Category Archives: School News

New Teachers for 2019

Introducing the new Mission Heights Junior College teachers for 2019.

From left to right;

Douglas Choong- Coast Whanau, Maths and Science
Logan Dobson- Coast Whanau, Global Studies and English
Jan Newbold- Mountains Whanau, Visual Arts Specialist
Erin Steel- Water Whanau, Global Studies and Drama
Iris Brandauer- Forest Whanau, Science Term 1 for Gillian Bartlett
Sahara Singh- Forest Whanau, English and Global Studies

The MHJC Haka: Kia mana ake

A very special moment took place on the eve of Maori Language week – the first public performance to an audience of parents and friends – the Mission Heights Junior College very own Haka: Kia mana ake.

Created by Jason Tuhaka Senior, as a gift to the school, Jason has collaborated with Māori and Pasifika Coordinator Matua Brent Dunn, to bring this performance to life.

Performed by all our learners and teachers the video shows Kia mana ake was fully embraced and passionately performed by all 4 of the Whanau groups at the school – Water, Coast, Mountains and Forest. Amazing footage and inspired performance!

For the full video click here

NIWA Regional Science Fair Accolades:

NIWA Regional Science Fair Accolades:
MHJC had another outstanding year taking out top awards at the NIWA South and East Auckland Regional Science and Technology Fair! We had a range of projects entered from Years 7-10.

Congratulations to all our place winners, highly commended and special prizes – the following prizes were earned:
YEAR 7 : Saniya Lal — Highly Commended (Years 7 and 8 Consumer Science)
YEAR 8: Keiran Hicks and Jack Grant — Highly Commended (Years 7-10 Technology and Innovation); Katrina Pham and Risha Prasad — Third Place (Years 7-10 Technology and Innovation); Jessica Kang — First Place (Years 7-10 Technology and Innovation), Best Use of Electronics (Special Prize) and IET Engineering Junior Award (Special Prize)
YEAR 9: Faatima Nisa, Harshitha Surendran and Jahnavi Shah — Highly Commended (Years 9 and 10 Environmental Science)
Cong Yao Ma, Saniya Sajwan and Bhavjeet Kaur — Highly Commended (Years 9-13 Consumer Science)
Ricky Bassano — First Place (Years 9&10 Physical and Material World) and Overall Top Year 9 Project in the Fair (Special Prize)
Paul Chan, Ethan Kidd and Harjot Singh Dharni — Third Place (Years 9 and 10 Living World)
Pahul Kumar, Kashvi Vij and Tania Kumar — First Place (Years 9 and 10 Living World)
Annie Man, Helen Man and Kathleen Tieu — Auckland Transport Award (Special Prize)

Introducing Mr Smith

Mr. Jeremy Smith is the newest appointment to our teaching staff. Mr. Smith has joined Coast /Te Whānau o Takutai replacing Ms. Morris who relocated to Canada last term.

Mr. Smith is a Master of Teaching (Secondary) graduate from the University of Auckland specialising in culturally responsive pedagogy. Before his post graduate degree, Jeremy completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

In his spare time Mr. Smith enjoys the outdoors and staying fit. He also has a passion for conservation, volunteering with the Department of Conservation in pest control programmes.

Mr. Smith is particularly passionate about how he can improve the literacy of students at Mission Heights Junior College. Recognising the fundamental role which literacy has for student life outcomes has made this a focus of his practice.

I wish him an enjoyable and fulfilling teaching experience at MHJC as he starts his career with us.

Growing greatness – Kia mana ake

Taking on the Challenge – go MHJC!

The Vector EPro8 Challenge is a nationwide competition for Years 7/8 and 9/10. Using science, maths, technology and engineering skills the students have 3 hours to solve set problems. This is the second year MHJC has taken part in the event.
Earlier this term, four of our Years 9/10 teams took part in the first round heats with all 4 teams going through to the semifinal, held in the MHJC theatre last week. Congratulations goes to all competitors through to the semi finals, and a huge accolade to our ‘Misfits’ team for proceeding to the Grand Final, to be held on the 3 September in the MHJC theatre.
Two Year 7/8 teams also took part in the first round heats at Opaheke Primary earlier this month. Our very own ‘MHJC Legends’ were placed third at this event and will also proceed to their semi finals at the end of the month.

More EPro8 news to come – watch this space!Years 9/10 – Team 1: Night Night

Harjot Singh Dharni; Ethan Kidd; Paul Chan; James Zeng.

Team 2: The Jokers

Ronak Lal; Amanda Lee; Kyle Anderson; Sunny Lau.

Team 3: The Professionals

Dallas Barrett-Thomson; Rohan Mathur; Radesh Muhunthan; Ally Lin.

Team 4: The Misfits

Jasper Carpenter; Sam Martin; Ricky Bassano; Mustafer Kamish.

Year 7/8

Team 1: MHJC Legends

Eric Pan; Arvinth Satthay; Ashvin Satthay; Rayaan Cheema.

Team 2: Power Puff girls

Irene Wu; Rachana Rajeev; Alexis Davies; Sharon Ng.