Junior Prize Giving and Certificate of Achievement Ceremony - 2011
The Junior Prize Giving was held on Thursday 8 December. Congratulations to all the prize winners and to all students who have completed a successful year. Click here to download the full list of junior prize winners.
The following year 9 students were awarded a Junior Certificate of Achievement with Excellence as part of the Junior Graduation programme.
Arielle Aguilar, Isaac Ah Kuoi-Atmore, Ravid Aharon, Alicia Barrington, Bruno Batinica, Andrew Battley, Emma Bayfield, Deep Bedekar, Christian Bilby, Alexander Boyd, Alexander Boyle, Samantha Brake, Reuben Brooks, Caroline Butler, Owen Cao, Albert Carnell, Jessica Chen, Margaret-Rae Clark, Tessa Cochrane, Rene Compaan, Claudia Craies, Richelle D'mello. Aakash Dalvi, Tara Davey, Hannah Dowsett, Grace Drummond, Harry Duncan, Hazel Glasgow, Emily Goddard, Riki Guernier, Atif Hakim, Marisa Hallam, Hugo Harvey, Alexander Hunt, Adel Imran, Deven Jackson, Hamish Jelleyman, Caitlyn Jelleyman, Tyler Jerrom, Esther Ji, Zong Hao Jia, Max Johansson-Pugh, David Kim, Nicole Lawrence, Megan Laxon, Julia Lee, Angela Lei, Meg London, Lavinia Lousi, Oscar Ma, Lewis MacKinnon, Luke Manson, Joshua McCrae, Lisa McLaughlan, Isaac McNickle, Alex McShane, Emma McShane, Harry Merz, Anna Munro, Zak Naidu, Jake Naran, Oliver Owen, Dayna Patel, Frankie Patten-Elliott, Fraser Polkinghorne, Emily Pound, Jack Pringle, Chelsea Rees, Anya Seth, Michael Soffe, Alexandra Spencer, Tiffany Sutton, Tiana Teta, Shanika Tuinder, Rebekah Van Dort, Morgan Wadley, Finn Welsford-Ackroyd, Hanna Willis, Jonathan Winter, Jade Xiao, Zinzan Zhao.
Year 9 Certificate of Achievement Ceremony
On Friday 2nd of December at 2.10pm the Certificate of Achievement Ceremony was held in the F.W. Gamble Hall. At this ceremony the Year 9 students were recognised and those students that completed the Year 9 programme will receive their certificates in one of the four categories:
Junior Certificate of Achievement with excellence
Junior School Graduation Diploma with Excellence certificates were presented at the Junior Prizegiving on Thursday 8th December, 2011.
Sally Ainley Memorial
Albertian Sally Ainley died on Saturday 13 February 2010 after battling cancer for nearly three years. She and sisters Emma and Alison were triplets and attended Mount Albert Grammar School 2004-2007.
During the last week of Term 4, 2011, a special garden was
dedicated to Sally's memory. The plaque was unveiled by Sally's
mother and her surviving sisters. A plant was added to the
garden by her form teacher Allie Wright and her young son.
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Debbie Hopper said she was a determined and inspirational young woman. "Your desire to achieve in the face of adversity was a beacon of hope, dispelling the darkest of shadows."
Jade Bradley said Ms Ainley was an amazing, passionate person who touched a lot of people. "You had an awesome zest for life."
Charlotte Tait said she would "live on forever through people's hearts and the changes you made in people by just knowing them".
Alice Michael described Ms Ainley as "such a light in our lives and such an inspiration ... Keep smiling brightly from heaven and I will see you again."
Staff with 25 Years Service
The MAGS Foundation honoured staff
with at least 25 years service to the at a special assembly on
Monday 5 December. Nine current and previous staff were able to
Jared Fogle Visits - Monday 14th November
Jared Fogle was only in New Zealand for three days and we were fortunate to be the one school on his itinerary.
In his speech to junior students, he informed the students how his life changed on his eighth birthday. He had always wanted and received a Nintendo that he played endlessly. He therefore went from a very active boy who ran, rode his bike and played sport to someone who played his computer game non stop. Over the next few years Jared put on an inordinate amount of weight where he weighed 200kgs at his heaviest. As he said to the audience, at one stage he was drinking 14 cans of soft drink a day.
Jared then made a conscious choice to change his life by eating more healthy food (including subways) and exercising. Jared now weighs 90kg. Jared has since married, run a marathon and just recently became a father.
Mount Albert Grammar School was very fortunate to have such an inspiring speaker whose message focused on having goals and striving to achieve them through hard work.
Senior Prize Giving 2011
Leavers' Dinner - 2011
Leavers Dinner - 2011
Later that evening, 300 Lions of 2011, the year 13 students of 2011, were farewelled at the Leavers' Dinner.
