Te Papa partnership marked at launch of learning lab
A strengthening partnership between Mount Albert Grammar and the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, saw Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm invited to the launch of its innovative new learning lab, Hinatore.
Mr Drumm was hosted by Te Papa Chief Executive, Mr Rick Ellis, who attended MAGS from 1967-1971 and was named Albertian of the Year in 2015.
Mount Albert Grammar was asked to attend a 'think tank' with other schools in the lab's planning stages last year. Physics teacher Ms Paula Calver and Year 13 student Jeremy King travelled to Te Papa to take part.
"We offered ideas on what experiential learning could look like, and how students in centres other than Wellington could benefit," said Ms Calver.
Hinatore is equipped with a virtual reality studio, 3D printers, 3D scanners, touch tables, and telepresence technologies that enable learners to connect in real time with those in other parts of the country, and overseas.
Learning lab spokesman Ms Miri Young says the lab is an inspiring space with a range of technologies that “allow us to learn in completely new ways”.
Te Papa’s collections, exhibitions and taonga are at the heart of Hinatore’s learning programmes, allowing learners to experience anything from voyaging the Pacific in waka, to creating digital art in an immersive virtual world.
School groups unable to physically visit the national museum are able to participate on a 'virtual excursion' using telepresence technology to explore Te Papa’s exhibitions remotely with an educator.
"Our technology also enables collaborative learning opportunities for students around the country through virtual reality and telepresence tech," said Ms Young.
"We are very grateful to Ms Calver and Jeremy - they gave our team some great ideas. Jeremy did an awesome job of facilitating the conversation at his table and encouraging some of the younger students to express their ideas."
Mr Drumm said Mount Albert Grammar was proud to support Te Papa's strategic role as an educator, with a focus on innovation.
There were plans for Te Papa to also contribute to MAGS by exhibiting pieces from its collections in the school's new Science block, due to begin construction later this year. The museum's scientists could also contribute to lessons remotely through its interactive technology.
"MAGS' partnership with Te Papa will continue to develop as we find new ways of working together to enhance our curriculum," said Mr Drumm.
Year 12 student Fatima Imran spoke about her career goals in the primary sector at a future leaders' seminar held as part of the Central Districts Field Days in Palmerston North on Thursday, 16 March.
Fatima is in the first class of AgriBusiness students at MAGS, launched this year for Year 12 students who excel at Science and Commerce. It will be extended to Level 13 from 2018.
She was the only secondary student invited to speak to about 100 business people and politicians about what might encourage young people to study for careers in AgriBusiness.
"Right now not a lot of students - especially girls - see this as a possible pathway and I want to change that," said Fatima.
"My challenge to the future leaders of the industry is to show students that careers in agriculture don't have to involve working on farms - they can be in business, science, technology or marketing."
Fatima believes New Zealand should focus on what we are already good at - agriculture - and make it better. "We should build on our agricultural reputation and become known for the best quality food in the world," she said.
Imran visited Massey University to discuss courses she might take and the scholarships on offer. She is currently planning to do a conjoint Science and Business degree with a view to working for a company involved in AgriBusiness, or in the trade sector.
The tragic loss of Albertian Gabby Marsh, a Prefect in 2014, was marked this week in the New Zealand Herald, with a story on how even in death she continued to give as her family honoured her wish to be an organ donor.
Gabby passed away on her 20th birthday, Monday, 6 March, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Her organs saved the lives of six people.
Gabby was about to head back to the University of Auckland to continue her studies toward an LLB/BCom. Her university friends have launched a Scholarship in her name to benefit a young school leaver demonstrating exceptional character and service to fulfil their dream of studying commerce at the University of Auckland. You can contribute through a Givealittle page at this link:
A team of student golfers came 2nd at the annual Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation fundraising golf day at Akarana Golf Club on Thursday, 16 March.
Twenty teams comprised of 80 players took part, and more than $20,000 was raised for the BG Williams Rugby Endowment Fund. Mr Williams is pictured left (in blue) with his team.
The MAGS student team - George Stephens, Archie Gothard, Nicholas James and Daniela Jeremic - came 2nd after achieving two Eagles in their round. A staff team also competed, made up of Mr Simon Allen, Mr Paul Ferner, Mr Max Jeremic and Mr Allan Sangster. The team of Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm comprised his Personal Assistant Ms Annemarie Wright, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr Greg Moyle and Mr Owen Wright. Albertian Stephen Luatua played with others from his Blues rugby organisation. Event sponsor Barfoot & Thompson put forward two teams. The winning team was from Les Mills.
Master of Ceremonies at the after-match function was sports personality and Albertian Mr Mark Watson. An auction was run by Barfoot & Thompson auctioneer Mr Murray Smith. Mr Bryan Williams spoke about the Rugby Endowment Fund, and Mr Drumm presented the golf prizes.
Albertian golfers needed
The David Levene Inter-College Golf Tournament is being held at the Akarana Golf Club, Thursday, 6 April, starting at noon.
