Monday, 13 November 2017

Imagine the World is Ending

Last year two MAGS Students Jahmal Nightingale and Joseph McNamarae performed a Spoken-Word Poem entitled Imagine the World is Ending. Their poem was then turned into a Loading Docks short by Brendan Withy and

Monday, 6 November 2017

40 Strange American Laws!

To help with your procrastination we have found 40 strange American laws! Read along if you dare...

 1. In Arizona, it is illegal to let a donkey sleep in a bathtub.
 2. It's illegal to live on a boat for more than 30 days in Georgia.
 3. In California, it is illegal to wear cowboy boots unless you own at least two cows.
 4. It is illegal to place a coin in someone's ear in Hawaii.
 5. In Florida, all doors to public buildings must open outwards.
 6. You cannot sell your eye in Texas.
 7. In Massachusetts it is illegal to snore unless all bedroom windows are securely closed and locked.
 8. You cannot sell peanuts after sundown on Wednesday in Alabama.
 9. In Alaska, it is considered an offence to push a moose out of an airplane.
10. In Minnesota, it is illegal to walk into Wisconsin with a chicken on your head.
11. It is considered a felony to steal more the $1000 worth of grease in North Carolina.
12. You cannot sing in the bathtub if you are in Pennsylvania.
13. In Kentucky, you cannot dye a duckling blue and sell it if there are less then six for sale at once.
14. It is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a murder in New Jersey.
15. In Virginia it is illegal to tickle women.
16. In Washington it is considered a crime to paint polka dots on the American flag.
17. It is illegal to sell cars on Sunday in Michigan.
18. In an Illinois city, it is illegal to pee in your neighbours mouth.
19. You cannot mutilate a rock in a state park in Colorado.
20. Christian parents cannot make their children get out of the car to pick up rubbish on Easter Day in Tennessee.
21. In Ohio you cannot get a fish drunk.
22. Butter substitutes are outlawed in Wisconsin Prisons.
23. In Oregon, dishes must drip dry.
24. It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house on Sundays.
25. In Maryland it is illegal to take a lion to a movie.
26. In New York the penalty of jumping off of a building is death.
27. In the capital of Connecticut, (Hartford), it is illegal to educate dogs.
28. In Missouri, frightening a baby is an outlaw.
29. The penalty of making 'ugly' faces at a dog is a fine and possibly jail.
30. Stealing an alligator can land you in jail for up to 20 years in Louisiana.
31. In Nebraska, it is illegal to fly a plane drunk.
32. It is illegal to fish on horseback in Utah.
33. In Indiana sheets in hotels must be 99 inches in length and 81 inches in width.
34. It is illegal to catch a fish with your bare hands in Kansas
35. In Montana it is illegal for a wife to open her husbands mail.
36. It is charged with death for cow rustling in Mississippi.
37. In New Mexico, idiots may not vote.
38. It is illegal to bite off a persons leg at Rhode Island.
39. In Nevada, it is illegal to ride a camel on the highway.

40. In Arkansas, you cannot pronounce Arkansas wrong.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Interview with ex-MAGS student

Name: Douglas Pauling

Occupation: I like to classify myself as a merchant. When I left school, I went to be a technician at the post office. Then I left the post office and became a technical salesperson, I sold technical components and technical things, because I was a technician and I understood how they worked. Then I was fortunate enough to move up the corporations that I worked for, from sales, to marketing, and then to general management, and I was fortunate enough to have overseas experience with big multi national companies, and then I came back to New Zealand and started my own business, in computers and training systems.

How has MAGS changed since you were there? 
The uniform seems to be more colourful with the MAGS colours and the logos look nicer. (Of course there are now girls in attendance as well).

What is your favourite memory from MAGS?
My best memory is the people I met there, other students and teachers.

What was your favourite subject?
I suppose my favourite subject was science but because I was in a lower stream class, I wasn't given the option of taking languages, or maths after the fourth form (year 9).

How long did you attend MAGS for?
I attended MAGS for 3 and a half years. My first term of high school was at Seddon Tech, and my second term of third form to the end of second term in upper fifth I spent at MAGS. My fifth form was in 1961. I left halfway through 1962 at the age of 16.

Did you enjoy it?
Yes... I enjoyed third and fourth form, though I did not enjoy fifth form and and left the following year.

