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MAGS' top Junior academic, sports and arts students were named at the Year 9 and 10 Prizegiving ceremonies on Tuesday, 6 December.
The Junior Girl Dux and Boy Dux for 2016 are Jamila Chen and Adam Bateman, pictured above with Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm. Click here for a summary of their academic achievements
The Junior Victor Ludorum is Dylan Moon for achievements in Athletics, Rugby, Rugby Sevens and Touch.
Junior Victrix Ludorum is Moanekah Va'ai for achievements in Basketball, Netball, Touch and Tag.
The Junior Duces Artium are Logan Allomes and Maddi Bencich. Logan has excelled in Drama and was MC of this year's Junior Bytes concert. Maddi has excelled in both Dance and Drama.
The Best All-Round Boy and Girl in Year 10 are Adam Bateman and Takunda Muzondiwa. The Best All-Round Year 9 students are Vaibhav Nayyar and Isla Thompson.
In his speech, Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm said academic achievement was the ultimate measure by which the school judged its success. It was one of MAGS' "four pillars" - the others being the Arts, Sport and Service - and students were encouraged to become involved in all four areas as their achievements in one gave them the confidence and the work ethic to succeed in others.
"I thank our Junior students for approaching their schooling in such a positive way. You can take confidence from your success so far as you enter the Senior school next year."
Year 9 Girls winners - 9CVT
Year 9 Boys winners - 9MKE
Year 10 Girls winners - 10MKN
Year 10 Boys winners - 10SCF
Year 9 Girls
Year 9 Boys
Year 10 Girls
Year 10 Boys
Year 9 & 10 Testing - Catch-up information
Students new to Mount Albert Grammar at Year 9 and 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 2016 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 25 January, 2017.
Please have your child be at the school by 8.45 and report to the main office and you will be directed from there. The tests will start at 9am and take approximately three hours, allowing for a short break. Please arrange to collect your child from about 12.15pm.
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 8:30am. Assemble in the Albertian quadrangle.
All Year 10 students to arrive by 9.30am. Assemble outside Gym 1.
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:
* Get to know the routines of the school.
* Get to know other students in your form class.
* Meet your teachers.
* Settle into the routines of secondary school life.
What happens during orientation?
* Be introduced to life at Mount Albert Grammar School
* Learn about the school procedures
* Get to know their way around the school
* Find out where to go if they require assistance
* Have time to ask any questions that may arise
* Receive their timetable
* Set goals for the year
* Meet with Senior Peer Support Leaders
You will be put into a Form Class, your Options will be checked, timetables issued and general administration issues dealt with.
Timetabled classes will run from Period 3 so you will need to bring suitable stationery, eg, pens and paper.
Please click on the links below to find out more about subjects and extra-curricular activities in the Junior School.
Phys Ed and Health
Isla Thompson might only be in Year 9, but that didn't stop the 13-year-old from putting her name forward for the Albert-Eden Youth Board.
She has been appointed as one of 12 members; the others range in age from 17-24, making her the youngest by some margin.
"I saw in the school notices that applications were open and I thought that would be a cool thing to be part of," says Isla. "We get to look at issues from young people's perspectives, and give feedback to the adults on the Albert-Eden Local Board."
The Youth Board has four areas on which to focus - sustainability, social mobility, social development and civic engagement. Projects will include encouraging young people to vote, and using social and online media in a positive way.
"This is our opportunity to get involved in our community and help make it what we want it to be."
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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.
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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.
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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."
Recipients of Junior Arts Badges
Recipients of Junior Sports Badges
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."
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
Phone: 815 4036
Dean, Year 9 Girls
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8111
Dean, Year 9 Boys
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8110
| Shelley Mackinlay-Milne
Dean, Year 10 Girls
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8113
| Gareth Hodges
Dean, Year 10 Boys
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8112
|Year 9 Girls
|9CVT||Ms Carissa Calvert
|9DUN||Miss Helen Dunham
|9GOR||Mr Joseph George
|9JGL||Ms Jennifer Jagiello
|9JTN||Miss Kelly Johnston
|9MRE||Mrs Marian Moore
|9NHA||Mrs Robina Nisha
|9WBR||Mrs Elizabeth Weber
||Miss Laura Van der Zouwe
|Year 9 Boys|
|9BOK||Mr Brent Booker
|9FLM||Mr Richie Folomu
|9FNK||Mr Gregory Frank
|9GIB||Mr Warwick Gibbsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|9GDE||Mr John Goodier
|9KNW||Mr Jason Knowles
|9MKE||Mr Elliot Mokaemail@example.com|
|9PLG||Mr Reuben Ploeg
|9SAL||Mr Tony Sail
|9SEO|| Miss Stella Seo
||Mr Glenn Stewart
Year 10 Girls
|10AST||Mrs Jitika Austin
|10BNF||Ms Shona Boniface
|10GRN||Ms Alex Green
|10MKN||Miss Nadine Mackinnon
|10NLA||Ms Mary Niulesa
|10PLN||Miss Nicole Paulin
|10QNC||Mrs Liz Quinn-Casey
||Ms Debbie Venter
|Year 10 Boys|
|10BRT||Mr Pat Barrett
|10COU||Mr Aubrey Coup
|10GWD||Mr Scott Greenwood
|10HND||Mr Justin Hind
|10HUN||Mr Matthew Huang
|10PNE||Mr Joseph Payne
||Mr Carl Perry
|10SCF||Mr Andrew Scaife
||Mr Steven Sharp
|10SRN||Mr Brett Sorrenson