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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Junior Prizegiving 2016

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 Paul Gardner Cup for Service in the Junior School was presented to Logan Allomes and Jamila Chen for the assistance on numerous committees and with arts groups and sports teams.

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."

Click here for the full list of Year 9 Prizewinners

Click here for the full list of Year 10 Prizewinners

Form Class Competition 2016 - The Finals

Year 9 Girls winners - 9CVT

Year 9 Boys winners - 9MKE

Year 10 Girls winners - 10MKN

Year 10 Boys winners - 10SCF

The 2016 Junior School Inter-form Class Competition came to a fun conclusion in two days of competition on Tuesday and Wednesday, 29-30 November.

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 2016 challenges included the MAGS Way video challenge, General Knowledge Quiz, Volleyball, Touch Rugby, Ultimate Vortex, Swimming Sports, Cross Country, Social Studies Quiz, Rowing Machine Challenge, Tug of War, Basketball, and an Art Poster Competition.

Final points for 2016 are:

Year 9 Girls

Year 9 Boys

Year 10 Girls

Year 10 Boys




2017 students: Your first day at MAGS

Students new to MAGS

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:

Tuesday, 31 January, 2017

All Year 9 students to arrive by 8:30am. Assemble in the Albertian quadrangle.

Wednesday, 1 February, 2017

All Year 10 students to arrive by 9.30am. Assemble outside Gym 1.

What should I wear? The correct school uniform.

What should I bring? Paper, pens, lunch and a drink. Do not bring your device on your first day. You will be told when to bring your device to school for the first time.

What time will I finish school on my first day? 3.10pm

What will happen during the first day?

YEAR 9 students

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?

Students will:

* 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 Year 13 Peer Support Leaders

Click here to find out more about our Peer Support Programme

YEAR 10 students

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.

Information PowerPoints

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



Visual Arts

Phys Ed and Health


Year 9 student on Albert-Eden Youth Board

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."

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.

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

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.


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
Phone: 815 4031
Jo Williams
Deputy Principal
Responsible for Junior Girls
Phone: 815 4036

Grace Leaso
Dean, Year 9 Girls
Phone: 846 2044, ext 8111
Michael Collins
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

Form Teachers

Class Teacher Email
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 Gibbs
9GDE Mr John Goodier
9KNW Mr Jason Knowles
9MKE Mr Elliot Moka
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