Parent Representatives (5) for MHJC BoT Elections

Nominations are invited for the election of 5 Parent representatives to the Board of Trustees.

A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters.
You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Friday 24 May, 2019 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on Friday 7 June, 2019.

Signed: A Young, Returning Officer

10th Birthday Celebrations – Community Day postponement


It is with regret that I have decided to postpone the Saturday morning community event scheduled for 6 April. This decision was made after consultation with organisers and Board of Trustees. Several factors have caused this action, the most important being the timing of an event we wish to enjoy but which would have proceeded against a backdrop of national turmoil and grief following the tragic loss of life in Christchurch last Friday.

I realise that there has been a lot of work done by staff and students to prepare for the morning but this will not be lost as we will set a date later in the year when things are back to normal and we can focus on the celebrations free of other considerations.

My sincere apologies to anyone inconvenienced by this decision.

Race Relations Day 2019: Our people, our cultures, our language

Race Relations Day is observed around the world, annually on March 21 in conjunction with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The day was initially recognised to commemorate the 69 people – including 10 children – who were killed while peacefully protesting Apartheid laws in Sharpeville in 1960. 

This year’s theme for Race Relations Day is: Our people, our cultures, our languages – O tātou iwi, ō tātou ahurea, ō tātou reo. We are celebrating Race Relations Day at MHJC by taking the opportunity to acknowledge and experience many of New Zealand’s more than 200 ethnic communities in our classrooms if possible. Have a good day, everyone!

Christchurch, 15 March 2019

The events that occurred on this date will become etched into our collective psyche for all time. Following the deadly shootings of peaceful Muslims at prayer it is perhaps too soon to comment on an incident so horrendous and which has had such a damaging impact on our Muslim community. It is important however to pause and reflect on how our nation and the international community has spoken in one voice to condemn the actions of the gunman and how so many people here and across the world have shown their support for the Muslim community in speeches, marches, prayer vigils and a “Give a Little” page which at the time of writing amounts to over $4 million.

This sense of unity and outpouring of love and compassion reminds us of what makes us human and gives us hope for the future. To strive for a world where we accept, respect and celebrate who we are, free of fear or judgment. MHJC is also a community and it is one where these values are enshrined in our charter and we remain even more committed to them than ever.

Let us all send our thoughts and prayers to our Muslim families affected directly or indirectly by the shootings, the victims still being treated in hospital and all those first responders and members of hospital and emergency services who have worked so hard to restore safety and assurance for the Christchurch community.

Kia kaha

Connections/whanaungatanga


We strive, at MHJC, to make and grow quality connections between all stakeholders so that students can enjoy and benefit from the endless opportunities we provide.

It was fantastic to see the positive dialogue taking place last week as we set aside a day for Student Led Conversations. I wish to express my thanks to every parent or caregiver who gave their time to strengthen their connection to the school and hear the goals and plans of their children in partnership with our Learning Advisors who are committed to supporting the students in their care to be the best they can be.

During the conference our plans for delivering the new “holistic” reports would have been discussed with you. As has been stated before this is an attempt, following consultation, to provide whānau with information about a student’s achievement and progress in all subjects (not only Maths and English), engagement which is measured by attendance, involvement in our Four Cornerstones and homework completion and importantly an innovative way of showing students’ commitment to our core values of integrity/pono, compassion/awhinatanga and lifelong learning/ako. We believe this will provide us with a much better “all-round” perspective of our students and reinforces our vision which states that every child has a grain of greatness and it is our mission to provide the opportunities for this greatness to grow.

Later this term we will host what has become an annual Girls’ Changemakers Breakfast and boys can enjoy a similarly inspiring event in term 2. We hope as many parents can attend these events with their children as possible and share in the learning they bring.

Our Year 7’s enjoyed their own social last week which provided great opportunities to bond with their classmates and senior student leaders. Camps in the next two weeks will do the same as every whānau provides team-building exercises in the beautiful New Zealand outdoors.

