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2017 Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Merit Award

A team of Mission Heights Junior College Year 10 students have collaborated this year to produce an innovative project, earning the group a Merit Award in the 2017 Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards and $750.00 for the school. Jamini Patel, Lia Arroyo, Camryn Chetty and Vanisha Rajan created ‘Robo-ish’ a robot programmed to sense and pickup litter and place it in rubbish bins.

The robot stays within a specific vicinity, using claws to move in a random order automatically sensing rubbish on its way, then finding its way to the bins. The project team was so determined to learn the new software of coding the robot and used certain codes to ensure the robot does the required job.

The students have used a small-scale robot (MBOT) currently being used for learning about robotics at the school and programmed it to achieve their goals. Special guests Craig Stephens, Consultant for Goodman Property and Sarah Kelly, Civil Engineer, Calibre presented the cheque from Transpower on behalf of Futureintech at the MHJC Champions Assembly this week. Congratulations Team Robo-ish! From left: Craig Stephens, Basil Taha, Teacher Maths & Technology, Jamini Patel, Lia Arroyo, Vanisha Rajan and Camryn Chetty and Sarah Kelly.

Spanish Learning gains more support

On Thursday, 16th November, National Adviser for Spanish, Señor Cristóbal Gutiérrez visited MIssion Heights Junior College. It was his first visit to the school since taking office in February this year. He met with staff and language teachers Ms Martin and Mrs Gao. Señor Cristóbal Gutiérrez discussed with Ms Martin a student trip to Spain and the valuable learning opportunities for the class. The goal is to make this trip a reality at the end of 2018 or early 2019. Señor Gutiérrez also brought valuable resources to share with teachers who are delighted he will provide ongoing support for our school’s Spanish teaching and learning programme.

The Awards Keep Coming!

A huge congratulations to former MHJC student Dylan Townsend for receiving the People’s Choice award in this years prestigious ASB Brightsparks Award announced last night.

Dylan has built a device that essentially records the impact or dangerous moves that an athlete’s head is exposed to during impact sports like rugby or American football. For the full story from case studies to development click here to view Dylan’s video


Successes in Second Year of Celebrations

For a second year, the MHJC Chinese Day Event was held during the NZ Chinese Language Week, celebrating Chinese language and culture. The event raised students interest in learning Chinese and about the culture – in line with the school’s goal – to foster future global citizens.

As well as the fun activities MHJC won three  merit prizes at the 2017 Chinese Short Film Competition, a merit prize at the 2017 Chinese calligraphy competition and to top it off, 12 of our student authors had their stories published in the book ‘Flying Kiwis’!

Here is the full article published in the Eastern Courier:

Proud published MHJC young authors below. Back row (from left): Ezekiel Ng Shiu, Mrs Gao, Principal Morrison, Willie Lan, John Kenneth Astadan Front Row (from left): Elsa McCormick, Siya Kumar, Ruby Tasmania, Gursimran Kaur Randhawa, Crystal Su (Absent) Megan Strydom, Kabir Sikh, Jordan Wandsworth and Andrew Ma.

Raising confident, happy and resilient children

Hosted by popular television and movie personality, Pio Terei, Mission Heights Junior College parents and caregivers are invited to a not-to-be-missed free event in conjunction with Ormiston Junior College.

Pio tells us how resilient, confident children deflect trouble, resist pressure, handle stress and recover from setbacks and trauma. All children can be helped to tackle life’s ups and downs so they can grow with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Discover the key ingredients required to help children develop those sought-after qualities.

WHEN: Wednesday 1 November 2017 6.30pm Doors open 7pm – 8.30pm
WHERE: Ormiston Junior College 285 Ormiston Rd, Flat Bush



This is a FREE event, spaces are limited so please book your tickets through or click on this link to go directly to page:

Staying Safe in Cyber Space

Mission Heights Junior College  held the 2017 Netsafe BYOD evening jointly with Mission Heights Primary School. This event saw a turnout of around 120 parents and students. Alex Jackman from MHJC and Jenny Keber from MHP shared with the audience various aspects of the schools’ digital citizenship and tips on cyber-safety at home. The event culminated in a series of breakout sessions where parents and students experienced first hand what the digital curriculum in the 2 schools entailed, from robotics to Reading Plus to Maths Buddy and Mathletics.




Mind Lab Makers and Doers

Students from Year 9 and 10 Mountains Whanau have had a great day at the UNITEC MindLab facilities in Newmarket, participating in workshops relating to Coding, Film-making, Augmented Reality and Animation – some even got the chance to dress up! The Mind Lab supports the development of the next generation of makers, doers, inventors and creators who will shape the future with new ways of working, thinking and living.

The Mind Lab team was really impressed with the MHJC context, the ideas the students shared and their level of understanding. This term students have been examining Mental Health in New Zealand – the attitudes, media messages (past and present) in both English and Global Studies classes. The subject is also being examined from a wellbeing/Hauora viewpoint in Science and PEH classes.

The purpose is to examine issues they may encounter in their teenage years that may affect their Mental Health/Wellbeing and ultimately making positive decisions for themselves.

Next on the agenda will be a challenge project based on what they have learned, requiring them to select an aspect of this knowledge to create a media/digital product with the objective of affecting change for individuals or for our community, from an attitude or wellbeing perspective. Watch this space!

Success at the APPA Inter-School Hindi Speech Finals

Mission Heights Junior College hosted this years’ APPA Inter-School Hindi Speech Competition Finals with 11 schools from Auckland participating in two categories.

Participants spoke eloquently and even with passion and humour on a mix of topics ranging from Technology to Gender Equality, Pollution, The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, Nature and My Culture and My Identity.

In the Year 5/6 competition Demira Manchanda from Mission Heights Primary School placed second and the judges commended her for being absolutely fluent and using amazing vocabulary. In first place was Siddarth from Remuera Primary and third, Manav Kumar from Papatoetoe West School.

In the Year 7/8 finals MHJC student Aadi Golcha’s speech took out first prize! Judges said they enjoyed his speech as it had excellent content with contemporary ideas and wit. Second place went to Iris Arora from Somerville Intermediate and in third place was Shriya Kumar from Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate.

The distinguished judges, Ms Roopa Sachdeva and Ms Vandana Ram were impressed with the quality and content of the speeches and appreciated the efforts of the students and the teachers in promoting Hindi language.

Young leaders come together to share ideas

On Friday 8th September our Student Executive Council hosted a leadership conference with three other Junior Colleges. This was the first ever Junior Leaders Convention in New Zealand and was planned and executed entirely by Mission Heights Junior College’s (MHJC) executive council.

Earlier this year, six MHJC students travelled to the 23rd Student Leaders’ Convention in Singapore and returned buzzing with ideas and the self-belief that they could drive initiatives to make a real difference to our society. The event on Friday followed a similar format to the global conference and students from Albany Junior High School, Ormiston Junior College in Flat Bush and Hamilton’s Rototuna Junior High School traveled to MHJC to work collaboratively through five themes:
Education – critical thinking, relying on digital devices
Cultural preservation – why is it dying?
Technological restraints – robots, employment
Humanising mental health
Youth contribution and involvement

In the last session of the day, solutions were delivered through group presentations followed by Principal Ian Morrison and the visiting heads of the other schools, taking time to critique the day’s work and applaud the suggested initiatives.

Ice Skating Success

A huge congratulations to Cordelia Shi (8W1) who performed in the North Island Championship in Ice Figure Skating early September and took out first place. Cordelia has now qualified for the New Zealand Championships to be held in Dunedin 5th October. Good luck Cordelia – MHJC are backing you!