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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%

Samuel Buckman
3 Scholarships


Benjamin Dekker
3 Scholarships,
incl 2 Outstanding

Louisa Howse
3 Scholarships

Jericho Jackson
4 Scholarships

Flynn Letford
3 Scholarships

Harshil Magan
3 Scholarships

Rohith Nagulan
5 Scholarships

Jonathan Stuart
4 Scholarships


Run (Irene) Wu
3 Scholarships
incl 1 Outstanding


Yingying (Jade) Xiao
3 Scholarships,
incl 1 Outstanding

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. Congratulations to our top scholars pictured above, who each achieved multiple Scholarship success.

Benjamin Dekker's results place him as an Outstanding Scholar, one of top the 66 in the country, awarding him $5000 per year for three years from NZQA toward his tertiary studies.

Liam Ferguson (see story below) gained 100% in Scholarship Drama, placing him first in New Zealand in that subject. Liam also gained a Scholarship in Chemistry.

The 2014 NCEA results continue to show that MAGS students' achievement is higher than national averages and considerably higher than averages for other similar schools, both for overall pass rates, and for endorsements with Merit and Excellence. University Entrance is gained by passing Level 3 in at least three approved subjects, and achieving the required literacy and numeracy credits. MAGS also has a higher pass rate for University Entrance than the national average.

NCEA pass rates
MAGS
Decile 7 average
National average
Level 1
85.3%
84.4%
84.4%
Level 2
89.5%
87.5%
87.5%
Level 3
81.4%
80.7%
80.7%
University Entrance
62.6%
53%
45%
Merit Endorsements


Level 1
40.8%
38.1%
35.7%
Level 2
37.4%
29.6%
27.3%
Level 3
33.9%
30.3%
29.5%
Excellence Endorsements
Level 1
25.8%
18.1%
17.8%
Level 2
18.3%
15.4%
14.1%
Level 3
15.9%
13.5%
12.8%
Click here for the full list of Scholarship winners

Robotics team qualifies for World Championships

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One of MAGS' two Robotics teams has qualified to represent New Zealand at the World Robotics Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, in April.

The team is made of up Parie Malhotra, Harry Duncan (centre) and Alex Boyd. They and the other MAGS team spent the weekend of 28 February-1 March at the National Championships at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.

Nearly 70 teams, including one from China, competed. The game the teams competed at was called Skyrise – two pairs of robots had two minute matches to stack as many cubes on posts, and stack as many ‘Skyrise’ pegs into a tower as possible.

Both MAGS teams placed in the top 10 in their divisions and made it to the semi-finals. Although they were eliminated at that stage, Parie, Jamie and Alex won the National Design Award, qualifying them for the World Championships. They are one of only seven teams to qualify from New Zealand.

In winning the Design Award the judges commented on the professional presentation of the team's 100-page document, and their interview. The team was also shortlisted for the overall Excellence Award.

This is the second time MAGS has qualified for the World Robotics Championships - in 2010 the school won the National Championships. The 2015 team is now busy fundraising to get themselves and their robot to Kentucky.




Scholars' Assembly 2015

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Some of MAGS' most successful Year 13 students from 2014 returned to the school for the Scholars' Assembly on Monday, 23 February.

Among them were the Liam Ferguson, who gained the top mark in New Zealand for Scholarship Drama - 100% - and Benjamin Dekker, whose results of 3 Scholarships, including 2 at Outstanding level, place him as an NZQA Outstanding Scholar, one of top the 66 in the country, awarding him $5000 per year for three years toward his tertiary studies.

Other students in attendance who will have their names inscribed on the Honours Board for Scholars were Samuel Buckman, Louisa Howse, Jericho Jackson, Flynn Letford, Harshil Magan and 2014 Boy Dux Rohith Nagulan.

The Assembly honoured all students who gain NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 with Excellence in 2014, with each awarded a Scholar Lion. The Associate Principal, Mr Paul McKinley, commended the students for their hard work, organisation and dedication, and thanked the school network and parents for their support of the students' endeavor. Many parents attended the ceremony, and the afternoon tea held afterwards in the staff room.

