Brian’s a MAGS man through and through

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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