Winter Sports Season
Under 15 Colts vs Auckland Grammar
Under 15 Colts in their 24-0 win over Auckland Grammar School on Saturday, 11 May, 2013.
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Junior School Contacts
||Academic Institute||Junior Graduation|
|The MAGS Way||Single-Sex Education||
Peer Support Programme
Inter-form class competition
The First Day
Please click on the links below to find out more about subjects and extra-curricular activities in the Junior School.
The Junior Inter-form Class Competition is a fun series of challenges that runs throughout the year, with classes gaining points depending on their placings in each event. The competition includes both academic and sporting challenges, and aims to help junior students settle into high school life and get to know each other and the school, while having a go new skills and games.
So far in 2014 challenges have included Touch Rugby, Ultimate Vortex, Athletics, Social Studies Quiz, Design a class banner competition, Tug of War, Cross Country, Science Challenge, Rowing Machine competition, Dodgeball and Basketball Shooting.
At the end of Term 4 the winning boys' and girls' classes are treated to lunch and a movie.
Points and places as at 10 November, 2014
Year 9 Girls
Year 9 Boys
Year 10 Girls
Year 10 Boys
An online science competition proved so popular with Year 9 and 10 classes that members of the top two battled for points in their own time as well as in class.
Science teacher Ms Paula Calver organised the competition with online provider Education Perfect, and all Year 9 and 10 classes took part. First place was taken by 9ASH with 1593 points, with 9WHD second with 1394.
The top individual student was Zar Ni Thaw of 9PLG with 338 points (pictured at far right). For every 30 points won the students could go into a draw for an iPod - this was won by Seli Fuimaono of 10PRY (second from left). Both boys says science is their favourite subject - Zar wants to be doctor, and Seli, who is in the MAGS Cricket First XI, is aiming for sports science.
Also pictured are representatives of the winning class, from left, Julius Lafaele Petelo, Shiv Om and Tom Barrand.
Ms Calver said the competition was a great way to get young students engaged with science. The more competitive they became, the more they learned.
Have a look at www.educationperfect.com
How many ways can you make a plastic bag fly? And how can you make it float longer than others? These were science questions posed to Year 9 and 10 form classes on Tuesday and Thursday 27 and 29 May in the latest Inter-Form Class Competition.
Each class was given a plastic bag, string and a weight. Once they rigged up their bag, three members from each class were nominated to take turns throwing it up in the air so its descent could be timed by science teachers. The bags that took the longest to come to earth were the 'winners'.
See the table above for the latest standings in this year long competition, in which form classes compete in a variety of sports and activities to find a winner at the end of Term 4.
Year 9 Girls' Form classes had a fun week from February 24-28, taking part in a touch rugby competition during three lunchtimes.
Many students dressed up in their Form Class's signature colour, and Year 13 Peer Support Leaders came along to help referee, or dress up as mascots.
The top three classes gain points that go towards an end-of-year total.
It's a tough ask keeping a hall full of Year 9 and 10 students captivated for 45 minutes, but two young speakers achieved that, and a few laughs, on Thursday, 13 February.
Paula and Allenzo visited from Attitude, a youth education division of The Parenting Place, which works with Health teachers to deliver messages that help teenagers make life-enhancing choices.
They visited MAGS to talk to the Junior School about using technology in a positive way, and being positive in their day to day interactions with their peers.
The MAGS theme for the week was being a good digital citizen, and the Paula and Allenzo used humour, language and stories the young people could relate to as a way of encouraging them to think about how technology influences their lives, how to stay safe when building relationships online and how to handle text and cyber-bullying. They were encouraged to be people of character in their use of technology - respectful and considerate - and how to be supportive of their classmates and friends.
| Humour helped get the good messages through to the young students.
Year 9 student Matthew Adye thanked Paula and Allenzo for their presentation.
Attended by about 200 parents, Headmaster Mr Dale Burden and Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Greg Moyle, students who gained a Junior Graduation Diploma with Excellence were recognised in being called to the stage to receive their diploma.
