• Tradition & Change

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

    Tradition & Change
  • Academic Achievement

    A 2015 total of 104 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

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.

Click here to see the graphs and figures in more detail

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.

Click here for the full list of Scholarship winners

MAGS top sporting school in Auckland at ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Read the NZ Herald story here

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.

Parent-Teacher interviews and early school closure

Bookings are now open for Parent-Teacher interviews taking place next Tuesday, 26 July, and Thursday, 28 July, from 4pm-7pm each day. To make bookings, Click on the following link: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the Event Code: hsj9t Then follow the instructions on the site.

NB: It is useful to have your child's report with you when you make the bookings so that you know the names of their teachers and courses. Last week parents were sent an email with instructions on how to access their child's mid-year Report. If you did not receive it, please email Mr Mark Rivalland at mrivalland@mags.school.nz Bookings will close at 8.30am on the morning of each interview day. The site will open again at 9am on Wednesday, 27 July, for anyone who may still wish to make appointments for Thursday.

If you are unable to access on-line bookings please contact Mrs Theresa Taylor on ph 846 2044 extension 8131 and ask her to arrange the bookings for you. She will be available on Monday 25 July.

School will close early at 2.10pm on Tuesday and Thursday to allow for preparation and set-up ahead of the interviews. If you wish your child to be supervised until 3.10pm on Tuesday and/or Thursday, please email reception@mags.school.nz by midday on Monday, 25 July.

Note re parking: Please park only to the right of ramp entering the pool carpark. Cars parked to the left, in parks designated to pool patrons only, may be towed.

Ideally, find a park in surrounding streets to avoid congestion in the school grounds, but with consideration of our neighbours' driveways.

Teen artist selected for MAGS Fine Art Show

Tom Moffett crafts horseshoe spheres in a range of sizes. Photo below courtesy of Kampic
Tom Moffett may be only 15-years-old but his youth hasn't prevented him being selected as one of the main exhibitors at this year's MAGS Fine Art Show, to be held in the FW Gamble Hall from 19-21 August.

Tom is in Year 10 at Hastings Boys High School, is aiming to become an engineer, and in his spare time sculpts spheres using horseshoes, a grinder and a soldering iron.

His work is in such demand in Hawkes Bay that he has used up all the horseshoes on his family's property, which is home to 12 ponies, and has nearly worked his way through ten 44 gallon drums of second hand horseshoes. He thinks he might have to start importing new horseshoes from China to keep up with orders. Tom is saving his earnings for university fees.

The teenager discovered his talent when his father Jonty helped him make a horseshoe orb as a Christmas present for Tom's mother Kellie about three years ago. He then made one for a garden show, and orders took off.

Tom makes the spheres in the family's workshop on their property, and says he enjoys the work. "It's a good change from school and sport," he says, "and a more enjoyable way to earn money than sitting in an office."

He will travel to Auckland with his parents to attend the Gala Opening of the Art Show on Friday, 19 August.

Be the first to view and purchase the artworks at this year's Fine Art Show at the Gala Opening on Friday, 19 August, while enjoying drinks and canapes. Tickets $40 from

Free admission weekend:
Saturday, 20 August,10am-7.30pm; Sunday, 21 August, 9am-3pm


Students attend Inspire seminar at AUT

Ten of our most promising Year 12 students attended the annual Inspire seminat at AUT in the final week of last term.

Eleanor Fletcher, Heejoo Jang, Luke Ji, Fia Jones, Aimee Hunt, Oliver Mathiesen, Desmond Petelo, Star Rawiri, Denzel Robertson and Jack Soffe were selected for their leadership qualities and potential as role models. The Inspire seminar is held in celebration of Leadership Week, and run in partnership with the AUT Business School and Sir Peter Blake Trust.

More than 350 students from schools all over Auckland heard from inspirational speakers including All Black Mr Keven Mealamu, businesswoman Ms Rachel Taulelei, scientist Dr Michelle Dickinson (also known as 'Nanogirl') and Mr William Pike, an adventurer who was injured in a volcanic eruption and now runs the William Pike Challenge Award.

