This year's Prefects, Arts and Sports Leaders were presented with their badges at the Senior Leadership Assembly on Thursday, 16 February.
The ceremony was attended by parents, Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle and senior staff.
In his address, Mr Drumm emphasised the importance of practicing leadership through service.
"You will not be judged by your badge, but ultimately by the actions and success of others in our school and wider community," said Mr Drumm. "Their success will spring from your ability to engage and empower them."
The announcement of Head Boy, Denzel Robertson, Head Girl, Jaimee McLaughlan and their deputies - Jack Casey-Pickering, Thomas Day, 'Alosi Bloomfield and Morwenna Fyfe, was met with enthusiastic applause. Denzel and Jaimee then read the names of their Prefect team, who came to the stage to be presented with their Prefect badges by Mr Drumm.
The leaders received a haka by Te Puna o Wairaka as they departed the hall. Families were invited to share afternoon tea with their sons and daughters in the staff room after the ceremony.
A record nine records were broken at the annual school Swimming Sports, held at the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, 14 February.
Year 10 swimmer Brearna Crawford set four new records, George Smith set three, and Bede Aitu and Mia Gordon each set a new best time. George, Bede and Mia are all in Year 11.
Brearna broke two of her own records in the Junior Girls 50m and 100m Breaststroke, then went on to set new times in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley. George set new records in the Intermediate Boys 50m Freestyle and 50m and 100m Butterfly. Bede gained a record in the IB 100m Individual Medley, and Mia in the Intermediate Girls 100m Breaststroke.
Full results and the names of the 2017 MAGS Swimming Champions will be confirmed next week. Head of the MAGS' Aquatic Academy, Mr Paul Kent, thanked parents, staff and students who helped on the day.
Jacinda Ardern visits Year 13 students
The Labour candidate in the Mt Albert by-election, Ms Jacinda Ardern, visited Mount Albert Grammar School on Friday, 17 February, to speak with Year 13 students.
Many among her audience were old enough to vote in the by-election, and others would be in time for the general election on 23 September. Ms Ardern impressed the importance of voting, saying that the largest group of voters who did not exercise that right were those aged under 24.
"Yet I would argue that the importance of voting is strongest for you, because the decisions of the people you elect will affect you for the longest time," said Ms Ardern.
Ms Ardern also spoke about how she first became interested in politics as a girl growing up in the small town of Murupara near Rotorua, and what is involved in campaigning for an electoral seat. She then opened the floor for questions, and answered a number on topics including affordable housing, the media and her own policies.
Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award
Mount Albert Grammar's popular Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award programme saw its first recipients of the year receive their certificates in assembly on Wednesday, 15 February.
Seven students were presented with their Bronze Awards for completion of requirements under the programme's four sections of Service, Skill, Physical Activity and Adventurous Journey over the past six months. They were Milly Bayfield, Jen Blakeley, India Bulman, Jade Chambers, Claudia Saunders, Sophie Thomson and Lili Tse.
During weeks 2 and 3 of Term one, the Year 13 and Year 11 Outdoor Education classes travelled to Piha Beach on Auckland’s West Coast to learn how to surf. The classes were instructed by Rapu New Zealand Surf and Snow Tour instructors with the days consisting of two two-hour surf lessons, which included water safety and surfing rules.
The course allowed the Year 13s to participate in surfing and begin to evaluate the role outdoor pursuits play in influencing well-being; explain factors that influence participation; explain motivational factors that lead to people doing physical activity; and recognize and explain barriers to physical activity.
The Year 11 trips provided an opportunity for students to demonstrate responsible behaviour during an outdoor education activity, and, like the Year 13s, start developing an understanding of factors that influence their own participation.
The conditions were ideal for learning, and resulted in all of the students catching waves, with the majority getting to their feet.
Nike dicount night
Nike at Dress Smart in Onehunga is running a 40% discount night to help raise funds for the First XV's trip to Japan to represent New Zealand.
