Category Archives: Learning @ MHJC

Learners Timetable

At Mission Heights Junior College, students have five 60 minute sessions from Monday to Friday.

       Year 7 to 10 Timetable
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 – 9:30AM Session 1
9:35 – 10:35AM Session 2
10:35 – 10:55AM

Morning Tea

11:00 – 12:00PM Session 3
12:05 – 1:05PM Session 4
1:05 – 1:55PM


2:00 – 3:00PM DEEP

DEEP Programme

Each student at Mission Heights Junior College has a Learning Advisor. This teacher, usually from their whanau, meets with each student individually to assess their progress and set goals based on evidence of their learning.

Our school timetable includes a daily extension and enrichment ‘DEEP’ learning session; Discovery, Essentials, Enrichment and Passions.

Students, with their advisor, create a personalised DEEP programme according to their needs, interests and passions. Our DEEP session also allows for;

  • Enrichment in new curriculum areas or in areas of existing strength
  • Preparation for academic competitions
  • Sessions for students who are finding an aspect of the curriculum challenging
  • Opportunities to extend and enrich able students
  • An induction to MHJC life for students arriving during the course of the year

Where students are identified as having a specific need in numeracy, literacy or ESOL, they are directed to an Essential DEEP option to address this need.

Click here to see the current DEEP options which are offered at Mission Heights Junior College.


Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8 all students study English, Mathematics, Science, Global Studies, Physical Education and Health, Art, Performing Arts, Technology, Digital Literacy, Written Literacy, Mandarin and Spanish.

Years 9 and 10

Our Year 9 and 10 students are our senior students and therefore assume leadership roles as they continue with a challenging academic programme. In addition to the continued study of English, Mathematics, Science, Global Studies, Physical Education and Health, Year 9 students have the opportunity to select four specialist subjects to study in greater depth.

Year 10 students then select two Option subjects to specialise in having gained an understanding of their strengths in Year 9. Ideally students will choose options that they expect to continue with for the two years and then on into Year 11 at Ormiston Senior College, however there is an opportunity to change options at the end of the year should students believe they are not in an option appropriate to their needs.

Option Subjects Y9 2019

Option Subjects Y10 2019

Options available to Year 9 and 10 students are;
Music, Art, Drama, Media Studies, Technology, Food Technology, Graphics, Enterprise, Mandarin and Spanish.

In Year 10, most students have the opportunity to complete NCEA assessments which are integrated into their core English, Mathematics, Physical Education & Health, Science and Global Studies sessions.

Students in all year levels further personalise their learning programme through their DEEP subject selections. Find more out about the DEEP programme here.

Digital Learning

Mission Heights Junior College students use a range of online digital learning platforms to complement their in-class work;

  • Maths Buddy – Maths Buddy gives students the freedom to study without stress in their own time, at their own pace. It allows students to catch up on lessons they missed or concepts they have not fully understood. Every student has access to the entire Year 1 to 13 curriculum so students can revise and reinforce concepts they have learned earlier.
  • Reading Plus – Reading Plus helps students to become better readers by developing the skills they need to read proficiently and become independent learners. Using Reading Plus regularly improves student comprehension and reading speed.

We also make extensive use of the Google G-Suite for Education platform to allow for excellent collaboration between students and teachers.


Every year each Whanau holds a 3 day long camp for all Year 7 students. Some Year 10 students are given the opportunity to attend camp as leaders. School camps are an important part of the New Zealand Curriculum. At these camps students enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, together with the challenge and adventure that accompany these.


Our Vision: “Growing Greatness – Kia mana ake, through innovative, constantly evolving, personalised learning”.

Mission Heights Junior College is a large multicultural state school located in East Auckland. We cater for Years 7 to 10 with an enrollment of almost 900 students and 60 staff. The school first opened in 2009.

At Mission Heights Junior College we recognise that every child is a valuable individual and that within each child is a unique “grain of greatness” which it is our mission to grow. We expect great things of our students as they grow to be confident, active, reflective, high achieving independent learners.

To achieve this, we ourselves must aspire to greatness and offer a truly great educational experience which allows opportunities for innovative, constantly evolving personalised learning. At Mission Heights Junior College we work hard to ensure that our students truly develop as:

Good Citizens

To achieve this we provide a learning environment which is:

Global Focussed
Twenty First Century

In addition to meeting the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum and the National Education Guidelines, our learning programmes challenge students in both the essential learning areas and in individualised learning programmes, which extend and enrich students according to their individual identified needs.

A feature of our school is our intent to present learning in engaging, relevant and authentic contexts. We are keen to involve the community and real community issues in school life. Our school has also been designed and constructed to an “environmentally sustainable design” and caring for our environment is a key aspect of our school culture.

Authentic Learning

Integral to learning at Mission Heights Junior College is the use of sustained innovative approaches within authentic, engaging and relevant learning contexts in our digitally intensive environment.

Authentic learning involves students researching, designing, planning, and creating solutions to real-life problems and teachers actively supporting and scaffolding engaging learning opportunities. Authentic learning allows students to explore real world topics, ideas, questions and curiosities, which ultimately helps them to become active in their learning and facilitate change. Technology plays a pivotal role in supporting authentic practice in our classrooms.

Learners have access to information, experts in their field of study and the power to present their work in engaging, effective ways. Learning that is authentic challenges us to rethink current assessment practices – particularly in regard to the key competencies, which are integral to authentic learning.