Academic Achievement


Top 10 at Auckland Maths Olympiad

Seven MAGS students participated in the Auckland Maths Olympiad held at the University of Auckland on Saturday, 14 May.

More than 200 students from the Auckand region take part in the event, which is highly competitive. This year the questions were particularly challenging, so we are very proud that two of our students, Ben Dean (Year 13) and Miriam Leonhardt (Year 11) placed in their respective divisions. Ben achieved 6th in the Senior Division and Miriam attained 8th in the Junior Division.

Record results in 2015 NCEA and Scholarship exams put MAGS among top 5 schools in New Zealand

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. Out total was gained across 18 subjects, also the the most ever, and included seven at Outstanding level.

Among the Scholarship winners were Riki Guernier (left) and Bruno Batinica, whose results placed them as NZQA Outstanding Scholars, among the top 68 students in the country, awarding them each $5000 per year for three years toward their tertiary studies. Riki, our Boy Dux of 2015, gained 5 Scholarships, including 3 at Outstanding level; Bruno gained 4 Scholarships, with 2 Outstanding.

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.

In Scholarship, our Mathematics students were once again dominant, gaining 28 Calculus Scholarships, including 3 Outstanding, and 13 in Statistics, with 1 Outstanding - a total of 41 across the Department.

Sincere congratulations to our students on their achievements; acknowledgement is made of the academic ability, preparation and perseverance required of them to reach such degrees of success.

Scholarships were achieved 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.

Particular acknowledgement is made of the following students who achieved multiple Scholarship success:


Bruno Batinica
4 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding

Alex
Boyd

3 Scholarships

Jessica
Chen

4 Scholarships

Hannah
Dowsett

3 Scholarships

Grace
Drummond

3 Scholarships

Riki Guernier
5 Scholarships, incl 2 Outstanding

Caitlyn
Jelleyman

3 Scholarships

Hamish Jelleyman
3 Scholarships, incl 1 Outstanding

Esther
Ji

3 Scholarships

Max
Johansson-Pugh

3 Scholarships

Hrishikesh Kodthuguli
3 Scholarships

Yixin Ma
4 Scholarships

Aakash Rajay
3 Scholarships

Michael Soffe
3 Scholarships


These achievements also provide great satisfaction to the dedicated teaching staff who develop Scholarship programmes to support, coach and direct our students in their Scholarship pursuits, and also the many staff who have contributed to the academic development of these students across their time at Mount Albert Grammar School. The following staff are thanked for the extra time and effort they put in to preparing their Scholarship students through 2015: Ms Robina Nisha (Biology), Ms Margaret Sutton (Chemistry), Mr Paula Calver (Physics), Ms Sarah Hayes (Accounting), Mr Richard Roberts (Economics), Ms Amy Wiltshire (Physical Education), Ms Aubrey Mason and Mr John Goodier (English), Ms Shameen Hayat (History), Mr Simon Allen (Media Studies), Mr Michael Walden (Calculus), Mr Anzar Chida (Statistics), Ms Jessica Rigold (Drama), Ms Jacqui Cesan (Dance), Ms Daniella Aleh and Mr Bryn Corkery (Design), Mr Peter Rees (Painting), Ms Andre Sampson (Art History), Eva Liu (Chinese), Mr Tahau Thompson (Te Reo Maori).

Again, our most sincere congratulations to all students who gained NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3, and to the Scholarship recipients listed below.

