Category Archives: School News

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.

Future Pathways Information Evening

Join us for the MHJC Future Pathways Information Evening. The purpose of this evening is to help students with making Option Choices for 2019. The evening will also provide information for students moving onto new educational providers next year plus career information stands, part-time work and representatives from Ormiston Senior College will share their experiences. Report to your Whanau to collect your ‘Option Form Code’ and map.
This is an important evening for guiding your son or daughter onto a pathway for their future career so please make the time to attend. Students who attend the evening will be given timetabling priority over those students who do not.

Wednesday 22 August 6pm – 7:30pm.

Holistic Reporting Consultation

Mission Heights Junior College will be implementing a Holistic Student Report in 2019. Please find below a link that will take you to an annotated example of the ‘proposed’ MHJC Holistic Student Report.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J17GYnBru7d1r1WHqntentRvktZ8R5aB5nBSr00KEZw/edit?usp=sharing

The intention of this new report is to:

  1. Provide an easy to understand summary of the information about a student’s progress and achievement across the curriculum – the ‘whole person’.
  2. Provide information in ‘real time’ by way of a live report that can be viewed online 24/7.
  3. Provide a printed take-home copy of the Holistic Student Report at the end of each year.

We invite all families/parents/caregivers to participate in this consultation process be filling out the short survey on the link below;

https://goo.gl/forms/mMfKSi7qkfkO4HqA2

If you have further questions or queries, feel free to contact Kate Lambert, Leader of Learning.
An appointment can also be organised – 09 2777881/ klambert@mhjc.school.nz

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 finance@mhjc.school.nz 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.

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

Where:
Hillary Outdoors Education Centre – http://www.hillaryoutdoors.co.nz/

Activities:
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
dgardi@mhjc.school.nz

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. 🌏