The other top students from 2014 whose names will also be inscribed on the Honours Board are Jonathan Stuart, Run (Irene) Wu and Yingying (Jade) Xiao.

You can download the full list of Scholar Lions here

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


Liam Ferguson starring in Summer Shakespeare

MAGS' Boy Dux Artium of 2014, Liam Ferguson, has a lead role in Auckland University's Summer Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Liam, who was Head Boy and awarded the top mark in New Zealand for his Scholarship Drama examination - 100% - had the lead role in the school production of the same play last year, playing Oberon. In the Summer Shakespeare production he plays Lysander.

The play is directed by renowned actor and director Michael Hurst, who has brought the story into a modern day environment.

"The feel of it is very 'groovy'," says Liam, "There's a bar, a live band and the characters all look like vintage-dressed hipsters. It's quite a dark, adult take on the story."

This is the fourth time Liam has acted in the play, the two earlier occasions were at primary school and in Year 11, and he says Shakespeare is so flexible to interpret that every production has felt like a completely different play.

When the play's run finishes Liam will be straight into studying on the pre-Medicine course at Auckland University, but says he intends to continue acting in his spare time.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, behind the University of Auckland Clock Tower, 22 Princes Street, 13 February-7 March,click here for information and tickets



Softball girls win tournament

Back row from left: Caprice Taylor, Margaret Clark, Taylor Chongnee, Aleisha Twigden, Trinity Aitken, Maia Montheith. Front row: Alexis Hickey, Nerida Elson, Emily Goddard, Topeora Anneff, Kalisha Moore, Samantha Tawharu. Absent: Losana Tuiletufuga

MAGS' Premier Girls Softball team has won the Auckland Secondary Schools Division One One Day Tournament.

On Tuesday, 17 March, the girls played five games undefeated against various Auckland secondary schools. They scored a total of 47 runs, letting in only 2 throughout the day. The girls played the Final on Tuesday, 24 February against Alfriston College and won 5-1.

The team is now looking forward to continuing their performance in the Auckland Senior Central Zone Competition.

Scholarships for young Pasifika leaders


Two MAGS students have received $700 scholarships from a charity set up to help young leaders of the future.

Leilani Utupo and Charles Napa'a received the awards from the National Party's Mt Albert-based MP Melissa Lee (pictured with Leilani), on behalf of the Korean community's HiWell Charity. Charles is pictured with charity Chairman Mr Hun Kuk Lim.

Leilani is a strong academic student who has been on the MAGS Pasifika Committee for three years. Charles is the captain of the First XV this year and is also recognised as an excellent all-round student and a leader among his Pasifika peers.

The charity raises money for the Scholarships to assist students from across Auckland who are excelling in the fields of sport, academia and leadership.

Sailors excel in first regatta

MAGS' first ever crew to compete in the NZSS Harken Regatta surpised other competitors by coming second in the second division Silver Fleet on the Waitemata Harbour from 20-22 February.

The crew was led by accomplished sailor Chelsea Rees and included fellow Year 13 students Nathan Rhodes-Hasler, Milan Bonkovich and Edwin Stanton.

The 19 secondary schools taking part sailed on the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Elliot 7 boats.

Click here for a report on the crew's races


Quad Concert Series kicks off

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MAGS' student musicians, singers and songwriters have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience every Friday at the Quad Concert Series, which launched on Friday, 27 February.

A large student audience clapped the first talented performers to step up to the microphone in E Quad.

Music Prefects will set up equipment before lunchtime each Friday so that any keen student can perform.

Students should visit Ms Moon in the Music Department during Form Period during the week to put their names down, and advise which song they would like to perform.






MAGS Golf Day 2015

Registrations are now open for the MAGS Foundation Golf Day, scheduled for Tuesday, 31 March, at the Titirangi Golf Club.

This annual event will once again raise funds for the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship Fund. The 2014 Golf Day raised $20,000.

Click here for more information and the registration form

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