The Junior School


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The MAGS Way Single-Sex Education Peer Support Programme
Curriculum Information
Inter-form class competition
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Uniform Friends of MAGS parents' group
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Form Class Competition 2016

The 2016 Junior School Inter-form Class Competition is underway. The 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.

This week Year 9 Boys and Girls Form Classes took part in a Vortex competition.

Points and placings as at 4 May are:

Year 9 Girls

Year 9 Boys

Year 10 Girls

Year 10 Boys

Class
Place
Points
Class
Place
Points
Class
Place
Points
Class
Place
Points
CVT
1
53
MKE
1
80
MKN
1
67
SCF1
42
BTS
2
48
FLM
2
46
PLN
2
52
PNE
2
32
MRE
3
45
SEO
3
44
BNF
3
47
HUN
3
19
DUN
4
29
BOK
4
43
AST
4
46
COU
4
18
NHA
4
29
GIB
5
36
NLA
5
40
BRT
5
17
JTN
6
24
FNK
6
35
VTR
6
35
HND
6
16
VZW
7
23
KNW
7
34
GRN
7
28
PRY
7
15
GOR
8
21
STW
8
30
QNC
8
26
SRN
8
13
WBR
9
18
SAL
9
23
GWD
8
13



GDE
10
21
SHP
8
13



PLG
11
20

Year 9 Parents Evening 2016

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The Albertian Quad was full as several hundred parents and students gathered for the annual Year 9 Parents' Evening Tuesday, 9 February.

Drinks and nibbles were followed by an introduction to the Friends of MAGS parents' group by Chairwoman Ms Nealie Barker.

Parents then moved into the hall for a welcome from Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm, who noted that the Year 9 intake for 2016 was the highest ever at 550 students. Mr Drumm spoke about the special nature of the Junior School, and the pathways and opportunities available to students as they moved through Mount Albert Grammar over the next five years.

Year 13 Peer Support Leaders, who helped throughout the evening, guided parents to their children's Form classes, where Form Teachers spoke about the curriculum and school procedures.

Many parents who already have older children at the school had returned for the evening, showing how much they value contact with MAGS and updates on the school's progress.

First day at MAGS for Year 9s of 2016

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Year 9 students were welcomed to Mount Albert Grammar School with a powhiri on Tuesday, 2 February.

Held in the FW Gamble Hall, the ceremony was attended by members of the Board of Trustees, staff and parents. It included waiata by students of Te Puna o Wairaka, and speeches in te reo by student Uenuku Malesala and Year 9 Boys' Dean Mr Gerald Urquhart.

Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm (left) welcomed the new Year 9 students to the school, and urged them to make the most of the opportunities presented to them.

Associate Principal Mr Paul McKinley, who is charge of Junior Boys, and Deputy Principal Ms Jo Williams, in charge of Junior Girls, introduced the Year 9 Boys' and Girls' Deans, Mr Urquhart and Ms Grace Leaso. They read out the students' Form Classes, and their Form Teachers then took them to show them their Form Rooms and meet their Year 13 Peer Support leaders.

The Peer Support leaders then spent the rest of the day helping the students get to know their classmates, showing them around the school and helping them understand their timetable. The leaders will keep in touch with their Form Classes throughout the year to help the Year 9 students settle into MAGS.

Information PowerPoints for 2016

Please click on the links below to find out more about subjects and extra-curricular activities in the Junior School for 2016.


KAMAR Portal & BYOD


English





Visual Arts

Phys Ed and Health


Technology


Junior Prizegiving 2015

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MAGS' top Junior academic, sports and arts students were named at the Year 9 and 10 Prizegiving ceremonies on Tuesday, 8 December.

The Junior Boy Dux and Girl Dux for 2015 are Gary He and Annie Li, pictured above with Headmaster Mr Dale Burden.

Gary this year won the Senior Academic Award for coming first in Level 2 Calculus. Currently he has 19 credits at Level 1 NCEA, all of them at Excellence level. He also has 13 Credits at Level 2 NCEA, nine of them at Excellence level and 8 credits at Level 3, 6 at Excellence level.

Annie has already gained 40 NCEA credits, 26 at Excellence across all Levels. She is on track to complete Level 3 Mathematics in 2016. She has received the highest amount of Junior Graduation points in the entire Junior cohort. She has a 100% pass rate in all of her subjects and has achieved with Excellence in every assessment in English, Social Studies, Japanese and Business Studies. Annie was also a Year 10 speech finalist and has won a certificate in Year 12 mathematics.

A new award for Service in the Junior School was presented by former Head of History Mr Paul Gardner, who retired last year after 40 years with MAGS. The award went to Vincent Cudmore and Raniya Rahman (pictured left).

