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2018 Executive Council Has Full Year Ahead

The 2018 Mission Heights Junior College Executive Council was appointed earlier this year following nominations by students and whanau staff. In keeping with its tradition, it will continue to provide a student voice in many areas of school life. Several sub-committees have been formed which will carry out their responsibilities through the year. These include organising socials/discos and mufti days; co-ordinating the supply and sale of leavers’ jerseys; deciding on a legacy project and charity to support from funds raised and organising the second MHJC Student Leaders’ Conference. Feedback to Mr Morrison and Mr Naidoo will also be given as to how the school can be “climate friendly” starting with suggestions about the site and the students’ uniforms.

The group have also agreed to bring awareness of mental health issues by organising a Pink Shirt Day in May.  Coinciding with the nationwide effort, it will emphasise the need to promote a safe environment where everyone feels valued. The idea that we are all responsible for creating this awareness is essential and even small acts of kindness are important.

To show our connection to the community, the Council will be part of the ANZAC Parade at Stockade Hill in Howick and sell poppies at school to raise funds for the Howick R.S.A. International connections will be strengthened with seven members of the council forming part of a thirteen strong group who will represent the school and New Zealand at the Annual Student Leaders’ Convention in Singapore.

We wish them all the best for the year ahead and we will no doubt hear more of their activities as 2018 progresses.

Back from left: Tuor Chan, James Zeng, Harjot Singh Dharni, Kyle Anderson, Anav Ramsing 
Second Row: Tanveer Virk, Brianna Yeung, Tanna Clegg, Ayushi Narayan, Amanda Lee
Front Row: Principal Mr Morrison, Victoria Kree, Pahul Kaur,  Paul Chan.
(absent: Deputy Principal Mr Naidoo)

Tag Team Twosome win Medals!

Mission Heights Junior College students, Brooklyn-Rose Timu and Troy Korewha (both 8F1) took part in the inaugural Oceania Cup Tag Tournament held over 3 days, in South Auckland. Both represented Aotearoa Maori, with Troy in the U14 Boys and Brooklyn in the U14 Mixed Team. Competition was fierce with teams from as far away as Sāmoa, Tonga and The Cook Island’s. The Aotearoa Maori boys Team earned a Silver medal in the tournament and the Mixed team won the Gold Medal in the final!

Tag is a great sport for young people and often used as a pre-season warm up and fitness for other winter sports. Great friends, Brooklyn and Troy, have played netball, tag and performed Kapa Haka together during their schooling, putting their heart and soul into training over summer. Fantastic effort Brooklyn and Troy – making MHJC proud!

Swimming Sports making a Splash at MHJC

Qualifying to represent Mission Heights Junior College, Leo Arrowsmith has performed brilliantly in the pool on Friday at the South Eastern Zone Swimming Competition.

Leo was placed 3rd in his freestyle final and took 3rd in breaststroke and completed the treble with an outstanding 1st equal win in the backstroke!! Well done Leo, strong swimming


Womens Changemakers Beakfast 2018

Mission Heights Junior College was host to the second in the series of Womens Changemakers Breakfasts on Tuesday morning.

Two highly inspiring women spoke to the audience of students, teachers and family. Tracey Moore, born in the UK and living and working in New Zealand since 2005, is passionate about the beauty of her adopted country, the heritage of Te Ao Maori and the diversity of Auckland. Her life has been spent serving and developing individuals and communities and her current role, General Manager Service Strategy and Integration at Auckland Council offers the opportunity to drive performance improvements that directly impact a positive customer experience, as well as developing people within council. Tracey is also Vice Chair of Auckland Regional Migrant Services has completed the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders programme.

Our second guest speaker, Keera Ofren, is President of Amnesty International Aotearoa NZ’s youth on Campus at the University of Auckland. Her 5 year journey with Amnesty and activism began in high school after learning about Amnesty in a social studies class. Since then, she’s made working towards a future of freedom and rights for the world her goal and main value. She is currently studying Law and Arts conjoint specialising in Politics and International Relations. Keera believes there are a great many misconceptions about Amnesty International but essentially it is ones’ duty to always question and ensure that the protection of human rights is at a reputable standard. Amnesty International’s recommendations are drafted specifically as steps that the nation in question can realistically follow. The job is that of a watchdog giving hope to the victims of human rights violations.

Baseball Brothers at their Best!

Two of our MHJC students, brothers Ricky and AJ Bassano, flew to Australia in January after being selected to represent the Super City in the 2018 Gold Coast Classic Baseball Tournament.

Representing our country, Ricky(U14) and AJ (U12) took part in two of the three age grades and had an amazing time making lots of new friends from all over New Zealand. Ricky’s team U14 came in third place and AJ’s team U12 won first place. The U16 team also took first place. Super City Spartans did New Zealand proud! Well done boys with many more years of competing and a promising future in the sport to come!

Below: AJ and Ricky Bassano

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: