• 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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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

Winter Tournament Week

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Latest results

Basketball Junior Boys
Basketball Prem Boys
Basketball Junior Girls
Basketball Premier Girls
v Northcote: drew 84-84
v Selwyn: won 75-64
Final v Rangitoto: won 82-51
Upper North Island Champions
Football Boys First XI
Football Girls First XI
Hockey Boys First XI
Hockey Girls First XI
v Wellington: lost 0-3
v Saint Kentigern: won 3-1
v Waitaki: lost 1-3
v Baradene: lost 8-0
Premier Netball
Rugby U15 Colts
Rugby League First XIII

v Sacred Heart Hamilton: won 38-20
v Otago Boys: won 41-0
v Mt Roskill: won 30-10

Underwater Hockey
Senior Open A

Underwater Hockey
Senior Girls B

Underwater Hockey
Junior Open A



Mark Dempster honoured for 25 years of service

MAGS' Head of Physical Education Mr Mark Dempster was honoured for 25 years service to the school on Friday, 28 August.

At a ceremony in the staff room attended by Mr Dempster's family, colleagues past and present and former Headmasters Mr Greg Taylor and Mr Maurice Hall (pictured at right), Mr Dempster was presented with his 25 Year Medallion by Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

Mr Burden spoke of Mr Dempster's experience at the school, and introduced four other members of staff who have also served at the school for more than 25 years - Archivist Mr Brian Murphy, Head of E-Learning Ms Elise Goddard, International Director Mr Evan Gray and Director of School House Mr Chris Metcalfe. Mr Dempster becomes the 35th teacher to have served Mount Albert Grammar for at least a quarter of a century.

Mr Metcalfe, a worked with Mr Dempster as former Head of PE, gave an entertaining and gracious speech about Mr Dempster's time at MAGS so far. Other speakers were Ms Jess Lythe, the Head of Health who was the first woman to join the PE staff when girls students were admitted to the roll in 2000, and Mr Daryl Cartwright, Assistant Head of PE.

Mr Dempster thanked his colleagues and particularly his family for their support over the years. His father, Mr Doug Dempster, was a teacher at MAGS in the 1960s and still visits each year to help his son with one of Mark's other big tasks - planning the following year's school timetable.

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Six of the 35 people who have served MAGS for at least 25 years, from left, Ms Elise Goddard, Mr Maurice Hall, Mr Evan Gray, Mr Mark Dempster, Mr Chris Metcalfe and Mr Brian Murphy.

Fine Art Show reaches new milestone

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MAGS' second Fine Art Show exceeded the fundraising total of its first year, lifting profit from $47,000 in 2014 to around $65,000 this year.

The funds go straight to the MAGS Foundation for use in projects to benefit students. This year projects will include an artist in residence programme in the Visual Art Department.

Director of Advancement Mr Tim Kay said the show was not only an outstanding fundraising event for the school, but also brought people together from the local and wider Auckland community, reunited former students, and showcased the culture of MAGS.

"The students who helped throughout the weekend, led by Arts Prefect Tessa Cochrane, were outstanding - a credit to the school," said Mr Kay.

About 450 guests attended the Gala Opening Evening on Friday, 21 August, up from 350 last year. The evening included an auction, run by Marian Tolich of Barfoot & Thompson, of six donated works by photographer Emma Bass, the Gow Langsford Gallery, the Greg Moyle art collection and artist Peter Collis. In total the works raised $10,000.

This year the student art exhibits were judged and the winners named at the Gala. First place went to Uhila Nai (pictured right with John Gow of Gow Langsford Gallery,), second was Hugo Harvey (centre) and third was Jeremy Porteous.

Hundreds of people visited the show on the free admission days of Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the 750 pieces of art by 130 established and emerging artists. Works included paintings, photography, sculpture and objects. The artists donated 40% of each sale to the school.

"The Friends of MAGS parents committee is to be hugely congratulated for organising such a wonderful show," said Mr Kay. "The committee members are all volunteers and have other commitments but they devoted a great deal of time over the last six months to stage a great event. One of New Zealand’s most prominent art benefactors said the MAGS Fine Art Show was the best school art show he had been to."

Music festival awards for MAGS musicians

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The MAGS Jazz Band won arguably the top award at this year's KBB Music Festival - the Chairperson's Command Performance Award for their rendition of You Are My Sunshine by Ray Charles.

Although the band won Bronze in competition for their five-piece repertoire, their performance so impressed Festival Chairman Dr Trevor Thwaites that he chose them as his favourite group of the week-long event.

To top off our success, the MAGS Chamber Strings group (right) claimed a Silver medal in only their first outing in this prestigious competition.

The KBB Music Festival showcases the best in secondary school orchestras, concert bands and stage bands from across the Auckland region. More than 135 groups take part from more than 50 schools.

The Jazz Band, directed by Albertian Ben Sinclair, won Silver last year, and this year played pieces by Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini, among others. For You Are My Sunshine the 20-member band was joined by vocalists Siosiua Atuekaho, Janet Stewart, Sarah Alatimu, Cyprus Taumaoe and Esther Ji.

The 12-member MAGS Chamber Strings group includes nine members who are still only in Years 9 and 10. Directed by Loata Mahe, also a former student of MAGS' Head of Music Ms Milica Zjajic-Moon, they played four pieces and were congratulated by the judges on their lively and polished performance.

The MAGS Concert Band (below), directed by Ms Zjajic-Moon, played a six-piece set in the non-competitive festival performance section, and also received glowing praise.

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.

Confirmed guests include President of the NZ Olympic Committee Mike Stanley, who stroked the NZ Eight to back to back Gold medals at the 1982 and 1983 World Championships and represented NZ at the 1984 Olympics, and half the crew of the 1972 Gold Medal-winning Eight - Lindsay Wilson, Tony Hurt, Wybo Veldman and Dick Joyce.

1972 Eight

1984 Four

1982-83 World Champion Eight


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, $50 for Gold Card holders click here to book

Online auction – trade.me/MAGSROW

* Return flights for two to your choice of destination in East Australia aboard Virgin Australia

* A private cruise aboard the Pacific Mermaid luxury yacht

* A weekend at a beach house at beautiful
Langs Beach in Northland

* Unleash your inner racedriver with 'hot laps' in a V8 car or speedboat

Just some of the prizes on offer through our online auction running in the weeks leading up to
A Golden Night of Rowing. Visit trade.me/MAGSROW

Albertian CK Stead is New Zealand's new Poet Laureate

New Zealand's new Poet Laureate, Professor C K Stead, says his love of writing was ignited during his years at Mount Albert Grammar School.

The distinguished writer, who has won numerous awards for his fiction and poetry, attended MAGS from 1946-1950.

"I really discovered poetry there - the library was very important to me," says Professor Stead. "My sixth form English teacher, Butch Brown, was unconventional but had a heart of gold, and steered us toward writing that we wouldn't have otherwise discovered, particularly modern poetry."

At MAGS Professor Stead also encountered the works of classic poets such as Rupert Brooke, John Keats, William Wordsworth and William Shakespeare, which inspired him to begin writing while still at high school.

"Butch Brown also compiled anthologies, and before long I had appeared in one," recalls Professor Stead, who was also a member of the First XI Football team and Senior Athletics squad during his time at MAGS. Read more ...

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