The Junior Victor Ludorum is Liam Grozev for achievements in Water Polo, Swimming, Orienteering, Athletics and Triathlon.

Junior Victrix Ludorum is Abigail Roache for achievements in Netball, Touch, Rugby Sevens and Basketball.

The Junior Duces Artium are Billy McColl and Amelia Jack. Both have excelled in Drama, Dance and Music, given back to the school through service and achieved highly in their other subjects.

The Best All Round Girl and Boy in Year 10 are Hannah Houghton and Anton Aish. In Year 9 they are Taher Ismail and Eva Williams.

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden gave his final address to parents, staff and students, saying he leaves the school after 13 years as it is about to have its largest ever intake of Year 9 students in 2016 - about 550. It was pleasing that the girl-boy ratio would reach close to 50-50.

"It's been important to me that this school is the best it can be for families who live in our area, not only for those who can choose to send their children here, but for those who have no choice. The measure of an education system is how well it provides for its most vulnerable, and the families in our area who have no choice but to send their children to MAGS can rest assured that their children are fortunate to attend one of the best schools in the country."

Mr Burden spoke of the school's academic and sporting prowess, its development of the Arts and its extensive building programme of new classrooms and facilities.

"The strength of this school's spirit and the depth of its soul will be my greatest memories of MAGS. A school culture that produces students that genuinely care about each other, want to be the best they can be, and are willing to serve others is what marks out a great school from a good one. MAGS is a great school, and I have been privileged and proud to have been its Headmaster."

Click here for the full list of Year 9 prizewinners

Click here for the full list of Year 10 prizewinners

Junior Arts and Sport Awards 2015

Recipients of Junior Arts Badges

Recipients of Junior Sports Badges
The inaugural Junior Arts and Sports Awards saw 97 Year 9 and 10 students awarded the first Junior Arts and Junior Sports Badges, in recognition of their achievements during their time in the Junior school.

In welcoming parents and students to the FW Gamble Hall on Thursday, 3 December, Headmaster Mr Dale Burden said that while the average size of a New Zealand secondary school was about 800 students, MAGS' Year 9 and 10 student body alone numbered 1100 (MAGS' total roll is close to 2700). The young students' number warranted offering them a wide range of opportunities, which in turn produced some outstanding achievements, and the school wished to recognise these with the new badges to be awarded at a special assembly ahead of Junior Prizegiving each year.

The Guest Speaker was Albertian Mr Josh Cesan, son of MAGS' Head of Dance and Arts Co-ordinator Ms Jacqui Cesan, who is studying for a Degree in Dance at Auckland University while also directing his own dance company, ID Co. One of ID Co's groups, The Bradas, won Gold at the World Hip Hop Championships in San Diego this year, and Josh was later awarded the top award in the Arts category of the University of Auckland Blues Awards.

"I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for all the opportunities offered by the sports and arts at MAGS," said Mr Cesan. "I urge you to consider everything, take a risk, throw yourself in the deep end and learn something new. You might discover a passion that could take you a long way in life."

Click here for the full list of Badge winners

Form Class Competition - the finals

Year 9 Girls winning class, 9BVD

Year 9 Boys winning class, 9MKE

Year 10 Girls winning class, 10HEY

Year 10 Boys winning class, 10SCF

The 2015 Junior School Inter-form Class Competition came to a fun conclusion in two days of competition on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-2 December.

Points gained in the final challenges were added to those gathered through the year and the winning classes announced, as pictured above. They will enjoy the annual prize of lunch and a movie at St Luke's.

The year-long competition is a fun series of challenges that runs throughout the year, with classes gaining points depending on their placings in each event. Extra points are given for participation, support, fair play and team work.

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.

In 2015 challenges included Touch Rugby, Ultimate Vortex, Swimming Sports, Cross Country, Social Studies Quiz, Rowing Machine Challenge, Tug of War, Basketball, Dodgeball and an Art Poster Competition.

Final points for 2015 are:

Year 9 Girls

Year 9 Boys

Year 10 Girls

Year 10 Boys

Class
Place
Points
Class
Place
Points
Class
Place
Points
Class
Place
Points
BVD
1
276
MKE
1
279
HEY
1
188
SCF
1
235
JTN
2
263
GIB
2
252
NHA
2
180
SRN
2
203
GRN
3
240
CLN
3
247
WTN
3
159
STO
3
198
PUL
3
212
PNE
4
235
EBT
4
153
FNK
4
179
VZW
5
203
WKS
5
234
VTR
5
152
GDE
5
162
WSN
6
165
FLM
6
161
MRE
6
150
SAL
6
161
DUN
7
160
HUN
7
160
ROB
7
132
BRT
7
146
NTL
8
130
STW
8
144



NLA
8
145



ASH
9
135



COU
9
133



KNW
10
128



PRY
10
126









PLG
11
113
QNC
12
83

Year 10 students hear about financial literacy

The Chairman of the MAGS Board of Trustees, Mr Greg Moyle, gave Year 10 students an introduction to financial planning in a series of talks in the Murray Nairn Library from 23-27 November.