Mr Ken McKinley requires two Albertians to complete his team of four. This is the event's 20th anniversary. A team from MAGS (right) came 2nd in 2014 and raised $750 for the school.
The cost for the day will be $60.
If you are keen and available, please phone Ken McKinley on 527 2678.
Rowing: Medals at NISS Championships
MAGS rowers battled through last weekend's rainstorm to make the podium three times at the North Island Secondary Schools Championships at Lake Karapiro.
Bronze medals were won by our Girls Under 15 Four, Boys Under 15 Four and Boys Under 16 Eight.
In all, MAGS crews made six A Finals and six B Finals at this competitive regatta, in which schools from all over the North Island took part. The squad is now back training in preparation for the NZSS Maadi Cup from 27 March-1 April.
Swimming: Medals and records at Auckland Open 14-year-old swimmer Brearna Crawford continued to display her remarkable talent when she broke a record that had stood for 26 years at the Auckland Open Swimming Championships held at West Wave on 11-12 March.
Brearna won the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.13.27, taking more than a second off the long-standing record. She also set a new record for the 200m Breaststroke, won the 200m Individual Medley, and came 2nd in the 400m IM.
MAGS Aquatic Academy members also won the treble in the Open Woman’s 200m Breaststroke, with Brearna winning Gold, Vasilina Shipilova Silver and Mia Gordon Bronze.
Vasilina also won three Bronze medals in the 100m Breaststroke, 200m IM and 400m IM, while Eva Williams won Bronze in the 100m and 200m Butterfly.
Congratulations also to MAGS students Bede Aitu, who won Silver in the 50m Backstroke, and Alida Seits, who won Bronze in the 50m Backstroke.
The swimmers move to on the NZ Age Group Championships in Wellington this week.
Hockey: Albertian Arun Panchia named Black Sticks Captain
Arun Panchia,who attended Mount Albert Grammar from 2002-2006, has been named Captain of the New Zealand Black Sticks men's hockey team.
He will lead the squad in their series against Pakistan starting in Wellington on Friday, 17 March.
Arun won a Bronze medal with the Black Sticks at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He was a guest speaker at the MAGS Sports Awards Dinner last year.
Cricket: Albertians v First XI
A new tradition begun in 2016 continues on Saturday, 2 April, when a team of Albertian cricketers take on our First XI at MAGS.
The teams will play two games of T20, starting at 10.30am. A trophy has been instated for the winning team each year.
The Albertian team is: Teja Nidamanuru (C), Vaidik Raj, Kyle Harris, Jack Cassidy, Cameron Rutherford, James Rutherford, Hamish Campbell, Hamiora Clarke, Chris Beck, Aaron Beck, Michael Ravlic, Jackson Lester and Thomas Guy.
Mr Nidamanuru said the Albertians were keen to stay involved in the school and help its cricket programme when possible. They attended a fundraiser for the European cricket tour last year, and organised a game for the team in the UK.
"Our first game against the First XI last year was a great success," said Mr Nidamanuru. "The game was played with great competitive spirit and the lads are keen to keep the tradition going."
From the Headmaster
I am fortunate to have been awarded a Principals’ Study Award for 2017 which provides me with the opportunity to complete research relating to further improving the quality of education we offer at MAGS. I plan to use the Study Award to visit our local contributing primary and intermediate schools with the aim of strengthening the relationships between our schools, and ensuring every student enjoys a successful transition into the secondary environment. I will also be attending an international conference focused on boys’ education, as well as visiting several schools overseas.
During my absence, Associate Principal Mr Paul McKinley will move into the role of Acting Headmaster, with Deputy Principals Ms Jo Williams and Ms Fiona Barker sharing the Acting Associate Principal duties. Ms Sarah Hayes will also move into an Acting Deputy Principal position. At MAGS we are fortunate to have a strength and depth across both teaching and management staff and I am grateful to those who will assume these additional responsibilities in the time ahead.
Saturday morning sees our Kapa Haka group competing on the Maori Stage at the 2017 ASB Polyfest. Their performance is scheduled for 8.30am at the Manukau Sports Bowl. We wish this group all the best and I know they would very much value the support of our wider MAGS whanau on the day.
Have a good weekend.
Theme this week
Take pride in doing things the right way.
A test of your character is when someone challenges you to do something that makes you question your own moral code.
Having the internal strength to stay true to your beliefs and morals is the real measure of how others will judge you.
Albertians are invited to the annual ANZAC Service Assembly, followed by drinks and lunch at School House:
Thursday, 13 April
11am in the main foyer before the Service in the FW Gamble Hall
12pm at School House for drinks and lunch
Guest speakers at the lunch this year are Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm and this year's Head Prefects, Denzel Robertson and Jaimee McLaughlan. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Headmaster’s Choir., Ad Augusta.
The luncheon cost is $30 per person, payable by cheque or cash as you arrive at School House. Or you can make an online payment to:
MAGS Albertians Association ASB Bank, Mount Albert Account Number: 12 3029 0376398 00 Reference: Please state your full name