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MRGS Book Club

Hey readers, we're starting a Book Club! Come along to the library every second Wednesday morning (starting 21st February) to scoff a muffin, chug a hot drink, and chat about your favourite books or current read. The library opens for Book Club at 8am. See you there!

Paul Seideman Competition

Anna Sue, a senior pupil of Mt Roskill Grammar School, presented her winning entry for the senior section of the 2017 Paul Seideman Competition at a Parliament reception held on January 26th, for the commemoration of United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Paul Seideman was a Czech teenager in 1941 when he first suffered the horrors of Auschwitz death camp, and later other concentration camps, during World War II. Now approaching 90, he lives quietly at Shona McFarlane Retirement Village in Lower Hutt. His experiences, and a desire to educate NZ youth, led Paul to endow a competition for year 10 (Junior Category) and year 11-13 students (Senior Category) at secondary schools that teach the Holocaust.

Anna was accompanied to Wellington for the prizegiving by her mother Mei Dang Fong. Her prize for winning the senior section – cash and a certificate – was presented by Hutt South MP Chris Bishop, who hosted the event and also spoke movingly about his visit, a few years ago, to a Holocaust-razed Polish village.

entry was a strong essay on the set theme, “How the Holocaust is significant to high schoolers” and the junior section winner, Sebastian Bartley of Cambridge High School, entered a documentary video he had created and produced.
Seb’s video was screened and Anna read her essay to the audience at the reception which included their parents, Holocaust survivors and descendants including Paul Seideman, members of the diplomatic corps, Members of Parliament, city and regional councillors, and human rights and interfaith leaders.

The annual competition is part of the Holocaust education programme run by the Wellington-based Holocaust Centre of New Zealand. The Centre is dedicated to educating New Zealand society, through Holocaust history and remembrance, that we need to oppose prejudice in all its forms, and guard against attempts to make any group a target of mass prejudice, as happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany.

The annual United Nations Holocaust remembrance commemoration is co-sponsored by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO, the UN’s educational organization, the Wellington City Council, and the Human Rights Commission. It included a memorial ceremony at the Makara Jewish cemetery.

This year’s commemoration was linked to the Human Rights Commission’s campaign: “Give nothing to racism.”

Story by David Zwartz

Start Up Information 2018

Welcome to the 2018 school year at MRGS – details of start-up dates for all students are detailed below.

Late enrolments

If you get your 2018 enrolment form into MRGS by Wednesday 24th January then the student can start on Thursday 1st February. Should the form come in later then the student will not be starting on Thursday 1st February and will have to start on a later date.

Returning Students – 2018 course changes only

Students must attend in uniform in the school hall

  • Year 13 – Wednesday 24th January 9.00am
  • Year 12 – Wednesday 24th January 11.00am
  • Year 11 – Wednesday 24th January 1.00pm

First School day:

Thursday 1st February 2018, Y9, Y13 and all other new students

  • Y9 and new students 9.40am on school main field  (for Powhiri and assemblies)
  • Y13 9.00am in school hall for Powhiri preparation

Friday 2nd February = All students

  • 9.00 am (all students to form classes)

School closed Anniversary Day – Monday 29th January

School closed Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6th February

– All new enrolments must be completed by Tuesday 23rd January for students wishing to start on 1st February.

Uniform and Stationery Shop – on Campus (access Frost Road Gate 4)

Opening hours:   

  • January 22nd - 25th 8.00am to 6.00pm
  • January 26th 8.00am to 12.00 midday
  • January 29th – CLOSED (Public Holiday)
  • January 30th - February 1st 8.00am to 6.00pm
  • February 2nd 8.00 to 12.00 midday
  • February 5th 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • February 6th – CLOSED (Public Holiday)
  • February 7th 8.00am to 9.00am
  • February 8th 8.00 to 9.00am and 3.00pm to 5.00pm.
  • February 9th - CLOSED

The shop will return to normal term time hours:

  • Mondays & Thursdays – 8.00 to 9.00am and 3.00 to 4.00pm

Shoebox Christmas

This year in Ms Kelly’s Year 9 English class, students in 908 learnt about ideas around friendship, showing kindness, and respecting others through text studies of ‘Wonder’ written by R.J. Palacio and ‘A Monster Calls’ written by Patrick Ness.  Building on these ideas some students volunteered to take part in a ‘Shoebox Christmas’ which is a charity organisation that gives Christmas gifts to kids in New Zealand that are less fortunate and may not receive anything at Christmas.  We signed up to donate four Christmas gifts and once we knew a little bit about the intended recipients we worked in groups to put together our shoeboxes of presents.  We hope the children who receive them enjoy their gifts and we wish everyone a safe and happy holidays.

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