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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
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Ludorum and Victor Ludorum
Pritchard and David Hutchinson
Letford Alexandra Chaptynova
Duxes and Best All Round Students in Year 10
Ferguson and Rececca Ridgway
in the Arts
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,
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
Junior Certificate of Achievement with excellence
Junior Certificate of Achievement with merit
Junior Certificate of Achievement
Junior Certificate of Achievement with support
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
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.
here to download the programme of the
When Sally passed away, Facebook tributes included one from
friend Jasmine Todd. "You are the kind of friend that would
change someone's life by just being part of it. You are
beautiful inside and out. I'll never forget our walks home and
how you would make me laugh and not stop. You are wonderful
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
Charlotte Tait said she would "live on forever through
people's hearts and the changes you made in people by just
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
here to download the full programme with
images and information about the 33 long-serving staff.
Attendees from left: Paul Gardner, Brian Murphy, Warwick
Gibbs, Greg Cave,
Elise Goddard, Kel White, Gerald Wareing, Evan Gray, Brian
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.
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
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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
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
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
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.
that the community is not disrupted by students on study leave,
- No students are to go to Rocket Park nor Westfield St Lukes
during the examination period.
- Once the morning examination has been completed, students
are to go home to study. Both Rocket Park and Westfield St
Lukes are out of bounds.
When coming to school for the afternoon examination,
students are not to go through Rocket Park nor Westfield St
All the best for these examinations.
Inter-School Academic Competition Success
Social Science Quiz Events
On Wednesday 17 August, the school participated in the
AGTA Senior Geography Quiz
. Usually the
competitors are year 13 students but with our year 13 students
in Rotorua this week ours was the only team of year 12
students: Vosawale Lesuma, Charlotte Unusa, Jack Caldwell, Toby
There were a record 30 schools entering this year. We did
amazingly well to top the points board at the end of the
preliminary rounds and gain a place in the final four, the
first time MAGS has ever achieved this. In the nerve-wracking
on the stage in front of everyone, on the buzzer final rounds
unfortunately our disadvantage on the year 13 curriculum based
questions took its toll. The team finished a gallant and highly
The MAGS Year 11 History Team 1 of Robert Gore, Tobias
Campbell, Daniel Begovich came second in the
Year 11 History Quiz
with 80 points to
Rangitoto College 1's 82 points. Well done. MAGS Year 11
History Team 2: Krishna Balachandran, Oliver Cato, Alex
MacKinnon came 9th. A great effort by both teams.
Casio Mathex Competition
Eight year 10 students (two teams) competed very well on
Wednesday 17 August in the Mathex competition. They were up
against 70 other Auckland schools and our top team won third
place in the competition with a score of 90%. The other team
scored a very good 80% to be placed fifth.
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.
Senior Cricket Team in Europe
The senior cricket team is currently on their second
First three blog entries.
World Challenge Expedition
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".
Their table was ranked using an average score based on the
school's performance between 2007-2010. Our score of .84 showed
that, for the years 2007-2010, on average, we had fewer
students gaining an endorsed certificate than the average for
decile 7/8 schools.
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
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
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
This table, as published by Metro, provides a rank list based
on University Entrance of all those students on the Year 13
roll, including those not entered in University Entrances
courses. They do point out that Mount Albert Grammar School has
an "artificially low score" because of the Alternative
Education students on our roll. Metro strongly advises that
readers contact the school.
They gave us a score of 43%. However, our University Entrance
average, not including the Alternative Education students, for
the period 2007-2010 is 66.8%. The decile 7 average over the
same time period is 65.65%.
Scholarship Results Table
We are ranked 10th in Auckland, the highest-ranking decile 7
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
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
In 2009, our Level 1 results were the best of any decile 7
state school in Auckland and the third best decile 7 state
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
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.
Last Thursday, we left London early and travelled by bus to
Dover arriving at 9am after a two-hour trip. It was really
exciting seeing the white cliffs for the first time. We boarded
the ferry for Calais (France). The trip was uneventful, apart
from the flat sea. Arriving in Calais, we were met by our coach
for the rest of the tour. We travelled for two hours into
Belgium to reach the town of Tournai. This town is so old - it
has a catherdal in the centre from the 16th century and the
roads are stone blocks and the peolple speak French. This now
is the biggest challenge, as the boys cope with the language
barrier - but the are getting better at it as the days go by.
We have tried a different resturant each night and have had
some wonderful meals. We have played another three matches
against the Belgium U19 side and a selection side and won them
all. There have been excellent performances by all the boys in
On Sunday, we went to the battle sites and the war graves of
the First World War that the kiwis fought in. We had a kiwi
guide for the day . He started us off at the battle of Messine
and, at the end of the day, ended up at Passendale and the war
grave cemetery at Pyne Cot. This has 11000 graves stones
including kiwis who died in these battles. It was really a
exciting but sobering day, as we walked the fields and places
where these battles took place and so many men died.
