Category Archives: School News

SEZ Athletics Success

A team of 55 Year 7 & 8 students put forth a series of strong performances at the South Eastern Zone Athletics competition yesterday. Some highlights from the track and field were: 🥇🥈🥉

•Divesh Govind – 1st Year 8 Boys 100m, 2nd 200m sprint 3rd Long Jump.
• John Ngyuen – 2nd Year 8 Boys 800m.
• PJ Ainoa – 2nd Year 8 Boys Discus.
• Sulu Lesatele – 3rd Year 8 Girls Shot Put.
• Samuel Murray – 2nd Year 7 Boys Shot Put.
• Bowen Lei – 3rd Year 7 Boys Shot Put.
• Sophia Yu and Rios Tasmania also put forth strong performances, and we eagerly await their official placings.

Senior Boys Softball Win Silver

Congratulations to MHJC’s Senior Boys Softball team who placed 2nd in the College Sport one day tournament yesterday! ⚾️ 🥈
The team is: Gurmehar Bajwa, AJ Bassano, Ricky Bassano, Jasper Carpenter, Ivan Dalmatau, Caleb Dowling, Raiyan Khan, Aryan Jumar, Mackenzie Pritchard, Jackson Smith, Edward Suckling, and Cyrus Tuhaka. A mighty ‘thank you’ to Mrs Bassano for her continued support of MHJC’s sports teams. 


Arvinth and Ashvin’s Success at Nationals!

Our congratulations to Arvinth and Ashvin Sathy for their successful performances in the recent New Zealand National Table Tennis Para Championship. Arvinth was awarded the bronze for the Class 2 wheelchair singles and together Ashvin and Arvinth won silver medals in their wheelchair doubles, following a thrilling final! These impressive young men enjoyed the opportunity to meet and play with experienced competitors from New Zealand, as well as players from Tonga and Fiji. Our champions are pictured here with their coach, and alongside other competitors at the NZ Table Tennis Nationals. 🏓 🥉🥈

Gold TravelWise Award

Every year Auckland Transport awards schools that have excelled in its Travelwise programme. We are pleased to share the wonderful news that MHJC has been presented with a Gold Award for our work to encourage active transport to school and working with our local community to reduce congestion. Well done to all students and staff who are walking and cycling to and from school! 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️

Saniya Wins 3rd @ BrightSparks

The winners of the Skills Bright Sparks competition for 2019 were announced at the Auckland awards ceremony at Datacomon yesterday. We were delighted to learn that Year 8 student Saniya Lal won third place overall in the junior division of the competition. Congratulations, Saniya! 

Ian Morrison Speaks at Buddhist Temple

Following the March 15 tragedy, it was decided to hold a community event bringing together people of all faiths and cultures. MHJC students also performed at the event attended by many community and religious leaders. Principal, Ian Morrison was given the privilege of addressing the large audience on the outdoor stage to reinforce our close connection with the temple and our commitment to promoting kindness and compassion through our value of awhinatanga. 💛

Photo credit: Genée Crowley

Leaders Inspire Students at Pathways Panel

Three inspirational leaders, Dillon Boucher, Chlöe Swarbrick and Melissa Gardi were invited to MHJC to hold a panel discussion as a part of Ngahere Whānau’s (Forest) Yr 9 ‘Leading into the Future’ and Yr 10 ‘Future Pathways’ learning contexts, yesterday. Student’s gained an enthralling insight into the contrasting worlds of professional sport, business, entrepreneurship, tertiary study, Hollywood celebrity culture, not-for-profit organisations and New Zealand politics. However, it was soon evident that a high degree of commonality was shared between the three personal narratives: a strong commitment to personal values, resilience through adversity, passion and initiative to create opportunities, strong relationships, hard work and sheer dogged determination to pursue careers that are authentic, meaningful and fulfilling. Students and staff commented, “…we have just experienced something very special and truly inspiring!” Thank you to Mrs Selagan for coordinating the pathways event.

MHJC teachers leading learning

One of our strategic goals is to attract, retain and develop high quality teachers and support staff. Part of this goal is achieved through our professional development plan. All our teachers are involved in “inquiry” projects of their own as part of our professional development programme. Every year we identify areas of our teaching or leadership that we wish to improve, strengthen or investigate and experts from within the staff or external providers support teachers to grow their practice. We also host a number of schools who are interested in how we deliver the curriculum, our focus on personalised learning and our DEEP programme in particular.


During the October holidays several teachers presented at educational conferences. Their time and efforts are appreciated as they have helped to reinforce our place at the forefront of innovative educational research and practice. 


Ms Lambert has led a team of MHJC teachers for almost two years with resourcing from the ministry which has investigated how to strengthen collaborative practice among teachers. The positive findings of this research will help us to continue with our integrated approach to learning which allows students to see links between learning areas and develop authentic outcomes which are relevant to them, particularly with regards numeracy. She and Ms Grant, one of the team, presented their findings at U-Learn, other members of the team, Mr Hishey and Mrs Premdeep presented at the New Zealand Mathematics Association and Mrs Phadke will be presenting later this term at the Statistics Teachers’ Day at the University of Auckland.


Mr Choong also presented at U-Learn with the support of some of our students. His focus was the integration of STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) into the general curriculum and Mrs Newbold presented ‘Learning through the Arts’ at a Literacy Conference in Christchurch. STEM and creativity are both focus areas for the school. 


The professional development of our staff and willingness to share our learning journey individually and collectively show that we are committed to our vision of “growing greatness through innovative, constantly evolving personalised learning”.


Growing greatness – Kia mana ake!



Ashvin and Arvinth’s Success at the Halberg Games

MHJC is extremely proud to share Ashvin and Arvinth Sathy’s achievements at the 2019 Halberg Games, which were held from the 11th – 13th October, at Kings College, Otahuhu. The boys had a great time on the track with their wheelchair racing events and gained strong results in both Boccia and Table Tennis.
Ashvin participated in a thrilling Boccia final, winning the Boccia trophy. Arvinth managed to defeat Ashvin to win the trophy for Table Tennis – this too was a thrilling final!
The boys enjoyed the opportunity to meet Grant Elliot and worked on their ‘catching practice’ whilst chatting with him. Ashvin and Arvinth also met the ‘Sports and Recreation Minister’, Grant Robertson and Para Olympian medalists at the Opening Ceremony. MHJC staff member Matua Brent witnessed the boys in action and remarked, “Ashvin and Arvinth were like the ‘All Blacks’ of the Halberg Games!”