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Fundraising for Phillipines
913 and 1005 Social Studies did a unit on Typhoon Haiyan after the Junior exams. We ended the unit with social action by organising a ‘Bake Sale’ to help the children affected by Typhoon Haiyan through UNICEF.
The ‘Bake Sale’ was on Thursday 28th November 2013. We raised $330.00. This will go to buy 7 tarpaulins for shelter, 2 food survival kits and 1500 water nutrients packets.
Both classes are grateful for all the support from the school in making a difference in the Phillipines.
French Dignitaries Visit MRGS
On Thursday 28th November our school hosted the French Minister for Veterans Affairs, Monsieur Kader Arif and the French Ambassador to New Zealand, Monsieur Laurent Contini. These dignitaries, together with the Honorary Consul and other members of their visiting party were welcomed with a powhiri and then spent time speaking with some of our students. Minister Arif is here as part of the build-up to the 2014 commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. He spoke particularly of the Shared Histories project which will see partnered schools in New Zealand and France developing ways of creating enduring links to memories and mementoes of the 1914-18 war years. Students from Mount Roskill, facilitated by Mr Darren Simpson from the English department will be developing their own contributions to this international project. The visit gave an opportunity for our students to ask questions about the project and hear of the variety of events scheduled in both France and New Zealand. After his visit to our school, the minister and his delegation went on to visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum to view its exhibits and plans for the commemoration before attending a dinner hosted by Hon. Chris Finlayson, NZ Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Legacy of MRGS Chemistry Olympiad Participation Continues
Six Roskill students have been invited to join next year’s Chemistry Olympiad training group. They are: Saviduru Mohan, Victor Xie, Mark Yep, Alice Ng, Lucy Yan and Mildred Wong. The students have been selected based on a test taken last month and they will join a group of 60-80 students selected from across New Zealand. This is the first stage of the qualifying process which could lead to membership in the NZ Chemistry Olympiad team and participation in the 46th Chemistry Olympiad Competition to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, in July 2014.
Roskill has a fine tradition of participation and success in the Chemistry Olympiad with 8 students in the last 10 years being members of the final team representing New Zealand in the International Contest. Most recently this year Cindy Ou gained a bronze medal for New Zealand in Moscow.
Junior Prize Giving (Tuesday 10th December)
The Junior Prize giving will be held in the Hall at 9-30am on the morning of Tuesday 10th December.
The prize giving is the culmination of the junior school year and all junior students must attend.
Junior students are required to be in their form room by 9-00 am for roll call. All students will be escorted by their form teachers to the hall to take their seats at 9.15 am for a 9.30 am start to the ceremony.
Caregivers and family of students are invited to attend and must be seated by 9.15 am in the hall.
We hope that you are able to be present on morning of December 10th to applaud our high achievers, to celebrate the commitment of many junior students to the school community and to enjoy items provided by some of our school music groups.
After the ceremony students will return to their form rooms to receive reports and they will then be dismissed by form teachers to go home for the summer holidays.
Wider Education Year 9 and 10 (Wed 4th-Fri 6th December)
Wider Education (4th – 6th December) is a tradition at MRGS where Year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to extend their learning outside of the classroom. It is expected that all students participate Your student has received information about their activity this week. Please return permission forms, health information and full payment as soon as possible. Please contact L Leman with any questions.
Roskill Past-Student Shows the Way in Youth Activism
Shruthi Vijayakumar—ex MRGS student—co-organised The Plastic Bottle Kayak Expedition which saw 25 young people from all over New Zealand kayaking the Whanganui River in kayaks made of plastic bottles to raise awareness of the need for ethical consumerism. She has hosted a TED talk about her experience and her wish to highlight environmental sustainability. Her talk can be viewed at:
Shruthi’s journey into youth activism and entrepreneurship began with a trip to Cambodia in 2009 as a World Vision Youth Ambassador, visiting development projects and communicating what she'd learned to her peers back home. In 2010 she became involved with the youth-for-youth charity P3 Foundation, taking on the role of CEO in 2011 and growing P3 from 20 volunteers to a national organisation with over 100 volunteers. In 2012 she was selected as a Young Explorer for the Mike Horn Pangaea Project enabling her to explore the Swiss Alps and the Amazon Rainforest on an environmental expedition. She was a semi-finalist for the Young New Zealander of the Year Award. Shruthi recently completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland and now works for the Boston Consulting Group.
High Achievement in Australian Mathematics Competition
This year’s Australian Mathematics Competition saw our students receiving 14 Distinction awards placing students in the top 15% of entrants in their year and region and a further 3 students were awarded High Distinctions placing them in the top 2% of their year and region. This competition administered by the Australian Mathematics Trust, challenges students at all levels to solve thirty mathematical problems in a set time. These problems get progressively more difficult until those at the end which challenge the most gifted students.
Distinction Certificates were awarded to:
- Daniel Bai
- Cathy Fan
- Daniel Kim
- Michael Li
- Pranav Shetty
- Tushar Thakur
- Alan Thomas
- Jahnvi Trivedi
- Alice Wang
- Joshua Simmons
- Tanaya Sonar
- Kungeng Wu
- Elisa Yansun
- Bo Zhong
High Distinctions were Awarded to:
- Josette Xu
- Felix Yang
- Jonathan Khoo
High Achievement in Australian National Chemistry Quiz
Junior students from our school have maintained our tradition of high international achievement in Chemistry by their performance in this year’s Australian National Chemistry Quiz. Ten Roskill Grammar students received plaques placing them in the top thousand of 110,000 students internationally who entered the competition. The competition which consists of an hour’s multiple choice test pits students from over 17 countries against problems in Chemistry. The event is sponsored and overseen by the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute.
MRGS Plaque Winners: Australian National Chemistry Quiz
- Jonathan Khoo
- Aishwarya Balasubramanian
- Naman Gupta
- Yansun Elisa
- Deeksha Vijayakumar
- Felix Yang
- Juin Man
- Charlotte Shirreffs
- Paul Robinson
- Myles James
Arts and Cultural Awards
This term saw the inaugural Arts and Cultural Awards Evening—where our artistic and cultural co-curricular strength was celebrated. Certificates for participation and commitment were given in Music, Dance, Drama and Kapa Haka after the audience were entertained by the school’s Concert Band.
Colours for Polyfest, Kapa Haka, Music and the Production (Wizard of Oz) were next presented, each accompanied by a citation reminding listeners of the work and commitment of students throughout the year. Guest presenter singer/songwriter Michael Murray returned to the school to present some of the special awards and entertain the packed hall with one of his latest songs. Those present were also entertained by a specially choreographed item from dance students Awhina and Lou and at the close of the evening a song from the Ilaua brothers—’ The Unbreaka-blez’. To round off the special night the audience were invited to supper and have the opportunity to chat with award winners from the range of Arts and Cultural groups.
Arts and Cultural Evening — Special Award Winners
- PFA Co-Curricular Award - Erin Steel and Samah Shazia
- Raewynn Winny Award for Contribution to Music - Angela Yen
- The Bryss Trophy for Leadership in Music - Saale Ilaua
- Marilyn Toi trophy for Karanga - Pearl Lazaro
- Whaikorero Award - Luke Edmonds
- Mana Taiohi award for leadership in Kapa Haka - Jaiya Skipper
Campus Maori Graduation
On the evening of 23rd October this term the graduation ceremony for the Campus Maori students was held at the Intermediate School. In a packed hall, Primary, Intermediate and Grammar students were presented with certificates, awards and taonga as well as being formally handed over to the next stage of their educational lives. After a karakia from the campus Kaumatua Ted Ratana, the ceremony began with some individual presentations from the Intermediate and Grammar schools. For the Grammar school The Te Iwi Ngaro trophy for best all round Maori student was won jointly by Awhina Mitchell and Lorenzo Fernandez . This was followed by the presentation to senior student Jaiya Skipper of the Mana Taiohi trophy for his leadership in Kapa Haka—a well-deserved recognition of Jaiya’s leadership and devotion to Kapa Haka over many years. A waiata was then sung before the commencement of the graduations. Year 6 students from the Primary were given their awards by new Principal Mr. Mike O’Reilly before formally joining the Intermediate party and taking part in a waiata to mark their transition. The new Principal of MRIS, Kristen Walsham, then presented her Year 8s with their awards and these proud young men and women then moved across to join with the Grammar students to indicate their change to secondary schooling. Finally year 13s were presented with their awards by Principal Greg Watson. These school graduating students were then welcomed back to the whanau by our Kaumatua once they moved to sit with the audience. Ngarino Te Tana our campus Maori co-ordinator closed the formalities with an address honouring the graduating students and celebrating the occasion. Families, students and staff then gathered for a supper and an opportunity to share their pleasure and pride in this special evening’s events.