Scholarship achievers 2015
Name
Subjects (O = Outstanding)
Beatrice Abbott
Media Studies
Bruno Batinica
Calculus (O), Chemistry, Physics (O), Statistics
Andrew Battley
English
Joshua Bilby
Calculus
Theresa Boyd
Biology, Calculus
Alex Boyd
Chemistry, Physics, Statistics
Jakob Buiter
History
Jessica Chen
Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics
Margaret Clark
Physical Education
Tessa Cochrane
Dance
Rene Compaan
Physical Education
Samuel Cummins
English
Benjamin Dean
Calculus
Hannah Dowsett
Art History, Design, Media Studies
Grace Drummond
Biology, Chemistry, Statistics
Kevin Gao
Calculus, Physics
Kevin Gao
Calculus
Hazel Glasgow
Calculus, Statistics
Bella Kingi
Physical Education
Riki Guernier
Biology, Calculus (O), Chemistry, Physics, Statistics (O)
Hugo Harvey
Art History, Painting
Matthew Horrocks Chemistry (O)
Leilani Ioelu
Statistics
Deven Jackson Physical Education
Caitlyn Jelleyman
Calculu, Chemistry, Physics
Hamish Jelleyman Calculus (O), Physics, Statistics
Tyler Jerrom Biology
Esther Ji
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry
Max Johansson-Pugh
Accounting, Economics, English
Malayna Kingsley-Smith
Biology (O)
Hrishikesh Kodthuguli
Biology, Calculus, Physics
Angela Lei
Calculus
Abbey Lissaman
Statistics
Claire Liu
Calculus
Yixin Ma
Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Physics
Luke Manson
Biology, History
Emma McShane
Drama, English
Reuben Morris
Physical Education
Hideaki Murakami
Calculus, Physics
Brooke Nihill
Physical Education
Elliot Paton-Simpson
Calculus, Physics
Frankie Patten-Elliott
Calculus, Physics
Gilbert Patten-Elliott
Media Studies
Lucas Peterson
Calculus
Ross Porter
Calculus
Aakash Rajay
Chemistry, English, Statistics
Henry Russell
Calculus, Statistics
Michael Soffe
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry
Edwin Stanton
Statistics
Moana Te Hei
Te Reo Maori
Yelda Tokhi Physical Education
Shanika Tuinder Design
Rebekah van Dort Physical Education
Elena Vink Calculus
Emma Wang Calculus
Tane Williams Physical Education
Maia Wilson
Physical Education
Akari Winter
Statistics
Zhuokun Wu
Calculus
Jin Sik Yun
Calculus
Lisa Zhang
Calculus
Zin Zhao
Calculus

Ian Scoltock receives Woolf Fisher Fellowship

MAGS’ Assistant Head of Science, Mr Ian Scoltock, has been granted a prestigious Woolf Fisher Fellowship for professional development.

The Secretary of the Woolf Fisher Trust, Dr Nigel Evans, visited the school to present the fellowship to Mr Scoltock at a special staff breakfast on Monday, 16 November. Dr Evans is pictured at right with Mr Scoltock and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

Mr Scoltock has been a Science teacher at MAGS for 18 years, after switching from a career as an industrial chemist. He now specialises in teaching Chemistry.

Sir Woolf Fisher attended Mount Albert Grammar from 1926-1927 and went on to become the co-founder of Fisher and Paykel and foundation Chairman of New Zealand Steel. He was passionate about education, and in 1960 founded the Woolf Fisher Trust for the advancement of scientific and general education in New Zealand through its prestigious fellowships and scholarships. The Woolf Fisher Fellowships provide for overseas study and travel for outstanding principals and teachers.

The inaugural fellowships were awarded to the then Headmasters of MAGS and Auckland Grammar School. Since then, 18 staff members of Mount Albert Grammar have been ‘made fellows’, including each Headmaster.

The fellowships are conferred rather than applied for, and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden says the granting of a fellowship to Mr Scoltock is recognition of his excellence as a Chemistry teacher and the outstanding results he has enabled his students to attain over the years.

Mr Scoltock plans to use the fellowship to travel to Australia for three weeks next term, visiting six schools in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to study how they prepare their Junior Science students for Senior courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

“Making the step up involves new thinking and analytical skills, and I’d like to explore techniques for teaching those skills to younger students,” says Mr Scoltock.

