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 12 at MAGS.
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 oversees the Social Science and Maori faculties and she has overall leadership of the Senior School, focusing on the Academic Tracking of Students.
Ms Hayat has recently been appointed as the Leader of the Mt Albert Kāhui Ako.
Previously, Ms Hayat has been a Head of Faculty and a Dean at a number of secondary schools. She joined MAGS in 2013 and joined the SLT in 2016. She is a teacher of History, Social Studies and Economics, and this year she is teaching a Year 10 Social Studies class.
Ms Hayat lives in the local community and her children attend schools in our Kāhui Ako.
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.
Tanya Rose has worked in education for 19 years and joined MAGS in 2018.
She started her career as a primary teacher, having trained in New Zealand, and then moved to London where she spent 17 years working in secondary schools.
During her time in London she progressed from a Mathematics teacher to take on roles such as Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 co-ordinator and then completed five years as a Head of Maths in a large central London School. From Head of Maths, she moved into Senior Leadership and was an Assistant Headteacher at Ursuline High School for three years prior to returning to New Zealand.
After joining MAGS, Ms Rose had the responsibility of Exams Co-ordination for the whole school, and was made Head of Mathematics before assuming the Deputy Principal role.
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.
Corey Todd joined MAGS at the start of 2019 from Massey High School, where he was Assistant Principal, overseeing Behaviour, Attendance and the Pastoral system.
He is a Physical Education and Health teacher, and completed his Masters in Education through University of Auckland. He previously taught at Onehunga High School where he was HOD of Physical Education & Health. He has coached school basketball and cricket teams.
Corey and his wife have two children.
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.