We went on the the town of Mennin where we were guests of the
town to lay a wreath at the Mennin Gate at the last post
ceremony at 8pm. We were dressed in our blazers and ties for
the occasion. Jayden Metcalfe, representing the school, Nic
Parish (great uncle died in this war) and Mr Leonard,
representing the staff, laid the wreath on behalf of the
school. Then Haamiora performed the haka which was truly an
amazing experience. The amount of people (and there were about
400) who spoke to us afterwards and wanted to know about us was
We now travel to Holland for the last leg of the tour -
playing two matches and having a look around before we leave on
The boys and staff are tired and travel weary, but have had so
much fun and great times over the past few weeks.
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.
On Friday we play Purley Cricket Club - for a 40 over match on
another fantastic ground. This is our final match in England
before we hit the sights and leave for Europe. The boys have
really got into the touring mode, are past the jet lag and
really enjoying the travel. They are tired, but a winning team
is a happy team and they have all made outstanding
contributions to the winning of the matches. The weather has
been really pleasant and warm, allowing us to play good
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
Mr Belson's World Challenge Blog
Monday 1 August
These last few days have been very rewarding. Spending time
working at the orphanage has been great for our students and the
orphans. We have been building a brick wall, teaching, preparing
food and playing with the kids. The day we had to move the 2500
bricks and one ton of cement by hand 400m across the rice fields
because the truck couldn't get up the road, was hard work!! (We
had bought those bricks too!)
We have also provided some cooking utensils, balls, hoops and
games along with the pencils and ballons, which were kindly
donated to us in NZ.
Everyone is feeling humbled by the orphans' happiness and
kindness, since they are content with the simple things and we
realise we have so much that is so unnecessary. We are helping
and making a small difference to their lives.
(www.cosocambodia.org is the web site where we are).
One day left with the children and then a visit to Angkor Wat
before the journey home.
Friday 29 July
After our rest in Hoi An, and lots of shopping, we boarded the
overnight train back to Ho Chi Minh. Although 17 hrs seemed a
long time, it passed quickly as we were much better prepared for
the journey than the last time, plus it was an express train not
a local one!
Arrived back early afternoon, last minute shopping, a meal
then sleep before an early bus to Phnom Penh. This took us about
6 hrs, including a stop at the boarder for checks, visas etc.
It was raining in Phnom Penh when we arrived, quite tired but
had booked ahead for a backpackers, so went straight there.
Cambodia seems slightly better off, although there are still the
poor areas and street sellers. They are a happy, friendly people
who are always keen to help. Thursday morning was a visit to the
Killing Fields and S-21. It was a fascinating place, very solemn
and respectful of the atrocities that were carried out there. The
students were quite moved by the weapons used, methods of killing
and the display of bones and clothes retrieved from the mass
graves. The pictures in S-21 also reinforced the horror of the
Following this we boarded another bus to Siem Reap, another
long and tiring journey along a not-so sealed road. The electric
storm added to the atmosphere by lighting up everything around!
We start our project tomorrow in the orphanage. At the moment, we
think we are teaching English, building and cooking lunch. More
We have five days at the orphanage, a visit to Angkor Wat,
then return to Phnom Penh then home. Where has the time gone?
Sunday 24 July
We left Nha Trang on Thursday night on the
sleeper train. It left an hour-and-a-half late and arrived fours
hrs late! So, 14hrs on a train with not too much room really
tested our resilience. Can't wait for the 15 hours back to Ho Chi
Minh on Monday.
The town of Hoi An is renowned for its tailors and shops -
great for the girls but the boys are sticking ridgily to the
markets and buying nothing over $3. The girls are off having
tailor-made dresses/shoes. This is definitely our r'n'r phase!
The beach here is also great, but temperatures in the high 30s
mean we tend to go down in the late afternoon, just like the
Plenty of variety in terms of food and everyone is still keen
to try new things, although it is starting to become more of the
same - rice, noodles, pork, eggs, bread.
One more day here before leaving for HCMC, then onto
Thursday 21 July
Good afternoon everyone from an incredibly hot Nha Trang,
The weather out here is almost unbearably hot (30+ at 9.00am)
- we are currently at the coastal town of Nha Trang for a day
before leaving tonight on the sleeper train to Hoi An, further up
the coast, for a few days r'n'r.
The last week has been a jungle adventure - starting in Dalat
and heading south to start at a very small town called Chicken
Village. I don't know why it is named this way but it does have a
huge concrete chicken at the entrance! Anyway, we climbed high up
into the forest for our first camp and first taste of real jungle
at night (a lot cooler and less humid), but very noisy
animals/insects! The next day was a trek down another valley to a
lakeside camp, where we met a group of English students doing a
similar thing. The kids had a great night swopping stories around
a camp fire.
We moved on up and over a small hill before moving to a final
campsite halfway up Lang Bien Mountain. From here, it was a
one-and-a-half-hour trek to the top, which was seen as a good
group accomplishment, as it it the highest mountain in the
central highlands and possibly second highest in Vietnam.
