Mount Albert Grammar School
Mount Albert Grammar School, commonly known as MAGS is a semi co-educational state secondary school in Mount Albert in Auckland, New Zealand. It teaches students in year levels 9 to 13. As of August 2019[update], Mount Albert Grammar School is the second largest school in New Zealand, behind Rangitoto College.
|Mount Albert Grammar School|
36 Alberton Avenue
|Type||State secondary, day and boarding|
|Motto||Per Angusta Ad Augusta|
"Through Hardship to Glory"
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||69|
|School roll||3098 (March 2019)|
- 1 History
- 2 Academia
- 3 Sports
- 4 Mt Albert Aquatic Centre
- 5 Mount Albert Grammar School Farm
- 6 Observatory
- 7 School Hymn
- 8 ERO report
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Mount Albert Grammar was founded in 1922 as a subsidiary of Auckland Grammar School, but now the two schools are governed separately. Mount Albert Grammar School was originally boys only, but became co-educational in 2000. Junior classes (years 9 and 10) are mostly single-sex while senior classes (years 11 to 13) are all co-educational.
There have been a number of headmasters since the opening of the school, Frederick Gamble (1922–1946), William Caradus (1946–1954), Murray Nairn (1954–1969), Maurice Hall (1970–1988), Gregory Taylor (1988–2006, the first Albertian to become Headmaster), Dale Burden (2006–2015), and the current headmaster, Patrick Drumm (2016–).
After the opening of the school, a need for boarding accommodation for students became apparent. In 1927, the Mount Albert Grammar School Hostel opened for boarders at 807 New North Road. This hostel closed in 1970 and a new one was opened in 1971, built on one of the school's playing fields. This is a boys' boarding hostel called School House. It has full-time accommodation for up to 105 students during school terms.
In October 2015, an email containing a pornographic image was sent to all the school's 2,700 students after the school's email database was reportedly hacked by one of the school's students. The email database was immediately shut down and an investigation was started into who was responsible. The school laid a complaint with police and sought the assistance of the Department of Internal Affairs.
The school purchased what was meant to be a girls' hostel, but due to the Auckland housing crisis turned into accommodation for teachers. The complex is located 6 minute walk away from MAGS on Lloyd Avenue.
Mt Albert Grammar School pupils participate in various forms of academia, from year 9 to year 13.
In 2015, 93.8 percent of students leaving Mount Albert Grammar held at least NCEA Level 1, 87.7 percent held at least NCEA Level 2, and 67.8 percent held at least NCEA Level 3. This is compared to 88.4%, 79.1%, and 52.8% respectively for all students nationally.
In 2007 and 2009 MAGS won all the major Auckland titles in Rugby, Soccer and Netball. The First XI girls football and the Premier Girls Basketball also won their first Auckland Championships in 2009.
In 2008, one sports staff member and a parent coach were suspended by the schools' sport body College Sport and nine students who had transferred to the school were prevented from playing by rules designed to prevent poaching of young players. As a result, the school implemented a sporting Code of Conduct for all students, staff and coaches. This ultimately led to the dismissal of Director of Football, Kevin Fallon.
Mt Albert Aquatic CentreEdit
The Mt Albert Aquatic Centre was developed as a joint project between Mount Albert Grammar School and the Auckland City Council. It was officially opened by the Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1998. The facility contains a 25-metre competition pool with depths measuring from 1.2 metres to 3 metres, and a leisure pool that features wave motion and a water slide. The complex consists of other features visited by the public often. However, in 2016 the pool was noted to be unsafe due to its vulnerability to earthquakes. The pool is set to be either fixed or demolished in the next ten years.
Mount Albert Grammar School FarmEdit
Since 1933 Mount Albert Grammar School has had a 10.8 ha farm adjacent to its school site in the middle of Auckland city. It is a fully working model farm, home to sheep, pigs, rabbits, cattle and poultry, cared for by a farm manager who lives on site. The land is owned by the ASB Bank, which in 2013 extended the school's lease costing 1 dollar every year for 99 years, taking the ownership through to 2112.
Students are able to study Agricultural Science from Year 10 onwards, and also travel to farms and agricultural training centres for day trips and camps. They attend Field Days at Mystery Creek each year and some students are selected to assist in the agricultural area of the Auckland Easter Show.
As well as a classroom the farm has a one-stand wool shed with wool-handling facilities, pens to hold 150 sheep overnight, a two-stand walk-through milking shed with milking plant, an implement shed and a unit for small animals.
