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.
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.
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 http://www.brightsparks.org.nz/concussion-conundrum/
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: https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/eastern-courier/98024170/describing-kiwi-identity-in-two-languages
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.
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 www.theparentingplace.com or click on this link to go directly to page: https://tinyurl.com/y7cf7x7v
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.
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