Premier Advanced Debating - 2011 Champions
Rebecca Barnett, Lucy Harrison and Luke Wilson won the Premier Advanced grade on Tuesday night, in Auckland Grammar School's Centennial Theatre, affirming the moot, "This house would allow prisoners to bring up their children in prison", with Auckland Grammar negating.
Family, friends, staff and supporters were treated to a high quality debate, which was unanimously awarded to MAGS. The audience made the evening special, adding atmosphere and colour. This was a large audience for debating and the Auckland Schools Debating officials were very impressed.
This completes a superb year of debating for this team. In March they won The Russell McVeagh Regional Competition. Lucy Harrison again represented Auckland and is a reserve for the New Zealand Secondary School Team. They were narrowly beaten in the semi final of the Impromptu Cup, by the eventual winner, Auckland Grammar School. This is the first year MAGS have had a team in Premiers and to win it and Russell McVeagh is an outstanding result.
At the prize giving that followed the final, Katie Anne Budgen was the Best Speaker in the Western zone in the Junior Open grade. Lucy Harrison was fourth equal in the Premier Advanced grade.
Notice to Senior Students - Term 3 Examinations
Dear Senior Students
Please remember that the examinations commence on Wednesday 7th September and you return to school on Monday 19 September. When you come into school for either examinations or tutorials, you are to wear correct school uniform at all times.To ensure that the community is not disrupted by students on study leave, please note:
Inter-School Academic Competition Success
Social Science Quiz Events
Student Against Driving Drunk
The SADD week this year was very successful. The MAGS SADD committee students were driven to promote a hard-hitting message to the school about the effect of drunk driving over the course of the week.
On Monday there was a realistic car crash in the D-block quad, followed by the placement of a coffin at the scene of the crash on Tuesday. There were several presentations at assemblies through-out the week.
It all ended with 'dead day' where students who were affected by the crashed dressed in black for the day to symbolise the loss of life.
The School's Response to the Metro Article - July 2011
The July Metro magazine published an article and a series of tables about NCEA results. Metro magazine strongly advised parents to contact the school because the Alternative Education students on our roll, to quote Metro, "artificially lowers our results" with regard to the University Entrance table. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a further explanation of these results and how they relate to Mount Albert Grammar School because, on the surface, it would appear that our academic performance is below average. My explanation will reveal that, in fact, this is not true.
"NCEA Year 11 High Achievers - The average proportion of
students in Year 11 who gained a merit or excellence
endorsement in Level 1".
While I agree with this figure which we, in fact, supplied to Metro, it does not reflect our progress, nor does it take into account the fact that in 2007 and 2008 we were a decile 5 school.
The average of Mount Albert Grammar School students that achieved merit plus between 2007-2010 is 30.83%. This is below the decile 7 average of 33.53%. However, in the last two years we have been above the average: 2009 (33.60%) and 2010 (42%).
Our 42% in 2010 ranks us 22nd out of 82 schools in Auckland across all deciles. In my opinion, this is excellent progress and we expect this to continue.
University Entrance Table
Scholarship Results Table
Overall, the article has much to commend it, but like any statistical analysis, it needs further explanation - a point that they make themselves.
You will note that the analysis is roll based, i.e., the number of students on the school roll, rather than participation based (those entered in NCEA). This approach has its weaknesses, as it includes students not even entered for NCEA. Also, you will note that a very small number of schools are not included in the analysis even though, in two cases, 79% and 86% of their students are entered in NCEA and a small minority are involved in another qualification system. It is up to local communities to find out how the majority of their schools fared because Metro chose not to publish these details.
Mount Albert Grammar School is an excellent academic school. Our pass rates have continued to rise since 2006. At Level 1, they have increased 31%, at Level 2, 18% and Level 3, 15%. These pass rates are well above decile 7 and National averages.
In 2009, our Level 1 results were the best of any decile 7 state school in Auckland and the third best decile 7 state school overall.
At the end of last year, the school received an outstanding report from the Education Review Office. They described the school as "a high-performing academic school" which "achieved results that were better than National averages and better than averages for other decile 7 schools". They also noted that "students at Level 3 NCEA achieve high and increasing numbers of Scholarships".
D M Burden
Cricket Tour Blog
This is the last email before we take off to join you once
again. It really seems like forever that we have been away.
We now travel to Holland for the last leg of the tour -
playing two matches and having a look around before we leave on
Friday 15 July
We next travelled from Ipswich to Suffock County and stayed at Langley School. This is a private mixed school set in huge grounds and is dominated by a large mansion that has been set up as the boarding facility.
Then, on Monday, we played a 40 over match at Ipswich Cricket Club which we won. This is a beautiful ground that a farmer has donated to the club and was fitted out with all you would expect from a English cricket club.
