Growing greatness


Mission Heights Junior College is a large multicultural state school located in East Auckland. We cater for Years 7 to 10 with an enrolment of almost 900 students and 60 staff. The school opened in 2009 on a site that had been bought from Sir William Manchester.

Originally this land belonged to Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki with whom we have strong links. We value and work to maintain a strong connection with Ngāi Tai and ensure that we are responsible guardians of the land.

Our vision is to “grow greatness through innovative, constantly evolving personalised learning”

We value:

Pono/integrity which relates to how we manage ourselves – we encourage students to be reliable, responsible and trustworthy;

Awhinatanga/compassion or how we relate to others – we encourage students to be kind, compassionate and celebrate our unique cultural identities;

Whakamana/empowerment through learning – which includes prioritising how we learn using the Great Ako learning model, being digitally capable and responsible, and developing creativity and problem solving skills.

Our mission

At Mission Heights Junior College we recognise that every child is a valued and valuable individual and that within each child is a unique “grain of greatness” which it is our mission to grow.

We work hard to create a learning environment which provides opportunities for students to become confident, active participants within a respectful and supportive learning community where every student feels safe and valued.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum and the National Education Guidelines, our learning programmes challenge students in both the essential learning areas and in individualised learning programmes, which extend and enrich students according to their individual identified needs.

A feature of our school is our intent to present learning in engaging, relevant and authentic contexts. We are keen to involve the community and real community issues in school life. Our school has also been designed and constructed to an “environmentally sustainable design” and caring for our environment is a key aspect of our school culture.