denzel and Jaimee then read the names of their Prefect team, who came to the stage to be presented with their Prefect badges by Mr Drumm.

The leaders received a haka by Te Puna o Wairaka as they departed the hall. Families were invited to share afternoon tea with their sons and daughters in the staff room after the ceremony.

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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 93 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

Records tumble in 2017 Swimming Sports

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A record nine records were broken at the annual school Swimming Sports, held at the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, 14 February.

Year 10 swimmer Brearna Crawford set four new records, George Smith set three, and Bede Aitu and Mia Gordon each set a new best time. George, Bede and Mia are all in Year 11. Brearna broke two of her own records in the Junior Girls 50m and 100m Breaststroke, then went on to set new times in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley. George set new records in the Intermediate Boys 50m Freestyle and 50m and 100m Butterfly. Bede gained a record in the IB 100m Individual Medley, and Mia in the Intermediate Girls 100m Breaststroke.

Full results and the names of the 2017 MAGS Swimming Champions will be confirmed next week. Head of the MAGS' Aquatic Academy, Mr Paul Kent, thanked parents, staff and students who helped on the day

Jacinda Ardern visits Year 13 students

The Labour candidate in the Mt Albert by-election, Ms Jacinda Ardern, visited Mount Albert Grammar School on Friday, 17 February, to speak with Year 13 students.

Many among her audience were old enough to vote in the by-election, and others would be in time for the general election on 23 September. Ms Ardern impressed the importance of voting, saying that the largest group of voters who did not exercise that right were those aged under 24.

"Yet I would argue that the importance of voting is strongest for you, because the decisions of the people you elect will affect you for the longest time," said Ms Ardern.

Ms Ardern also spoke about how she first became interested in politics as a girl growing up in the small town of Murupara near Rotorua, and what is involved in campaigning for an electoral seat. She then opened the floor for questions, and answered a number on topics including affordable housing, the media and her own policies.
Ms Ardern with Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm and Head Prefects Jaimee McLaughlan and Denzel Robertson.

Sports udpate:

Softball: New Zealand selections

Max Earley

Nerida Elson

Brock Evans

Taine Slaughter
Four MAGS Softball players have been selected to represent New Zealand in Under 17 Emerging Sox Squads.

Max Earley, Brock Evans and Taine Slaughter are in the boys' squad, and Nerida Elson is in the girls'. They will all attend training camps ahead of a tour of Australia in 2018.

At Under 15 level, Oscar Clark, Jack Olson, and Ryan Earley (pictured left) were in the North Island Under 15 team that beat the South Island team 2-1.

The boys will find out soon if they have made the NZ Under 15 Squad.

Rowing: Gold and Bronze at AKSS Championships

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MAGS' Rowing squad came away with two Golds and a Bronze at the 2016-17 Auckland Championships, known as the Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke, on Saturday, 11 February.

Held in windy but fine conditions, the Boys Under 16 Four and Boys Under 15 Four won Gold, the Boys Under 16 Eight won Bronze, and several other crews were not far off the podium in fourth place. The squad continues training ahead of the North Island Secondary School Championships at Lake Karapiro in March.

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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