The school is one of a few schools in New Zealand with an active observatory and possesses a telescope open to students and the public occasionally. Completed in 2008, the observatory has a Meade Instruments LX200R 12-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain f/10 telescope. The observatory uses an SBIG ST7XME CCD camera for imaging and photometry.
The observatory is used for both school education and amateur research.
The school hymn is sung at all formal school assemblies, normally accompanied by live piano. It was written by MAGS student Jack A. W. Bennett in 1928. The lyrics to the hymn were analysed in a report written by Brian Murphy, the School Archivist.
In 2018 Education Review Office had carried a survey and found that the school uses National Certificate of Educational Achievement and it celebrates its achievements through Lion Awards. Its achievement is above the national average which makes them one of the top seven schools in the country. The ethnic minorities of the school had shifted the balance since the 2015 review. By that, 91% of Māori and 85% of Pacific students gained NCEA Level 2 in 2017.
The school enrolls 2991 students out of which 57% are male and 43% are female. Out of those, 40% are of European descent, 23% are Asian, 19% are identified as Pacific Islanders, 3% are MELAA and 2% are of other ethnicity.
Notable alumni include:
- Michael Bassett, QSO, NZ Medal – former senior lecturer in history at the University of Auckland 1964–1978. J B Smallman Professor of History at the University of Western Ontario 1992–1993. Former MP and Cabinet Minister
- J.A.W. (Jack) Bennett – former Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, 1964–1978. Fellow of the British Academy 1971
- Sir Graeme Davies, KBE – former Vice-Chancellor of three universities: the University of London, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Liverpool
- Richard Dell – Scientist
- Peter C. B. Phillips – Professor of Economics at Yale University
- Sir Keith Sinclair – New Zealand historian
- Professor Karl Stead ONZ CBE – poet, novelist and literary critic
- Dr Alan Bollard – Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
- Sir Robert Muldoon – Prime Minister of New Zealand 1975 – 1984
- Mac Price – Diplomat
- Sir Woolf Fisher – Co-Founder of Fisher & Paykel
- Chris Liddell – Former Chief Financial Officer at both Microsoft and General Motors, now Chairman of Xero
- Sir Daniel James Matthews – Former Chairman of the BNZ
- Sir Alexander Ross – London banker, chair ANZ Bank, former NZ Reserve Bank deputy governor and former chairman British Commonwealth Games Federation
- Judge Mick Brown – former Principal Youth Court judge. Past Chancellor of the University of Auckland 1986–1991
- G. S. Carter DSO – Z Special Unit commando and founder of Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens
- Les Mills – Former Mayor of Auckland and athlete
- Sir Robert (Bob) Mahuta – Commissioner of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. Chairman Maori Development Corporation.
- Hon. Justice Charles Cato – former Rhodes Scholar, former high-profile Auckland barrister, current Supreme Court Judge of the Kingdom of Tonga (since May 2012).
- Reverend Brother Michael J. Foran (1948–2000) – founder of a Catholic religious community, the Mother of God Brothers
- E.G. (Ted) Bollard – former Research scientist at DSIR 1948–1980 and director of the horticulture and processing division. Pro-chancellor of The University of Auckland, 1989–1991
- Sir Alan Stewart, KBE, CBE – former vice-chancellor of Massey University 1964
- Richard Matthews, Order of New Zealand (1988), Hector Medal of Royal Society of New Zealand, FRSNZ, FNZIC, FRS – Former Chairman of Toxic Substances Board, Health Department. Former President NZ Microbiological Society.