The team then took a three-hour bus ride from Dalat over to
Nha Trang, where we are now. Have spent the day swimming in the
sea - the boys found a small "water park" on the beach - cost $2
for the day! Needless to say, it has proved a popular choice with
So, sleeper train tonight to Hoi An for the next couple of
days and then back to Ho Chi Minh to catch a bus to Cambodia.
Saturday 16 July
After a an interesting time in Ho Chi Minh we left for Buon Ma
Thuot, an eight-hour bus journey on a rather poor road which took
us north. We arrived around 10pm and found some accommodation for
a $1.50, which was obviously not five star! After a night there,
we moved onto a national park for some trekking, which was
incredibly hot and humid. There was some interesting food, which
everyone ate since there was no choice - even ants!
After a couple of days sweating our way through the bush, we
went to an elephant sanctuary, had a ride, lunch and then moved
onto Dalat. It is a lot cooler here and we have a day to prepare
for our next big trek up in the central highlands.
All the students are embracing the food and culture of this
place and are all getting on well. There are no illnesses so far,
so all is good with the team.
Hope you are enjoying the NZ winter as we suffer the heat and
Wednesday 13 July
After a fairly uneventful flight we arrived in Bangkok, spent
the night in a local hostel then caught a connecting flight to Ho
Chi Minh Monday morning. Left the airport to a complete culture
shock! We took a bus to the backpackers' district surrounded by
scooters - scooters everywhere and they never stop!
Spent Monday be accosted by street sellers with fake glasses,
watches, etc - even fake North Face gear! I don't think there is
any legitimate goods here! Had a good lunch then went to the War
Remnants Museum, which was pretty harrowing, but interesting none
the less. Ate a local meal last night - $38 for 19 people, drinks
included - can't say fairer than that although i might well be
over rice by the time i get back.
Today, Tuesady, we move on north to a small town from where we
are starting our first jungle trek tomorrow. Sounds simple but
the transport system is a bit dodgy. The students are onto it and
planning the accommodation for when we arrive, i hope, and have
sorted the food.
Kids have been great and are really onto it, but having their
eyes opened to a completely different way of life.
Will be out of contact for a while as there's no bush
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.
Click here for a three-page pdf of the full
"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
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
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
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
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
The Prime Minister
is greeted by Headmaster Burden
The PM with head
prefects Rachel Head and Jayden Metcalfe
Melissa Lee, MP, The
Rt Hon John Key, PM, Dale Burden, Headmaster, Greg Moyle,
Fa'amausili-Banse-Prince (Olympic swimming), Donald
McVeigh (Former NZ Rep - speed skating) and Director of
Sport Dave Long (centre)
All Black legend,
Bryan Williams, former headmaster Maurice Hall, former
chairman of the BOT Peter Thorp
DP TeAroha Keenan
with NZ U17 basketball
representative Morgan Roberts and her
with the MP for Mount Albert David Shearer and Albertian
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
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:
Wednesday 2 March:
A special lunchtime concert was held in the Albertian Quad.
Prefects and other students entertained their peers as they
Thursday 3 March:
Students had been busy overnight baking cakes and other yummy
treats to fundraise. There were three bake sales at
Friday 4 March:
Students were invited to participate in a special mufti day,
wearing the Canterbury colours of red and black in return for
a gold coin donation. A variety of activities in the
Albertian Quad, including a "dunking machine" created a
carnival atmosphere. Headmaster Burden is pictured left doing
his bit for fellow Cantabrians.
The total for the money collected from the MAGS activities
over the last few days is $15,047.30.
Congratulations to all on this fantastic effort.
Debating - Auckland Regional Championships - 12/13 March
Luke Wilson, Lucy Harrison and Rebecca Barnett spent the
windy, wet weekend debating a variety of moots against the best
teams in the Auckland Regional Championships. They won against
Epsom Girls Grammar, St Cuthbert's and Kristin in the opening
three rounds. They made the final eight in second position behind
King's College. They won the "legalise marijuana" quarter-final
against St Kentigern College and in the semi-final defeated
Auckland Grammar, negating "that individuals should have to
reveal their actual identity when using social networks."
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
Scholars' Assembly - Friday 1 April 2011
Welcome back to the top scholars from 2010.
