The Green Room - MAGS Production 2018!

The Green Room
Lights. Camera. Action!
The curtains parted and we were transported into a magical world of dance, music, and laughter. A large group of talented MAGS students took us on a journey through the dramatic, yet enthralling life of Steven Stark. We saw his past works, and followed Stark and his friends as they explored the world of theatre! From Thursday 30th August, to Saturday 1st September, MAGS brought the stories of Matilda, Aladdin, Oliver, and so many more popular productions to life. This storyline was created by Ella Brislen and Seamus Stalker, and was performed by many dedicated singers, dancers and actors from years nine to thirteen. The work put in by all of the cast was admirable and they must be acknowledged. Overall, the production was a night not to be missed and received positive feedback after each of the four shows. 
By Ella and Holly

Appreciation by GIFs


10 Facts You May Not Know

1) Siberia means 'the sleeping land'

2) A duel between three people is called a truel

3) Male ostriches can roar like lions

4) Do you like the smell of old books? Well did you know that there is an actual word to describe this obsession. It is called 'Bibliosmia'

5) Hello Kitty is not a cat (I know right)- She is a little girl

6) Handshakes were originally done to make sure the person you were meeting didn't carry a concealed weapon

7) August 13th is celebrated as Left-Handers Day

8) Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830's

9) 12% of people dream in black and white

10) Your eye weighs approximately 28 grams

New Zealand Spelling Bee Semi Finals

Spelling Bee Semi Finals
At the start of this year, a group of eager spellers signed themselves up for the New Zealand Spelling Bee. To prepare for this, the students had to learn how to spell 100 words from a list, as well as practise spelling random words from the dictionary. The entry test involved spelling 100 words -  50 words from the list, and 50 unknown words. MAGS had 4 students make the top 200 in NZ, meaning they could then go on to compete in the semi finals. The Auckland semi finals were held in the Centennial Theatre at Auckland Boy’s Grammar School, on Saturday the 11th of August. The semi-finalists from MAGS were: Melissa Barnes, David Li, Ben Merlini, and Ella Vuetilovoni. They had to complete a written test of 20 words and spell one word aloud. Then the top 20 students with the best scores went to stage two of the semis, in which they had to compete in multiple rounds of verbal spelling, until only four remained. These four won seats in the final located in Wellington…

Indian Rockerz 2018!

Indian Rockerz 2018!
The MAGS Indian Group have worked hard the past two terms in preparation for the 2018 Indian Rockerz competition, which was held on Saturday 4th August. Schools put together a team of talented kids who choreographed and performed a Bollywood piece, of around 5 minutes long. On the night, everyone was relaxed, energetic, and just enjoyed themselves. Unfortunately MAGS couldn't grab any of the awards, but the bar was set very high by our fellow schools. Mt Roskill Grammar took first place, and Papatoetoe came a close second. Everyone had a great time, and just enjoyed the experience.

By Ella Vuetilovoni

Super Snacks

Bliss Balls Baby! Bliss balls are a super sweet treat to throw in your lunch or to share as a gift for your friends, or teachers ;) But hey, these babies are so good, I'm not sure you'll want to share! Healthy and sweet, you can make them fruity, chocolatey or coconutty- the choice is yours!

Ham and Cheese Toasties Croque monsieur  Gooey cheese and crispy golden bread- this is the savoury version of foods as good as krispy kreme.  Stacked with protein and calcium these will have running in no time! 

Groovy Smoothies Get on your shake, there is no time to bake, these delicious smoothies are easy to make! Throw in a banana- or a whole bunch, these are the best things you'll ever have for lunch :) 

Satisfying Salads
This beautiful salad is a masterpiece in it's own! Straight from the Auckland art gallery, this beauty is healthy, delicious and aesthetic- I've never seen a salad look and taste so good.

Media Short Film Competition!

Do you fancy yourself the next Bril?  The next Dugan? The next Coraci?

Well if you do, be sure to sign up for the MAGS Short Film competition. Sign ups end later this week, so get in quick - you can sign up on the door of E17. In groups of up to 5, you will be given the task of making a short film (1-5 minutes) - but there's a catch - each group will be assigned a a specific prop, genre, piece of dialogue, character name, and film technique that they have to use in their film.

The competition will be held over 4 weeks in Term 3, starting Monday the 30th of July, and finishing on Monday the 20th of August. You need to submit your film on a named USB by 4pm, so they can be downloaded (these will be returned).

There are prizes to be won within two categories: Year level winners and people's choice.

This is such a great opportunity to help you unleash your creativity and have fun with friends, so sign up now, and good luck!