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Snorkelling GREAT Preparation for Goat Island

Year 9 students from Water Whanau have enjoyed integrated learning around their Term 1 context,  “Fight for Life”.  Recently, students took the plunge to participate in  a wonderful day of aquatics and snorkelling at the Totara Pools.

Students and teachers are looking forward to Week 8’s EOTC trip to the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre and Marine Reserve, where they will be able to view the sea life under the care and supervision of PADI Divemasters and observing the various species in a tidal touch tank at the discovery centre.

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Mountain’s First Leadership Camp a Hit!

Over the weekend, Year 10 Mountains’ Students as well as leaders from Year 8 and 9, travelled to Camp Adir for a Leadership Camp. The purpose of the camp was to develop the leadership skills of Year 10 students who have the responsibility of leading Year 7 who arrived at camp yesterday (Monday) morning. The Year 8 and 9 students will utilise their developing leadership skills within their roles on Whanau Council and other school-wide leadership positions they have been appointed to.
Photographs below show the ‘b​​efore’ and ‘after’ shots of the Mud Confidence Course.
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Developing Practical Water Safety Skills

Year 9 students in Mountains Whanau have enjoyed integrated learning on their ‘Water Survival – Water Safety’ Context.  This has seen Mathematic, Science, English, Global Studies, Physical Education & Health learning areas working collaboratively to achieve deeper, more authentic learning.
Students have been developing an understanding of the water safety issues that are prominent in News Media.  They have had the opportunity to develop an understanding of water safety as well as the practical skills to keep them and their families safer, in and around the water.
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Strong Start to Auckland Schools Debating

Congratulations to our Year 9 & 10 debaters who started their 2016 ASD season off with two impressive wins this afternoon.  Both teams debated in the affirmative for the moot, ‘Waitangi Day should be replaced with a New Zealand Day’.

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MHJC 1 v’s Tangaroa College – Miss Wullings
Kayla Pieterse (10F2)
Solana Carpenter (9C2)
Ryan Iglesia (9C2)  – Awarded ‘Top Speaker’
Christina Bang (10F2) Reserve

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MHJC 2 v’s Sancta Maria College – Miss Morris
John Yang (10F2) Awarded ‘Top Speaker’
Akira Maharaj (9C2)
Brendan Hua (10F2)
Alina Hayat Khan (10F2) Reserve

Alanna Young Thanked for Considerable Service to MHJC’s BOT


​Mrs ​Alanna ​Young ​will be standing down​ as Board Chair​ this year and ​wishes ​to thank the Board and community for their support over 8 years of service. ​Alanna​ has ​thoroughly ​enjoyed working on the Board of Trustees and for the school​​ – supporting the school’s ​vision​ “​Growing Greatness through ​innovative, ​constantly evolving​ and personalised learning”​.

Alanna was co-opted as a parent representative onto the Establishment Board of Mission Heights Junior College in 2008, a year prior to its opening in 2009. In 2010, she was elected as Board Chairperson and continued in that capacity until ​the ​beginning of this year. ​Mr ​Blair Telfer has now been elected as Board Chairperson, to aid succession planning with the Triennial Board Elections coming up shortly.

Mission Heights Junior College is ​certainly ​a better place due to the strong leadership and support Alanna has given the school​.

Introducing our 2016 Executive Council

We are pleased to introduce our 2016 Executive Council.


They are in alphabetical order :-

Alina Hayat
Christina Bang
Hruthin Pagadala
Josh Wang-McCarthy
John Yang
Kahurangi Mason-Wells
Katelyn Knox
Katrina Mohammed
Kayla Pieterse
Oliver Davies
Ryan Ngo
Sophia Herewini
Sinead Venter
Tyler Amos
Marcus Vaevae


Principal’s 2016 Message

As the holidays come to an end, may I extend a warm welcome to all our new students and welcome back to our current students.

I trust you have had a wonderful break and are ready to face the stimulating challenges of the new year.

Best wishes,
Ian Morrison