The ABSL Summer Hoops 3×3 grand final was held last night, between MHJC’s ‘The Aces’ (Marlon Bolivar, William Chen, Jesse Manuel and Randy Dayrit) and Farm Cove’s ‘Big Time Ballers’. It was by all accounts a very exciting game and ended all tied up at full time with a shoot out to determine the winners!
The final result was MHJC’s “The Aces” being crowned the 2016 ABSL Summer Hoops 3×3 Champions! Both MHJC teams that were entered into the competition represented MHJC very well, as did their supporters. This is a tremendous result and wonderful feedback to receive!
‘Project Lockdown’ consists of group members Bella Lin, Katrina Mohammed, Ryan Ngo and Bill Wong. We were named as one of six national finalists in the 2016 NZ BrightSparks competition, having developed our project for the last 2 years and enabling it to be entered into the Engineering Category for this year’s competition. On 2nd November we attended the awards ceremony at the ASB Cube on Wynyard Wharf, with the support of our mentor Mr Hargreaves, along with Mrs Hewlett and Mr Morrison. Unfortunately, we did not win the top award, but are very proud of our achievements.
During this experience, we got to meet other enthusiastic finalists from all parts of the country and heard inspirational speeches by “Nano Girl” Michelle Dickinson, engineering, electronics and commerce industry leaders and others. It is a huge accomplishment by “Project Lockdown”, as we are MHJC’s first finalists to be in BrightSparks!
Congratulations to Georgia Wright and Ashley Farley who competed in the ‘Cheer ‘N’ Dance Rave Internationals’ last weekend. The girls’ team ultimately placed 3rd in their division. We commend Georgia and Ashley’s dedicated approach to training and their success on the cheerleading stage – well done!
Congratulations to members of ‘Project Lockdown’, Bella Lin, Katrina Mohammed, Ryan Ngo and Bill Wong who have been named as one of the finalists in the 2016 BrightSparks competition, and invited to attend the award ceremony in November.
There is a “People’s Choice Award” that can be completed online, and the group would appreciate the support of our school and community to vote…
Project Lockdown is an innovative school alarm system that can alert students and teachers of intruders and other emergency situations. The system sends a popup message to every computer and projector in the school when the emergency button is pressed. The project was created with the goal of making every student feel safe and secure in their school.
Sophia and Tiana returned to New Zealand on Friday 14th October after a Cultural and Sport exchange in the USA. Both Sophia and Tiana had the opportunity to share the Māori culture with the Navajo People on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, Arizona and the Navajo people shared their food, culture and way of life. The girls reported that their journey into Canyon De Chelly, the history of the Canyon and the meaning to the Navajo people was absolutely breath taking.
The girls also had the opportunity to speak at Chinle Elementary School to talk about the Māori culture and for the students and staff to share their way of life with the girls, as well. A strong bond was formed with the Navajo people, so much so that they wish to fly to New Zealand to learn more about the Māori people and Aotearoa. The girls also spent time at Chinle High School to talk about Māori culture and exchange gifts.
Sophia, Tiana and past MHJC student Ngapipi played 18 basketball games in total starting in Los Angeles at Costa Mesa High School where they attained third place and then travelled to Chinle where they played the Navajo Seniors and then to Maricopa, Sequoia Pathway Academy, Arizona, where they placed third again. This was an experience that both Sophia and Tiana will not forget, and to have met with the Navajo people and fully engage in the way they live and celebrate who they are, was extremely special.
There are many Māori families living and working in the USA and for them to journey with Sophia and Tiana’s Ngā Hau E Wha group from New Zealand was another great experience, as it allowed for them to reconnect to who they are and for them to share their homes and food with the group, whilst they were travelling through the USA. What an amazing experience girls – well done!
Eastern Courier: 16th September 2016
Mission Heights Junior College entered four students into the NZCF Intermediate Chess Competition. MHJC challenged students from range of local schools, playing a total of 6 matches during the one day event. Overall the team finished 3rd with a special recognition to both Leo and Aathif for winning 5 out of their 6 matches. Congratulations!
Our congratulations to Mikaya and Alina who competed bravely at the Eastern Zone prepared speech competition, at Santa Maria College recently. The girls were chosen as the ‘best of the best’ speakers from MHJC’s inter whanau speech competition. Thank you parents, teachers and friends for supporting this event.
On Friday, students in Mountains Whanau were teachers… leading a weaving workshop!
Mountains’ Maori and Pasifika students attended a weaving workshop at the Botanical Gardens earlier this term. They are now bringing this knowledge back to MHJC and sharing it with their peers.
Thanks to the efforts of Mission Heights students you will see some new trees in the community! On 28 July, students from Mountains and the Enviro Council planted over 400 native trees with Auckland Council. Students from Baverstock Oaks and Mission Heights Primary also completed planting in the area earlier in the day. Check out the planting efforts by visiting the reserve at the corner of Bellagio Way and Valderama Drive.