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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

Holistic Reporting Consultation

Mission Heights Junior College will be implementing a Holistic Student Report in 2019. Please find below a link that will take you to an annotated example of the ‘proposed’ MHJC Holistic Student Report.

The intention of this new report is to:

  1. Provide an easy to understand summary of the information about a student’s progress and achievement across the curriculum – the ‘whole person’.
  2. Provide information in ‘real time’ by way of a live report that can be viewed online 24/7.
  3. Provide a printed take-home copy of the Holistic Student Report at the end of each year.

We invite all families/parents/caregivers to participate in this consultation process be filling out the short survey on the link below;

If you have further questions or queries, feel free to contact Kate Lambert, Leader of Learning.
An appointment can also be organised – 09 2777881/

Family and Friends Association Meeting

The Principal, Ian Morrison extends an invitation to parents on behalf of the Family and Friends Association, to meet he and members of the Family and Friends Association. This is an informal opportunity for us to discuss matters relating to the school’s vision, strategic goals and direction. The purpose would be for parents and principal to develop a shared understanding of these and other important factors which contribute to the school’s performance.

Meetings will take place once a term, the first being:
Date: Tuesday 20 February
Time: 6.30-7.30
Venue: MHJC Staff room (enter via Reception)
Light refreshments will be served.
Younger children can be supervised on request.
Please RSVP names and number attending to:

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in ECE and Schools

Auckland Regional Public Health Services advises that pertussis (whooping cough) is in the community and the number of cases in schools has increased over the last two months. Pertussis is a highly infectious disease and can cause serious illness for some people. In the last 12 months, 1 in 6 cases has needed hospital treatment.

Vaccination is free and offers the best protection against this disease – research shows vaccination is safe and effective. Four and 11 year olds are both eligible for a free booster dose – see your GP promptly to book this in. Children who have missed any doses are also able to get free immunisations, please check with your doctor if you are unsure of your child’s vaccination history.

If your child has symptoms of pertussis please keep them at home away from school. Pertussis starts like a cold with a runny nose, cough, and fever and is spread by coughing. After 7-10 days the cough becomes more severe and prolonged coughing spasms occur that may end with a whoop, dry retching or vomiting.

Pertussis in schools can be disruptive as students have to catch up on weeks of school work after falling ill and teachers need to work harder to support them. Pertussis disrupts families who need to make arrangements for childcare and doctors’ visits when their children are diagnosed.

If you or your children are experiencing symptoms or you want more information visit your doctor or call Healthline for advice on 0800-611 116.

If any of your school staff are pregnant or have a baby at home please ensure they receive the following messages from Auckland Regional Public Health.

  • Protect yourself and your baby and see your GP for a free vaccination in your third trimester (28–38 weeks). Protect new babies by immunising on time at 6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months.
  • Check that your baby’s brothers and sisters have been vaccinated for pertussis at 4 years and 11 years. A GP can provide catch-up doses if required.
  • Have adults in your family been immunised in the last five years? 80 percent of infants catch pertussis from a parent or other family member.

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a serious disease in children under 12 months old. For every 100 infants under 12 months old who are infected, around 70 will be hospitalised, seven will require intensive care and there is a small, but very real risk of permanent medical complications or death.

Making an Impact

As our political leaders decide on the composition of our next government I was listening to commentators on radio who were providing deeper analysis of the election. A psychologist was being interviewed about how people can be supported if their party did not win. The response resonated with me. He said that no matter the government, everyone can still make a positive impact by working within their community about something they feel passionate about.

These words echoed those of the presenter at the recent World Vision Awards Ceremony where MHJC was recognised for the amount we raised during the 40 Hour Famine. He said that every dollar raised makes a difference in someone’s life. He reminded us that the importance of the funds raised by World Vision is that so much is raised by young people. Many are too young to vote. Yet they are making a difference.

Well done to all our students who raised funds for World Vision and to those who are working on outreach projects in DEEP and in other curriculum areas who are making a difference – making an impact.

Growing greatness – Kia mana ake