Mr Moyle is the Director of 1Plan Financial Planning, and each year offers to share some of his knowledge about setting financial goals, how to reach them, and the importance of saving.

Some students will carry these concepts into future studies in Business, and Mr Moyle was keen to reach all Year 10 students and give them some pointers about the life skill of managing their money well.

Year 9 trip to Stardome


Year 9 students had a break from their classrooms on 23-24 November to instead travel to Stardome in One Tree Hill Domain to learn about space.

The trip was part of the Year 9 Science topic of Space Science. Teacher in charge Ms Paula Calver said each class had two sessions at Stardome: "The first session was in the Space Room where an educator gave a lecture about the life cycle of stars, including the predicted fate of our own sun as well as larger stars that will collapse into supernova and black holes."

After a break to study the foyer exhibits, each class then visited the Planetarium to see "immersive" videos about the the universe and the search to find evidence of alien life. The shows finished with a tour of the night sky.

The Junior Graduation Programme

Junior Graduation Ceremony for Year 9 students from 2010

Programme Details

The Junior Graduation programme is for Year 9 and 10 students.

The aim of this programme is to:

  • encourage students to work to achieve their best
  • Actively reward both achievement and effort at all ability levels
  • Better track student performance and achievement
  • Provide more timely and indicative snap shots of progress and achievement


What does it look like?

  • Students will graduate from Year 10 into Year 11 with the Year 10 Mount Albert Grammar School Junior Graduation Diploma
  • Year 9 students work towards a certificate to recognise achievement - the Mount Albert Grammar School Junior Certificate of Achievement
  • Data for each year is stand-alone and thus only contributes to that year's award.

Click on the link below to download two pdfs which explain the Junior Graduation Programme in more detail.

Junior-Graduation-Parent-Info.pdf

Single-Sex Education

At Mount Albert Grammar School students have the best of co-education and single-sex education. Year 9 and 10 classes are single sex and streamed according to academic ability. This is because, at this age, boys and girls have quite different learning needs that are best addressed in single sex classes. Option classes in the Junior school, however, are co-educational classes as allows for a more comprehensive option choice for students

In Year 11 the classes are generally co-educational and in Years 12 and 13 all classes are co-educational. This is a unique arrangement and designed to get the best out of both settings at the time when it is most appropriate.

Individual departments modify content and teaching styles to meet the needs of the single sex classes. The students, staff and parents have all commented on the model as ideal. It is the best of both worlds. A number of co-educational schools have visited Mount Albert Grammar School in order to gain information to assist them in deciding about making the change in their school.

The teaching and learning in the junior school is a major focus as the school continues to improve and develop teacher pedagogy. Years 9 and 10 students at Mount Albert Grammar School will continue to benefit from excellent teaching in single-sex classes in a co-educational environment.

Year 9 students: Their views on single-sex classes


"Learning in single sex classes in great because we can concentrate well and focus on getting a great education at the best of our abilities, with no distractions. Junior girls and boys learn in separate ways. With different strengths, interests and at different paces, although we can look forward to learning in co-ed classes when we're in Year 11."


  • " I prefer single sex classes because they are comfortable learning environments. Girls and boys learn in different ways so we learn the way that suits us best. Settling in to a big new school was easier for me with a class of friendly and supportive girls."

  • "Single sex classes make you feel more confident and comfortable. Everyone is very supportive and it is easier to make friends coming into an all girls class at the beginning of the year. You are more able to concentrate and there are fewer distractions but still an opportunity to interact with the opposite sex outside the classroom."

  • "I am enjoying being in a boys' class in Year 9. The competitive nature of my class is challenging yet fun. I still get to catch up with girl friends during the breaks and in the weekends. Another year of single-sex classes will help my learning."

  • "The single sex classes are good because there are less distractions which means that we can learn faster."

  • "Single sex classes have some advantages. One is there are less distractions for boys and girls and the concentration level becomes higher. Also there is always enough time during the breaks to see each other. I am looking forward to Year 11 where there are co-ed classes."

Peer Support Programme

Each year, Year 13 students act as peer support leaders and assist our new students settle into their new school.


The Peer Support Programme has been in operation for several years now and each time we need to acknowledge the excellent work done by those Year 13 students who give their time and abilities to make such a significant contribution to the newcomers to the School community.
Over 100 young people give up some holiday time to train for, and then facilitate, an excellent orientation programme in the first week of the school year, and continued weekly contact during Term One.

