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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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    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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Olympic guests of honour at 2016 Sports Awards

Victor Ludorum Paul Roache and Victrix Ludorum Caitlin Pritchard with Headmaster Patrick Drumm and guests of honour, from left, Arun Panchia, Karl Te Nana and Valerie Adams.

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Caitlin Pritchard was named Victrix Ludorum for the third year in a row, and Paul Roache named Victor Ludorum, at a star-studded Sports Awards Dinner at Alexandra Park on Thursday, 20 October.

Guests of honour were Olympians Valerie Adams, Portia Woodman and Arun Panchia, who were interviewed as a panel on stage by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Karl Te Nana.

Two-time Olympic Shot Put Champion Valerie Adams has a niece who attends Mount Albert Grammar, Black Ferns Rugby Sevens player and Olympic Silver medallist Portia Woodman, and Black Sticks hockey player Arun Panchia are both Albertians, and former NZ Rugby Sevens player Karl Te Nana, now known as a commentator for Sky Sport, has a daughter in Year 9 at MAGS.

The group shared stories from their sporting careers and world travels, including their experiences at this year's Rio Olympics, and talked about how they coped with setbacks and disappointments and dealt with expectations. Among the advice they had for MAGS' sports men and women was to set clear goals, have a plan of how to reach them, and to persist through adversity.

"Nothing is ever achieved without hard work," said Valerie Adams. "Surround yourself with positive people to give you support."

Caitlin received her third consecutive Victrix Ludorum award through continued excellence in Football, Touch and Swimming. Paul Roache was named Victor Ludorum for his success in Rugby, Touch and Athletics.

The award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport (Boys) went to Isaiah Papilii for his selection for the NZ Junior Rugby League team; the corresponding award for Girls went to Grace Jale, who was selected for the NZ Women's Football Ferns.

The Headmaster's Cup for the Most Outstanding Performance by a Team was awarded jointly to the First XV Rugby team (left), and the First XI Girls' Football team (above). The First XV won the Auckand 1A competition, the Auckland Blues Regional competition and the New Zealand Championship. The Girls' Football team won the Auckland league for the eighth year in a row, the Auckland Knock-Out Cup, and the New Zealand Championship for the fourth year in a row.

Blue Caps were presented to 131 students who had won Premier Auckland titles, and 47 Black Caps presented to students selected to represent New Zealand.

Following the awards to the top members of each sport, there was acknowledgement of the 19 students who had played at Premier level for all of their five years at MAGS.

Click here for for the list of Black Caps - students chosen to represent New Zealand

Click here for the list of Blue Caps - Premier team winners at Auckland level or higher - and the full list of Sports Award recipients

Service Lions Assembly 2016

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The Service Lions for 2016 were awarded at a special Service Assembly on Friday, 21 October. This year's guest speaker was Ms Lisa King, founder of the Eat My Lunch social enterprise that provides under-privileged children with school lunches.

Ms King, pictured left with Headmaster Patrick Drumm, Head Girl Leilani Ioelu and Head Boy Tom Butler, told students how she was motivated to set up Eat My Lunch by imagining her own young children trying to learn at school with no food. She explained how the enterprise, where one lunch is given for every lunch bought, had grown exponentially in the past 18 months and had now expanded into Hamilton and Wellington.

"As recipients of Service awards, you recognise that it is one thing to have an idea, and something else to go ahead and turn it into reality," said Ms King. "It takes a lot of courage to make things happen. Congratulations to you all for your work and your awards."

Students were awarded the Lions for services to the performing arts, visual arts, the library, technology, Pasifika, International students and the wider school community.

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


3 Scholarships


4 Scholarships


3 Scholarships


3 Scholarships

Riki Guernier
5 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding


3 Scholarships

Hamish Jelleyman
3 Scholarships, incl 1 Outstanding


3 Scholarships


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.

Dancer Neil Ieremia speaks to Pasifika students

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Renowned dancer Mr Neil Ieremia gave an entertaining and inspiring talk to Pasifika students at the final Pasifika Assembly for the year on Tuesday, 18 October.