Senior Prize Giving Acclaims Student Achievement
Our annual Senior Prize Giving took place on October 31st and in a proud evening of congratulations we saw over 250 prize winners grace the school stage and receive their certificates, cups and prizes. In our two prestigious academic awards at the close of the evening Hannah Yang received the trophy as Dux of the school and Diana Ng was applauded as Proxime Accessit. These two young people have an outstanding academic record: Diana has amassed 346 NCEA credits in her career with 258 at Excellence level. She has also never failed a single standard. This performance has earned her a Grade Point Average of 3.81 ( out of a possible top grade of 4). Hannah has gained 366 credits while at MRGS with 316 of these at Excellence level. Her GPA stands at 3.86 making her our premier example of Roskill attainment.
In addition to awards for achievement in school subjects, external awards and scholarships from Tertiary institutions were also a highlight of the presentations. Unitec, and AUT provided a number of students with fee paying scholarships for the tenure of their studies together with mentoring provision– one of the AUT awards amounting to $15,000 in total over three years of study. A representative from the University of Auckland also presented eight tertiary awards to our high achieving students. Six of these Jubilee awards gave recipients $6,000 each and two students Cindy Ou and Hannah Yang received the prestigious University of Auckland Scholarship awards worth up to $50,000 each. Amongst the guest presenters on the evening was the Rt. Hon. Phil Goff M.P. who presented a special award to one of our Senior Heads of Department. Mr Gavin Parratt, Head of Commerce received a Woolf Fisher Fellowship Award for his outstanding leadership. In its letter the Woolf Fisher Trust notes “Mt Roskill Grammar School continues to impress us with its excellent record of all round achievement”. Congratulations were also given to Mrs Bennett who won the Board of Trustees staff travel award. The Prize Giving evening was testament to the calibre of our senior students and the powerful learning of our community.
University of Auckland Entry Scholarships for 2014
- Cindy Ou - The University of Auckland Scholarship
- Hannah Yang - The University of Auckland Scholarship
- Alan Cheng - The University of Auckland Jubilee Award
- Jessica Allan - The University of Auckland Jubilee Award
- Lucas Chen - The University of Auckland Jubilee Award
- Diana Ng - The University of Auckland Jubilee Award
- Soo-Ling Tran - The University of Auckland Jubilee Award
- Sohail Abdulla - Edward Connelly Faculty of Engineering Entry Level Undergraduate Scholarship
Wizard of Oz Receives Showdown Top Awards
The MRGS production ‘Wizard of Oz’ nominated in 4 categories of the Showdown Auckland secondary school production competition, gained three top prizes at the awards ceremony this week. The prize for Best Costume Design went to our talented teachers, Ms Gillies, Ms Meyer, Ms Shearer, Ms Hughes, Ms Scrimshaw and Ms Pringle. The prize for Best Female in a Leading role went to our own Grace Usumaki (for her portrayal of Dorothy) and one of the most prestigious awards, Best Director was deservedly won by Ms Gillies—the driving force behind this year’s successful show.
All schools in Auckland can enter their performances in the Showdown contest which sends a judging team of experienced theatre practitioners to each show entered and assesses them for the quality of presentation and performance across 23 categories. The aim of the competition is to encourage young performers and foster excellence in the performing arts. Through the composition of the judging panel and the publicity generated by the competition stronger links are built between school programmes and Auckland community theatres. The awards were announced and presented at a sparkling Sky City event. Roskill’s success in its first year of entry is an indication of the quality of performing arts at our school and we look forward to future awards in the Showdown competition.
Once again MRGS students featured successfully in the engineering and electrical innovation Brightsparks awards. Sohail Abdulla—with his robotic window cleaner, Rohan Modak with his robotic floor sweeper and Caleb Baptista with his Shoe Station design were all finalists for the main award. After the round of final demonstrations and judging Sohail was placed 1st in the 17 yrs and above category and was presented also with the Supreme Young Inventor Award on the evening. Caleb Baptista was placed 2nd in the 13-14 years category. Sohail’s triumph follows on from his successes last year in National and International competitions when he took his robot to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.
Senior Prize Giving
This week has seen our celebration of achievement at Senior Prize giving. In a proud evening of congratulations we saw over 250 prizewinners grace the school stage and receive their certificates, cups and prizes. In our two prestigious academic awards at the close of the evening Hannah Yang received the trophy as Dux of the school and Diana Ng was applauded as Proxime Accessit. In addition to awards for achievement in school subjects, external awards and scholarships from Tertiary institutions were also a highlight of the presentations. Unitec, and AUT provided a number of students with fee paying scholarships for the ten-ure of their studies together with mentoring provision– one of the AUT awards amounting to $15,000 in total over three years of study. A representative from the University of Auckland also presented 8 scholarship awards to our high achieving students. Six of these Jubilee awards gave recipients $6,000 each and two students Cindy Ou and Hannah Yang received the prestigious University of Auckland Scholarship awards worth up to $50,000 each. The evening was testament to the calibre of our senior students and we wish them all the very best as they embark on study leave for their external NZQA examinations.
Free Self-Defense Workshops
There are free self-defense workshops available at Roskill Youth Zone. Run by experienced instructor Omer Duchovny, (Combat Krav Maga), these workshops focus on safety of self, safety of others, recognising possible conflict, having the skills to protect oneself and others but being responsible enough to walk away from any possible danger – especially good for teenagers!
See poster below – classes are FREE OF CHARGE and will be running every Monday from 4pm – 5pm, from 4th November.
Food and Hospitality Department
During the Term Three exam cycle our senior Food and Hospitality students hosted functions/cafes:
11 Food and Hospitality put on a Hot Finger Food and Mocktails function and students each invited a teacher. They made a range of hot finger foods and mocktails from the units they had been working on this term.
12FHS ran two High Teas Cafes. They developed and made their own selec-tion of cakes and hot and cold sandwiches. Teachers enjoyed choosing their own selection of treats and being served a variety of teas such as rosehip, liquorice, hibiscus and Japanese genmaicha.
13 Food and Hospitality have been working on integrated units on Food Safety, Knife use, Salads and Grilling. They ran a Salad Bar which was enjoyed by a number of teachers.
13 Catering and Hospitality worked under pressure to produce a variety of baked products for presenta-tion in a lead up to their Level 3 summative practical assessment at MIT.
UN International Day of Peace
On Saturday 21 September, four of our Mediators represented MRGS at the United Nations International Day of Peace in Auckland highlighting the importance of “Education for Peace”.
A range of Peace experts attended, including the Peace Foundation, Auckland City Councillors, Church Reverends and Peace activists. Our Mediators, Diana Qiu and Ayesha Nadat spoke passionately and eloquently about what peace means for them and our youth. Their heartfelt words touched the audience giving them hope for the future.
Saale and Fotu Ilaua sang brilliantly our winning Peace song from last year “ A Brighter Future”, written by Saale.
The MC of the day, Gerald Trass (a past student of MRGS) said after our school’s performance: “The MRGS motto is SURSUM ‘to the heights’ and the MRGS performances have certainly done this today”.
Safe Parking Around the School Campus
Park safely and keep our kids safe
Our school is participating in Auckland Transport’s ‘Safety at the School Gate’ programme. Drivers who stop in the wrong place to drop off passengers put the safety of children at risk.
Parking officers will be on patrol outside the school this term and will be issuing tickets to drivers who park illegally.
The agreed approach is ‘zero tolerance’ – There will be no warnings issued, you will receive a ticket if you are double parked, parked on yellow lines, or over someone’s
driveway – or for any other vehicle safety offence.
Please park legally to keep our children safe and to avoid being ticketed.
As we come towards the end of the year there is an opportunity to sell your uniform using a community based system:
- There are small advertising cards available in the Deans’ Centre.
- Write what you have to sell and your contact number on the card.
- The card will be placed in the Deans’ Centre window by a designated prefect.
- The cards will be removed after three weeks.
This is a community run initiative and the school is not responsible for any handling of money.
Mangere Bus Service
Mangere/Mangere Bridge students: Bus Service
Kiwi Coach Charters currently offer a bus service from Mangere/Mangere Bridge to other schools in our area.
If enough students are interested from MRGS and Mount Roskill Intermediate they will arrange a bus to come to the Mount Roskill campus and are open to tailoring the route to suit our students.
The current cost is $30/week ($1260/year) or you can pay termly. The cost may increase slightly in 2014.
They have allowed for on average one “non-ride” per week due to sickness, sport or school activities.
If you are interested please contact Kiwi Coach Charters directly firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 09 636 5232.
MRGS Fundraising Quiz Night
Gateway - Another fantastic year
2013 has been another fantastic year for the MRGS Gateway programme. This year we increased the number of placements available to 38 students and we expanded the range of workplace opportunities available. Placements were found in Fashion, Retail, Tourism, Hospitality, Engineering, Pharmaceutical, Commerce, Nursing, Medicine, Sports and Early Childcare. Students achieved NZQA credits and valuable qualifications in their chosen field.
As a result of the success of the programme and the willingness of our students, we are pleased to report that a number of students have been offered positions both full time and part-time.
If you are in Yr13 next year, application forms for 2014 will be available shortly. Keep an eye out on the daily notices.
