Patrick Drumm became the seventh Headmaster of Mount Albert Grammar School in January, 2016. He had previously been Principal of Botany Downs Secondary College, and Principal of Aorere College in Papatoetoe for five years.
Mr Drumm grew up in Mount Albert and still lives in the area. His grandfather, Mr Reginald Harrop, was a foundation student when MAGS opened in 1922 and went on to become a Prefect.
Mr Drumm is the Chairman of the Polyfest Trust Board, a former member of the College Sport Board, the President of the Auckland Secondary Schools Rugby Association, and a qualified rugby referee. He was Head Boy of St Peter’s College and later returned as Associate Principal before becoming Principal of Aorere.
He and his wife Anna have three children – Georgina, Thomas and Jessica. Georgina is in Year 9 at MAGS.
Fiona Barker has worked in education for 20 years, and joined MAGS in 2016 from a role at the Ministry of Education. Before that Mrs Barker was at another Auckland high school where I was Deputy Principal and Head of Music. She began her career teaching Music and Health, and this year is teaching a Year 9 Health class.
Mrs Barker has three children – Alex, Lucy and Kieran, who will all attend MAGS.
“MAGS has a very special connection with its community,” says Mrs Barker. “It is amazing coming down on the weekend and seeing so many people here to watch sport – just one example of how our families are involved in their children’s school experience.”
Jo Williams has worked in education for more than 20 years and has been at MAGS since 2002. She is a teacher of English.
Ms Williams’ other roles at MAGS have included Deputy Principal, Assistant Head of English and Dean; at a previous school she was a Dean, Teacher in Charge of the Library and the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.
She has three children – Amber, Gareth and Jarrod, who all attended MAGS.
“What I love most about MAGS is observing and being able to share in the experience of student success – in all its various forms,” says Ms Williams. “We have a great team of staff and students who work in sync towards a common goal, contributing to what we call MAGs Pride – this is what makes us special.”
Shameen Hayat is a Deputy Principal responsible for Staff Professional Learning and Development and Staff Appraisal. She also oversees Year 13 students and the Social Science and Technology Departments. Ms Hayat has worked in education for 20 years and has been at MAGS since 2013.
Ms Hayat is a teacher of History, Social Science and Economics, and is currently teaching Year 13 MAGnet. In the past she has led a number of faculties and year groups.
She has three children – Ayesha, Ali and Zachary and lives in the local community.
“I appreciate that MAGS has strong values and a culture which students embrace, leading to success on many levels,” says Ms Hayat. “I’m looking forward to implementing and embedding our Profession Learning programme for staff.”
Sarah Hayes is the Deputy Principal responsible for Human Resources and Junior Girls. Sarah started MAGS in 2011 as the Head of the Commerce Faculty, was appointed Human Resources Manager in 2016 and a Deputy Principal in 2017. She teaches Accounting and has been involved in the introduction of the subject of Agribusiness both at MAGS and nationally. She has also had experience as a Dean and Academic Dean at another Auckland secondary school.
Sarah led school trips to China in 2015 and 2017, and was the manager of the school choirs in 2017.
She particularly enjoys the diversity of MAGS’ student body.
Tom Murdoch joined MAGS at the start of 2018 from Macleans College, where he was Head of one of its Whanau Houses, overseeing the academic and pastoral well-being of 330 students. He is an English, History and Social Studies teacher, and is working towards his Masters in Secondary School Leadership run through Victoria University. He has previously taught in the UK, and was Master of English at Auckland Grammar. He has coached school rugby and cricket teams.
Tom and his wife have two children.
Mark Rivalland is a Deputy Principal designated as the Principal’s Nominee for Ministry of Education matters. He started teaching in 1974 and joined MAGS in 2007. Mr Rivalland is a teacher of Mathematics, and has held a number of management positions during his career.
He has two adult children, Gareth and Louise, and four granddaughters.
“The wide diversity of students at MAGS makes it a fertile ground for developing young people of many different persuasions,” says Mr Rivalland. “The accent on excellent academic achievement here is the envy of many schools and the motivation behind the endeavour of the staff and the students. Watching talented young professionals take up the leadership mantle and promoting the ideals of the MAGS Way is rewarding.”
John Stradwick was MAGS’ Head Boy in 1993. He returned to MAGS at the start of 2018 from Ormiston Junior College, where he was Deputy Principal. In 2016 John returned to New Zealand after five years in India where he co-led an international school seeing it through to international accreditation. He has also taught in the UK and Asia in public, private, co-ed and single sex schools, and has been HOF of e-Learning and Humanities at St Peter’s College in Auckland. He has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Masters in Educational leadership.
He has coached football and cricket and been involved in student leadership activities.
John and his wife Anna live in Mt Albert with their three sons, currently attending Gladstone School on their way to MAGS.