Fred Free and Year 10 Speech winners

English teacher Ms Sarah Drew the winner of the Fred Free reading aloud competition, Danielle Ah-Lin (front right), and the Year 10 speech winners, from left, Maisy Simpson, Elijah Manu and Lennox Shaw.

The winner of this year's Free Free Reading Aloud Award is Danielle Ah-Lin, whose public speaking skills stood out in her reading of an excerpt from the book After by Morris Gleitzman.

The annual Fred Free competition holds a special place in MAGS history - it dates back to 1925 and is named after a talented young speaker who died during Year 10 in a climbing accident at Karekare beach. Fred's father, Mr WRH Free, made a donation to the school and asked that a prize be given in his son's name to the winner of an annual reading aloud competition among Year 10 students. That request has been honoured ever since.

This year's event was held in the English Department on Tuesday, 24 November, and Danielle gave a gripping reading from the novel about a boy caught up in the Holocaust.

The finals of the Year 10 Speech Competition are held in conjunction with the Fred Free Award. This year's winner was Elijah Manu, who presented a piece called A Love Revolution in the style of a performance poet, which spoke about how his generation could change the world for the better. Second place went to Lennox Shaw for a humorous take on the Auckland train system's problems with punctuality and its Hop card, and Maisy Simpson came third for her speech about the importance of being grateful, which included a personal story.

The judges were Head of English Ms Aubrey Mason and English teacher Ms Marian Moore. Ms Mason said the winning speakers had the ability to draw in the audience and hold their attention. "A good speech comes from the heart, and each of these speakers chose subjects they connected with and, in turn, were able to connect with the audience."

MAGS students scoop German language awards

Izzy MacKenzie
3rd Year 9

Hugh Malcolm
1st Year 10

Allie Hawksworth
2nd Year 10

Max Neradt
3rd Year 10

Isobel Welsford-Ackroyd
2nd Year 11

Joshua Bilby
3rd= Year 11

Jonathan Bidmead
3rd= Year 11


A clean sweep of Year 10 placings and a number of other prizes made for an outstanding showing by MAGS' German language students at the annual Goethe Society Examinations.

Out of 105 competitors in the Year 10 section from schools from across Auckland, Hugh Malcolm came first, Allie Hawksworth came second, and Max Neradt took out third prize.

Out of 84 competitors in Year 11, Isobel Welsford -Ackroyd came second and third prize was shared by Joshua Bilby and Jonathan Bidmead.

In the similarly large Year 9 section, Izzy MacKenzie claimed third place.

A number of other students received prizes and diplomas, seeing MAGS claim more than half of all the major prizes awarded in the Year 9 and 10 sections, and do well in the Years 11-13 categories. Head of German Mr Warwick Gibbs said that one of the examiners later commented that the oral skills of our Senior students were very impressive.

Click here for the full list of MAGS prizewinners

Maths competition success

Logan Allomes

Yixin Ma

Ryan Wang

Jason Pruim

Wanli Cheng
Mount Albert Grammar Maths students have achieved outstanding success in a number of competitions over the past few months, the results of which have just been released.

In the Australian Maths Competition, Year 9 student Logan Allomes and Year 13 students Yixin Ma and Ryan Wang gained High Distinction, placing them in the top 1% of students who participated. Yixin placed in the 100th percentile with a score of 91. A number of other MAGS students gained Distinction.

The New Zealand Maths Olympiad saw 13 MAGS students from Years 9 to 13 compete. Year 11 student Jason Pruim placed third in New Zealand and was awarded a bronze medal. Yixin came 12th and Year 12 student Wanli Cheng came 22nd.

At the Auckland Mathex competition on Wednesday, 26 August, the Year 9 team of Logan Allomes, Mitchell Shaw-Lewis, Germain Hellreigel-White and Adam Bateman came a close 4th.