If you are a business and would like to offer a life changing work experience opportunity for a year 13 student in your company in 2014 or you have any questions regarding the programme, we would love to hear from you!! Please contact email@example.com
Year 13 Production - ´Wheeler´s Luck´
In the second to last week of term 3 the Y13 Drama students staged their production of ‘Wheeler’s Luck’. They performed to large and appreciative audiences on two nights. The play, set in a small fictional Waikato town, follows the journey of a corporate man from Panmure who moves there in order to turn the town into a new Hamilton. The residents, unsure about the outsider’s plans and led by the local postie Murray, become involved in disputes, wagers and some fascinating confrontations as the potential impact of the corporate man’s plans become apparent. The conflict between the postie and the corporate man comes to a head in a marvellously depicted running of the town’s annual horse race when the fate of the towns reserve land is decided—to be either a nature area or a casino centred economic development. The drama entertained everyone with hilarious dialogue, fantastic small-town fashion and impressive acting. The well–received show was completely run by students for their end of year internal assessment and its success is a tribute to their skill, hard work and the inspiring teaching in the Performing Arts department.
Science and Technology Fair
NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair
Congratulations to our young scientists and engineers who have put so much work into their entries for this year’s Science and Technology Fair. Our own Roskill Grammar competition produced 16 finalists with projects ranging from the ‘Effect of colour on the taste of beverages’ to ’Suspicious Solar Cells’ . In recent weeks these local finalists went through to the NIWA Auckland Fair where many deservedly received a range of awards from Highly Commended to Category Wins and Special Prizes. Five were given ‘Highly Commended : Shania Amolik with The Coca Cola Conundrum; Caleb Baptista with, ‘Shoe Station’; Ellen Bingham with ‘Is the Proof in the Pudding?’ Srishti Toora with 'Leaky Clues to Dam Design’ and Emily White with ‘Put Your Best Paw Forward’. Category Successes came from: Vidit Bawa with ‘Hydrodynamics in Action’, who gained 1st in Physics - Turbine design; Rohan Shetty with ‘What Affects Sound Quality?’ gained 2nd in Physics – Speaker enclosures and John Bayldon with ‘In Tune?’ coming 3rd in Physics – how temperature affects frequency. There were also two Special Prize winners : Juin Ma with ‘Suspicious Solar Cells’ winning the Special prize in Physics – effectiveness of solar cells; and Sarah Dun with ‘Cheesy Crater ‘ taking the Special prize for Earth and Beyond – Moon craters. All the achievements were testimony to the hard work of these students and the support and motivation of teachers and parents.
Connect2sport welcomes all INDIAN and SOUTH ASIAN parents to a special evening to learn about the benefits of sport on education and ways to get your children involved in sport.
Learn more about how sport changed Ofisa's life and led on to an international rugby career.
Also learn from fitness guru and Puketapapa Local Board member ELLA KUMAR as well as our Connect2sport Youth Ambassadors.
- WHEN: Thursday, 19 September from 7-8pm
- WHERE: Room G4 (next to main field), Mount Roskill Grammar,Frost Road, Mount Roskill 1041
- WHAT TO BRING: Yourself and your children!
- WHAT TO EXPECT: Presentations from our guest speakers, more information about the benefits of sport on education and ways to get your children involved.
Light refreshments will be served
Want to join us or learn more?
To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call Steve on 021 810 209 if you have any questions
Registrations close Tuesday 17 September
Trip of a Lifetime
Last term two school staff, Mrs Allen and Mrs Roper together with two senior students Helen Wyeth and Hayden Couper were part of a touring party which journeyed to Turkey and in the highlight of its trip attended the dawn Anzac day services at Gallipoli. At the commemorative events they listened to the speeches and joined the international dignitaries for breakfast. Their trip into Turkey allowed them to visit the sights and sounds of Istanbul— the Haga Sophia and the Blue Mosque in addition to witnessing the marvel-lous Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture of the capital and its surrounding towns. On a number of occasions they were hosted by families of past and present Roskill Turkish students and enjoyed the hospitality and welcome of the country. It was a wonderfully educational experience which brought all those on the trip into contact with the mix of Europe and Asia that the area affords its visitors.
Youth Parliament Representative
Hannah Yang represented the Roskill constituency in this year’s Youth Parliament held in Wellington. The once-in-three-year event brings together students from all over New Zealand to take part in a parliamentary debates and gain first hand knowledge of the political processes of the Beehive. Hannah was chosen by local MP Rt Hon Phil Goff to travel to Wellington and represent her community. During their stay in the capital the students debated in the parliamentary chamber and also took part in Select Committee hearing scenarios.
Health Week Events
A very successful week of events were held to promote Health and wellbeing at the school. Zumba classes were held at lunchtimes and on the final Friday a healthy breakfast was held for all year 9s in the hall– promoting the importance of a good breakfast to start the day. At lunchtime on the same day a Health Expo took place in the hall and representatives from a wide range of outside community health and welfare groups and organisations presented displays for students to view and take part in.
Music Achievements and Performances
Our music students have been busy this term with competitions and various events. In early August we took bands and vocal groups from our senior music classes to the heats of the Stand Up Stand Out Competition. Congratulations to the vocal quartet The Unbreakablez, and bands Jazz Combo and Fruit Salad who made it through to the finals of the Stand Up Stand Out Competition! The finals are held on Thursday 29 August, 6:30pm at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau.
As part of the MRGS 60th Jubilee Celebrations on 17 August, the music department were delighted to showcase a range of music groups and students including: jazz guitarist Ryan Grbich, the Ilaua brothers' group The Unbreakablez, members of String Orchestra, and Jazz Combo.
Last week String Orchestra and Concert Band both gave well-prepared performances at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell on 21 August as part of the KBB Music Festival. The String Orchestra were awarded a commended, and the Concert Band a bronze award. Also as part of the Festival, four of our students were selected to take part in the KBB Honours Orchestra which performed Jupiter from The Planets by Holst. The four students are Lizanne Gomes, Cindy Ou, Aryaman Parulkar and Joyce Wong.
Early in the term we held our first String Orchestra and Concert Band Camp at the Motu Moana Scout Camp in Blockhouse Bay. The students worked hard in rehearsals taken by Mr Atkinson, Miss Steedman and Mr Sergeant, and performed a well-received concert at the end for their parents.
Aminiasi Latu, who gained an APO flute scholarship this year, will be performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at their Kiwi Capers concert on 28 August in the Auckland Town Hall.
As always it is a pleasure to see students developing their performance confidence and musicianship.
Gateway Programme Update
We are now in the final stages of students out on placements for the MRGS Gateway programme for 2013.
As a result of our Gateway placements this year, several of our students have made a significant impression with their employers and have been offered part time employment positions or the opportunity to volunteer on a regular basis. Students have got jobs at Redwood Engineering, McDonalds, and The Warehouse to name a few. Well done to all of our students who have successfully completed their placements and secured positions. Many of our students have successfully gained their Customer Services Award as well as gaining NCEA credits as part of their placement.
In early September we are holding a 2 day combined Health & Safety and First Aid course for our Gateway students. Students will come away from this training with their First Aid Certificate and NCEA credits – a fantastic qualification to have and looks great on a CV!
If you are a business and would like to offer a life changing work experience opportunity for a year 13 student in your company in 2014 or you have any questions regarding the programme, we would love to hear from you!!
Please contact email@example.com
International Peace Week
The Mediators once again helped MRGS celebrate International Peace week during the 5-9th August by providing a number of exciting activities: peace assembly presentations; random acts of kindness; peace quote competitions; face painting; the wearing of white ribbons for peace; painted peace banners and t-shirts. On Wednesday, it was “Embracing Diversity and Anti Violence Day” where the hall was full of information stalls from the Human Rights Commission, Rainbow Youth, ‘Violence is not ok campaign’ and Shine; as well as stalls on Body image; disability awareness; the student’s ‘Working For Change’ antiviolence project; and peace crane making. There was also beautiful music playing from all the music bands.
On Friday, the Mediators marched for peace around Mt Roskill community with the releasing of white balloons at the end.
Peace week is a student driven and student owned campaign where all the Mediators collaborate together in a positive way to make a difference to our MRGS community.
AUT Japanese Speech Competition
Senior student Eu Sam Tan competing recently in the Year 12 Category of this annual Japanese Speech Competition received a “Highly Commended” prize in his category.
Senior Students Promote Reading
Three of our Year 13 students, Yashveendra Krishna, Erin Steel, and Jordan Lapwood recently spoke at Waikowhai Primary’s School Leaders’ Assembly as part of the Duff Foundations Book in Homes programme. They spoke to the young students about their own love of reading, their hobbies and goals and the connection between success and reading in their own lives. These annual visits of our seniors to the local school promote the message of the Duffy Books in Homes “It’s Cool to Read” and “It’s Cool to Achieve".
Storylines Festival Performance
Storylines Festival Performance at Aotea Centre by Performing Arts Students
On Sunday the 18th of August, thirteen Year 12 and 13 students performed a devised drama at the annual Storylines Festival at the Aotea Centre. The free family-friendly event attracts thousands of people from all over Auckland to meet their favourite children's authors and participate in activities that promote reading for families.