, Josiah Ploeg,
, Darius Hedayati
Jack Barclay. Absent:
Sterling Ruwhiu, Sophie
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
Zoe 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 Recipients
Lion 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
Y12, 2010, Scholars' Lions Winners
Top in year group based on GPA in best 100 credits in
Luke Boyle, Celia Brownlee-Whines (r), Samantha Cantle
(r), Ben Chambers (r), Philippa Cumming (r), Matthew
Denton (r), Mandy Enright (r), James Enright, Lucy Harrison
(r),Daniel Hay (r), Nina Ives (r), Chas Joy, Nikhil Magan (r),
Gemma Mansell, Courtney MacKinnon, Jayden Metcalfe (r), David
Miller (r), Nicholas Parish (r), James Smith, Thomas Southwell
(r), Amanda Swales, Molly Swanson (r), Ho Yan Tan (r), Priyanka
Taunk (r), Ashan Tuinder, Elliot Varoy (r), Luke Wilson (r)
Y13, 2009, Scholars' Lions Winners
Top in year group based on GPA in best 100 credits in
Thomas Anderson, Jack Barclay, Prosenjit Bhowmic, Sam
Caldwell (r), Tamatoa Carr (r), Jiayu Chen, Ella Davis, David
Eade (r), Gregory Ells, Byron Gibbons (r), Bruno
Johnston, Mathew Milner (r), Benjamin Pegman, Josiah Ploeg,
Matthew Russell (r),Sterling Ruwhiu, Eu-Lee Teh, Sophie Templeton
(r), Ye (Tina) Wang, Yi (Kevin) Xi, Wen Jia Zhang, Qi
Long (Simon) Zhou (r)
National Scholarship Winners, 2010
New Zealand Scholarship Winners - Awarded to students who
achieve two or more NZ Scholarships:
Jack Barclay, Prosenjit Bhowmic, Sam Caldwell, David Eade,
Gregory Ells, Darius Hedayati, Matthew Milner,
Matthew Russell, Sophie Templeton
Y13, 2010, Students whose names are to be inscribed on the
Honours Board for Scholars
Awarded to students who achieve at least three NZ
Sam Caldwell (5, 1 outstanding), Matthew Russell (3)
Sir Woolf Fisher Award
Biographical Details - Year 13, 2010 - Mulitiple Scholarship
Jack Barclay (2006-2010)
Jack Barclay came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9
student in 2006 from Balmoral School. He was initially placed in
our second-stream class but his results were so impressive that
he was promoted to the top-stream in the middle of the year. He
adjusted quickly to the higher demands and remained in the top
stream thereafter. The following year he became part of our
accelerate programme, which involved his taking NCEA Level One
papers in English, science and mathematics. He won a certificate
for first place in German and gained first place in the Speech
Competition. This acceleration continued into Year 11, when he
took Level Two media studies and mathematics and some internal
Level Two papers in English. He came first in both English and
media studies. In 2009 Jack took two Level Three subjects,
calculus and classical studies, in which latter subject he really
took flight, scoring all excellences in every standard. He also
passed two Level Three German internals and came first in this
subject. At the end-of-year 2010 prize-giving Jack received
certificates in English and media studies as well as the Neville
Watson Memorial Prize for the student who best typifies the
spirit of Mount Albert Grammar School. As one of the top
achievers in Year 13 he was also presented with a John Williamson
Scholarship, the prestigious Woolf Fisher Award and the Victoria
Achievers' Scholarship. He ranks in the top echelon of our
academic students and received an ASB Scholarship for being
ranked third in our year 12 cohort last year. His high GPA in
NCEA meant that he received a scholar lion from the school on two
occasions and he has passed all three levels of NCEA with
Outside the classroom, Jack has taken a full part in
extra-curricular activities. He played rugby in the junior
school, captaining his team, but in his time with us has really
concentrated on squash, most recently as captain of the premier
team. In the last two years he has been involved in the Adventure
Racing Hillary Challenge at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre. It is in
this sphere that his leadership skills have truly come to the
fore since this challenge requires close teamwork and
problem-solving. The same skills are evidenced in his bronze Duke
of Edinburgh award. He has, in view of his contribution to sport,
received two sports lions from the school. Outside the school,
Jack has an abiding passion for Seido Karate, which he practises
to a high level of proficiency and helps instruct.
He is a confident speaker, addressing the students in the
school hall with ease. He has also spoken at the Anzac Day
ceremony in Mt Albert. As a prefect, he is involved with charity
fundraising organization within the school. Other interests Jack
has include music, theatre sports, the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare
competition and stage challenge. Last year, he, along with
others, formed a Glee club. He has also been a core member of the
He was appointed a prefect of the school at the end of last
year and, after the leadership camp, Head Prefect (boys) for
At the examinations held at the end of last year, Jack won two
scholarships, in English and media studies. These entitle him to
an award of $1000 for one year.
Jack is currently studying for a conjoint degree in law and
arts with philosophy and psychology majors at Victoria
Prosenjit Bhowmic (2006-2010)
Prosenjit Bhowmic came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a
Year 9 student in 2006 from Balmoral School. His reports spoke of
a conscientious boy who worked to the best of his ability. He
made a fine start in his new school and as a result was promoted
to an accelerate stream in Year 10 when he took NCEA papers in
science and mathematics one year early. He came first in this
form class including first in science. In Year 11 the
acceleration continued in mathematics when he sat Level Two in
that subject and winning a certificate. His GPA was so high that
he was awarded a scholar lion. In Year 12 he took calculus
scholarship and received a certificate in biology and was
re-awarded a scholar lion for his fine grades. He took a
university mathematics paper (153) from Auckland University in
the first half of last year and was awarded a certificate in
calculus at last year's prize-giving. Prosenjit has also passed
all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
Outside the classroom, Prosenjit has played tennis for the
school for several years and was singles and doubles champion at
his club (Edendale). He has also participated in orienteering and
table-tennis. This year he has also played for the Second XI
hockey team and Fourth XI soccer team.