This is the third group of junior students to experience MAGS' two year Junior Graduation programme and it continues to go from strength to strength. Deputy Headmaster Mr Paul McKinley, who oversees the Junior School, say students track their own academic achievement in each subject, identifying clear goals of what they hope to achieve and receive academic counselling from subject teachers, form teachers and Deans. "The feedback from the students has been one of overwhelming support as they are enjoying the opportunity to strive for something that is tangible in the Junior School," says Mr McKinley.
Year 13 Peer Support Leaders spent the first day of term helping Year 9 students settle into the school, and get to know each other.
Students are expected to be in correct uniform from the first day of school. There is also important information regarding student arrival and departure from school each day. Click here for a letter from the Associate Principal on these matters.
More than 100 Year 13 students volunteer as peer support leaders to assist the new Year 9 students settle into their new school.
Year 9 student orientation includes activities which help students get to know each other their new class.
Peer Support Leaders also give new students a tour of the school, including the MAGS Farm.
Year 9 & 10 Testing - Catch-up information
Students new to Mount Albert Grammar at Year 9 & Year 10 sit academic testing to assist with class placement. This is to ensure that, as a school, we can identify academic abilities.
These tests were held in November 2014 and most Year 9 students have sat these already.
If, for any reason, your child has not sat these tests they are able to do so on Wednesday 28 January, 2015.
Please have your child be at the school by 9.45 and report to the main office and you will be directed from there. The tests will start at 10am and take approximately three hours, allowing for a short break. Please arrange to collect your child from about 1.15pm.
NB: It is recommended that your child sits the testing prior to the first day so they can participate fully in the peer support programme.
It's time to start school
All Year 9 students to arrive by 8:45am. Assemble in the Albertian quadrangle.
All Year 10 students to arrive by 9.30am. Assemble outside Gym 1.
Click here to download the Starting at MAGS booklet, with all the info you need for the new school year.
You will be put into a form class. You and the rest of your class will begin an orientation programme to help you understand life at Mount Albert Grammar School. Your Year 13 Peer Support Leaders will help you get to know some of your classmates on the first day.
During the day you will:
Â· Get to know the routines of the school.
Â· Get to know other students in your form class.
Â· Meet your teachers.
Â· Settle into the routines of secondary school life.
What happens during orientation?
Â· Be introduced to life at Mount Albert Grammar School
Â· Learn about the school procedures
Â· Get to know their way around the school
Â· Find out where to go if they require assistance
Â· Have time to ask any questions that may arise
Â· Receive their timetable
Â· Set goals for the year
Â· Meet with Senior Peer Support Leaders
You will be put into a form class,options will be checked, timetables issued and general adminstration issues dealt with. Timetabled classes will run from Period 3 so you will need to bring suitable stationery, eg, pens and paper.
Year 10 students Lisa Zhang and Elliot Paton-Simpson were named the Junior Girl and Boy Dux at the Junior Prizegiving ceremonies on 6 December.
Junior Dux Artiums were Celia Hext and Jonathan Buckman, while Caitlin Pritchard and Paul Roache were named Victrix and Victor Ludorum.
The Best All Round students in Year 9 were Theresa Boyd and Jimmy Banks; while the Best Year 10 All Rounders were Claire Liu and Jack Henderson.
Year 9 and 10 classes finished the term with some fun, rounding out their year-long Form Class Competition with half a day of ball games played around the school.
Each class was assigned a colour, and the girls' classes in particular took the chance to dress up and learn chants to support each other. At the end of each half day the classes' points were added to their totals from the rest of the year and the winners were announced. The students from 9GRN, 9MKE, 10WSN and 10GDR enjoyed a prize of lunch at the St Lukes Mall food court and a movie at the Event cinemas.
Year 9 Girls Form Class Winners - 9GRN
Year 9 Boys Form Class Winners - 9MKE
Year 10 Girls Form Class Winners - 10WSN
Year 10 Boys Form Class Winners 10GDR
Inter-Form Competition - Final Places and Points for 2013
|Year 9 Girls: Points Totals||Year 9 Boys: Points Totals||Year 10 Girls: Points Totals||Year 10 Boys: Points Totals|
Mt Albert Grammar offers specialist tuition in dance and drama by teachers who are leaders in their field.