The students performed their piece, The House that Jack Built (inspired by Gavin Bishop’s book) twice in the space of an hour for large crowds. In the style of physical theatre, the piece aimed to show the development of the relationship between Maori and Pakeha since the colonial period. The author watched our performance and gave a talk afterwards, expressing that he had seen many professional performances of his book, but that “this was the most intelligent interpretation he had seen.” The Performing Arts Department are proud of the hard work the students put into this performance and would like to congratulate them on their professional performance ethic at the festival.
NZ Association of Language Teachers Trophy
The school was recently awarded the NZALT trophy for the top school in NZ in the Language Perfect World Championships. Last year more than 100,000 students across the world competed in the cyber-battle to become the world champion of languages, and this year that figure reached over 200,000. This year, for the first time, students in New Zealand were competing for the chance to win the NZALT / Language Perfect Top School in New Zealand Trophy. Mt. Roskill students answered 1.3 million questions correctly during the 10 days of the competition, with over 200 students involved, and as a result were the winners of the trophy. The trophy was presented to the school at an assembly by Martin East NZALT president who in congratulation said ; “This is an excellent achievement for Mt. Roskill, and an excellent celebration both of the value and importance of language learning in today’s world and of Mt. Roskill students’ levels of knowledge and expertise in languages other than English.”
Australasian Computing Examination
Two MRGS students performed at the highest level in the recent Australasian Computing Examination. Jonathan Khoo, Year 10, gained a High Distinction with 40/45 and achieving in the Top 1% of New Zealand and the Pacific Region. Nathan McDougall, Year 11, gained a Distinction with 36/45 and achieving in the Top 5% in New Zealand and the Pacific Region.
The International Department recently took our new International students on an Orientation of Auckland. Students were taken by school van and private car to the top of Mt Eden, followed by the Maori concert at the Museum, the Winter Gardens at the Domain, Bastion Point, lunch at Mission Bay followed by a quick look at One Tree Hill. The students were very impressed with the beauty of Auckland, and especially the newborn lambs at One Tree Hill. The highlight for many was writing words in their own language in rocks at One Tree Hill. Students had to the chance to make new friends and learn more about the new city they have come to.
Fundraising Launch for the Hockey Turf
MRGS Fundraising launch for the Hockey Turf and Sports Pavilion
The fundraising project for the Hockey Turf Redevelopment and the Sports Pavilion was launched as part of the MRGS Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 17th August. The Hockey Turf Redevelopment is a $1.5 million dollar project to upgrade the turf into a water based turf. Many of you will know that the current turf has undulating surfaces.
The Hockey turf and sports pavilion development is in line with the MRGS strategic plan for 2013-2018 which says that MRGS will develop and promote centres of excellence and develop facilities to promote quality educational experiences.
The Hockey Turf project development subcommittee consists of Auckland Hockey Association, Roskill Eden and Mt Eden Hockey Clubs and MRGS. This group has already been very successful in obtaining $400,000 from the Auckland Council Central Facility Partnership Committee. This very generous grant was handed over by Shale Chambers - Chairperson Auckland Council Central Facility Partnership Committee to the MRGS Girls Hockey 1st 11. Thank you Auckland Council for this grant.
At the launch the new fundraising display board complete with its thermometer was on show as was the banner which gives an artist’s view of the proposed Hockey turf and sports pavilion. Go along to the Hockey Turf and check it out.
Where to from here? You are all welcome to get involved in fundraising.
We now have $1.1 million to raise for the turf. MRGS also has plans to build a sports pavilion which will be located between the Hockey turf and the Rugby fields so we have lots of fundraising to do. The MRGS fundraising committee had its first meeting on the 22nd August at the school. If you missed that meeting and still want to get involved please contact Ella Kumar on Ella.Kumar@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or Judith Bingham firstname.lastname@example.org or Marjet Pot on email@example.com. We aim to make this fundraising fun so contact us and support your children’s school.
If you have fabulous ideas for fundraising or know of companies who may wish to sponsor aspects of the turf or sports pavilion then please contact the above people. We would welcome such calls. If you wish to make a donation to this project please make this direct to the school office or post to
Mt Roskill Grammar School, Frost Rd, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041. All donations over $5.00 qualify for the IRD’s Donation Tax Credit.
These new facilities will be premier facilities which the community will be proud of. They will be a huge asset for the school, the students, the community and Auckland Hockey Association.
Marjet Pot, MRGS Fundraising committee
The Jubilee event took place on Saturday 17th August and was a successful celebration of the school’s first 60 years. Over 350 people attended the morning session. At 10.00 for the first event a large crowd gathered on the main field to honour the memory of past Deputy Principal Bob Laing and his service to the school. Our 1st XV sang and performed a haka as a monumental plaque was unveiled. Visitors were then welcomed with a powhiri before enjoying a morning tea and a chance to catch up with old friends. A little later the pohutakawa trees forming a Jubilee avenue was officially commissioned with the unveiling of a plaque. Visitors were then invited to tour the school to look at specially prepared displays of photos and memorabilia. In the evening there was a very well-received dinner at Alexandra Park – over 120 people attended this. During the dinner Khylee Quince – Sursum Trust committee member and ex Deputy Head Prefect of the school – captured the attention of the diners with her recollections of student life at Roskill and a little later Colin Prentice gave the listeners an interesting and entertaining account of his memories as both a student and principal. The evening was a memorable end to the celebrations.
The Mediators once again helped MRGS celebrate International Peace Week recently by providing a number of exciting activities: peace assembly presentations; random acts of kindness; peace quote competitions; face painting; the wearing of white ribbons for peace; painted peace banners and t-shirts. On Wednesday, it was “Embracing Diversity and Anti Violence Day” where the hall was full of information stalls from the Human Rights Commission, Rainbow Youth, ‘Violence is not ok campaign’ and Shine; as well as stalls on Body image; disability awareness; the student’s ‘Working For Change’ antiviolence project; and peace crane making. There was also beautiful music playing from all the music bands.
On Friday, the Mediators marched for peace around Mt Roskill community with the releasing of white balloons at the end.
Peace week is a student driven and student owned campaign where all the Mediators collaborate together in a positive way to make a difference to our MRGS community.
Puketapapa Fun Run
This is a free event (2km, 5km or 10km options) for MRGS students on September 1. All finishers get a medal and t-shirt. If MRGS has the most students sign up we win sports prizes and there are prizes for place getters in all year levels. See Mr Horne to sign up or for more information.
Highest supported school will receive $500.00 towards sport equipment for the school.
The Puketapapa CLM fun run gives everyone the opportunity to get moving and have fun. No matter your fitness level we have an event for you with 2km, 5km, and 10km options all available. Free for students and only $10 for adults there is no better place to be on the 1st of September.
Come out and support your local school by running in the first ever Puketapapa CLM Fun Run. The school with the most support will win a $500 sports pack. The first placed student from any local Puketapapa High school will win a gym membership at either Auckland University or AUT University should they go on to study at those institutions.
When: 1st September 2013
Where: Both the 10km and 5km events start at Keith Hay Park, while the 2km option starts at Margaret Griffen Park. All events finish at Margaret Griffen Park.
Time: 10km: 10am start (pre race briefing a 9.50am)
5Km: 10.30am start (pre run briefing at 10.20am)
2km: 12.00pm start (pre run briefing at 11.50am)
Registration: Register online here or to find out more information please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
After registering you will need to pick up your Race Pack from Lynfield Youth and Recreation Centre during the following times:
- Friday 30th August 5-9pm
- Saturday 31st August 12-5pm
Lynfield Youth and Recreation Centre, 16-18 Griffen Park Rd, Lynfield.
Cost: If you are a student, when picking up your race pack please bring a current student ID card for FREE Entry. Non-students are $10.
In the case of bad weather September the 8th 2013 will be our reserve day.
International Chemistry Olympiad Success
Cindy Ou Y13 has achieved international success by winning a bronze medal in the 45th annual Chemistry Olympiad. The event took place over the recent holiday break and Cindy was a member of a strong New Zealand Team which as a group was awarded the bronze medal status. The Olympiad, held this year in Moscow, brought together secondary and high school student teams from all over the world to exhibit their expertise in Chemistry.
Cindy gained her place in the national team after taking part in selection rounds and finally a training group here in New Zealand where the final team of three were chosen from over 30 of our country’s top Chemistry scholars.The selection is based upon performance in a selection tests and assumes knowledge of only Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) Chemistry.
Cindy joins a long list of MRGS national team members and medal winners in this prestigious competition. In seven of the last ten years Roskill students have gained places in the New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad team.