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Prosenjit
won two scholarships, in calculus and statistics. These entitle
him to an award of $1000 for one year.
Prosenjit is currently studying engineering at the University
Sam Caldwell (2008-2010)
Sam Caldwell came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 11
student in 2008 from Hamilton Boys' High School. He had been in
the top streams and working a year ahead in mathematics, science,
economics and history at this previous school by sitting papers
in NCEA Level One. He had also gained distinctions in the
Australasian mathematics and English competitions. Consequently
he adjusted well to a similarly competitive regime with us. In
Year 11 he took five Level One subjects while being accelerated
in mathematics, taking Level Two, winning a certificate in this
as well as one in Year 11 Geography. He was a member of the team
which came second in the Auckland Schools' Geography Quiz. In
Year 12 he took Level Three calculus and last year he took
accounting, economics, physics and statistics for Level Three and
chemistry for Level Two (a subject he picked up after not having
studied it since Year 10). Sam's results at the end of Year 12
ranked him fifth overall in the school and as a result he was
awarded an ASB Bank Scholarship. In that year he was awarded
first prizes in both accounting and economics and the Ian Bogue
Cup for the top Year 12 commerce student. He scored a high
distinction in the NZ Economics Competition (18th). For his high
GPAs in Level One and Two, Sam was awarded two scholar lions. He
passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
He scored an A in a university mathematics linear algebra
paper (AU paper 153) in the first half of last year. The team he
was part of made the regional finals of the Reserve Bank Monetary
Policy Challenge. He has also attended the Aurora Astronomy
School. Last year he sat on the Academic Council, a student body
focussing on academic issues.
At the end-of-year prize-giving, Sam came first in accounting,
economics and calculus and won certificates in statistics and
physics. He won the Makan Cup for Commerce, the Bull Mathematics
Prize and the Statistics Cup. He was also awarded a Williamson's
Scholarship and the Canterbury University Emerging Leaders'
Scholarship. Consequently he was the Proxime Accessit of the
Outside the classroom, Sam played cricket, soccer and
basketball at Hamilton Boys' High School where he was in the
elite sports academy for these sports. He had also won awards for
the most improved colts player and most valuable colts player.
Sam has played soccer to 2nd XI level, cricket for the 2nd XI and
boys' premier lacrosse, for which he has won a sports lion. Last
year he also participated in theatresports. This year he has
added orienteering and basketball to his portfolio.
Outside of school, Sam has also pursued cricket with the
Eden-Roskill club in a championship-winning team and was in the
Western Districts U17 development squad. Last year he played
soccer for Mount Albert-Ponsonby. He has coached cricket and
soccer also. He plays club lacrosse, indoor cricket and
participates in orienteering. He has also taken guitar
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Sam won five
scholarships, in calculus (outstanding), statistics, physics,
accounting and economics. These entitle him to an award of $5000
a year for three years. He has also received a business
scholarship worth $2500 a year for two years.
Sam is currently studying for a conjoint degree in business
and engineering at the University of Canterbury, where he was
offered scholarships in both.
David Eade (2006-2010)
David Eade came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9
student in 2006 from Kowhai Intermediate School. He was
immediately placed in our top-stream class where he came second
overall. His talent was such that he was selected to be part of a
small super-accelerated group to sit NCEA Level One mathematics
in Year 9 (i.e. two years in advance). He also was selected to
represent the school in Mathex, as he did in Year 10. In the
Australian Mathematics Competition he gained a distinction award.
In the Goethe Society examinations he came second in Auckland.
The following year, the acceleration continued into Level Two in
mathematics and he also became part of the advanced courses in
English and science, which involved his sitting NCEA Level One
papers a year ahead. He won a scholar lion for his high GPA in
Year 10. He also came first in German and won an award of
excellence in the Goethe examinations. He won a high distinction
in the Asia Wise social studies competition. In Year 11 he sat
Level Three calculus and won certificates in biology, English and
German. Again he won a high distinction, this time in the
Australian Chemistry Quiz. He again sat calculus in Year 12 when
he won a scholarship in the subject. He won scholar lions in
those years also. He again won high distinction in the Australian
Chemistry Quiz. In 2009 he also was part of a school trip to
Germany and he topped this subject at the end of the year along
with Year 13 calculus and gained a certificate in English. In the
last three years he has participated in the Australian Chemistry
Quiz. He has passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
At the end-of-year prize-giving, David came first in English,
German, chemistry and statistics, winning the Harvey Senior
English Prize, the Shaw Senior Prize in Chemistry and the Coldham
Senior Language Prize. With a GPA of 100% he was Dux of the
School. He was also awarded the prestigious Chris Liddell
David is a keen sportsman and has played cricket every year
for the school, organizing and leading his team with enthusiasm.