Mathex

This year’s Auckland Mathex problem-solving competition took place on Wednesday, 26 August, at the ASB Centre in Kohimaramara. MAGS entered two Year 9 and two Year 10 teams.

The Year 9 teams were:

1. Logan Allomes, Mitchell Shaw-Lewis, Germain Hellreigel-White and Adam Bateman as runner.

2. Jamila Chen, Kavita Singh, Karkeat Low and Kiriko May as runner.

The pace set in the Y9 competition was intense with the winning team finishing all 20 questions in under 16 minutes. A total of 5 teams answered all 20 questions correctly including the MAGS 1 team. Unfortunately they finished 4th overall, a minute or so behind 3rd place. A superb effort from the boys, while the 2nd team worked hard throughout the night to get to 65 points overall.

Y10 also entered two teams into the competition:

1. Karen Geng, Hugh Malcolm, Lucy Zhang with Liam Thompson as runner.

2. Jonty dePledge, Anvilly Huang, Miriam Leonhardt with Annie Li as runner.

This year’s Y10 questions were challenging. Unlike previous years, no team finished before the time limit of 30 minutes and no team achieved the maximum number of points, 100. Two top teams shared the same score of 95. Our two teams gave it their best and despite not placing amongst the top three, enjoyed an evening of running and solving puzzles.

Australian Schools Maths Competition

The Australian Maths Competition was held at the end of July and saw more than 200 MAGS students compete, mostly at the Junior level. The results, which have just come through, have highlighted a number of strong results.

In Year 9, Logan Allomes achieved a High Distinction, placing him in the top 1% of students who participated. There were also seven Distinction awards that went to Adam Bateman, Hannah Jones, Mitchell Shaw-Lewis, Bryan Biu, Aidan Deakin, Dudley Benson and Stephen Stuart.

In Year 10, again seven students achieved Distinction; Anvilly Huang, Richard Chen, Liam Grozev, Lucy Zhang, Rory McLean, Henry An and Holly Williams.

Whilst participation is optional at the Intermediate and Senior levels, a number of students were keen to get involved. Massive congratulations to Year 13 students Yixin Ma and Ryan Wang who attained High Distinction. Yixin placed in the 100th percentile with a score of 91 (only five marks away from winning a prize).

Riki Guernier, Theresa Boyd, Wanli Cheng, Jin Sik Yun and Jack Morrow-Zhang achieved certificates of Distinction.

Other competitions

The Auckland Maths Olympiad was held on at The University of Auckland in Term 2. MAGS was well represented by Junior students Logan Allomes and Lina Li and Year 12s Joseph Zou and Wanli Cheng. Wanli performed extremely well placing 10th in the Senior Division.

The New Zealand Maths Olympiad was held later in Term 2 and saw 13 MAGS students from Year 9 to Year 13 compete. Two students did exceptionally well. Year 11 student Jason Pruim placed third in New Zealand and was awarded a bronze medal. He also had one of his answers feature in the alternative solutions published by the examiner. Yixin Ma, Year 13, achieved 12th in New Zealand and Wanli placed 22nd.

The ETON Press NZ Senior Maths Competition was also held at the end of May and the results have just come in. Congratulations go to Year 13 students Jessica Chen, Kevin Gao, Riki Guernier, Hamish Jelleyman and Yixin Ma who all placed in the top 100 in the country; a very respectable achievement.

Mr Michael Walden, Mathematics teacher

Liam Ferguson receives Top Scholar Award at Parliament

MAGS 2014 Head Boy and Boys' Dux Artium, Liam Ferguson, and Head of Drama, Dr Lilicherie McGregor, travelled to Wellington for the Top Scholar Awards at Parliament on Wednesday, 6 May.

Liam received 100% in Scholarship Drama, and was named the Top Scholar in New Zealand in that subject. He and the Top Scholars in each of the 35 NCEA subjects received their awards from Prime Minister Mr John Key, and Education Minister Ms Hekia Parata.