Athletes in the Junior School have enjoyed an outstanding year across a wide range of sports. They were presented with their Sports Lions at assemblies at the end of Term 3 and beginning of Term 4.
A special assembly was held on 26 September to recognise leaders among the Junior School. Those who had excelled at sport, the arts and as overall leaders among their peers were awarded certificates by prefects and the Headmaster, Mr Burden.
Back row from left: William Lever (Arts), Maria Markovich (Arts), Joshua Williams (Dance). Middle row: Fia Jones (Drama), Jonathon Osborn (Dance). Front: Jenna Ackerman (Music). Absent: Franziska Robinson (Drama), Taite Pierson (Music).
Back row from left: Dylan Posa (Football 13A Boys), Max Thomson (Cricket Colts), Thomas Gant (cycling), Trent Kimiangatau (Basketball Junior Boys), Ethan Duffin (Cricket Year 10). Middle row: Ruby Johnston (Football Junior A Girls), Claudia Butwell (Lacrosse Junior), Rhyannon Poto (Basketball Junior Girls). Front: Virginia Megson (Hockey Junior Girls), Brodie Fogarty (Cricket Year 9).
Back row from left: Connor Bougen (Waterpolo Juniors), Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa (Rugby Colts), Bronson Monk (Rugby U14 Gold), Tyla Love (Netball Year 9), Lahaina-Lee Upu-Toharea (Netball Year 9). Middle row: Jack Soffe (Squash Junior A Boys), Ben Young (Rugby U14 Blue), Leilani Folau (Netball Year 10), Kasey Price (Netball Year 10). Front: Ella Neighbours (Squash Junior A Girls), Aidan Cullen (Tennis Junior A Boys).
From left: Jenna Ackerman (Year 9), Shakthi Singh (Year 9), Kalisha Moore (Year 10), Bryn Tuson (Year 10)
Junior assembly on Monday, 16 September, saw a number of students called to the stage to receive certificates or medals for winning achievements in a range of sporting codes.
Netball Intermediate 1: Winners of their division. From left, Monique Kost, Ana Moi, Rhyannon Poto, Chellcey Jones. Absent: Pekaru Arona, Leilani Folau, Skylah Ieriko,Victoria Pone and Kasey Price.
Netball Intermediate 3: Winners of their division. Front row from left, Nailah Akbar, Sharanita Sharma; middle row, Florencia Morris, Josephine Naitoko, Folau Tuinukuafe; back row, Maddison Hargreaves, Mya Alfred, Alexandra Nicholson.
Netball Intermediate 4: Winners of their division. Front, Maria Wrassky-Bulmer; middle row from left, Lili Peneva, Emma Thomas; back row, Sarah Vito Mikaele, Emma Prescott, Maddison McGregor.
Netball Junior 1: Winners of their division. Front, Paige Witehira; middle row from left, Alaimaluloa Toe'utu, Joshlyn Samupo Munokoa; back row, Amelia Gregc, Tyla Love, Jazmin Tamapeau.
Netball Junior 4: Winners of their division. Front row from left, Georgia Houston, Kendall Elson; middle row, Anais Middleton, Nerida Elson, Catherine Khun; back row, Riley King, Sophie Chilcott-Cryer, Beata Krajcer, Lily Pearce.
Girls Basketball U15: Runners Up at the Greater Auckland Basketball Championships. Front row from left, Taimane Roberts, Jasmin Bull; middle row, Tarore Wilson, Elizabeth Beaumont, Mangatalo Taanaki; back row, Aimee Hunt, Trinity Paeu, Rhyannon Poto.
Boys football 13B: Winners of their division, finished the season unbeaten with only three goals conceded.
Shae Iswar, Yr 10, Most Valuable Player in the MAGS 1st XI Boys' Hockey team at the India Shield Hockey Tournament in Napier.
Guiting Lu, Yr 10, Winner of the Cathay Pacific Table Tennis Auckland Open Under 18 Girls' singles, and runner up in the Auckland Open Under 15 Girls' division.
Sharn Ashford, Yr 9, winner of Squash
Premier Division 2.