New Zealand Leadership Week
A group of 9 student leaders from the school recently attended the Inspire 2013 event held on Red Socks Day . The event organised by Fuji Xerox, AUT Business School and The Sir Peter Blake Trust brought together 350 secondary student leaders from over 45 Auckland schools to listen to and meet with 9 inspirational Kiwi leaders. Those speaking at the event included Hamish Carter who won an Olympic Gold Medal in 2004 ,Mike Allsop who climbed Mt Everest un-guided in 2007, and Sam Johnson who organised The Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch Earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Each speaker gave their own inspiration and shared the passion that drove them to achieve their goals and not give up as they were faced with obstacles. Key ideas that ran through each of the speaker’s half hour talks were setting targets that would be a challenge to reach, focussing with a positive attitude and planning so that you could achieve anything you are passionate about. The inspirational encounters have equipped our young leaders with new skills and a desire to follow through their dreams and achieve great things in the groups at school.
Health Curriculum Consultation
Every two years, Mount Roskill Grammar School conducts a community consultation on our Health Curriculum. Health is compulsory in the NZ Curriculum for Years 9 and 10 and can now be chosen as an NCEA subject in Year 11, 12 and 13. Health has an important role in the New Zealand Curriculum, teaching our students lifelong skills and knowledge. As a result of the community health consultation we conducted in 2011, we have updated many of our units and purchased new equipment to help us upgrade our health topics. An example of this, has been the purchase of First Aid teaching manikins to enable students to practice CPR. By taking part in this 2013 survey, you are helping us to continually improve the Junior Health Curriculum for MRGS students.
The MRGS Community Health Consultation will take place from now until Friday 9th August. It is very quick and simple to complete; an online survey that will only take a few minutes of your time. The survey is anonymous and we value your input and look forward to receiving your feedback.
Explanatory information for Health in the NZ Curriculum can be found below
An overview of the Year 9 and 10 MRGS Health Units can be found here
Please click on this link to go directly to the survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/HB3GJC2
If you cannot access the survey online, paper copies are available from the school office.
BCATS Students Complete Practical Project
Ben Drinnan-Lemana RSYR
Mr Davis’ Year 12 Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (12BCATS) students completed their first practical project for the year, constructing a storage unit. Whilst building the unit each student learnt how to read a plan, follow design specifications and work to a 2 millimetre tolerance. Every student had to show two joining techniques and had to produce a fine finish. On completion of their units the stu-ents invited their favourite teacher to the workshop for morning tea and to show-off the finished products.
Campus Music Concert
In the last week of June the fourth annual Campus Music Concert took place before a packed audience in the MRGS hall. Once again it was a marvellously entertaining occasion with student performers from the three schools taking part in lively musical and choral pieces. Groups ranged from full orchestras to string groups , bands and combos and each came together in an effective balance of acoustic and big band sounds. The Primary School Band set the lively tone with their opener of film and TV themes— and the recognisable James Bond theme had everyone smiling. The movie theme was continued by the Grammar Concert Band and their arrangement of ‘Disney at the Movies’. Sets followed from the Primary school choir and the Intermediate school band who roused the audience with their presentation of ‘Wake Up’ by Aradhna. The Intermediate choir gave an entertaining performance of songs and the Grammar group The Unbreakablez continued the vocal highlights with their own composition ‘A Brighter Future’. After a set by the Intermediate orchestra including a Katy Perry number, the Grammar school string orchestra provided some intricate classical pieces from Mozart and Vivaldi. The audience were then enthralled by a blockbuster rendition of “Where Is The Love” where all the groups contributed. This joint item as always had the whole hall swinging and singing along. The final performance was from the Grammar Jazz Combo and then the evening was completed with a ‘bring a plate’ supper provided by performers’ families. It was another successful MERGE venture for the three schools and a brilliant way to spend a chilly Winter’s evening. Thanks go to the music staff and students of all three schools for their hard work, enthusiasm and expertise in performance.
Rotary Model United Nations
This year, Mount Roskill Grammar School entered two teams into the Rotary Model United Nations competition at Auckland Girls Grammar School. Representing Spain and Singapore, both teams spoke admirably on several issues present in the world today, including the plight of child soldiers, financial strain in the European Union and the move towards bio-diversity in world politics. Congratulations to Kevin Chow, Diana Qiu, Romina Seylani, Aryaman Parulkar, Ruby Allen-McKee and Taruki Gunawardana who all represented their countries and the school with poise and pride.
Year 10 Subject Choice Parent Evening
6th August 6pm in the Library
Our Year 10 students will be making their subject choices for Year 11 in the second week of term 3. We would like to invite parents of current Year 10 students to an information evening. Our Head of Departments will be present to talk with you about the subject pathways available.
For each Year 10 student, moving into a programme of NCEA study is a big step and we will be offering a range of events to help support students to make wise choices. In the first week of term 3 Year 10 students will attend several assemblies where appropriate information will be given by the Career team, Academic Deans and Heads of Departments. On Friday 2nd August all Year 10 students will be issued with an Academic Programme booklet. This booklet contains information about the subjects offered for Year 11 learning. The Academic Programme will also be placed on our school website.
Inside the booklet a planning sheet will be provided to help students think about their learning pathways. The booklet will also contain a separate option sheet to be filled in – this must be returned to your child’s form teacher by the 8 August.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Subject Choice Evening.
Tough Guy Tough Girl Challenge
Recently 35 MRGS students participated in the first ever Tough Guy Tough Girl Secondary Schools Challenge at Woodhill Sands Event Centre. There were over 1000 students competing; some travelling from as far away as New Plymouth and Kerikeri. The course involved overcoming a number of challenges such as cross country running, wading through waist deep water, climbing over obstacles, crawling under barbed wire, negotiating live electric fences, swimming through creeks under cargo netting along with a number of other muddy activities. Students could participate over either the 6km course or go round twice to do 12km. The best result was Vao Laui in BMCB who came third (out of 78) in the Senior Girls 12km race completing the course in 1hr 13mins. A good muddy day had by all and we are looking forward to next year.
Science Technology Challenge Success
Three Year 13 ICT students took part in the Information Science Technology Challenge run by Otago University at the end of June.
The competition involved students from many schools spending the day being exposed to the latest research in the Computer Science Department. They then worked to come up with an innovative ICT solution to a business problem.
Our students Niha Manchineela, Archana Ravichandran and Zephaniah Young presented their ideas to the gathering and were awarded the "Peoples Choice" award voted by the audience.
They received prizes for their efforts. Well done to all three students.
Re-Living Bastion Point
In the last week of this term, the Year 13 Drama students presented their created Dramas based on the Bastion Point hikoi and other issues between Ngati Whatua and the Crown throughout last century. The process the students took to create the dramas was extensive, including a research trip to learn more about the context. The performance evening was held in the Performing Arts Room and included all members of the class showing work that they had created entirely themselves. The evening was attended by an attentive audience and the intensity of the performances and dramatic craft of the students was greatly appreciated. This was the second of three performances for the class this year; their final performance is the Year 13 Production of ‘Wheeler’s Luck’ which will be held in the hall on September 19th and 20th.
Further information will be available in future newsletters - the Performing Arts Department looks forward to seeing you there.
Campus Matariki Celebration
In early June the three campus schools came together for the annual celebration of Matariki. It was held in a packed Primary school hall and the audience were entertained by the kapa haka groups from each school. During the evening each school also showcased their work relating to this important time in the calendar. One of these was a presentation about the Intermediate and Primary schools’ Maori students planting trees. Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters; and what is referred to as the traditional Maori New Year. Matariki is celebrated with education, remembrance and the planting of new trees and crops signalling new beginnings. Matariki was the optimum time for new harvests, and ceremonial offerings to the land-based gods to ensure good crops for the coming year.
Week 9 of this term saw the revival of Arts Week at the school. Starting with a Drama Flash Mob at Monday interval in the quad and finishing with a Drama workshop and guest tutor on Friday after school – many different activities filled the week. Theatresports, Salsa, Physical Theatre, Ballroom Dancing, Music, Mural painting, Junior Hip Hop, a Photography Competition, Origami and viewings of Documentaries on the arts all took place during the five packed days.
A highlight of the week was the evening Arts Showcase where parents, families and friends were able to get a taste of the Arts available at Mount Roskill with Music, Drama, Dance and Art on display.
It was a great celebration of the students’ work and passion and we look forward to next year’s event in 2014.
Mentoring - July Update
Thank you to those parents of our Year 11 and 12 students who came into school for the Parent Mentoring Conference on the 20th June 2013. We appreciate you taking the time to discuss your child’s progress and then to talk together about the next goals to work towards. The research states that it is these three-way conversations that help shift student achievement the most.
Next term, after the school examinations, on Tuesday 24th September 2013 your child will meet with their mentor from 1.30pm to discuss their successes and their next learning steps needed to ensure their end of year overall achievement is their best result yet. Parents are not required for this conversation.
The next Parent Conference is on the 17th October 2013. School will close at 12.55pm to enable staff to prepare for these final conversations for the year. Please mark this date in your diary now to ensure you can attend. We understand that taking time off work to come into school can be difficult for some parents, however, we reiterate that this conversation is so important to ensure your child achieves the results they are capable of.
Thank you for your continued support.
