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Back to the 80s Hit Musical comes to MHJC!

Bright costumes, big hair and even bigger music …here’s the show to bring the audience BACK TO THE 80S! Over 100 students from Mission Heights Junior College – cast, crew, choir, band and backstage ­– have worked tirelessly in Term 2 and during the holiday break to bring one of the most popular Broadway Shows to the stage. The musical, written by Neil Gooding, opens in the early 2000’s with 30-something Corey Senior finding a photo from his High School Prom in 1989. Corey has a flashback to his senior year and we follow the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in the 80s, all set around the top musical hits from that decade.

After watching this light-hearted, energetic production, packed with witty one-liners and nostalgia, you’ll find yourself breaking out your 80s moves while singing those 80s tunes for days after!

Performances at MHJC Theatre: 
Tuesday 7 August, Wednesday 8 August, Thursday 9 August, Friday 10 August and Saturday 11 August, at 7pm.

To book and Pay: Direct Debit to ASB 12-3233-0051320-00 Ensure your name appears as reference. Once completed send an email to with  surname, number of tickets, night attending and phone contact. You will receive a booking confirmation and tickets will be available for pick up from reception beforehand or to collect at the theatre on the night.

Futsal Winning Team Impressive!

Breaking news! MHJC’s SEZ Futsal team impressed with outstanding teamwork, application of feedback and tactical play today, beating Farm Cove Intermediate 5-1 in the final, at Sancta Maria College.

Congratualtions to Mr Nutt and our boys for their tournament win. The team was: Brenan Naidu 8M1, Xiao Rui Lin 8M1, Lucas Sue 7M2, Lachlan Hendry 8C2, Luke Jefta 7W2, Daivik Naidu 8M1, Ishveer Singh 7C2.

Talking About Living Through the War

Yr 10 History students host World War veterans from The Bruce McLaren Retirement Village.

The students have been learning about the origins of World War I & II. Today they hosted Milton and Bill from Bruce McLaren and both gentlemen shared their experiences and memories, from when they were 14 years old during WWII – in Auckland and in England. The stories were a mix of sad and funny and the students came away with a deeper understanding of living through those times. We thank both men for taking the time out to enlighten our young people.

Working Hard During Time Off Pays Off!

Congratulations to our winners of the 2018 Chinese Bridge Speech Competition Auckland region! Nikhilesh Prasad (9W2) won the second prize and Arushi Suneel (10C1) won third prize.

This is the best result for our school in this prestigious annual competition. We had previously won merit prizes.

Although these two students are not currently studying Mandarin, they used their holidays to draft their speeches and used their spare time to practise strenuously. All their hard work has paid off!

Singapore Young Leaders Convention

Earlier this month, 12 Year 10 students from Mission Heights Junior College, flew to Singapore to participate in the Hwa Chong Institute’s 24th Young Leaders Convention. This year’s theme, Media – Connecting the Dots, investigated the role various aspects of the media play in our digitalised world. The annual convention also aims to forge strong bonds across international borders between future leaders.

Held in Singapore – the site of the heads of Government G8 Summit a week later – many of the students said the experience enabled them to discover new cultures, grasp new concepts, ideas, values and practices and learn how to put these into action.

Probably the most significant personal achievement for the group was the ability to exercise their leadership skills in a foreign and challenging environment. The convention allowed them to share their knowledge and experiences among their international peers as well as identify relevant issues occurring in the digitalised world.

The MHJC team were asked how this convention has affected or changed how they will conduct future group planning and mentoring. All agreed it has enriched the notion of “think global and act local” and they are excited about their own upcoming MHJC Student Leaders’ Convention in September. They now have a solid foundation and a framework to build on.

The students were able to forge strong friendships with other delegates and intend to stay connected. All came away from the convention with a myriad of new ideas and concepts to integrate at Mission Heights Junior College as well as fond memories of their visit to Singapore’s tourist attractions.

The MHJC team were asked how this convention has affected or changed how they will conduct future group planning and mentoring. All agreed it has enriched the notion of “think global and act local” and they are excited about their own upcoming MHJC Student Leaders’ Convention in September. They now have a solid foundation and a framework to build on.

The students were able to forge strong friendships with other delegates and intend to stay connected. All came away from the convention with a myriad of new ideas and concepts to integrate at Mission Heights Junior College as well as fond memories of their visit to Singapore’s tourist attractions.

For one MHJC student the week was even more memorable after receiving a very special award out of the 400 attendees:

“MHJC was honoured to receive the accolade of one of its students, Harjot Singh Dharni being voted the Best Delegate of the conference. The award is presented to one student who has best displayed qualities of enthusiasm, teamwork and passion for all the activities and contributed to the spirit of unity and collaboration. – MHJC Principal, Ian Morrison.

Caption: Harjot Singh Dharni receives his Best Delegate 2018 Certificate


Applications Open: Y9 OPC Hillary Outdoors Trip

Are you interested in participating in a week-long Outdoor Education trip that promises adventure and new experiences? Well then, this opportunity is for you!

OPC 2018 is a week long Outdoor Education trip taking place in Tongariro National Park.You will go caving, skiing/snowboarding, abseiling and so much more. It is an incredible opportunity to push beyond your comfort zone and experience all that the New Zealand winter has to offer.

Depart Sunday, September 23rd (12:00 noon).
Return Friday, September 28th (after 18:00).

