• Tradition & Change

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

    Tradition & Change
  • Academic Achievement

    A 2014 total of 88 Scholarships, the 5th highest in New Zealand, reflects the school's excellence in academic achievement.


    Academic Achievment

  • Sporting Excellence

    National titles, New Zealand representatives and unsurpassed success in Auckland grades over the years all showcase our sporting depth.


    Sporting Excellence

  • Performing & Visual Arts

    Students contribute creatively to enhance our cultural strength and diversity.

    Performance & Visual Arts
  • The MAGS Way

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


    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

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

Facebook page here

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

More photos here

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

Read the Central Leader story here

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

More photos here

"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.

Travel app wins Business Challenge 2015

The judges with the winning team, back row from left, Mr Greg Moyle, Mr Bernie Roberts, Ms Natalie Faidley, Mr Mark Heer, Mr Andy Sutherland, Dilraj Singh, Seth De Villiers, Liam Milbank; Front row: Vanshika Patel, Annie Li, Ms Jean Smith, Shannon Hoole, Judah Pool
An app that matches travellers with locals willing to show them the sights and act as hosts won the 2015 Business Challenge among Year 10 and 11 Business Studies students.

Called What's Next, the app was one of a number of ingenious products designed for this year's event - others included a remote controlled excavator, an all-in-one shampoo, body wash and toothpaste, an interchangeable sports stick for hockey, lacrosse and tennis, a multi-purpose sports ball which inflates to be a soccer, netball, rugby, or volleyball, a device that raises the height of dinner plates, and a glove that would charge your cellphone.

The BP Business Challenge was a three-day practical experience held in the last week of Term 2, that involved students working in teams to form a notional company, research and decide on a product/service, write a business plan and launch it with a presentation to judges at an expo. Read more ...

Maori orators succeed in competition

From left, Rihari Enright, Tangiwairoa Cook, Phoebe Sullivan and Te Ao Frandi.
Mount Albert Grammar students from Te Puna o Wairaka gained a number of places in the 2015 Nga Manu Korero speech competition, which consists of a reo Maori category and an English category, at both senior and junior level.

Held on 20 June at Unitec, Year 10 student Phoebe Sullivan was the first placed girl and second overall in the Junior English category with her speech titled "Tell me I can't and I will".

In the Senior English category, Year 13 student Rihari Enright came second in the impromptu group and third overall for his speech, "Maori health - together we can improve it".

Tangiwairoa Cook, Year 9, came fourth overall in the Junior Maori category with "What is the greatest gift of Maori", and Year 13 student Te Ao Frandi came fifth in the Senior Maori category, and seventh in the impromptu section, with her speech titled "I am not a flax blowing the wind; I have a contribution to make to the world".

Head of Te Puna o Wairaka, Mr Tahau Thompson, said the students spent many hours preparing their speeches and rehearsing their delivery.

"Congratulations to all our speakers who produced amazing results and who stood with pride and humility," said Mr Thompson.

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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Information for International Students

  • From the Headmaster

    Welcome to Mount Albert Grammar School. Founded in 1922, the School offers a high quality of educational opportunity amidst the strong traditions of one of the oldest and best schools in Auckland.
  • Year 8 families' information evenings

    Families of Year 8 students at MAGS' contributing intermediate schools are welcome to attend the following information evenings. Each will be held at 7pm in the FW Gamble Hall

    Mon 27 July: Balmoral Intermediate families

    Tues 28 July: Auckland Normal, Ponsonby and Kowhai Intermediate families

    Wed 29 July: Pasadena, Blockhouse Bay and Glen Eden Intermediate families

    The evening will include a visual presentation about Mount Albert Grammar School, information about enrolment procedures, and the opportunity to ask questions about MAGS' academic, sporting and cultural opportunities.

    To assist with our preparation we would appreciate you confirming your attendance by emailing Enrolments Officer Ms Theresa Taylor at ttaylor@mags.school.nz or phoning 09 846 2044 x 8131. Please leave your name, school and the number attending.

  • Theme this week

    You are the result of 4 billion years of evolution, so act like it.

    It seems that one of the major evolutionary differences between humans and the other animal species is our ability to think about our actions and their consequences before they occur. This frontal lobe thinking is developing during your teenage years and is a sign that you are maturing. Keep evolving into a thoughtful and caring person, while you continue your journey to adulthood.

  • Senior subject choices for 2016

    Year 10-12 students may now choose their subjects for 2016 using the Academic Guide. Option forms will be handed out in Form Classes in the week beginning Monday, 27 July, and will also be available for download here.

    Students must return their option forms to their Form Teacher by Friday, 21 August.

    Click here to download a copy of the Guide.

    Click here to find out more about it, and its easy-to-navigate features

  • School production 2015

    Thursday, 30 July-Saturday, 1 August

    Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre

    Adults $15, students $10
    Tickets from www.iticket.co.nz

  • Calendar and this week's events

    Click here for term dates, public holidays and weekly updates of school events

    Tues 28th:
    Auckland University talk to Y13 students about tertiary scholarships, FW Gamble Hall, period 5

    Thurs 30th: Australian Maths Competition
  • Sport

    Last week's results

    This week's fixtures and live results
    including late changes and cancellations

    Match reports

    Individual sports

    Latest photo essay

    Football Girls Second XI v Waitakere

  • Observatory viewing times

    Viewing sessions at the MAGS Observatory are weather dependent, so notifications will be posted here on the day of each session. Please check back as late as 6pm on the day, as weather can change quickly.

    Location: Park on Alberton Avenue and walk up the farm roadway to the Horticulture block on the left. Look for the domed Observatory hut.

  • The Junior School

    This section contains teacher contacts and further information about the special nature of our Junior School.

    Latest Posts
    Starting at MAGS information booklet
    Information PowerPoints on education, arts and sports
    Inter-form Class Competition
  • Uniform Shop hours

    Mondays: 8am-1pm
    Tues-Fri: 8am-9am

    Home sports days
    Saturday, 1 August: 10am-12 noon
    Saturday, 8 August: 1pm-2.30pm

    Click here for more details about uniform requirements and how to purchase
  • Enrolment

    Link to information, application forms and prospectus

    Includes information on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for all Year 9 students

  • Welcome to International families

    Click here to see a video about life at Mount Albert Grammar School

  • MAGS News e-newsletter

    Click here to read our latest e-newsletter

    Click here to view past e-newsletters
    To go on our mailing list, click here
  • The Lion - school magazine

    The July 2015 edition of MAGS' biannual magazine, The Lion, is in the mail to families and the MAGS community.

    Click here to read it online

    If you would like a print copy please contact the editor, Estelle Sarney, at esarney@mags.school.nz

  • Careers information

    Click here for a list of tertiary providers' course entry requirements

    Click here for at schedule of tertiary providers' 2015 open days

  • Useful Links


    Latest ERO Report
    NZQA ExaminationTimetable

    Senior Academic Guide - 2015
    Subject Information

    Careers Information
    Tertiary Links and Fact Files

    Guidance Links for Parents
    pdf download

    NCEA L1 internal assessments
    NCEA L2 internal assessments
    NCEA L3 internal assessments

    Students' individual assessment calendars have been emailed to parents. If you did not receive one for your child, please email Mr Ian Scoltock at iscoltock@mags.school.nz

  • Staff Vacancies

    Teacher Aide

    Click here for more information