Liam also gained a Scholarship in Chemistry, and is now undertaking the pre-Medicine year at Auckland University, with the aim of becoming a doctor. He is continuing with drama in his spare time.





Outstanding 2014 Scholarship and NCEA results


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.

Benjamin Dekker's results of 3 Scholarships, including 2 Outstanding, 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.

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

MAGS' Maths students achieved the most Calculus Scholarships of any secondary school in New Zealand - 27, including 3 Outstanding. At a total of 42, Statistics and Calculus Scholarships accounted for nearly half of all Scholarships gained.

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%

Scholarship success in 2014

Mount Albert Grammar School students have again achieved with outstanding success in the 2014 New Zealand Scholarship awards. These examinations represent the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students.

Our 2014 tally of 88 scholarships, of which 7 were at the "outstanding" level, surpasses our 2013 score of 83 Scholarships with 6 outstanding. The 2014 Scholarship results show MAGS as the fifth most successful among all all New Zealand secondary schools.Sincere congratulations are extended to our students for their achievements, and acknowledgement is made to the academic ability, preparation and perseverance required of them to reach such degrees of success.

Scholarships were achieved across 17 different subjects - Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Dance, Design, Drama, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics with Calculus, Media Studies, Painting, Physical Education, Physics, and Statistics.

Outstanding Scholarships were achieved in Drama, Geography, Mathematics with Calculus, Media Studies and Physics.

Particular acknowledgement is made of the following students who achieved multiple Scholarship success:

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

These achievements also provide great satisfaction to the dedicated teaching staff who develop Scholarship programmes to support, coach and direct our students in their Scholarship pursuits, and also the many staff who have contributed to the academic development of these students across their time at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Again, our most sincere congratulations all the Scholarship recipients listed below, together with best wishes for ongoing success in their future academic endeavours.

Scholarship achievers 2014
Name
Subjects (O = Outstanding)
Bruno Batinica
Statistics
Andrew Battley
Calculus
Jed Bradley
Media Studies
Eilish Buckley
Classical Studies, English
Samuel Buckman
Calculus, Physics, Statistics
Alexander Buckton-Wishart
Statistics
Katie Budgen
Biology, English
Luke Butler
Accounting
Jennifer Chen
Calculus, Geography
Jessica Chen
Calculus
Thomas Coupe
History
Sarah Crowhurst
Physics, Statistics
Alexandra Dean
Painting
Benjamin Dekker
Calculus (O), Chemistry, Physics (O)
Liam Eade
English, Statistics
Liam Ferguson
Chemistry, Drama (O)
Deborah Fletcher
Dance
Kevin Gao
Calculus
Riki Guernier
Calculus, Statistics
Ethan Hand
Accounting
Tobias Heeringa
Design, Media Studies (O)
Gina Holden
Biology
Louisa Howse Biology, Calculus, Statistics
Jericho Jackson
Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics
Hamish Jelleyman Calculus
Esther Ji Calculus
Simon Jiang Calculus
Flynn Letford Calculus, Chemistry, Physics
Hannah Liell Chemistry
Zhen Hui Lim Biology, Physical Education
Eric Liu
Calculus, Statistics
Elizabeth Lyon
English
Yixin Ma
Calculus, Statistics
Harshil Magan
Calculus, Physics, Statistics
Eric Munro
Chemistry, Physical Education
Rohith Nagulan
Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, English, Statistics
Elliot Paton-Simpson
Calculus
Frankie Patten-Elliott
Calculus
Charlotte Pearce
Statistics
Ashneel Prakash
Physical Education
Farhan Rahman
Biology, Statistics
Phoebe Ross
Biology
Erik Scharting
Calculus (O), Physics
Edwin Stanton
Calculus
Jonathan Stuart
Calculus, Economics, History, Statistics
Run (Irene) Wu
Calculus, Geography (O), Physics
Zhuokun (Alan) Wu
Calculus
Yingying (Jade) Xiao
Biology, Calculus (O), Physics
Jin Sik Yun Calculus
Zin Zhao
Calculus

Paula Calver selected for Government science teaching programme

Science teacher Ms Paula Calver and Mount Albert Grammar School have been selected to take part in the Science Teaching Leadership Programme in 2015.