Agnes Ah Yen and Jessica Middelberg,
winners of Squash Junior Girls Division.
Squash Junior Girls Division runners-up.
Katherine Grozev, Flynn Oberdries and Hana Newnham-McGrath.
Winners of Girls Football Junior A division
Winners of Girls Football Junior C division.
Year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to have their reading enhanced by meeting with Year 13 students before school.
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by their peers to represent their form class:
Year 9 Form Class Representatives - June Stewart (9OZH), Brooke Harris (9BVD), Kodi Barlow (9ROB), Reiko Yoshida-Wilsash (9MLC), Ria Shon (9FRL), Yohani Simpkin (9JGL), Jenna Ackerman (9GRN), Rosie Peterson (9BVS), Jimmy Banks (9GIB), Connor Grant (9HUN), Thomas Day (9PNE), Martin Lyon (9DWS), Ben Young (9MKE), Josh Williams (9SRN), Shakthi Singh (9FTN), Kenny Hall (9BRT), Toa Anderson (9FNK) and Desmond Petelo (9CVR).
Jenna Ackerman and Shakthi Singh have been chosen as the Year 9 representatives.
Year 10 Form Class Representatives - Hayley Nisbet (10NYN), Mahima Taunk (10PUL), Agnes Ah Yen (10BNF), Kalisha Moore (10KNA), Maria Markovich (10WSN), Skylah Ieriko (10GRG), Kayla Collison Khaine (10CLY), Isabelle Henare (10NHA), Liam Quinlan(10KNW), Bryn Tuson(10GDR), Isaac Coupe(10BOK), Caleb Faleolo(10CVN), Joel Stevens (10CLN), Lachlan Douglas (10SAL), K C Leung (10SMG), Richmond Patea Seve (10HDG), Paris Wikaira (10BGH) and Amol Arora (10PSI).
Kalisha Moore and Bryn Tuson have been chosen as the Year 10 representatives.
Under 15 Colts in their 24-0 win over Auckland Grammar School on Saturday, 11 May, 2013.
The Year 9 Parent Evening in February commenced with drinks and nibbles in the Albertian Quad. Following this, parents were greeted by the Headmaster who introduced the year level senior managers, deans and guidance counsellors.
The Form Classes then met with Form Teachers and peer support leaders. Parents were able to ask any questions and establish links with their child's Form Teacher, who will be their main point of contact throughout the year.
Junior Graduation Ceremony for Year 9 students from 2010
The junior graduation programme is for Year 9 and 10 students.
The aim of this programme is to:
Click on the link below to download two pdfs which explain the Junior Graduation Programme in more detail.
Parents and caregivers are most welcome to contact their child's form teacher, Dean or the senior management team members below if they have any queries.
Responsible for Junior Boys
Phone: 815 4031
Responsible for Junior Girls
Director of the Academic Institute
Phone: 815 4036
| Natalie Absolum
Dean, Year 9 Girls
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8111
| Gordon Smith
Dean, Year 9 Boys
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8110
Dean, Year 10 Girls
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8113
Dean, Year 10 Boys
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8112
|Year 9 Girls
|9BVD||Ms Haana Bovairdfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|9BVS||Mrs Patricia Bevinsemail@example.com|
|9CVT||Ms Carissa Calvert
|9GRN||Miss Alex Greenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|9DUN||Ms Helen Dunham
|9NHA||Ms Robina Nisha
|9ROB||Mrs Sharne Robertsemail@example.com|
|Year 9 Boys|
|9ADM||Mr Colin Adam
|9ASH||Mr Michael Ashby
|9CLN||Mr Michael Collins
|9FNK||Mr Gregory Frankfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|9FLM||Mr Richie Folomu
|9GIB||Mr Warwick Gibbsemail@example.com|
|9RED||Miss Sarah Reid
|9MKE||Mr Elliot Mokafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|9SMP||Ms Michelle Simpson
|9WHD||Mr Darren Whitehead
|9DWS|| Mr Brandon Dewes
Year 10 Girls
|10CHA||Mrs Han Cham
|10LBY||Ms Hannah Lasenby
|10MSM||Miss Lana Marsom
|10WLT||Mrs Amy Wiltshire
|10UYS||Mrs Jane Uys
|10KNA||Miss Henrietta Kajanova
|10PUL||Ms Alayna Pulhamemail@example.com|
|10WSN||Mrs Jessica Wilsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Year 10 Boys|
|10BOK||Mr Brent Bookeremail@example.com|
|10COU||Mr Aubrey Coup
|10PNE||Mr Joseph Payne
|10CVN||Mr Joe Cavanaghfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|10PRY||Mr Carl Perry
|10GDR||Mr Paul Gardneremail@example.com|
|10SHF||Mr Anthony Stenhoff
|10SRN||Mr Brett Sorrenson
|10KNW||Mr Jason Knowlesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|10SAL||Mr Tony Sailemail@example.com|