Year 13 students are a valuable resource within the School community, and their ability to establish supportive and positive relationships with their Year 9 charges, their ongoing interaction with them over the year, and the leadership skills gained as a result of the programme ensures that the peer support experience continues to be a positive one for all concerned.

Junior School Contacts

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.

Contact Details

Paul McKinley
Associate Principal
Responsible for Junior Boys

pmckinley@mags.school.nz
Phone: 815 4031
Jo Williams
Deputy Principal
Responsible for Junior Girls
Director of the Academic Institute

jwilliams@mags.school.nz
Phone: 815 4036

Grace Leaso
Dean, Year 9 Girls

gleaso@mags.school.nz
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8111

Gerald Urquhart
Dean, Year 9 Boys

gurquhart@mags.school.nz
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8110

Shelley Mackinlay-Milne
Dean, Year 10 Girls

smackinlay-milne@mags.school.nz
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8113

Gareth Hodges
Dean, Year 10 Boys

ghodges@mags.school.nz
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8112

Form Teachers

Class Teacher Email
Year 9 Girls
9CVT Ms Carissa Calvert
ccalvert@mags.school.nz
9DUN Miss Helen Dunham
hdunham@mags.school.nz
9GOR Mr Joseph George
jgeorge@mags.school.nz
9JGL Ms Jennifer Jagiello
jjagiello@mags.school.nz
9JTN Miss Kelly Johnston
kjohnston@mags.school.nz
9MRE Mrs Marian Moore
mmoore@mags.school.nz
9NHA Mrs Robina Nisha
rnisha@mags.school.nz
9WBR Mrs Elizabeth Weber
eweber@mags.school.nz
9VZW
Miss Laura Van der Zouwe
lvanderzouwe@mags.school.nz
Year 9 Boys
9BOK Mr Brent Booker
bbooker@mags.school.nz
9FLM Mr Richie Folomu
rfolomu@mags.school.nz
9FNK Mr Gregory Frank
gfrank@mags.school.nz
9GIB Mr Warwick Gibbs wgibbs@mags.school.nz
9GDE Mr John Goodier
jgoodier@mags.school.nz
9KNW Mr Jason Knowles
jknowles@mags.school.nz
9MKE Mr Elliot Moka emoka@mags.school.nz
9PLG Mr Reuben Ploeg
rploeg@mags.school.nz
9SAL Mr Tony Sail
tsail@mags.school.nz
9SEO Miss Stella Seo
sseo@mags.school.nz
9STW
Mr Glenn Stewart
gstewart@mags.school.nz

Year 10 Girls
10AST Mrs Jitika Austin
jaustin@mags.school.nz
10BNF Ms Shona Boniface
sboniface@mags.school.nz
10GRN Ms Alex Green
agreen@mags.school.nz
10MKN Miss Nadine Mackinnon
mmackinnon@mags.school.nz
10NLA Ms Mary Niulesa
mniulesa@mags.school.nz
10PLN Miss Nicole Paulin
npaulin@mags.school.nz
10QNC Mrs Liz Quinn-Casey
equinncasey@mags.school.nz
10VTR
Ms Debbie Venter
dventer@mags.school.nz
Year 10 Boys
10BRT Mr Pat Barrett
pbarrett@mags.school.nz
10COU Mr Aubrey Coup
acoup@mags.school.nz
10GWD Mr Scott Greenwood
sgreenwood@mags.school.nz
10HND Mr Justin Hind
jhind@mags.school.nz
10HUN Mr Matthew Huang
mhuang@mags.school.nz
10PNE Mr Joseph Payne
jpayne@mags.school.nz
10PRY
Mr Carl Perry
cperry@mags.school.nz
10SCF Mr Andrew Scaife
ascaife@mags.school.nz
10SHP
Mr Steven Sharp
ssharp@mags.school.nz
10SRN Mr Brett Sorrenson
bsorrenson@mags.school.nz

The Academic Institute - Acceleration & Extension


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.

  • ....really enjoy ..... challenging and pushes me to my limits. It is sometimes difficult & stressful, but the results are rewarding ....
  • ....I enjoy the advanced programme .... it is challenging.... what is the fun it being easy?
  • ....it gives me a taste of NCEA and I've learnt various skills and techniques to help me in maths....
  • A lot more challenging than I'm used to .... learning a lot and finding school more interesting.
  • The accelerate maths is hard but I enjoy constantly learning new things and figuring things out.
  • I enjoy the challenge because my teacher makes maths fun & enjoyable......
  • Learned heaps ..... feel like I'm reaching my potential.....

Ultimately, student experience and enjoyment of learning and achievement underpins accelerate and extension opportunities.