These are but a few of the highlights we regularly provide for students, parents and teachers to connect and enrich the school experience. Term 1 will culminate with another opportunity for the school to connect with alumni and former staff and parents with a Saturday Community Birthday Celebration on April 6. Food, exhibitions of learning and sporting and cultural events will provide our community with a chance to relive their past and see the progress of MHJC over the years. We look forward to seeing you there.

Growing greatness/Kia mana ake!

Waitangi Day


During his address at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te tiriti o Waitangi Crown representative Lieutenant Governor William Hobson said the famous line “He iwi tahi tatou – we are one people”.

This is especially significant as we welcome our new students (over 250), staff and parents to the school. They have come from different schools close by or from foreign lands but all now share a special bond as members of our wonderful MHJC learning community.

This morning our Year 7 students and staff members were welcomed at a powhiri held in their honour. We look forward to sharing their learning journey and growing the greatness that lies within everyone and learning how we can honour the spirit of the treaty.

So let us enjoy the public holiday tomorrow, and reflect on the work so many people are doing and have done to bring people together to create this wonderful country. As we do so, let us consider what we can do to continue the nation building example of those who have gone before us. For pakeha this could mean learning more Te Reo Māori or becoming more familiar with the cultural traditions and practices or Ti kanga Māori and for our Māori community to support others on what can be a challenging journey. There was no better example of this than when our students taught their classmates and teachers the school haka last year!

At a school level consider how we can share our knowledge with our new recruits – support and guide them so everyone feels safe, valued and welcomed in this new environment.

Our Charter contains an important strategic goal of honouring the treaty and I urge our community to challenge ourselves in some way this year to support the inspirational words of William Hobson.

Growing greatness/Kia mana ake!

Welcome back to another exciting year at MHJC!


A special welcome to our new students and to those returning – thank you for trusting us with the education of your children and we look forward to enjoying a collaborative learning journey.

I thought I would highlight some key events and areas we will focus on this year:

In term 1 we will celebrate our 10th birthday by opening the school to our community, past and present, on Saturday morning 6 April. Please diarise this date as we organise fun events, food and entertainment which will celebrate our amazing journey.

In term 2 our new Board of Trustees will be elected. We hope as in the past to have a number of parents putting themselves forward for this important duty particularly in the year in which elements of the Tomorrow’s Schools model are being reviewed, including the role and power of boards coming under the microscope. More on this topic can be found on the following web site: https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/tomorrows-schools-review/

In term 3 we will host for the first time a group of Chinese students from Xian Ling Middle School in Nanjing, following our visit there last year and we will visit them again later in the term.

Our first 10 Year Property Plan will start this year. The conditional assessment of our grounds and buildings is almost complete which estimates how much we will need to spend to ensure the site is safe and in working order and this will inform the amount we have left to enhance teaching and learning at MHJC.

In terms of teaching and learning we will make a school wide focus of our conservation and guardianship/kaitiakitanga responsibilities of Tāne forest which neighbours our property and we will develop our holistic reporting system which will reflect student achievement, progress, engagement and our values.

We will also make a special focus of creativity as one of the central themes of future skills and 21st century learning as explained in our new Charter.

Finally we will continue with the many other exciting opportunities and programmes including mindfulness to ensure all students’ wellbeing and learning is promoted.

Growing greatness/Kia mana ake!

New Teachers for 2019

Introducing the new Mission Heights Junior College teachers for 2019.

From left to right;

Douglas Choong- Coast Whanau, Maths and Science
Logan Dobson- Coast Whanau, Global Studies and English
Jan Newbold- Mountains Whanau, Visual Arts Specialist
Erin Steel- Water Whanau, Global Studies and Drama
Iris Brandauer- Forest Whanau, Science Term 1 for Gillian Bartlett
Sahara Singh- Forest Whanau, English and Global Studies

School Fees

Compulsory Fees

Must be paid in full before the start of the academic year. Please note students who have not paid their compulsory fees by the end of Week 3 (22 February 2019) will not be able to access WiFi and other digital platforms.