Who was your headmaster while you were at MAGS?
My headmaster was Mr Murray Nairn, who was headmaster from 1954 to 1969.

Who was your favourite teacher?
I guess my favourite teacher was the engineering/metalwork workshop teacher called Mr Davis.
My science teacher was Mr King, and our nickname for him was Weka. The deputy principal's nickname was Daddy Weir.

Did you play a sport for the school?
I did. I went in athletics and I played rugby but only at Second 15 level, mainly because the Salvation Army mostly tied me up in the weekends.

Are there any teachers still here today who were there while you were at school?
No, I don't think so.

What subjects did you take when you were at school?
Woodwork, engineering workshop, tech drawing, geography, science, english. 

What were the disciplinary measures like?
Reasonably tough, you got caned if you were naughty. Some teachers were stricter, and others more capable.

Can you tell me some stories or things you remember about your time at MAGS?
Assembly was every morning, and all the masters would walk in in their robes, and we used to sing the school song. I thought it was 'dust on the walls' the whole time I was there.
In the main quadrangle, there was a bell, and a prefect would ring the bell at 5 to 9 for assembly and at every period change, and lunch and things.

One day we stole the bell and we put it under the stage in the assembly hall, and when assembly started we rang it. They had to round up everyone, with no bell, and as soon as the headmaster got up to talk about where the bell had gone we bashed it.

In the fifth form we were aloud to bring cars, if you owned one. If you wanted to leave the school grounds you had to get an exit pass from the headmasters office. In the third form, I lived close enough I could go home for lunch, I did that in the first year I went to school there.

We used to pay the rollboy 2 and sixpence per period to mark us absent when we were away. This was in the fifth form. In the fifth form, we wrote poems for each teacher who taught us in the role book. This was quite famous throughout the school, because we had this rollbook of poetry. I can only remember one stanza from the book, about the woodwork teacher. It had several verses, but I can only remember this part:
'The run of a rafter
Is maybe this long
Bailey, get out
You blockheaded nong.'

My class was called 3 Tech, it was the second lowest class.

In the class I was in we were expected to become builders, carpenters, butchers... to take an apprenticeship since we weren't smart enough for university.

I wasn't very good at school, so I didn't enjoy it very much. My marks started to deteriorate the older I got. I wouldn't recommend to anybody, to do what I did throughout high school. I feel the most negative thing about it was the attitude they had to the lower forms, like: "You guys won't amount to much, you'll just be apprentices and stuff..." I may be wrong but that's the feeling I got.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Little sayings to brighten your day :)

This week at blog club we have had to say goodbye to our senior students as they head off for exam leave, so we have some sayings/quotes to brighten up their day. Because studying is a bit sad.
  • You! Yes, you. The one reading this. You are beautiful, talented, amazing and simply awesome! Remember that
  • "An apple a day will keep anyone away if you throw it hard enough."
  • Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on
  • Don't be sad because sad backwards is das, and das not good
  • Chocolate doesn't ask silly questions, chocolate understands
  • Forget the mistake, remember the lesson
  • It's just a bad day, not a bad life
  • Don't let yesterday take up too much of today

Friday, 27 October 2017

Weird Facts!

For procrastination purposes only; 

·      Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

·      Every year, hundreds of new trees grow because squirrels forgot where they buried their nuts.

·      It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter.

·      When you remember something, you're only thinking of the memory of that event, not the time it happened.

·      The order of the alphabet is completely random.

·      The weird white dots you see floating when you look at the sky are your white blood cells.

·      If you eat too many carrots you turn orange.

·      Anatidaephobia is the weird fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.

·      Leeches have 32 brains.

·      If you feel like you wasted your time reading this, remember that your entire life led up to this fact.

·      Many expensive perfumes contain whale poop.

·      In older versions of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl and the wolf eat grandma together.

·      Alpacas can die of loneliness. When bought, they have to be bought in pairs.

·      Being annoying was against the law in Grand Rapids, Michigan, until 2014.

·      Steve Jobs was scared of buttons.

·      Mozart wrote numerous letters, and even an entire song, focused solely on poop.

·      Iran arrested 14 squirrels for spying in 2007.

·      In 2011, a woman bought a "non-visible" piece of art for $10,000.

·      The head of the CIA had their email account hacked by a teenager in 2015.