(on behalf of the Mentoring Lead Team)
Mrs Barker is Leaving
After 17 years at Mount Roskill Grammar School, Deputy Principal Mrs Jenny Barker is leaving to take up a challenging role as a Special Education Advisor in the Ministry of Education. She will be based in Auckland at the Ministry’s Mt Eden offices and she will be involved as a school wide practitioner in the Positive Behaviour for Learning scheme – an initiative which she has already spearheaded while at Roskill.
Mrs Barker Joined Mt Roskill as a teacher in the Commerce Department in 1996 (she had spent one of her teacher training sections here in 1995). In addition to her subject teaching in the following years she took on successfully a number of administrative and managerial positions. She was appointed Head of Accounting, was a Blue House leader and also accepted the demanding role of Sixth Form Certificate Internal Assessment; a major responsibility for NZQA internal assessment in schools prior to the establishment of the NCEA system. In 2002 she assumed the leadership of the Commerce Department.
In 2003 she was successful in promotion to Deputy Principal – joining the Senior Leadership team of the school and continuing her committed and energetic work in a variety of portfolios. In recent years she has taken a strong lead in the restructuring of the school’s pastoral system – including the establishment of the Deans’ centre and a focus on the restorative model for student behaviour management – bringing to students a greater awareness of their own responsibility for their words and actions. She has invested much of her work with families and has worked exhaustively to promote the values and strengths of the school. As a Deputy Principal she has organised Prizegivings, Internal Examinations, Enrolment and Course Confirmation/Student placements. Roskill has been very much a part of Mrs Barker’s life – her two children Sarah and Matthew both attended before going on to their own careers. She has also had extensive involvement with co-curricular groups – taking a Junior Boys Cricket team and netball and squash teams. She feels that MRGS is a very special place for learning and values the way in which it puts people first in its work – as she says - “Our students have a real advantage over all others because of the diversity of their experience in this community. They are taught to think outside the square while co-existing with others in such a positive environment of sharing and support.”
As we farewell Mrs Barker during the last week of term 2 in assemblies and staff gatherings we thank her for all her work for the school and wish her the very best in the next stage of her commitment to education and the advancement of our young men and women.
Senior Report Evening
Senior Report Evening - 4-7pm Thursday 11 July 2013
You can make an interview time by logging onto www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the Event Code of 2QPZK - Bookings close 8am Thursday 11 July
Indian Dance Group Success
The Indian Dance group participated in the recent Rokcerz competition for secondary schools dance groups. Their performance was highly appreciated and the team gained a trophy and a cheque for $300.
In a glittering occasion at the Hotel Pullman in Central Auckland our seniors attended the annual school ball. Over 300 students and many staff spent a marvellous evening with a buffet dinner followed by dancing until midnight. Every one there was dressed in their best and mingled with their peers celebrating the year at Roskill. The Ball Committee had done a wonderful job in organising the event through the months leading up to the evening. The theme of the ball—in keeping with our Jubilee year—was ‘Like a Diamond’ and the idea was certainly evident in the venue decoration and the sparkle’n bling that everyone attending brought to the night.
YWCA Future Leaders
Leadership Week Events 6th July
YWCA Future Leaders is a four year transformative mentoring programme that provides resources, opportunities and events for 22 students at Mt Roskill Grammar School. There are currently two groups of Future Leaders in school -a Year 12 group in their third year of the programme and our new Year 10 group.
This year we are opening Leadership Week on 6th July with our event 10 out of 10 - a 10km fun walk, celebrating 10 years of Future Leaders, and raising $10,000 to support the programme.
We would love you to join in the festivities and support the school’s Future Leaders – as a walker/fundraiser, volunteer or entertainer!
There will be refreshments and celebrity appearances on the day.
Join us and walk for the future of young women.
For more info go to www.akywca.org.nz, email email@example.com or call us on 370 0075.
Music Creditable Performances in Competitions and the Community
Six Mount Roskill Groups performed in the recent Chamber Music Competition and our brass quartet gave a notable performance. Also Ellen and Mark Bingham - as part of a combined schools Brass Sextet which played a specially commissioned composition were singled out to win an award—The Most Engaging group - and performed again in the subsequent District Finals.
In the Rockquest competition heats ‘Vertigo’ a school group, presented some great song structure and technical music playing but were unsuccessful on the night.
Our chamber Music groups have also been active in our community performing for the Hillsborough Heights Retirement Village residents on 24 May where they were very well received. Later in the month a few chamber groups, an 11PFM girls' vocal group and the Ilaua Quartet performed at the Mt Roskill Library as part of NZ Music month - many favourable comments were made about the standard of these performances.
Hip Hop Dance Successes
Three MRGS students were successful while taking part in the recent Street Dance New Zealand regional and national competitions. Louann Campos, as part of M.I.A crew placed 2nd in the varsity division (13-17yrs) in the Auckland region, and then 5th in the National comp. Mykey Davis-Hoeft and Ray Campos, as part of DZIAH Academy, placed 2nd in the national comp, which allows them to compete for NZ in the World Hip Hop Championships in August. Congratulations to all three students. These preliminary events are held yearly as part of a selection process for the World Hip Hop Competition.
Year 13 BCATS
Year 13 Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS)
Mr Davis’ Year 13 BCATS students have just completed their first practical project for the year, constructing a picnic table. Whilst building the table each student learnt how to read plan drawings, apply construction and joining techniques and how to produce a fine finish. On completion of their tables the students put them to the test with a cooked lunch of Corned Beef, onions and noodles, a one pot meal and a great way to finish the project.
The MRGS Gateway programme is well underway for 2013. Six of our students earned a placement on the Red Shirts in Schools programme at the brand new Mt Roskill branch of the Warehouse. Samuel Love is completing his placement at PJ Automotive in Mt Roskill. If you have a business and would like to support the Gateway programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 621 0050 xt 826
Chemistry Olympiad Team
Cindy Ou - Y13—Chosen to Represent New Zealand in Chemistry Olympiad Team
After taking part in a squad selection process (together with two other Roskill Senior Students Victor Xie and Mark Yep) Cindy Ou has been named in the final team of four to represent New Zealand in the 45th Chemistry Olympiad in Moscow in July. Each year a group of around 30-35 secondary school students is brought together to form a Training Group, from which a team selection is made. The choice of the original training group is based upon performance in a test held at the end of October, or the beginning of November. The test assumes knowledge of only Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) Chemistry.
The selection of Cindy in this year’s New Zealand team continues a tradition of MRGS national representation over the years.
Top New Zealand Scholar Award
Tom Yang MRGS Student Receives Top in Chemistry Award
At the recent Top Scholar Awards, our own student Tom Yang received his medallion as the Top Scholarship Chemistry Student in New Zealand. He was accompanied by his family and the Principal Greg Watson. Tom joined New Zealand’s top secondary students at the ceremony hosted at Government House by His Excellency, Lieutenant General, The Right Honourable, Sir Jerry Mateparae on 15 May. The awards recognised the 41 elite students who make up the 2012 Premier Award and Top Subject Scholarship Award winners. The Honourable Hekia Parata, Minister of Education co-presented the awards alongside His Excellency. Both posed for photos with the Scholars and offered congratulations on their achievements.
The Prime Minister, The Right Honourable John Key presented the Prime Minister’s Award for academic excellence. The official presentations were followed by light refreshments and a tour of Government House for the Scholars. New Zealand Scholarship exams enable students to be assessed against challenging standards, and are demand-ing for the most able students in each subject.
Open Day 2013
OPEN DAY 2013 Thursday 1st August 3.30 – 6.30 pm
Meet at the Administration Building (main entrance) - Tours start from the conference room.
You will be able to view an informative visual display while you wait. A School Prefect will collect you and direct you to a tour of the school – staff will answer your questions throughout your visit and at the end on your return to the administration building Senior Leaders will be available if you have any specific queries.
During the tour you will be able to meet staff and gain information about subjects and aspects of the school.
- Quality teaching and learning
- Outstanding NCEA & Scholarship results
- Wide range of sporting and cultural activities
- World class facilities
- Metro Magazines Top Auckland Schools 2009-2013
Enrolment Information: 2014 In Zone and Out of Zone Enrolment forms will be available from the School Office or from the website
- September 4 Applications for Out of Zone places close
- September 11 Out of Zone Ballot Date
- Tuesday August 20
- Thursday August 22
- Wednesday October 16
- Tuesday November 5
- Thursday November 7
Enquiries: Phone 621 0050, Fax 621 0055, email email@example.com
Deputy Principal Karen Collins
MIT Secondary Schools Challenge
On Wednesday 26 June the MIT Secondary Schools Challenge 2013 was held. We had students competing in the Barista Competition where they had to prepare and present:
- 2 single espressos
- 2 single shot lattes and
- 2 single shot flat whites within a certain time frame.
We were delighted that Chrizelle Cabanilla (13RKLY) and Sam Chiwakul (13BTNG) were both awarded with Silver medals.
Well done to both of these students.
