All posts by Melanie Kindley

Young Leaders Convention, Singapore

Our globally connected learners are currently at the Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore to contribute to the 24th Young Leaders Convention.

Harjot Singh Dharni; Kyle Anderson; Aditya Nair; Anav Ramsing; Paul Chan; Victoria Kree; Ayushi Narayan; Annie Man; Henrik Hout; Kashvi Vij; Aathif Mobin Basha; Kathleen Tieu and Ronak Lal (supported by Mrs Neelam Taneja and Mr Tashi Hishey) have enjoyed their adventures at Universal Studios, Sentosa Island, Garden by the Bay, and ‘ice-breaker’ + scenario challenges at Hwa Chong, with students from a host of other countries.

We wish the group safe travels as we look forward to their arrival back to Auckland airport at 10:25pm on Saturday evening. 🌏

Greening Auckland with ‘Million Trees’ Programme

On Wednesday 30th May 7M1 & 7M2 traveled to the Puhinui Stream to move and plant 1200 native trees, plants and shrubs as part of their learning about biodiversity. The plants were provided courtesy of the Auckland Council’s ‘Million Trees’ programme.

‘Million Trees’ is a programme for greening Auckland that will plant a million trees and shrubs, mostly native, across the region over three years. The programme will green our city, offset carbon emissions, protect our water quality by planting along rivers and coastlines and improve our living environment.

Students not only learned more about bio-diversity by taking part in this hands-on EOTC experience but by working as a 50+ person human chain – to transport the plants from the top of the reserve to the planting location – they demonstrated great teamwork and communication skills!

Ka Rawe Mountains Year 7’s, we are very proud of you and your service to our community!

600 Native Trees Planted at Silvana Reserve

Students in 8C2 have been “digging into” their Term 1 Community context. Now that tree planting season is upon us, the class was able to head into the community to plant 600 native trees at the local Silvana Reserve. The planting comes after students investigated habitats in the community and identified a need for additional regeneration. Students also identified that once mature, trees will provide seeds for birds and prevent erosion in the local stream.

Thank you to GeckoNZ and Auckland Council for supporting the day and for supplying the trees. 


AIMS Games Raffle Results

Sixty students from Mission Heights Junior College will be attending the 2017 International AIMS games from the 11th to the 15th September. As costs associated with this tournament are high, this year sports teams sold raffle tickets to help lower the cost for families. Thanks to our sponsors who kindly donated prizes, we were able to raise $11,520.

Our sponsors are:

SHARP NZ  Click Chiropractic Spices Thai Restaurant Botany Junction Accounting Mechanix LTD

The draw was completed on the 9th August at 11am in the Mission Heights Junior College Staffroom.

The winners are:

1st Prize – Sharp 339L Top mount Fridge RRP $1199
Joahna Alican
2nd Prize – CLICK Chiropractic voucher valued $305
Kamaljeet Singh
3rd Prize – Spices Thai Restaurant Botany Junction voucher valued at $100
Baljeet Kaur
4th Prize – Botany Town Centre gift voucher valued at $100.
Jackie Jansen Van Rensburg
Thank you to everybody who supported this project.

MHJC Cross Country

A big thank you to Mr Groenewald and team for staging another successful Cross Country event this year.  Although Mountains ultimately won the inter-Whanau event, all four Whanau impressed with wonderful levels of spirit and participation.  The school drone captured some beautiful footage of students (and staff) on the course, which we hope you enjoy….

New Appointments to Our Leadership Team

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three senior leaders with effect from the start of Term 3:

Mr Ian Suckling will replace Mr Neil Penfold as Deputy Principal (Mountains Whanau). Mr Suckling was born in the UK and moved to New Zealand in 1997 where he taught at Auckland Grammar School, Lynfield College and Rodney College. He has a wide range of experience as a Business Economics, Accounting and other subjects such as Outdoor Education, Faculty Leader, Dean, Deputy Principal and Acting Principal. Recently Ian has been working with the Ministry of Education as a Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator and with Cognition Education as an accredited facilitator. He is relocating into the area from Snells Beach with his wife and two children.

Mrs Raeesa Dada will replace Mr Naidu as Deputy Principal (Coast Whanau). Ms Dada is a foundation staff member who has been teaching at MHJC since 2008. After leaving South Africa in 1997 she was a team leader at Howick Intermediate and Curriculum Leader at BBI. Mrs Dada was awarded a Masters of Educational Leadership and Management from UNITEC and performed various roles at MHJC including most recently Assistant Principal (Water Whanau). Mrs Dada had valuable previous experience in this role having held the position of Deputy Principal on two previous occasions at the school for 3 terms and one year respectively.

Mrs Reshmika Lal will fill the vacancy of Assistant Principal (Water Whanau) vacated by Mrs Dada. Mrs Lal grew up in Fiji and started her teaching career in New Zealand at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. She is a foundation staff member having joined the MHJC staff in 2008. Mrs Lal is the Special Educational Needs and Literacy coordinator and was Acting Assistant Principal for two years. Mrs Lal has also been awarded a Masters of Educational Leadership and a Graduate Diploma in TESSOL (Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages.

We are very fortunate to be able to attract and recognise educators of this talent and experience and we wish them well in their leadership roles at the school.