An initiative run by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and The Royal Society of New Zealand, the programme is part of the Government's national strategic plan for science in society. It will involve 37 science teachers from schools all over New Zealand. Ms Calver says MAGS was selected because the school has already made progress in the implementing the philosophy of the new science curriculum, which is as much about applying scientific thinking and processes as it is content.

The aim of the programme is threefold - to increase the number of students going into science-related fields, to increase scientific understanding among all students even if they are not continuing with science, and to bring more community opportunities for science into schools.

Ms Calver will spend Terms 1 and 2 next year working with professional scientists from The Royal Society to learn more about the nature of their work and the skills their jobs require. She will also visit Wellington to work with others involved in the programme, before returning to MAGS in Term 3 to transfer what she has learned to the Science Department, and into the classroom. Part of this will be surveying the school community to find out what science issues they are concerned about, so they can be incorporated into students' education.

"Science affects people in different ways every day," says Ms Calver, "Whether it's worry about the ebola virus, to council weed spraying, to climate change. This programme aims to increase scientific literacy throughout society as we move into a future where greater understanding is needed, and more and more jobs will be available."

Top science marks in international exam

Junior students Theresa Boyd and Henry An earned High Distinction Awards in this year's ICAS science test - placing them in the top 1% of more than one million participants from more than 20 countries.

ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element.

They are sat under exam conditions at each participating school.

Henry, Y9, pictured with Theresa, Y10 and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, also gained the Principal's Award for the highest score of all the MAGS students who competed.

Top results:

Y9 : High Distinction
Henry An – and Principal’s Award for highest score

Y9: Distinction
Max Bassett
Jonathan De Pledge
Gary He
Anvilly Huang
Rory Mclean
Seamus Stalker

Y10: High Distinction
Theresa Boyd

Y10 Distinction
Jonathan Bidmead
Gavriel Arden I Merlin Budvietas
Aidan Cullen
Tom Guernier
Luke Ji
Lucas Peterson
Ben Spring
Daniel Watson
Merry Wu

Robotics team wins Design Award

A team of MAGS Robotics students won the Design Award at a Robotics Challenge event for Auckland schools.

Thirty five teams took part in the competition at Massey University's Albany campus on Saturday, 16 August. The robots had to be able to lift cubes, transport them across a space and stack them on poles at the other end. The designers of the MAGS robot were Harry Duncan (left), Alex Boyd and Parie Malhotra.

Teacher in charge Ms Clare Baldock says the students have been working on their robot since the start of Term 2. They are taking part in a series of events called the VEX Robotics Auckland Ladder Challenge, accumulating points with the aim of qualifying for the National Championships next February. Ms Baldock says the MAGS team is confident of reaching Nationals, where they hope to gain a spot at the World Robotics Championships in America next year.

The Challenge series is run by the non-profit organisation Kiwibots New Zealand, and is aimed at inspiring a passion for science and technology.

A Massey University Lecturer in the School of Advanced Engineering and Technology, Dr Frazer Noble, is part of a team who regularly mentor the high school pupils participating in the VEX Robotics competitions.

“It was great to see so many teams (at the latest Challenge), honing their skills and working on their robots. These kids have the potential to be our next wave of engineers, and they’re also developing essential skills like teamwork, leadership and problem solving. It’s a chance to have great fun while they’re learning.”

For more information on VEX Robotics, visit http://www.kiwibots.co.nz

Luke Butler wins NZ Chinese language competition

Year 13 prefect Luke Butler has won a six-month study scholarship to China after coming top in the New Zealand Chinese Bridge Competition.

