Life at MAGS


Mount Albert Grammar School is close to the centre of Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, a country of only 4.5 million people which is repeatedly ranked one of the world’s most peaceful countries on the Global Peace Index.

Auckland has been named the third most liveable city in the world on the Mercer Quality of Life Survey four times in the past five years. It has a population of 1.5 million people, a warm, sunny climate and magnificent natural scenery.

Auckland’s population is multi-cultural – it has the biggest concentration of Pacific Island peoples in the world, and also has large Asian, European, British and other immigrant communities. The culture of our New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people is part of the fabric of the city.

Auckland is famous for its two beautiful harbours, many beaches, islands and forests. It also has a vibrant city life, with numerous shopping areas, malls, cinemas, cafes, restaurants and markets.

MAGS’ location

Mount Albert Grammar is five minutes’ drive from downtown Auckland, is close to beautiful city beaches and parks, and only half an hour away from Auckland’s stunning West Coast and North Shore.

Student stories – why we love MAGS

German students

Helene and Franziska speak in German about why they enjoy attending Mount Albert Grammar School.

Japanese students

Yuki and Taiki from Japan speak in Japanese about why they enjoy attending Mount Albert Grammar School.

Thai students

Five International students from Thailand talk about what they enjoy at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Vietnamese students

Five International students from Vietnam talk about what they enjoy at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Chilean students

Claudia and Valery from Chile speak in Spanish about why they enjoy attending Mount Albert Grammar School.

Mexican students

Fabricio, Jennifer and Raul from Mexico speak in Spanish about why they enjoy attending Mount Albert Grammar School.

Norwegian student

Sofie from Norway speaks in Norwegian about why she enjoys attending Mount Albert Grammar School.

Italian student

Sam from Italy speaks in Italian about why he enjoys attending Mount Albert Grammar School.

Spanish student

Sofie from Norway speaks in Norwegian about why she enjoys attending Mount Albert Grammar School.

Our South Island Adventure

Jennifer and Raul from Mexico talk about their two-week adventure in the New Zealand’s South Island, organised by MAGS’ International Department.

Helene – Germany

I arrived at MAGS in 2016, am now 16 years old and in Year 12. The students are really nice and welcomed me, and I’ve made lots of friends. I play Underwater Hockey, which is a sport we don’t have in Germany.

The teachers are really friendly and helpful as well. MAGS offers lots of subjects I couldn’t do at home, such as Dance and Drama – my favourite subject is Food & Hospitality. I’m learning how to make coffee which will be a good skill for me to have if I want to work in a cafe in the future. I’m also taking English, French, Maths, Health and Media Studies. I help out in the German language class, which is fun.

My Homestay has gone really well – the parents have twins who also come to MAGS.

My year in New Zealand is nearly over and I will miss this country and this school very much, but I will keep in touch with all the friends I’ve made.

An – Vietnam

I started at MAGS this year (2017), am 15 years old and in Year 10. I plan to stay until the end of my schooling.

The students and teachers are very friendly. There are many outdoor activities that we can join in – I’m trying Cheerleading.

There are lots of subjects for students to choose from – choosing some of the subjects I’m interested in makes me happy to come to school. I’m taking English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Visual Communication and English Language to improve my English.

The school’s facilities are very modern – there are many Science labs where we get to do experiments, the classrooms have SmartBoards and we use iPads for online learning. They all make school colourful and enjoyable – it makes me want to come here each day.

Felipe – Chile

I arrived at MAGS in Term 3 in 2018, and am 16 years old and in Year 12. I am staying at School House, and hope to come back for my final year.
I come from Santiago and have been playing rugby for 10 years in Chile. I came to MAGS because it has a good rugby team and has a good reputation as a sporting school.
My friends had come to New Zealand and told me about it so I came here because I knew it would be a good experience and I would grow as a rugby player and a person.
I play at centre for the Rugby 2nd XV, and have noticed that the game in New Zealand is faster and more skilful than in Chile.
It’s really easy to fit in and make friends, and a lot of the School House boys are in the 2nd XV. It’s like being with your friends all day and we do lots of activities.
I am taking English, Business Studies, Mathematics, Media Studies, Physical Fitness and Building Carpentry.


The school organises a wide range of activities to help International students get to know each other, celebrate their culture and also make new Kiwi friends and experience the New Zealand lifestyle (see below).

International Food & Culture Evening

This annual event is a highlight of the school calendar, when International students come together to share food from their home countries, and give performances of traditional dance and music.

Food & Culture Evening 2018

An annual highlight on the MAGS’ International student calendar, the 2018 Food & Culture Evening was held in the FW Gamble Hall on Thursday, June 21 and was enjoyed by students, homestay families and staff, including Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm.
Involving most of MAGS’ 185 International students, the evening started with guests mingling and helping themselves to a range of food: Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Middle Eastern and European.
MAGS’ Kapa Haka group Te Puna o Wairaka took to the stage first to perform three pieces, finishing off with a fierce haka. They were followed by performances including those by Chinese, Vietnamese (traditional and contemporary), Japanese and Tongan students – all enthusiastically received by the crowd, especially the lovelorn ballad sung by Japanese students that had people waving their hands and mobiles phones in the air.
International Director Jude Lydia thanked all those involved in providing food and entertainment, with a special mention for International Head Prefects Chris Pham and Nan Huang, who helped to organise and MC the evening.


International students are encouraged to join one of Mount Albert Grammar’s many sports teams. It’s a great way to make friends and learn more about the culture of New Zealand.

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Performing Arts

International students who enjoy dance, drama and music are welcome to join their Kiwi friends in their choice of the many groups we offer. They may also take Dance, Drama or Music as an academic subject.

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Mount Albert Grammar offers a wide range of club to suit the interests of our students, and International students are welcome to join in. Whether you enjoy Photography, Robotics, or helping our local Environment, there’s a club for you.

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