Friday, 24 February 6pm-9pm
Donate at least $5 to the First XV and gain access to the 40% discount on everything in store - shoes, clothes, equipment
Open to all MAGS families, friends and supporters.
Our First XV won the NZSS Championship last year, earning the right to represent the country at the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament in Fukuoka from 26 April-6 May. A squad of 30 will travel to face 16 teams from 12 countries, aiming to bring home the trophy as secondary school world champions.
Homestay families required
MAGS' International Department is currently looking for new Homestay families for this year, for short and long-term stays.
What is the expectation of a host? A host is expected to provide a clean and comfortable bedroom with bed, wardrobe (built-in or free-standing) and drawers, linen and towels, desk and lamp, heating in the room, meals and laundry.
What is the benefit of hosting? - A chance to meet students from all over the world - Share your culture while learning about your student's culture and country - Prompt fortnightly payment ($280 per week). Payments continue through the April, July and September holidays - Short and long term guests available
We are looking for families who speak English as their first language, and also some New Zealand/Chinese families.
MAGS' Rowing squad came away with two Golds and a Bronze at the 2016-17 Auckland Championships, known as the Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke, on Saturday, 11 February.
Held in windy but fine conditions, the Boys Under 16 Four and Boys Under 15 Four won Gold, the Boys Under 16 Eight won Bronze, and several other crews were not far off the podium in fourth place.
The squad continues training ahead of the North Island Secondary School Championships at Lake Karapiro in March.
From the Headmaster
Congratulations to our school leaders who were acknowledged at this week's Senior Student Leadership Assembly.
Leading a school of 2800 young people carries with it great responsibility, and we are confident our leaders will chart a positive direction for the school this year.
The most successful school leaders understand their role is predominantly one of service. Servant leadership provides our school leaders with a framework for judging their success as leaders not so much in terms of what they do, but ultimately by the actions and success of others in our school and wider community.
This is the model we want to promote in our school, one that our students already innately understand and practice – and I want to commend them for that.
There lies the challenge for our student leaders - your leadership will not be defined by the badge you wear, but by how you empower and engage every other person in our school in the time ahead.
Theme this week
The key to success is action and perseverance.
We all have many ideas, thoughts and goals, but successful people act on them quickly. Enthusiasm wanes over time, but also feeds off accomplishments.
Persevering through the doubt, apathy and fear is worth the effort. Act now.
In line with the 2017 IT programme at MAGS, we are once again offering all students and their families the opportunity to learn to touch-type with Jan Morris of Computer Success. The school endorses the courses Jan offers through the year; with the move to BYOD and increased use of technology within the curriculum and assessments, being able to touch-type will put your child at an advantage.
This term’s typing course will run for six Monday afternoons starting on Monday February 20, 3.30pm-5pm, in the library computer room. The dates are February 20 and 27, March 6, 13, 20, and 27.
The cost of the course is $125 and enrolments are on a first-pay basis. To enrol and get payment details please email Jan Morris on firstname.lastname@example.org
Air Cadet recruitment
The Air Training Corps for 13-15 year olds is recruiting now.
Information evenings Tuesday 21 and 28 February 7.30pm-9pm No. 19 Squadron HQ Unitec, Gate 3
The annual MAGS Foundation Golf Day to raise funds for the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship Fund is now open for entries.
Where: Akarana Golf Club
When: Thursday, 16 March, 11.30am for a 12.30pm start
Format: Ambrose Competition
The post golf function and prizegiving will be held in the club dining room following the game.
The entry fee is $150 per person, or $600 per team of four, which includes a round of golf, refreshments during the day, and the prizegiving and post golf function, as well as a donation to the Bryan Williams Rugby Endowment Scholarship - a vital resource in keeping MAGS at the forefront of Auckland Secondary Schools First XV Rugby.
Sponsorship is available for golf holes, drinks cart, putting green and the aftermatch function. Each sponsorship includes green fees for your playing four as well as signage and promotional opportunities.