- Andrew Blowers – Former All Blacks player, also played for Auckland Blues, Northampton Saints, Bristol in the Guinness Premiership
- Michael Boxall – 2008 Summer Olympics participant and former member of New Zealand U-23 football team
- Mick Bremner – Former All Blacks player
- Mark Brooke-Cowden – Former All Blacks player
- Olo Brown – Former All Blacks player
- Ronald Bush – Former All Blacks player
- Maria Folau – Netball player for New Zealand Silver Ferns
- Jack Goodhue – All Blacks player, also plays for the Canterbury Crusaders and has represented New Zealand in Rugby Sevens and Under 20s
- James Goulding – Former Kiwis player
- Rod Heeps – Former All Blacks player
- Adam Henry – rugby league player for the Sydney Roosters
- Sam Kasiano – rugby league player for Canterbury Bulldogs and New Zealand national rugby league team
- Lucas Knecht – Represented Northern Mariana Islands national football team, youngest ever international footballer
- Fred Ah Kuoi – Represented New Zealand national rugby league team
- Tevita Latu – Represented New Zealand national rugby league team, also represents the Tonga national rugby league team
- Thomas Leuluai – Represented New Zealand national rugby league team
- Steven Luatua – Former All Blacks player
- Arthur Lydiard ONZ – world-renowned Athletics coach
- Steve Matai – rugby league player for Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand national rugby league team
- Sam McKendry – rugby league for Penrith Panthers and New Zealand national rugby league team
- Les Mills – Represented New Zealand at Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games over two decades
- Albert Nikoro – rugby union player for Western Force
- Shane O'Brien – 1984 Olympic rowing gold medallist
- Arun Panchia – Hockey player for Black Sticks
- Matthew Ridge – Former All Blacks, and rugby league captain for the Manly Sea Eagles, New Zealand Warriors and Kiwis
- Ray Sefo – Boxer and K-1 Kick Boxer
- Peter Snell – Olympic gold medalist – Athletics
- Dave Solomon – Former All Blacks player
- Malo Solomona – former professional rugby league footballer for New Zealand Warriors
- Se'e Solomona – Represented New Zealand national rugby league team
- Joe Stanley – Former All Blacks player
- Ron Urlich – Former All Blacks player
- Bryan Williams – Former All Blacks player
- Sonny Bill Williams – rugby league player for the Sydney Roosters, Represented New Zealand national rugby league team, All Blacks and is a heavyweight boxer
- Portia Woodman – New Zealand women's national rugby union team (sevens)
- "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Are you in one of NZ's biggest high schools? | School Leaver NZ". schoolleaver.nz. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- "About the school". Mount Albert Grammar School. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- "Boarding – Welcome". Mount Albert Grammar School. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
- "Boys - School House". Mount Albert Grammar School. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
- "Notable Albertians". Mount Albert Grammar School. Archived from the original on 18 October 2005.
- "Porn email sent to 2700 students". The New Zealand Herald. NZME. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Porn emailed to Auckland school students". Newshub. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Mount Albert Grammar High lays police complaint over porn email". Radio NZ. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Housing crisis forces school to build cut-price teacher flats instead of student hostel". Stuff. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- "Mt Albert Grammar School opening girls hostel for first time". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax NZ. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "School Qualifications – Mount Albert Grammar School". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Terry Maddaford (26 August 2009). "School Thrilled by Clean Sweep". New Zealand Herald. NZME. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Martha McKenzie-Minifiee (10 May 2008). "Schools sin-binned over sport poaching". New Zealand Herald. NZME. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Schools' anti-poaching rule lands stars in limbo". The New Zealand Herald. NZME. 26 February 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Vaimoana Tapaleao (29 July 2014). "Star Coach sacked". New Zealand Herald. NZME. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Mt Albert Aquatics Centre :: Aquatic Facilities". www.mountalbertaquatics.co.nz. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "ASB MAGS Farm". Mount Albert Grammar School. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- Pamela Tipa (26 May 2013). "ASB Farm Future secured with new Lease". Rural News Group. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "J. A. W. Bennet and The School Hymn" (PDF). Retrieved 1 April 2019.
- "Albertians Association - Welcome". Mount Albert Grammar School. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
- "Mt Albert Grammar School". Education Review Office. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Robert Muldoon | NZHistory, New Zealand history online". nzhistory.govt.nz. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- "Our History - Fisher & Paykel Appliances NZ". www.fisherpaykel.com. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "4. – Classical musicians – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand". teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- "Tongan Judiciary farewells Hon. Justice Shuster and welcomes Hon. Justice Cato". Mic.gov.to. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Justice Charles Cato is Tonga's new Supreme Court judge | South Pacific Lawyers' Association". Southpacificlawyers.org. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Called to Lead Others to Jesus Archived 18 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- "Adrian Hyland: Hard graft in high-stakes". New Zealand Herald. NZME. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Michael Burgess (27 January 2013). "College Sport: Price to coach MAGS". New Zealand Herald. NZME. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Canberra Raiders sign former Junior All Black". Sporting News. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Michael Burgess (27 January 2013). "College Sport: Price to coach MAGS". The New Zealand Herald. NZME. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Estelle Sarney (15 June 2017). "Albertians against the Lions". Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Pete Nichols (28 December 2004). "Arthur Lydiard". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Scott Morgan (21 April 2009). "Juniors get shot at big time". Central Leader. Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Mandy Te (11 March 2018). "Housing crisis forces school to build cut-price teacher flats instead of student hostel". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax NZ. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Taylah Hodson-Tomokino (26 April 2018). "Time to stop forcing netball down our girls' throats". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax NZ. Retrieved 10 June 2018.