Mr Gavin Pollard of sponsor Fuji Xerox said the event "is designed to recognise and inspire the potential leaders of tomorrow by providing them with a unique opportunity to meet and learn from great New Zealand leaders of today."

Language students in line for scholarships to Germany

Year 12 German language students Isobel Welsford-Ackroyd and Jasper Sontier are into the final round of interviews for selection to win scholarships to Germany through ILEP (International Languages Exchanges and Pathways).

Ms Heike Papenthin of ILEP said Isobel and Jasper "belong to the very best students I have interviewed this year." They will now take part in a two-day language immersion experience at the Goethe Institute in Wellington from 7-8 August. The scholarships allow each recipient to spend between one and three months living with a host family in Germany and attending school there.

Ms Papenthin congratulated MAGS Head of German Mr Warwick Gibbs on his "excellent German language education".

Sports Update

Football: Six MAGS girls represent New Zealand in China

The New Zealand Under 17 Women's Football team that competed in China during the school holidays contained no fewer than six members of MAGS national champion First XI team.

Pictured from left, Nicole Mettam, Malia Steinmetz, Jacqui Hand, 'Alosi Bloomfield, Grace Jale and Samantha Tawharu joined the squad for a warm-up tournament ahead of the Under 17 World Cup in Jordan in September.

While the team did not win any of their games against China, Canada and Japan, the tour was great experience, and the girls were chuffed that Jacqui scored the a goal against Japan, the current Under 17 World Champions.

Rugby: 15 players selected for Blues Development Squads

A total of 15 MAGS rugby players were selected for the Auckland Blues Under 17 and Under 18 Development squads which underwent training camps over the school holidays.

Eight MAGS boys were chosen for the Under 18 squad, the most of any school. They were Thomas Barlow, Caleb Clarke, Rob Cobb, Niven Longopoa, Michael Palmer, Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa, Paul Roache and Salyn Tonu'u. They took part in a five-day camp at MAGS and the Blues High Performance Centre at Cornwall Park.

MAGS' Head of Rugby, Mr Geoff Moon, said the boys were fully integrated with the Blues team to give them a taste of life as a professional player. They received coaching from Tana Umaga, position-specific advice from Blues players, and education in technique, tactics, mental skills, nutrition, and the responsibilities of being a professional athlete in areas such as social media.

At the end of the week they played the Chiefs Under 18 Development team, winning 30-6.

Seven MAGS players were chosen for the Blues Under 17 squad - Jack Casey-Pickering, Noah Foster, John Latu, Harley Maynard, Patrick Pati, Roderick Puafisi and Oliver Shepherd. They attended a one-day training session on July 15.

Cycling: Prudence Fowler wins 6 races at NISS

Year 9 student Prudence Fowler made a clean sweep of all the races she entered at the NISS Cycling Championships in Cambridge from 9-11 July.

Prudence won the 26.6km Road Race, the Road Criterium, the 750m Track Derby, the Track Elimination, the 4000m Track Points Race and the 3000m Track Scratch Race.

She is now hoping to represent MAGS at the NZSS Championships in Palmerston North in September.

Albertian Portia Woodman one of NZ Herald's "Five Young Olympians to Watch"

Click here to watch the video

Ahead of the Rio Olympics, Albertian and NZ Sevens star Portia Woodman features in a stunning photo essay by the NZ Herald's Chief Photographer Mr Brett Phibbs.

Titled "Five Young Kiwi Olympians to Watch", Ms Woodman is profiled in a series of black and white photographs, and in the accompanying story talks about her start in rugby and why she loves the game.

Last year Ms Woodman was named World Women's Sevens Player of the Year. The 24-year-old, who attended MAGS from 2005-2009, helped the NZ team to win its third world title in 2015, becoming the first woman to score 50 or more tries in a women’s world series season, collecting 52 tries in six tournaments.

Ms Woodman, who plays wing, comes from strong sporting stock with her father and uncle playing for the All Blacks in the 1980s. Her mother's side are also avid sportspeople. Ms Woodman excelled at sport at MAGS, playing in the Premier Netball team from Year 10-13, and being the Senior Athletics Champion and Victrix Ludorum in 2008 and 2009.

