Category Archives: Principal’s Blog

A Christmas message.

As we enjoyed our annual Santa Show, with students starting Christmas celebrations early and with much energy, I started to reflect on a hectic term and hugely satisfying year. May I use this forum to wish the entire MHJC community a wonderful Christmas and summer break. I trust everyone has a restful time with plenty of relaxation and focus on the family, the spirit of giving and considering those less fortunate than ourselves. If you are travelling I hope you return safely and that our students are recharged and ready for an exciting year. Christmas is about hope and belief in our fellow man, with this in mind let us consider an exciting 2019.

Some exciting events to look forward to include:

  • Our 10th Birthday Celebrations during term 1;
  • Board of Trustees elections in term 2 and
  • The return of the Education Review Office in Term 3.

We will also be able to begin our property plan after the ministry approved funding.

We are looking forward to continue exciting, innovative learning including a whole school focus on the guardianship/kaitiakitanga of Tāne forest and working in partnership with the University of Auckland to promote creativity within our curriculum and continuing our ready to learn activities which include mindfulness practices.

Another important work stream will be the development of our new holistic report which promises to be ground-breaking with students taking part-ownership of the report as well as providing engagement and academic progress and achievement data.

Many thanks to everyone for their support of our hard working teachers and enthusiastic students who have all enjoyed every opportunity to grow their greatness.

Kia mana ake!

Greening Auckland with ‘Million Trees’ Programme

On Wednesday 30th May 7M1 & 7M2 traveled to the Puhinui Stream to move and plant 1200 native trees, plants and shrubs as part of their learning about biodiversity. The plants were provided courtesy of the Auckland Council’s ‘Million Trees’ programme.

‘Million Trees’ is a programme for greening Auckland that will plant a million trees and shrubs, mostly native, across the region over three years. The programme will green our city, offset carbon emissions, protect our water quality by planting along rivers and coastlines and improve our living environment.

Students not only learned more about bio-diversity by taking part in this hands-on EOTC experience but by working as a 50+ person human chain – to transport the plants from the top of the reserve to the planting location – they demonstrated great teamwork and communication skills!

Ka Rawe Mountains Year 7’s, we are very proud of you and your service to our community!

2017 Careers Expo

Last night careers advisor Mrs Ulika Singh and MHJC students attended the annual ‘Careers Expo’ at Ormiston Senior College. The event was a huge success with many institutions from throughout New Zealand showcasing numerous degree and vocational pathways, scholarship opportunities as well as unique business enterprises.
The key presentations from Auckland University and the Manukau Institute of Technology were particularly useful, as they outlined NCEA subjects and points required for entry into courses offered.  It was particularly exciting for MHJC students to interact with OSC students and staff, whom offered advice and support with learning opportunities when they venture into senior college.

HPCC Girls’ Prizegiving

At the recent HPCC Girls’ Prizegiving, two MHJC cricketers took home a haul of trophies.
Mansimran Kaur was named Emerging Hearts Player of the Year and Batter of the Year.  She also was recognised for scoring two 50’s; 92 not out and 50.
Ashwina Krishnakumar was named Player of the Year for one of the under 12 teams.
Both girls have made appearances for MHJC teams this year.
Well done girls. We are so proud of your achievements.

Term Dates

2019 Term Dates

The first day of school for all students for the 2019 academic year is Thursday 7th February.

Mission Heights Junior College will be open in 2019 during the following days:

Term 1 Tuesday 5 February to Friday 12 April
Term 2 Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
Term 3 Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
Term 4 Monday 14 October to Thursday 12 December


Sustainable Coastline Clean-Up

Students recently went to Kauri Point Reserve in Wattle Downs for a beach clean-up.  Collaborating with Sustainable Coastlines, the group collected quite a lot of rubbish in an hour.  Removing the waste, including a lot of plastic, prevents it from ending up in the ocean and the stomachs of fish and other aquatic species.

The Sustainable Coastlines project is a large project set out to clean up the beaches around New Zealand.  If your family would like to attend one of the upcoming local clean-up events (Manukau and Drury) please visit

Read more on EducationHQ here.