Brian’s a MAGS man through and through
Fifty years of service at Mt Albert Grammar School is set to be rewarded with an honour usually reserved for former students.
Brian Murphy will formally accept the 2009 Albertian of the Year Award at this year’s Albertians dinner at the Ellerslie Event Centre on June 2.
“I was a bit surprised, to be honest. I think I’m the first person who isn’t an old boy to receive this prestigious and significant award and I’m humbled and honoured at the same time. It was very unexpected.”
Mr Murphy started at Mt Albert Grammar School after he finished teachers college as a 24-year-old.
He taught biology, then became the dean of science, before taking a brief jaunt overseas to teach in Australia and Canada.
He returned to what was then a boys-only school as a teacher librarian before becoming the school’s guidance counsellor until 1999.
For the past 10 years Mr Murphy has built up the school’s archives from next to nothing and edited the school’s magazine, The Albertian.
“There’s a lot of current social and cultural activities that I chronicle, mostly through taking photographs,” he says.
Currently he is chronicling former students who served in World War Two and welcomes any input from the community that could help build his files.
“It’s keeping me busy but who knows how long I’ll continue working here. I do have an office very close to the front door after all,” he says.
“Nobody’s indispensable, places like this will continue on but every day is a new day and every day is fun.”
Mt Albert Grammar principal Dale Burden says Mr Murphy is part and parcel of the school.
“He does a great job for us and the kids love him. What he doesn’t know about MAGS is not worth knowing.”
Colleagues, friends and past students who wish to attend the Albertians dinner to celebrate Mr Mur- phy’s achievements can purchase tickets from the school from May 1.
For information phone Chris Long on 846-2044 ext 8127. A weekly course for parents and caregivers of gifted children begins tomorrow.
The six-week programme will cover cultural perspectives of giftedness and aims to support the child’s transition into school by identifying programmes for gifted students.
The course is organised by the Centre for Continuing Education at Auckland University’s Epsom Campus.
For more information or to enrol phone 0800-864-266.
Albertian honour: Mt Albert Grammar School’s archivist Brian Murphy has been named the 2009 Albertian of the Year for his services to the school which span over 50 years.