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  • School phone lines down

    The school is not currently able to receive phone calls due to a fault, which is being attended to. For urgent messages and enquiries, please email reception@mags.school.nz

  • Headmaster Patrick Drumm

    Welcome to Mount Albert Grammar School. Founded in 1922, the School offers a high quality of educational opportunity amid the strong traditions of one of the oldest and best schools in Auckland.
  • Theme this week

    Never give up!

    It is never too late to form new habits and rituals around your academic and personal goals.

    Whatever happened in Term 1 and 2 is now consigned to history. Quickly get back into regular sleeping patterns and establish your rituals around homework and study.

    Stay positive, post your medium and long term goals on the fridge for all to see, and then commit to them.

  • Key dates

    Click here for Term Dates and the weekly diary

    Mon 25 July: Start of Term 3

    Tues 26 July: Parent-teacher interviews 4pm-7pm (see below)

    Thurs 28 July: Parent-teacher interviews 4pm-7pm

    Mon-Wed 1-3 August: Intermediate families' information evenings

    Sat 6 August: Annual sports exchange with Saint Kentigern College, at MAGS

    Wed 10 August: Maori Pathways Evening

    Thurs 11 August: Year 10-12 Pathways Evening

    Mon 15 August: Deadline for NZQA fees

    Thurs 18 August: Pasifika Pathways Evening

    Fri-Sun 19-21 August: MAGS Fine Art Show

    Mon-Fri 29 Aug-2 Sept: Winter Tournament Week

  • Sport

    Click here for this week's fixtures, including live updates of results

    Sports news and information

    Individual sports

  • Uniform shop hours

    Term 3 hours:
    Week 1 (25-29 July)
    Monday: 8am-11.30am
    Tuesday to Friday:

    Remainder of Term 3 from 1 August:

    Click here for more uniform information
  • e-asTTle results login

    e-asTTle is an online assessment tool, developed to assess students’ achievement and progress in reading, mathematics, writing from Years 5-10. It is used by schools throughout New Zealand, including MAGS. You and your child can log in to the e-asTTle website to see:

    * A summary of all tests they have sat, going back to Primary and Intermediate School

    * An Individual Learning Profile of Strengths and Weaknesses in Reading comprehension

    * The test results from all tests in Reading and some tests for Writing and Mathematics

    All Year 9 and 10 students have been given their logins.

    Click here to access the site

    Once they enter the site, they are prompted to change their password. New logins and passwords can be generated by Mr John Pipe: jpipe@mags.school.nz

  • MAGS Observatory

    Viewing sessions are weather dependent. The final open/cancelled decision will be posted here just after sunset on the day of each session. Please check here before departing to the observatory.

    Location: Park on Alberton Avenue and walk up the farm roadway (via Gate 5). After about 200 metres, you will see white car parked at the entrance to the Horticulture Block. The observatory is about 50 metres inside the gate. It can get cold so please dress appropriately, and bring a torch.

  • Student blog - now open

    Click here to read the latest posts on the MAGS student blog, overseen by English teachers Ms Kate Todd and Ms Carissa Calvert.

  • Careers information

    Click here for a schedule of tertiary providers' presentations at MAGS, open days, and other Careers information

  • 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
  • Enrolment

    Click here for information, application forms and to download a copy of the Prospectus

    Out of zone families who have a child at MAGS and wish to enrol a sibling to start in 2017 are reminded that they must submit the sibling's application by Wednesday, 7 September. All out of zone applications must be in by this date.

    In zone families are requested to submit their child's enrolment application as soon as possible to assist with planning for next year.

    Includes information on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for all Year 9-11 students

  • Welcome to International families

    Click here to see to find out how to attend Mount Albert Grammar School as an International student

  • 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 2016 edition of MAGS' biannual magazine, The Lion, has been posted to families and the MAGS community.

    Click here to read it online

    Click here to read earlier editions of
    The Lion

  • Useful Links


    Latest ERO Report
    NZQA ExaminationTimetable

    Senior Academic Guide - 2016
    Subject Information

    Careers Information
    Tertiary Links and Fact Files

    Guidance Links for Parents

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

    NCEA information

    Click here for for a link to a pdf of the presentation used at an NCEA information evening.
  • Staff Vacancies

    Teacher Aide

    More information here