Hillary Outdoors Education Centre –

Some of the activities include:
Low-ropes course, high ropes course, team building games, abseiling, skiing/snowboarding, caving, tramping, overnight expedition. These activities will be taught and supervised by experienced, fully qualified instructors.

If you are interested in joining this awesome trip, please read the details in the email that has been sent to your school account, then ‘Turn In’ a letter of application with the below information to our OPC Google Classroom page (class code to join is jr1xg1d) by Wednesday, May 30th at 16:00.

Your application letter must include the following:
• Why you want to attend OPC 2018.
• What you will gain from OPC 2018.
• How active you are/your ability to partake in active endeavours.
• Parental approval/signature

Click below to see Programme and Activites:

Tongariro Activities Sample 5-Day Programme

Tongariro Activities

Kind regards,

Mr Dino Gardi, PE and Health Teacher, Forest Whanau

Poetry Tributes are Winners for ANZAC Day

Nikhilesh Prasad, 9W2  (left) and Fauzaan Muhammed, 7W1 were named as finalists for the Auckland Museum 2018 Lest We Forget Poetry Competition.
The judges were looking for poems that touched on this year’s theme of An Unprecedented Trial.  Those that stood out took unusual perspectives or told stories that were somehow fresh.
Both students were invited to read their poems inside the Museum on ANZAC Day 25 April and did so proudly in the presence of family and friends.
To read these insightful and moving pieces of work click on the titles below:

Mission Heights Junior College First Over the Line in Ocean Racing

Who would have thought Mission Heights Junior College could win The Volvo Ocean Race without leaving dry land!

Education Perfect, the world online educator, worked with race competitors Team Sun Hung Kai – Scallywag, to create their own competition event using lessons relating to the science and maths behind sailing as well as the core Sustainability Programme of Volvo Ocean Racing. The Education Perfect Volvo Ocean Race Challenge took place over ten days in March, and included participants from more than 250 schools around New Zealand.

MHJC Year 9 students, under the guidance of teacher Mrs Reshmika Lal, took to the contest like ducks to water, blitzing their competitors by adding to the school total of 558,259 points. The school took out both the Top Class (9W2) and overall Top School awards. This brilliant team performance doubled that of the second place finisher with 18 of the top 30 places also going to MHJC students.

For their efforts the team has won a $200 shared lunch along with a very special keepsake – an official photo of Sun-Hung Kai Scallywag that has been signed by the whole racing team! Students say it was the excitement of the racing and the involvement with an actual Volvo Ocean Racing crew made up of Australians, British, Dutch and Portuguese male and female sailors that inspired them to keep going and ultimately succeed.

Teacher Mrs Lal says it illustrates how Maths and Science can be engaging and exciting when put into the context chosen by Education Perfect. Head of Education Perfect, NZ, James Santure and his team (which includes former Mission Heights Junior College teacher, Trudi Wigg) are consistently impressed with the engagement in learning and commitment to achieving success shown by Mission Heights Junior College. Mr Santure says “It is just so inspiring to see such continued enthusiasm and dedication to Education Perfect competitions from students at Mission Heights Junior College. Academic success, including in the events we run in Maths, Science, Humanities  English and Languages, is clearly a meaningful part of the culture of the school. This result bodes well for the World Series competitions to come this year – I’m sure we will see your name at or near the top of the leaderboard yet again!”

Team Sun-Hung Kai Scallywag joins Education Perfect in congratulating Mission Heights Junior College on this outstanding achievement.

Caption:The top three Education Perfect Volvo Ocean Race Challenge scorers.  From left: Jasper Carpenter, Nikhilesh Prasad and Jahnavi Shah

Welcome to our 2018 Board  

Blair Telfer was elected to the role of Board Chair at Mission Heights Junior College at a similar time current Principal Ian Morrison began his tenure at the school.

It could have been a case of ‘all change’ for MHJC but neither Ian nor Blair saw it that way. Instead, both believed the school was progressive in setting a pathway of innovative, personalised, learning and at the forefront of modern New Zealand teaching ideology. Through constant review and wise investment in the future, together they have helped the school to continue to hold its position at the forefront of teaching.

“This year is significant for the Board and the school. It is co-incidental but wholly fortuitous that our School Charter, that sets the vision, values, goals and strategic direction for the next 4 years, is due to be updated and preparation of a 10-year property plan is underway. Although separate, both of these key documents are intrinsically linked. Once direction has been determined for the immediate future, it is then necessary to ensure the school has the tools and resources to meet our goals. This includes all aspects of the property portfolio – inside and outside the classroom. Key also to this success is the highly qualified, experienced and committed MHJC staff which has implemented the school vision with passion and is ready to take the school into the exciting future.

“Next year we will be celebrating our 10th birthday. We can all be very proud of the first 10 years of MHJC from its beginning as a bare piece of land to the school campus we share today and all of our achievements. The next 10 years will hold a number of challenges and opportunities for the school and I am confident we are well-placed to continue to provide amazing learning opportunities so our students can grow their greatness.”

Kia mana ake,

Blair TelferBoard Chair 2016 and member since 2014; Chartered Professional Engineer for Mott MacDonald Consulting Engineers. Blair’s two children attended MHJC from 2013-2016

Board Members: (from Top Left) John Bassano – Deputy Chair, Catherine Hunter – Teachers Representative; Seinjileen Naidu,  Mrs Sian Grant,  Jason Tuhaka;   Naddy Naidoo– MHJC Deputy Principal; Blair Telfer  Chairman; Victoria Kree – Student Representative;  Ian Morrison MHJC Principal.


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)