Welcome to the Junior School
At Mount Albert Grammar School Year 9 and 10 students have the best of both worlds – learning in single-sex classes in a co-educational environment.
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 as this allows for a more comprehensive choice of Option subjects for students.
In Year 11 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. Students, staff and parents have all commented on the model as ideal.
In addition, our Year 9 students are supported in settling into MAGS by our Year 13 Peer Support Leaders. Each Year 9 class has one or two Leaders assigned. The Year 13s meet their Year 9 charges on their first day at school to help the classmates get to know each other and show them around the campus. The Peer Support Leaders stay in touch with their class throughout the Year 9s’ first year to ensure the youngsters feel safe, happy and confident to ask for help if they need it.
Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm with the 2017 Junior Boy Dux Vaibhav Nayyar, and Junior Girl Dux Ayleigh Loomes.
MAGS’ top Junior academic, sports and arts students were celebrated at the Year 9 and 10 Prizegiving ceremonies on Wednesday, 6 December.
The Junior Girl Dux and Boy Dux for 2017 are Ayleigh Loomes and Vaibhav Nayyar. Click here for a summary of their academic achievements
The Paul Gardner Cup for Service in the Junior School was presented to Giles Paton-Simpson and Lauren Smith for their assistance on numerous committees and with arts groups and sports teams.
The Junior Victor Ludorum is Luke Clements for achievements in Athletics, Cross-Country, Duathlon, Hockey, Orienteering, Road Racing and Squash. Junior Victrix Ludorum is Theane van Zyl for her achievements in Athletics, Cross-Country, Duathlon, Hockey and Orienteering.
The Junior Duces Artium are Lara Chuo and Faolan Okan. Lara has excelled in Dance, Drama, with Cultural groups and is the Year 10 representative on the Drama Committee. Faolan has excelled in Music, Dance, Drama and Media Studies, won the Fred Free Memorial Reading Prize this year and represented New Zealand at the World Hip Hop Championships in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Best All-Round Boy and Girl in Year 10 are Vaibhav Nayyar and Tayla Bamber. The Best All-Round Year 9 students are Ollie Blyth and Venetia Wilson.
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 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 progress further next year.”
On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Year 9s had their first day at school and the school to themselves, and were welcomed with a powhiri in the hall. Headmaster Patrick Drumm welcomed the students, saying there were exciting times ahead especially as they will graduate as Year 13 students at the end of 2022 – MAGS’ centennial year. He also outlined The MAGS Way to the new entrants before they were assigned to their form classes and teachers. Year 13 Peer Support Leaders spent the rest of the day helping students to get to know the layout of the school and what was expected of students.
For information about Starting at MAGS, click here to read and download the booklet with everything you need to know.