Food and Hospitality Department
Mediators Meet His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
On the 12th June, four of our Advanced Mediators, Selina, Diana, Joseph and Karan had the privilege to be in the same room as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, joined by the Peace Foundation and other peace leaders. His Holiness gave a 15 minute inspirational speech which not only defined today’s society but emphasized that peace can still be found. “Peace comes from inner peace and dialogue and history has shown that violence does not work”. As Mediators we felt a real sense of hope and motivation to carry on with promoting peace at school and within our lives. We will strive to make Mt Roskill Grammar a peaceful school by following the humble words of his Holiness. We are the future generation, so let us stand together as one for not only our school, but our community, state and country.
n.b. Karan Banker said publicly at the meeting the following words to the Dalai Lama:
“We have at Mt Roskill Grammar school more than 200 mediators who help make the school a better and safer place. As young people we do understand that we are the next generation and that we need to develop peace, not within ourselves only, but within the community, within the country and within the globe, and to strive to be a peaceful nation".
Mediators: Selina Choudhury, Diana Qiu, Joseph Kaufusi and Karan Banker
Junior Report Evening
4-7pm Tuesday 25 June 2013
You can make an interview time by logging onto www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the Event Code of F95MZ - Bookings close 8am Tuesday 25 June.
Healthy Sandwich Day
Healthy sandwich day was organised by the student health council group. This wwas a successful event as we got fantastic feed back from our teachers and students. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came and supported us with their gold coin donation.
Brass Band Success
Recently five of our students participated in the Auckland Brass Band Association Solo & Ensemble Contest. Three of our Y11 students - Mark Bingham, David Tuitupou and Sione Longopoa, did particularly well. Between them they received three 1st placings, two second placings, and one 3rd place.
60th Jubilee Celebration
- Tours of the School: Visit your favourite school space. Meet fellow students/staff.
- Morning Tea: Share tea and talk.
- Sport: Support our teams.
- Leave your mark: Sign the canvas for your decade to commemorate our jubilee
- Displays: History as you made it. Static + video
- Photographs: Opportunity for group photos – class, year, decade, friends; plus candid shots taken as you visit old haunts.
Celebration Diamond Jubilee Dinner @ Alexandra Park ('Top of the Park’)6:45pm
- Performances by school groups
- Entertaining speakers
Register now at: www.mrgs.school.nz/jubilee-registration-form
Language Perfect Championship Results
2013 Language Perfect World Championships Results for MRGS
Another excellent year for World Language Competition results
2013 was another amazing year for MRGS results in the Language Perfect World Championships (LPWC) from 20-30 May. Our students of French, Japanese and Maori spent over 3,000 hours on computers learning and earning points in various languages. Over 1.3 million questions were answered by our pupils, earning us a total of 477,000 points, putting us in 10th place worldwide out of 1,054 schools, and 3rd overall in New Zealand. During the competition, there were many eager pupils rushing to B10 and other computer rooms to logon, especially before school, at interval and during lunchtime. There was always a good supply of lollipops during these sessions.
Overall, MRGS gained 8 Elite awards (10,000+ points), 35 Gold Medal certificates (3,000+ points), 27 Silver Medal certificates (2,000+ points), 67 Bronze Medal certificates (1,000+ points) and 67 Credit certificates (500+ points). The school was 6th globally in both French & Japanese and 2nd in New Zealand in both languages.
There were many impressive individual performances, and the “Elite” pupils are especially worthy of praise for their effort, commitment and stamina. These 8 pupils are: Sephie Liu, Bryan Busby, Stephen Njoto, Yong Shi Lin, Elisa Yansun, Dan Li, Nathan McDougall and Qi Zhu.
Sephie Liu, with 31,120 points, was 1st in MRGS, 4th in the World for Japanese, and had the 15th best score out of more than 230,000 participants worldwide. WOW!! Congratulations to all our pupils and thanks to the wonderful Language Perfect staff who do a superb job organising such a positive and worthwhile competition and learning experience.
Feedback from our pupils during the competition included:
- "wooooo this has been brilliant! Loved being able to strengthen my knowledge about languages!”
- “Oh Yeah! 50/50!”
- ”I…am…STUNNED at how amazing Language Perfect is. Thanks to the creators of Language Perfect and, of course, to the teachers that first introduced it to us!”
- “Language Perfect is always fun (every year)...”
- “I want to continue using Language Perfect because…I love to go on Language Perfect because it is sooo fun.”
Certificates will arrive shortly for all those who gained 500+ points. Students pay $5 for the competition and $15 for the full year experience which includes a lot of material added to Language Perfect by MRGS teachers for each chapter of work.
Next year’s LPWC competition dates are: 19-29 May, 2014.
International Acclaim for Roskill Student
Y13 Student Sohail Abdullah achieved a 3rd place and a US$1,000 prize recently at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix Arizona. This event brought together the world’s top 1500 Technology and Science students from Science Fairs held last year in over 70 countries. A total of 900 judges all of them specialists in their own fields viewed demonstrations and project displays from each student and then awarded prizes in over 14 categories. Sohail gained his world ranking place in the Engineering Electrical and Mechanical section of the fair. The MRGS student’s project - a robotic window cleaner, (inspired originally by seeing his father laboriously having to deal with large window washing at his home ) was a highlight of the Fair.
Sohail was awarded a place at the International Event together with travel and accommodation last December when his exhibit won the prestigious Ambassador’s Award at the Genesis Energy Realise the Dream awards function in Wellington.
The original event in New Zealand and the final Fair in the United States celebrate the most talented secondary school science students.
8:40am Start Wednesday 5th June
4 June 2013
A Reminder to Parents - Change to Wednesday 5th June start time for Juniors due to Senior Examination Timetable
The school starts for students tomorrow at the earlier time of 8.40am. School will finish at 3.00pm.
This earlier Wednesday start is due to the changed shape of the day while Senior Examinations are taking place.
School Ball - Letter to Parents
The 2013 Mt Roskill Grammar School Ball will be held on the 8th of June in the Princes Ballroom at the Pullman Hotel, Cnr Waterloo Quadrant and Princes Street. Tickets need to be be collected at a special assembly in the school hall at 12.30 pm on Friday the 7th of June.
Soft drinks are available throughout the event and a full buffet with both vegetarian and halal options will be served. We have 4 professional photographers, 2 free photo booths and an internationally recognised DJ. A cloakroom will be available where valuables can be left but, as with any event, we urge caregivers to remind students that they are responsible for their own belongings.
The School Ball is run with strict security and the event is carefully controlled. More than 30 staff will be in attendance on the night and students are carefully checked by security guards before they enter the venue.
At the Mt Roskill Grammar School Ball the school policies on alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and illicit substances will be rigorously enforced and equally apply to all individuals attending the ball. The students who bring partners have those partners approved by senior staff before purchasing their tickets and the expectation of guests is the same as for our students; school rules apply.
The Ball commences at 7pm and ends at 12 midnight. Students are required to be at the venue by 7.45pm and no-one may leave until 11.30pm. Students cannot leave the venue early under any circumstances. Staff and security guards will be responsible for the doors of the venue throughout the evening.
There is no Mt Roskill Grammar School after-ball or party. The school’s responsibility will therefore end at the close of the event. The safe arrival at the venue and the collection from the venue at midnight is the responsibility of caregivers. Please ensure that any transport in which students are travelling is driven by a person with a full driver’s license, not a restricted license. There is a public car park underneath the hotel but normal costs will apply.
We have a clear expectation that students will make responsible choices to keep themselves and their friends safe, but should it be necessary caregivers will be contacted to collect anyone not meeting these expectations.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and look forward to an enjoyable evening.
Year 13 Dean
Board of Trustees Elections 2013
Parent Elections - Candidate Withdrawal
Please note that Geetha Lewke Bandara has withdrawn from the Parent Elections for the Board of Trustees.
The candidates for the Board of Trustees parent representatives are:
- Irshad Ali
- Vimmi Bhatnagar
- Dr Judith Bingham
- Ella Kumar
- Ewe Leong Lim
- Sue Mulrennan
- Rakesh Pandey
- Vijay Parulkar
- Marjet Pot
- Sarat Singamneni
- Kima Tuialii
ICAS English Competition
Last year, Mount Roskill Grammar student Jordan Holmes came first in ICAS English for ALL of New Zealand. Help us keep up our strong tradition of achievement in this international competition by enrolling to sit ICAS English today!
To enter, pay $8.50 to accounts by Wednesday, May 29th, or see your English teacher for more information.
From Wednesday the 15th to Saturday the 18th of May the school production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ played to packed houses and showcasing the amazing talent of our students. The show opened with a matinee performance for students from the Primary and Intermediate schools. The audience of over 350 were totally captivated by the adventures of Dorothy and her fiends in the land of Oz. The appreciative clapping of the younger students was a foretaste of the audience responses for the following three shows each taking full audiences through the enthralling songs and scenes of the marvellous musical. Each night members of the audience commented on the professionalism of the whole show - the flawless casting and the confident portrayals of the principals and the ensemble cast. In addition to 10 principal roles over 60 students filled the stage with their presence and singing/dancing/acting ability. The show was supported by an equally expert and enthusiastic backstage crew of over 35 members of the teaching staff. By the final matinee performance on Saturday tickets were hard to get and the audience stayed well after the last song to celebrate the success as members of the cast took their bows. The school is grateful to all those who took part, students and staff but particular thanks are due to the HOD Performing Arts - Brenda Meyer who carried out so much of the administration of the event and the Director of the show Emma Gillies whose creativity and endeavour fashioned this brilliant display of student talent.