Luke won the Auckland section of the competition last term, and on Saturday, May 17, flew to Wellington with his teacher, Ms Eva Liu, to compete against 15 other national finalists.

Luke gave a speech in Chinese, explaining his Chinese 'name' which Ms Liu had given him which was representative of his interests and background, the Chinese Cultural Activity Group he helped set up this year, the trip to China he won last year when he came second in the national competition, and reference to a Chinese legend about the Great Wall.

Ms Liu says Luke's win was even more significant in that he was up against competitors who had lived in China.

"Luke had to make his speech harder than anything he has done so far in order to be competitive, and including some very difficult phrases," says Ms Liu.

Ms Liu was awarded the prize for Best Coach - the third time in five years that she has received the award for having the winning student. William Walker won the competition in 2010, and David Tuipulotu in 2012.

Luke will travel to China later this year to compete against Chinese language students from around the world in the International Chinese Bridge Competition.

For his New Zealand win, he was awarded a six-month study scholarship at a Chinese university of his choice, all expenses paid. He can take up the scholarship any time over the next two years. He is planning to study Commerce at Auckland University from next year, and says he will be able to blend his papers with those he will study in China. He hopes to eventually work for a Chinese company in New Zealand, or a New Zealand company in China.

"I'm very grateful for this opportunity to study in China - it will be a great addition to my CV," says Luke.

Luke and Ms Liu thanked language teaching assistant Miss Yuting Wang, who helped Luke while Ms Liu was away.

"In the end Luke's success has come down to a lot of hard work by him," says Ms Liu. "He should feel very proud."

NCEA results best ever

Overall the academic progress for the school continues to be what The Education Review Office described as " outstanding". Our NCEA results of 2013 were our best to date, and at Scholarship level the school remains in the top 7 schools in New Zealand for the second year in a row.

While our results at Levels 1, 2 and 3 continue to improve and are well beyond the national averages for similar types of schools, there will always be room for improvement.  

The tables below show the extent to which our students' qualifications are meeting very high levels of endorsement at merit and excellence level. MAGS is a decile 7 school (deciles refer to the socio-economic status of the school community), but at Level 1 we are in excess of decile 10 averages, at Level 2 we are well in excess of averages for decile 8 schools, and at Level 3 we are well in excess of decile 9 averages.  We can all be very proud of these results but also acknowledge that although there has been huge improvement over recent years, we are not yet at 100 percent.


Our Level 1 results continue to improve at a steady rate. While we can see from the endorsement graph at left that our results are in excess of averages for decile 10 schools, there remains a group in the cohort that take a little longer to get their Level 1. By the end of Year 12, 91% of our students have Level 2. This is 6% above the Government target of 85% to be achieved by 2017. It is pleasing to see such great progress and achievement that is well above schools that have higher deciles (socio- economic status).






The Level 2 results continue to track upwards and 2013 was another great year of progress. It is also pleasing to see the ongoing success of our students at merit and excellence level. 










The Level 3 results are very pleasing with ongoing improvement in terms of pass rates and the quality of those pass rates, ie, merit and excellence endorsements.










Scholarship success 2013

Mount Albert Grammar School students have again achieved with outstanding success in the 2013 New Zealand Scholarship awards. These examinations represent the pinnacle of academic achievement for secondary students.

Our 2013 tally is 83 scholarships, of which 6 were at the "outstanding" level. Sincere congratulations are extended to our students for their achievements, and acknowledgement is made to the academic ability, preparation and perseverance required of them to reach such degrees of success.

Scholarships were achieved across 15 different subjects - Accounting, Agriculture and Horticulture, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Design, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics with Calculus, Media Studies, Photography, Physics, and Statistics.

Outstanding Scholarships were achieved in History, Mathematics with Calculus, and Statistics.

