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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

https://youtu.be/AgoZwAxsUhk

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)
YEAR10:
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.

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!