On Tuesday, we travelled back to Wymondham School and beat them in a 40 over match. Luke Colloff took seven wickets and Jayden Metcalfe made 75 runs.
At Wymondtham College in Norwich
That night, we stayed over night at a little English pub with individual rooms that served an English breakfast to the boys. The locals were fascinated with the boys and were really hospitable. We left this place and went back to Langley School and beat them in a 40 over match. Vaidik Raj scored 100 and Haami Clarke made a 50.
After the match, we made our way towards London and stayed
overnight in Surrey. Thursday saw us play in a 20/20 tournament
with two other schools and one club side. We won all three
games with outstanding performances from all boys - some
figures from the day are: Luke Delfos 32, Jonno Sinclair 40,
Jayden Metcalfe 46, Haami Clarke 38no, Nic Parish 40no, Jack
Cassidy 25. In bowling, Cam Michie 5 wickets in game 1, Brett
Randell 4 wickets in game 3.
Wednesday 13 July
We have arrived safe and tired. Long flight - 25 hours and then two hours by coach to Ipswich where we are staying at the Novotel Hotel. This is first-rate accommodation and we had a chance to recover. We were hosted by St Joseph's College on Saturday and Sunday for meals etc and trained on Saturday afternoon, then played the St Joseph's College in a 20/20 on Sunday afternoon. MAGS made 121 for 6 - Vaidik Raj made 23, Tristan Newhook made 27 and Brett Randell 27, Haami 3 catches. The boys fielded well to restrict them to 116, so a great win to start. We are playing a full one-day match today against St Joseph's, as well then travelling north to Norfolk for a few day before going back to London.
The boys are in good health - been shopping and getting into the swing of touring. Weather is perfect - cloudless and a warm 20+ degrees.
Mr Belson's World Challenge Blog
Monday 1 August
World Challenge Expedition to Vietnam and Cambodia 2011
This weekend saw the first World Challenge expedition from MAGS depart on a 28-day educational experience in Vietnam and Cambodia. The programme offers a perfect blend of adventure, history and cultural experience. It will also teach life skills, stretch comfort zones and expand minds outside the classroom. The four-week itinerary fosters team and leadership skills and are the culmination of 18 months preparation, planning, fundraising and training.
"Our expeditions to overseas destinations are typically demanding 4-week journeys through countries of breathtaking natural beauty. The challenge begins long before the journey starts, with a 10-20 month programme of training, fundraising and research that provides the maximum educational impact and teaches students a great deal about responsibility and planning." (World Challenge)
Whilst there, MAGS students will arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, move up the country for two treks around Yok Don and later in Dalat and the Central Highlands. They move on up to Hoi An then catch the train back to Ho Chi Minh and move to Phnom Penh. After a quick sightseeing trip in Hoi An, the team will go via sleeper train back to HCMC before moving onto to Siem Reap to participate in their community project, which is working at an orphanage for a week. Here the students will be doing both hard and soft skills ie building, painting, teaching, playing games with the children. Then a visit to the Temples of Angkor will complete the student-led trip before returning home.
Whilst in the country, students will be responsible for all aspects of the trip such as accommodation, food, transport and the budget. This is a unique opportunity for them to take leadership roles and be in control of a month-long expedition.
Students completed a training weekend in March to practise working together, testing out equipment and learning about each other and life on expedition.
Training Weekend Photos
Year 11 Geography Competition
On Wednesday 22 June Enoch Korapatti, Zjani Heather-Grundy and Oliver Cato represented the school at the annual NZ Geographical Society Mataangi Whenua Year 11 Geography competition (Auckland region), held at St Cuthbert's College.
This year's competition saw a strong field of 13 teams compete over eight rounds for a place in the national finals. The MAGS team scored the highest mark in the "Fire and Ice" and current events rounds and finished on a score of 108, but ultimately were just beaten into second place in the final round by Auckland Grammar by three points.
An excellent team performance overall. This is the third year in a row that MAGS have finished second in this competition.
NZ Chinese Speech Competition
On Sunday 15 May, the NZ Chinese Speech Competition and prize-giving took place at ACG Parnell College. Four students from MAGS took part in the competition. David Tuipulotu (right) won the third prize in the secondary category. The other three students Jeon Woo Kim, Phillip Duncan and Heerashiny Balu won Merit Prizes.
Albertian William Walker also participated in the competition as an university student and won the Special Prize, which entitled him to a one-year full-cost scholarship funded by the Chinese government to study at any university in China. He was a Y13 student in MAGS last Year, won the first prize in the NZ Speech Competition, and went to China as a secondary student for the final competition.