|10STO||Miss Margaret Sutton
Flynn Letford and Alexandra Chaptynova
Junior Duxes and Best All Round Students in Year 10
Mount Albert Grammar School offers the most academically able Year 9 and 10 classes the opportunity for acceleration and/or extension. These students experience programmes designed to extend their abilities and challenge them to reach, and maintain, their best results. This students who participate in accelerate programmes collectively form the Academic Institute, and their progress is monitored to ensure they are able maintain top results. It is important to emphasise that participation in acceleration or extension programmes should be challenging for students, but manageable, and should not negatively impact on performance in other areas.
In Mathematics, two accelerate programmes are offered - 'accelerate' and 'super-accelerate' to meet the varying levels of advanced mathematical ability in the junior cohort. Accelerate students are working one year ahead of their cohort and aim to achieve NCEA Level 1 Mathematics at the end of Year 10. Super-Accelerate students are working two years ahead of their cohort, aiming to achieve NCEA Level 1 Mathematics at the end of Year 9. This means students are able to specialise sooner rather than later, choosing calculus and statistics, and/or opting for scholarship.
English offers extension, as opposed to acceleration, to the top students. Previous experience offering accelerate programmes has proved that students need opportunity, direction and time to develop the depth of understanding, and the maturity required to achieve Excellence levels of achievement in English. The aim of extension is exposure to a broad range of literature, both traditional and modern, that challenges with regard to both use of language and ideas presented.
Science currently offers a condensed junior programme, at Year 9 and at Year 10, which introduces the NCEA Level 1 Science curriculum, with the most able invited to sit Level 1 Science standards at the end of Year 10. This prepares these students to progress to the three specialist disciplines - biology, chemistry and physics - with accelerate specialist programmes offered at both Years 11 and 12. In response to the recent realignment of the NCEA Level 1 and Level 2 achievement standards this programme is under review for 2013. As previously stated, the aim is for students to be challenged but to also have the opportunity to achieve their best possible results and the realigned standards demand an ability for, and application of, great depth and independent scientific thought under assessment conditions. An extension programme, focussed on developing the capacity of our young scientists to do this is being designed.
Exceptional talent or ability demonstrated in language or arts subjects is also recognised with such students being given the opportunity to participate in accelerate programmes or work with Senior students at the appropriate curriculum levels that match their ability.
It must be emphasised that across any of the subjects offering acceleration, only those students consistently achieving at Merit and/or excellence level are invited to sit Level 1 NCEA examinations, as opposed to automatically being entered. While these students are recognised as able, it is important that they be given the opportunity to achieve their best as it can be presumed that they would in due course, were they not accelerated.
The advent of certificate endorsement and more recently individual course endorsement means it has become more important for students to be able to consolidate their best performances. Certificate Endorsements reward student achievement and can be awarded at Level 1, 2 or 3 with Merit or Excellence. More recently Course Endorsements recognise and reward consistent levels of achievement, at Merit or Excellence, for a course of study. It is important to maintain consistent efforts to do ones best is across all subject areas and not concentrated on one or two.
Comments from Year 10 students currently in these programmes reflect a level of confidence that is developing from the students facing and overcoming the challenges of extension study.
Ultimately, student experience and enjoyment of learning and achievement underpins accelerate and extension opportunities.