Particular acknowledgement is made of the following students who achieved multiple Scholarship success:


Nuowei (Oliver) Chen

Five Scholarships,
including one Outstanding

Jamie Hucklesby

Four Scholarships

Ryan Cory-Wright

Three Scholarships,
including two Outstanding

Tobias Campbell

Three Scholarships,
including one Outstanding







From left, Krishna Balachandran, Jeremy Barnett, Stanley Deng, Anika Radojkovich, Meshak Ranjit Singh each achieved three Scholarships.

Achieving two scholarships each are: Oliver Brooks, Jessica Courtney, Sarah Crowhurst, Kuldeep Dalvi, Benjamin Dekker, James Drummond, Robert Gore, Leanne Ho, Ursula Lukaszewicz, Sean Pearce, Milos Stojanovic, Yiping Wang, Eric Liu and Run Wu.

Single subject Scholarships success is also acknowledged, and congratulations extended to: Olivia Adams, Samuel Buckman, Jennifer Chen, Jessica Chen, Lauren Curd, Liam Ferguson, Alice Gray, Shuyu Guo, Alexander Hark, Molly Henderson, Hamish Jellyman, Felix Kibblewhite, Zane Koch, Enoch Korapatti, Lan Huong Lai, Jessica Munro, Samuel Nicholson, Zhane O'Neill-Harvey, Jade Robertson, Paht Satjipanon, Jack Scahill, Sarah Tevelyan, Riki Guernier, Nathan Van Dort and Yingying Xiao.

These achievements also provide great satisfaction to the dedicated teaching staff who develop Scholarship programmes to support, coach and direct our students in their Scholarship pursuits, and also the many staff who have contributed to the academic development of these students across their time at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Again, our most sincere congratulations all the Scholarship recipients listed below, together with best wishes for ongoing success in their future academic endeavours. 

Scholarship achievers 2013

First name
Surname
Subjects
Olivia
Adams
English
Krishna Balachandran Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry
Jeremy Barnett
Calculus, Physics, Statistics
Oliver Brooks
Calculus, Statistics
Samuel Buckman
Calculus
Tobias
Campbell
History (O), English, Media Studies
Jennifer Chen
Calculus
Jessica
Chen
Calculus
Nuowei Chen
Calculus (O), Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, Classical Studies
Ryan Cory-Wright
Statistics (O), Calculus (O), Physics
Jessica Courtney
Statistics, Geography
Sarah Crowhurst
Statistics, Calculus
Lauren Curd
Biology
Kuldeep Dalvi Statistics, Classical Studies
Benjamin Dekker
Calculus, Physics
Stanley Deng
Calculus (O), Physics, History
James Drummond
Calculus, Statistics
Liam Ferguson
Biology
Robert Gore
English, History
Alice Gray
Biology
 Riki Guernier
Calculus
Shuyu Guo
Calculus (O)
Alexander Hark
Biology
 Molly Henderson
Media Studies
 Leanne Ho
Media Studies, Photography
 James Hucklesby
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History
 Hamish Jelleyman
Calculus
 Felix Kibblewhite
Statistics
 Zane Koch
Statistics
 Enoch Korapatti
Calculus
 Lan Huong
Lai
Calculus
 Eric Liu
Statistics, Calculus
 Ursula Lukaszewicz
Biology, Calculus
 Jessica Munro
Statistics
 Samuel Nicholson
Statistics
 Zhane O'Neill-Harvey
Biology
 Sean Pearce
Biology, Chemistry
 Anika Radojkovich
Biology, Statistics, Calculus
 Meshak Ranjit Singh
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
 Jade Robertson
Design
 Paht Satjipanon
French
 Jack Scahill
Agriculture and Horticulture
 Milos Stojanovic
Biology, Accounting
 Sarah Trevelyan
Biology
 Nathan Van Dort
Chemistry
 Yiping Wang
Statistics, Calculus
 Run Wu
Statistics, Calculus
 Yingying Xiao
Calculus