New Gymnasium - Opening Ceremony - Thursday 5 May
Click here to access a video on our YouTube channel of the construction of the new gymnasium.
Year 9 French Easter Egg Competition
Prizewinners from 9 GIB with their creations. More details soon
In Europe, it has long been a tradition to decorate eggs to celebrate Easter. As we were on holiday this year during Easter, Year 9 pupils hadthe opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Decorating Competition. This took place in the last week of term. All decorating was done at home. Prizes were awarded to the most creative and successful eggs.
a) Best traditional Easter theme egg
b) Best French theme egg
c) Best French Rugby World Cup Team egg
d) Best All Black Rugby World Cup Team
Christchurch Fundraisers - March 2011
The prefects' welfare committee organised several
fundraising initiatives this week to help raise money for the
victims of last Tuesday's Earthquake in Christchurch. In
addition to selling special red and black fundraising badges
for $2, the following events took place:
Thursday 3 March:
Friday 4 March:
Congratulations to all on this fantastic effort.
Debating - Auckland Regional Championships - 12/13 March
This set up a MAGS/ Kings College final, debating the moot "that this house would ban all commercial whaling." MAGS won in splendid style, convincing all three judges of their affirmation of the moot.
There were thirty teams at the competition and the judges made mention of the high standard of the debates. Congratulations to Lucy, Rebecca and Luke, who along with Matthew Denton won the Advanced Open grade last year and are competing in the Advanced Premier section of the Auckland Schools Debating competition in 2011.
Scholars' Assembly - Friday 1 April 2011
Welcome back to the top scholars from 2010.
From left: Gregory Ells , Josiah Ploeg, Matthew Milner , Darius Hedayati , Prosenjit Bhowmic, Matthew Russell ,
David Eade, Jack Barclay. Absent: Sam Caldwell, Sterling Ruwhiu, Sophie Templeton
The following awards were presented in recognition of academic excellence at the annual scholars' assembly on Friday 26 March. Congratulations to all of the students cited below.
Year 9, 2010, Junior Graduation Certificate of ExcellenceZoe Bertenshaw, Aaron Booth, Madelaine Brand, Eilish Buckley, Samuel Buckman, Katie-Anne Budgen, Luke Butler, Eduard Canning, Alexandra Chaptynova, Jennifer Chen, Sarah Crowhurst, Alexandra Dean, Benjamin Dekker, Lydia Denby, Sanjana Dudaki, Emma Duffy, Olivia Duplan, Angela Feng, Brooke Hansen, Urma Harre, Jackson Hemi, Gina Holden, Louisa Howse, Jackson Jarvis, Abigail Johnson, Lucy Kelly, Amy Lee, Flynn Letford, Hannah Liell, Eric Liu, Harshil Magan, Gabrielle Marsh, Callum McNamara, Adam McNickle, Emily Mills, Finley Murphy, Rohith Nagulan, Charlotte Pearce, Rubee-Leigh Poata, Farhan Rahman, Sophie Ribton, Rebecca Ridgway, Laurena Roquero, Nicole Roulston, Timothy Sinclair, Raymond Subritzky, Witana Subritzky, Sameeha Sulaman, Sarah Tansey, Sydney Vari Kaitlin Vendrig, Irene Wu
Scholars' Lions RecipientsLion badges are awarded only the first time a recipient earns it. Thereafter, the award is 're-awarded' and the recipient receives a certificate in recognition of the achievement. In the following list, students who have earned a re-award have (r) after their name.
Y11, 2010, Scholars' Lions Winners
Top in year group, based on GPA in best 100 credits in
2010Keneti Atmore, Brianna Baker, Chloe Bangs, Matthew Battley,
Jack Cassidy, Aimee Cooper, Alexandra Crawford, Samuel Davis,
Daniel Dillon, Shanthi Gore, Isabel Gunn, Jenny Hau, Olivia Hext,
Edward Hughes, Olivia Isbey,Rachel Lund, Tabitha Mason, Lucy
McMaster,Tessa McNickle, Joshua Moody, Lucy Moss-Mason,Kasey
Nihil, Shi Yu Qiu, Timothy Rutledge,Kiralee Schache, Alexandra
Official MAGS Supporters' Gear
Due to popular demand, the School has launched a range of Mount Albert Grammar School supporters' clothing and accessories. We are able to offer you these items at very attractive prices because of the generous sponsorship from Score Sportswear who are supplying the clothing range.
The range of goods is illustrated below and the order form is available here. Please note that you may nominate any MAGS sport on a Leinster tee. The choice is not restricted to rugby, football and netball.
Please download the order form and send, with payment, to the Finance Office at Mount Albert Grammar School, Alberton Avenue, Mount Albert 1025. Orders may be made now and the gear will be available soon.
Also Available - Supporter Umbrella