Mr Ieremia is the founder and artistic director of Black Grace, a modern dance company formed in 1995. Black Grace has toured extensively in New Zealand and internationally including Australia, the USA and the Netherlands. Mr Ieremia has also choreographed work for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Opera New Zealand. This year he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to dance.

His daughter, Isabella (left), is a Prefect at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Mr Ieremia, who was born in New Zealand of Samoan heritage, told students about his childhood growing up in Cannons Creek near Porirua, and how his wish to dance went against those of parents. He came to Auckland to pursue his dream, and worked hard for many years to fulfil it.

"My primary school's motto was 'Dare to be True', which we didn't understand as children, but as I've got older I've realised how important it is to be true to yourself, and have the confidence to go after your dreams, even if it's not what other people think you should do."

Mr Ieremia wished the Year 13 Pasifika students the best of luck as they headed out into the world, encouraging them to embrace their talents and celebrate their success.

Anahita Oei wins national essay competition

Year 13 student Anahita Oei has won first place in the New Zealand Health Education Association (NZHEA) student essay competition. Entries were invited from all of New Zealand.

The essay task asked students to critically analyse a situation related to health or well-being, based on learning drawn from Health education at NCEA Level 3.

Anahita’s essay discussed how the global sexualisation of women and gender inequality in sport has led to the appearance of sportswomen being acknowledged more than their sporting ability.

The judges said "This is a ‘real’ and relevant issue in New Zealand and internationally. The essay showed in-depth knowledge related to the topic, with coherent, valid and consistent use of supporting evidence. Evidence of critical thinking was sustained across the essay."

FIFA girls finish World Cup on a high

Five of the six MAGS girls started in the match against Mexico: Nicole Mettam (front far left), Samantha Tawharu (front, second from left), Malia Steinmetz (front, fourth from left), Jacqui Hand and Grace Jale (back, first and second from left). 'Alosi Bloomfield played in the following two games (below left).
The six MAGS' girls representing New Zealand at the FIFA Under 17 Women's World Cup in Jordan finished their campaign with a historic 5-0 win over the host country. Our own Samantha Tawharu scored two of the goals.

Despite losing their opening pool matches against Mexico 0-5 and Spain 0-2, the squad was thrilled with their win against Jordan - only the second for a FIFA NZ Under 17 Women’s World Cup team, the first being in 2008, and the 5-0 outcome is New Zealand’s biggest ever win at any FIFA World Cup.

Read the NZ Football story on the team's 5-0 win here

Grace Jale (left) and Jade Parris, who completed Y13 at MAGS last year, have been selected for the NZ U20 squad to compete at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

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Four Lacrosse girls selected for New Zealand

Four members of MAGS' Premier Lacrosse team have been selected for the New Zealand Under 19 Festival Squad.

Pictured above from left, Rachel Adams, Georgia Carter, Georgia Houston and Reese Jacques will travel to England in July 2017 for the Senior Women’s World Lacrosse Tournament.

Te Uranga Royal awarded Russell McVeagh Scholarship

Prefect Te Uranga Royal has been granted a sought-after Russell McVeagh School Leavers Scholarship to support her tertiary law studies from next year.

Te Uranga was one of 300 applicants from around New Zealand. Eighty were interviewed and only 10 granted a Scholarship. The award will provide Te Uranga with financial support throughout her degree, mentoring by the firm's partners, a summer clerk position in her penultimate year of study, and an extra welcome payment should she accept a graduate position with the company.

Ms Pagen Plaizier of Russell McVeagh said the firm looks for applicants who are "excellent all-rounders." Strong academic results were important, and also involvement in community and leadership initiatives, sport and other extra-curricular activities.

Te Uranga is a high achieving student, has played in MAGS' Senior A and Premier Netball teams for the past five years, went on an AFS exchange to Italy for six months last year, and has been a member of MAGS' Te Puna o Wairaka whanau unit for the past two years. She plans to study Law at Victoria University.

If you would like information about applying for a Russell McVeagh Scholarship next year, please contact Ms Pagen Plaizier at the firm:pagen.plaizier@russellmcveagh.com

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