Girls hos­tel to open soon

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School will be ac­cept­ing girls as bor­ders for the first time in its his­tory from 2018.

The Auck­land co-ed school bought a for­mer rest home in nearby Lloyd Av­enue, a res­i­den­tial Mt Al­bert street, six min­utes walk from the school.

The home will be renovated in 2017.

Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School (MAGS) was founded in 1922 and will open the hos­tel for the first in­take of up to 30 New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional girls in 2018.

Head­mas­ter Pa­trick Drumm said the school has only had a boys hos­tel and the new fa­cil­ity will pro­vide equal op­por­tu­nity for girls from out­side its zone to at­tend MAGS.

‘‘MAGS has a long his­tory of of­fer­ing our qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to boy stu­dents from through­out the North Is­land,’’ Drumm said.

‘‘Now their sis­ters, and the daugh­ters of for­mer stu­dents, will have the op­por­tu­nity to also board with us.’’

Board of Trustees chair­man Greg Moyle said the abil­ity to host girls from out­side the school’s zone com­ple­mented other ini­tia­tives, such as the de­vel­op­ment of the AgriBusi­ness MAGS Farm to pro­mote ca­reers in the pri­mary sec­tor to urban stu­dents.

Drumm said MAGS is the sec­ond largest high school in New Zealand, with its roll ex­pected to in­crease to 2800 in 2017.

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