Student ID Card and Lanyard $5.00
Photocopies and Printing  $10.00
Compulsory Fees for Year 7 and 8 Only
Curriculum Related Fees (includes take home components)  $90.00
Digital Platforms (includes Education Perfect, Maths Buddy and Reading Plus) $95.00
Compulsory Fees for Year 9 and 10 Only
Digital Platforms (includes Education Perfect, Maths Buddy and Reading Plus) $85.00
Presentations by External Providers $10.00
Year 9 and 10 Subject Fees
Outdoor Education (OED) $200.00
Art (ART), Digital Technology (DGT), Fashion Design (FSD), Food Technology (FOO) $100.00 each
Media Studies (MED),  Design and Visual Communications (DVC) $50.00 each
Languages (MAN, SPA) $30.00 each
Drama (DRA) $10.00

School Contribution (Tax Deductible)

1st Child $250.00
2nd Child $220.00
3rd Child and Subsequent Children Free

Stationery

CYOD Device

In addition to the stationery requirements below, all year level students require a device that they can bring to school. We do not specify a particular device, but instead have some minimum specifications that the device must meet. You can read those specifications here; MHJC recommended devices.

MHJC Stationery List Year 7 & 8

  • 1 x 150mm Clear Ruler
  • 1 x Pencil Sharpener
  • 1 x Full Size Coloured Pencils Pack / 12
  • 1 x Yellow Highlighter
  • 1 x 6B Pencil
  • 1 x 4B Pencil
  • 1 x 2B Pencil
  • 1 x HB Pencil
  • 1 x Plastic Eraser
  • 1 x Pencil Case
  • 1 x Glue Stick
  • 4 x Retractable, Blue Ballpoint Pen
  • 1 x Retractable, Black Ballpoint Pen
  • 3 x Retractable, Red Ballpoint Pen
  • 1 x A4 Lined Refill
  • 1 x Set of Ear Bud Earphones
  • 7 x 1B8 Hole punched lined Exercise Books

Art

  • A4 Spiral Bound Visual Diary*
  • A4 Art Case*

* Year 8 students: do not buy if you already have both a diary and case from last year.

Maths

  • 2 x 1J8 Quad 5mm, 36 Leaf Maths Exercise Book
  • 2 x 1 E5 Quad Book with pre-ruled margins
  • 1 x Maths Geometry set (Compass, Protractor, etc.)
  • 1 x Casio FX82 MS Scientific Calculator*

* Compulsory for all Year 7 students. Do not purchase if you already have a scientific calculator that is in good working order.

MHJC Stationery List Year 9 & 10

  • 1 x 150mm Clear Ruler
  • 1 x Pencil Sharpener
  • 1 x Full Size Coloured Pencils Pack / 12
  • 1 x Yellow Highlighter
  • 1 x HB Pencil
  • 1 x Plastic Eraser
  • 1 x Pencil Case
  • 1 x Glue Stick
  • 4 x Retractable, Blue Ballpoint Pen
  • 1 x Retractable, Black Ballpoint Pen
  • 3 x Retractable, Red Ballpoint Pen
  • 1 x A4 Lined Refill
  • 1 x Set of Ear Bud Earphones
  • 7 x 1B8 Hole punched lined Exercise Books

Maths

  • 2 x 1J8 Quad 5mm, 36 Leaf Maths Exercise Book
  • 1 x 1 E5 Quad Book with pre-ruled margins
  • 1 x Maths Geometry set (Compass, Protractor, etc.)
  • 1 x Casio FX82 MS Scientific Calculator*

* Do not purchase if you already have a scientific calculator that is in good working order.

Art – Year 9 & 10 Option Art Students Only

  • A4 Spiral Bound Visual Diary
  • A4 Art Case*

* Do not purchase if you already have a diary and case.

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