This year, after playing for a club for four years, he played
soccer for the school and was also involved in orienteering.
David is an extremely gifted and academic young man, and it
was in recognition of these skills that he was appointed to be
the Academic Prefect and in this position he co-chaired the
Academic Council. He has also trained in peer support and helped
juniors with their orientation in the school at the beginning of
In the examinations held at the end of last year, David won
two outstanding scholarships, in calculus and statistics, and was
one mark away from two further scholarships. These entitle him to
an award of $1000 for one year.
David is currently studying health science in preparation for
a medical degree at the University of Auckland.
Gregory Ells (2006-2010)
Gregory Ells came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9
student in 2006 from Remuera Intermediate School. His reports
spoke of a young man with considerable ability in mathematical
problem-solving. He was placed in an upper-stream class where he
made a sound start, progressing to Year 10 where he took NCEA
Level One mathematics and science papers one year early. In Year
11 the acceleration continued with his sitting Level Two
mathematics and in Year 12 when he sat Level Three calculus. His
GPA for that year entitled him to the award of a scholar lion.
Last year he sat calculus, chemistry, physics and statistics for
Level Three and he also took a University of Auckland mathematics
paper (153), which he also passed. At the end of the year he
gained certificates in calculus and physics. Gregory has passed
NCEA Level One with merit and Levels Two and Three with
Outside the classroom, Gregory has played soccer for the
school over three years, most recently as captain of the Third
XI. Outside of school he also plays soccer, indoor soccer and
cricket for his clubs and participates in swimming.
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Gregory won
two scholarships, in physics and statistics. These entitle him to
an award of $1000 for one year.
Gregory is currently studying engineering via the accelerated
pathway at the University of Auckland.
Darius Hedayati (2006-2010)
Darius Hedayati came to Mount Albert Grammar School in 2006
from Avondale Intermediate School. He was placed in a mid-stream
class where he made good progress. At the end-of-year prizegiving
he received the award for second in class and also certificates
for French and Social Studies. The following year he was promoted
to a higher class where he continued to do well. In the senior
school Darius has received a number of prizes. He won the Year 11
history prize in 2008, gained prizes for history and geography in
2009 as well as a certificate for economics, and last year won
the Year 13 history prize and was first in geography. Darius
passed the first two levels of NCEA with merit and the third with
Darius was a member of the school orchestra in 2006. He has
represented the school in regional geography and history quizzes
and this year played soccer socially for the school. He was also
a member of the school orienteering team.
In the examinations held at the end of last year Darius won
two scholarships, in history and geography. These entitle him to
an award of $1000 for one year.
Darius is currently studying for a conjoint degree in law and
art, majoring in history.
Matthew Milner (2006-2010)
Matthew Milner came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year 9
student in 2006 from Balmoral Intermediate School. His reports at
the time spoke of a self-aware young man involved in sporting,
cultural and leadership roles, with a strong commitment to his
studies. Consequently Matthew was placed in our top-stream class
where he had risen to third place by the end of the year. He was
first in mathematics, receiving the JG Millar Memorial
Mathematics Scholarship, and was one of a few students to sit
NCEA Level One in this subject two years earlier than usual. He
also represented the school in Mathex. In Year 10 he was
accelerated into Level Two mathematics as well as working a year
ahead in science and English. He topped his class, winning the
Junior Dux prize, coming first also in English, science and
mathematics. He was also awarded the Des Cole Cup for Excellence
in English and the HL Towers Prize for mathematics. He came
second in the Auckland-wide Goethe Society Examinations in
German. In Year 11 he was working not only on Level Three
calculus but also scholarship in this subject and he pulled off
the extraordinary feat of winning a scholarship. He also worked a
year ahead in history, studying at Level Two while still in Year
11. In addition he received a certificate for Year 13 calculus.
Matthew's acceleration in mathematics brought brilliant rewards
in Year 12: he won an outstanding scholarship in calculus and
completed a Stage One linear algebra paper at Auckland
University, gaining an A+ pass. He won the Calculus Cup and won
first places in Level Two classical studies, chemistry and
English and Level Three calculus. As our top-ranked Year 12
scholar, Matthew was awarded an ASB Bank Scholarship. He was also
presented with the Hanson Cup for Senior Progress and Endeavour.
Because of his outstanding GPAs in Years 10, 11 and 12, Matthew
was awarded three scholar lions. He has also passed all three
levels of NCEA with excellence.
At the end-of-year prize-giving Matthew won the Calculus Cup,
came first in chemistry and won certificates in calculus,
classical studies and English. He was also presented with the
prestigious University of Auckland Scholarship and a Williamson's
Outside the classroom, Matthew has been very heavily involved
in a very diverse number of sporting activities. His athletic
prowess is particularly evident in orienteering where he is the
captain. In 2009 he came second in the intermediate division of
the Auckland School Sprint Series and in 2010 came first in the
senior division. Consequently he has represented Auckland A over
the past two years. In 2009 he came first in Auckland in the
Orienteering Relay and second in Auckland for the individual
Orienteering Championships. In the North Island relay he came
third in 2009 and in the nationals last year, third. Also last
year he came second in the Auckland Orienteering Relay
Championships and fourth in the National Orienteering Sprints
Championships. He has represented the school in the AKSS Road
Race over the last two years and was also part of our distance
squad. In 2009 he came third in the intermediate rogaine
championships and in 2010 first in the senior. He was also a
member of our school's Adventure Racing Team, which competed in
the Hillary Challenge in 2009 and 2010. He has completed the
bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh awards and is on his way to
completing the gold.
For two years he has been a member of the premier cycling team.
He has also played soccer up to 2nd XI and cricket to 3rd XI
level as well as indoor cricket socially. Last year he played
hockey for the 2nd XI and he has played table-tennis for two
years including in the A reserve grade.
In recognition of his profound contribution to this area of the
school, Matthew has been awarded two sports lions in orienteering
Outside the school, Matthew has played soccer for Three Kings
United for nine years, being captain for six of those years, and
was runner-up in the intermediate championship at Winstone Park
Another very important school activity that Matthew has been
involved in is robotics. In 2009 our senior team came second in
the VEX Robotics National Championships and last year came first.
This qualified us to travel to the World VEX Championships in
Dallas, Texas, and Matthew was chosen to travel as one of three
members of that team.
In the arts/cultural area, Matthew participated in the 2010
Stage Challenge as well as being a member of the Glee Club and
the Film Club.
His service to the school and community has been impressive.
As a prefect, he served on the Ball Committee and was the master
of ceremonies for the Scholars Assembly, a duty he fulfilled with
confidence As the Academic Prefect, he co-chaired the Academic
Council, a deliberative body discussing education in the school
and he made an impressive presentation about its duties to the
Board of Trustees. Other duties include guiding parents around
the school on report nights and open days.
In the community he has been a tremendous asset to his former
school, Balmoral. He has helped coach soccer teams there for the
last three years and he co-authored their school library blog,
updating children's literature novels. He has also given his time
to environmental days on Motutapu Island.
In the examinations at the end of last year, Matthew won two
scholarships, in chemistry and calculus. These entitle him to an
award of $1000 for one year.
Matthew is currently studying an engineering and arts conjoint
degree at the University of Auckland.
Matthew Russell (2006-2010)
Matthew Russell came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year
9 student in 2006 from Balmoral School. His reports spoke of a
young man who showed commitment in all areas to achieve his
potential. He was placed in our top-stream class, where he made
an outstanding start. He came first overall at the end of the
year, winning the David Atkinson Memorial Cup for Year 9 English
for first place in this subject and he also topped French,
German, science, social studies and technology. He was one of a
small group which was selected to sit NCEA Level One mathematics
two years early. He won an Asiawise Social Studies high
distinction award. The following year Matthew became part of our
full acceleration course, entailing sitting NCEA Level Two papers
in mathematics and Level One in science and English one year
early. His GPA was so high that he was awarded a scholar lion. He
came second overall in class with first places in French, German
and science. He was selected as a member of the Mathex Team and
was also awarded the Ah Kuoi Cup for the best all-round student
in Year 10. In Year 11 Matthew sat Year 13 calculus alongside his
Level One course. He won first place in both German and French
and the Raine Cup (French) and the Austen Cup (German). Again he
won a scholar lion. In Year 12, he sat calculus scholarship
together with his Level Two course. His GPA placed him fourth
overall in his cohort and he was awarded an ASB Bank Scholarship.
He again came first in German and also first in chemistry, and
won certificates in physics and Year 13 calculus as well as a
third scholar lion. In the first half of last year he joined the
University of Auckland MAX programme and sat Maths 153, gaining
an A+ pass. At the end-of-year prize-giving Matthew won awards
for first in German and statistics and a certificate in
chemistry. He was also presented with the prestigious University
of Auckland Scholarship and a Williamson's scholarship. Matthew
has passed all three levels of NCEA with excellence.
Outside the classroom, Matthew has been involved in a wide
variety of activities, ranging from artistic and cultural to
sporting. In swimming he began as a junior in our waterpolo team,
representing us at the North Island Championships in Year 10. He
has participated in the Aquathon for the last four years and has
regularly been selected for Central Zone and Champion of Champion
In cycling, Matthew has equally made his mark. In the last two
years he has been a member of our premier cycling team, this year
as captain, when he was selected for the NZSS Individual Cycling
His running career began in Year 11 with the orienteering summer
series and in Year 12 progressed to the Auckland inter-provincial
team. He participated in the orienteering sprint series and the
Auckland individual orienteering championships over the last two
years and in the Auckland relay championships where he came first
in 2009 and second last year along with third in the NZSS
championships. In 2009 he came second in the school cross-country
race and was selected for the NZSS Athletics championships. Last
year he was first in the senior cross-country and 3000m events
and took part in the Auckland Regional Cross-Country
Championships. In the rogaine championships he has come first in
the last two years.
With his obvious prowess in running, swimming and cycling, it was
only natural for Matthew to find duathlon and triathlon to his
taste. He has been involved in triathlon since Year 10, competing
at NZ level in both since Year 12. In Year 10, Matthew won the
Duke of Edinburgh bronze award and currently has almost completed
the criteria for the silver.
In 2009 he won a sports lion for his huge contribution to the
sporting life of the school. Last year he also took up soccer and
played for a senior school team.
In the area of music, Matthew came to us as a fine violinist.
He has played in the school orchestra since, including two trips
to Sydney to play in the opera house and participation in the KBB
Music Competition this year. He has also taken flute and piano
lessons. In the cultural area, aside from music, Matthew
travelled to Germany in 2009 with a school party and stayed with
a German family to deepen his appreciation of German language and
In Year 11 he participated in the Science NZ First Robotics
competition, an event in which our school has a proud record. He
enters other external competitions with relish (Australian
Mathematics and Science, Chemistry Quiz, Goethe Society), and
gains high distinctions regularly and a second place in Auckland
for German. He has also given his time voluntarily to coach
younger students in mathematics. In recognition of his all-round
academic and sporting excellence, Matthew was appointed to be a
prefect of the school for 2010, with special responsibility as
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Matthew won
three scholarships, in calculus, statistics and physics. These
entitle him to an award of $2000 per year for three years.
Currently Matthew is studying for a conjoint degree in
engineering and commerce at the University of Auckland.
Sophie Templeton (2006-2010)
Sophie Templeton came to Mount Albert Grammar School as a Year
9 student in 2006 from Balmoral School. She was placed in our
top-stream class where she also followed an accelerate course in
mathematics. The following year the acceleration continued in
three subjects (English, mathematics and science) and she sat
NCEA Level One papers in all of them. She also won a certificate
in science. In Year 11, she sat NCEA Level Two mathematics,
coming first equal at this advanced level and also winning a
certificate in art. In Year 12 she took Level Three calculus and
enjoyed further success in other subjects with first place in
chemistry and certificates in English and physics. Last year she
sat calculus, chemistry, English, physics and statistics for
Level Three and four of these for scholarship. In the last two
years Sophie has been awarded scholar lions for her high GPA in
Years 11 and 12. At the end-of-year prize-giving Sophie won first
prizes in chemistry, physics and statistics and a certificate in
calculus, thus making her the Proxime Accessit of the girls'
school. She has also passed all three levels of NCEA with
Outside the classroom, Sophie has played cricket for the First
XI from her arrival in Year 9 until Year 11, winning a sports
lion for this discipline. Her other sporting interests include
netball, soccer and badminton. She has had an abiding interest in
piano and ballet and took percussion lessons in the junior
school. Her other arts interests include being a member of the
Stage Challenge crew and the Glee Club last year.
Her contribution to others can be seen in her membership of
Interact, a group which raises funds for worthy causes and her
organization skills are in demand here. She has also trained as a
peer mediator and in peer support, helping juniors with their
orientation in the school.
In the last two years she has been a member of the Academic
Council, a student body which she co-chaired last year. In
consideration of her contribution to school life, Sophie was
appointed a prefect of the school for 2010.
In the examinations held at the end of last year, Sophie won
two scholarships, in calculus and statistics. These entitle her
to an award of $1000 for one year.
Sophie is currently studying engineering at the University of
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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
Download order form
Samurai Georgia Jacket - 7113002
1/4 zip, hooded jacket, mesh lined, pineapple ripstop
fabric, (showerproof), zipped side pockets with
Samurai Tasman Jacket -
Full zip, padded/quilted and lined jacket, pineapple
fabric (showerproof), zipped side pockets,
concealed hood with adjustable cuffs
Samurai Leinster Tee
185g 100% cotton tee, available in two colour options:
sky blue (0664401) and navy (0664402)
Various MAGS prints available (See examples right,
all MAGS sports available)
Samurai Neon Hoodie - 066455
330g brushed cotton fleece hoodie, contrast stitching
with front pouch pockets
Retro Jersey - 61500092
Long-sleeved, retro-style rugby jersey, sky blue Ikeda
360g cotton, standard collar with NZ loop placket
Samurai Surf Tee - 0664400
140g 100% polyester supporters' tee with
"Performex" moisture management system
Samurai Malaga Polo - 0620020
140g 100% polyester polo with
"Performex" moisture management system
Also Available - Supporter Umbrella
Available now for $40.00
from the Finance Office