Early School Closure
RE: EARLY SCHOOL CLOSURE - 21 MAY AND 11 JUNE 2013
As you will be aware we have a Mentoring and Tracking of Student Achievement Programme, at Years 11 and 12, in the school to support students as they set their learning goals.
To accommodate the mentor/mentee meetings between our students and their teachers we will be finishing formal school classes for the day at 1.40pm on Tuesday 21 May and then on Tuesday 11 June 2013.
Each mentor (teacher) will set an appointment time for the Year 11 and 12 students they mentor over the next week. It is important that each Year 11 and 12 student attends their appointment.
These dates have been chosen to enable mentors to help prepare their mentees for the upcoming senior examinations and then the follow up meeting is set to ensure students can discuss their examination achievements with their mentors.
A reminder to our parents of Year 11 and 12 students; the parent, mentor and mentee conference will take place on Thursday 20 June 2013 and mentors will be in touch nearer the time to set up an appointment with you.
We appreciate your support as we work together to raise student achievement.
NZQA Fees Collection
All senior students and 1001 students must pay their NZQA Fees (compulsory) to the accounts office between Wednesday 15th May and Friday 17th May. These fees must be paid so that any credits a student achieves through either Unit or Achievement Standard assessments will be recorded on a student’s record of learning. If not paid, the credits will not be released to the student.
The Fee for the majority of students will be $76.70. However financial assistance is available to students whose parents/guardians receive a Work and Income Benefit or have a Community Services Card. Financial assistance forms can be collected from the front office, accounts office or from Mr Parratt in the Commerce Department next to H6.
The School Ball this year will be held on the 8th June at the Pullman Hotel. To celebrate our 60th jubilee year the students have chosen the theme "Like a Diamond". Tickets will cost $105 and go on sale on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May. The expectation is that all course fees are paid and books returned to B1 and the Library before a ticket can be purchased. If you have any queries or concerns please contact the Year 13 academic deans - Andrew.Gipps@mrgs.school.nz or Sarah.Singh@mrgs.school.nz. The ball committee will be speaking weekly in assembly to keep students up to date with our progress towards this event.
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
This year is the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of Mount Roskill Grammar School.
The school opened in 1953 with a total roll of 363, (183 boys and 181 girls), under the principalship of Mr V.C. Butler. The buildings were still 'works in progress' and it wasn’t until the beginning of the second term (in what was then a three term year) that a science laboratory, art, food technology and technical workshops were available for use. Under Mr. Butler’s leadership and the guidance of those who have succeeded him the school grew. The Board of Governors became the Board of Trustees, and the co-operation between schools on the campus and the involvement of the community increased.
To celebrate this history, we intend holding a day of celebration on Saturday 17th August. Organisation of the events is being led by Mr David Lett, ex Deputy Principal . Plans are to hold an open day for past pupils with visits around the school and a morning tea. There will be sports fixtures, displays and reminders of six decades of change and development for the school. A Jubilee Dinner is planned for the evening at Alexandra Park.
There is more information here and past pupils can register online here
General Reminders and Information
To be ready for the winter terms, please use the holiday period to check that your child has the correct school uniform. The complete uniform requirements are available here.
Only full-foot, plain black leather, low-cut lace-up school shoes are allowed. Boots, ballet slippers, slip-ons, canvas, or suede shoes are not school uniform shoes. If you are unsure about which shoes are allowed please contact Mrs Barker before making your purchase.
The MRGS uniform shop will be closed for stock-taking over the April school holidays. It will re-open Monday 6th May at 8.00am and remain open at the start of the school day until customers have completed their purchases. Normal operating days and hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 8.00am to 9.00am and 3.00pm to 4.00pm.
Attendance and Punctuality
One of our school goals for 2013 is to improve attendance and punctuality. With the winter terms approaching we would appreciate your support in getting your child to school by 8.30 so they can get themselves organised for the start of the school day. If you have any concerns about attendance or want to report an absence, please phone Mrs Hyland, Attendance Officer, on 621 0069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Please phone on the morning of your child’s first day of absence.
The Parent Portal, providing a link to your child’s attendance record, is now ‘live’ so you are able to see lesson by lesson whether your child is present at school. If you require another copy of your username and password please email email@example.com to request that information.
Communication of Absences by Text
Where you have provided us with your cellphone contact details, we aim to send a text message if your child has been marked absent for the first two lessons of the day. Thank you for your responses so far to this new attendance communication initiative.
If you have a new address, phone number, cellphone number or email address please pass this information through to the school: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency contact details should also be kept current so please update the school when either the person or their contact details change.
YWCA Future Leaders
This year, we have been lucky enough to have a new group of YWCA Future Leaders start, in addition to our current Year 12 group.
This is a wonderful opportunity for young women to develop confidence and skills, and have an amazing array of experiences with their mentors. We are grateful to the Auckland YWCA and all their sponsors for continuing to support our girls in their growth.
Our new Year 10 YWCA Future Leaders are: Nancy Gafa, Nola Finau, Sammie Lee, Shania Leong, Claire Wyeth, Mohana Kolli, Caitlin Johnson, Mary-Kate Fonua, Jocelyn Choo, Lavpreet Mushiana and Aashna Saxena.
Wizard of Oz
We're off to see the wizard! Mt Roskill Grammar's 2013 musical production is The Wizard of Oz, based on the novel by L. Frank Baum.
The cast and crew have been working hard on creating a magical experience for their audience, and are looking forward to having big crowds to perform to on Thursday 16th at 7pm, Friday 17th at 7pm and Saturday 18th May at 4pm.
Tickets: Please call 621-0050 to buy your tickets early and secure a seat in Oz for you and your whole family. $10 each - family passes available. Pre-sale tickets are $5 for children intermediate aged and under. $10 for high school aged to adults. All tickets bought 'on the door' (meaning, on the night of the performance from the ticket booth) are $10 no matter what age, so if you are buying for younger siblings, get in there quick to save $5 per child! We look forward to seeing you all there - remember to get in quick in case it sells out!
New Documentary Explores Links Between Sports, Academic Success, and Values Education.
A unique documentary mini-series about a group of Mt Roskill Grammar soccer players is now available on DVD. Season One of Being Roskill consists of 6 episodes – with a total series running time of 70 minutes – and chronicles the school’s first ever summer training programme. Far from just a focus on on-field action, the documentary shows the unique ways that the players are linking their sport with other curriculum areas – principally the English classroom. Players write essays, read and present on books, and deliver speeches about hardships in their lives. The players also undergo training in theatre and drama, take Portuguese classes, and receive mentoring by a multitude of figures – namely University of Miami American Football players, and an ex-student of their school Maksim Manko who is currently playing soccer professionally in Costa Rica.
The series also spans continents, with footage from New Zealand, North America, Costa Rica and Argentina. Season Two is currently in the planning stages. However, we have zero budget so are always looking for sponsorship!
Being Roskill is available on DVD for $10 from three locations
The team is raising money to go towards a 1st XI football pre-season camp in the Coromandel. ‘Like’ the Facebook page www.facebook.com/BeingRoskill and watch the trailer on YouTube (search for 'Being Roskill trailer'). To hear the coach and documentary co-maker speak with Kim Hill on National Radio’s Saturday Morning show, search on Google for ‘Kim Hill Roskill Soccer Skills’.
Indiking Dance Competition
Earlier this term Roshan Nama competed successfully in an all males dance competition “Indiking”. He performed a contemporary Bollywood dance with back-up from his dance group ‘Indiance’. His compelling performance earned him 1st place and he was crowned ‘Indiking of 2013’; a title which his efforts thoroughly deserved. Next year he will be competing in the ‘King of Kings’ competition against other previous winners. Roshan has donated his prize money towards his Dance show and their forthcoming production in July.
Mentoring 2013 - Lifting Student Achievement
Thank you so much to all of our families who made it a priority to come into school to meet with their child’s mentor. We are delighted with the keen interest you have shown and are pleased to report that we had the majority of our Year 11 and 12 families coming in to meet their child’s mentor. We have also appreciated the positive feedback you have given about this programme and look forward to meeting with you again in term 2.
The date for our family/mentor(teacher)/mentee (student) conference in term 2 is Thursday 20th June.
The focus for this meeting will be:
- To identify learning gaps from the subject assessments/examinations
- To draw up a calendar of assessments to be done for the remainder of Term 2 and all of Term 3
- To set learning/achievement goals for the final 3 weeks of Term 2 and for Term 3
Each Year 11 and 12 student has a mentor and if your child does not know who their mentor is please phone our school office.
We look forward to continuing to strengthen our mentoring programme as we work with you to raise your child’s achievement over the next two terms.
Julie Small- Deputy Principal
Chemistry Olympiad Training Squad
Tim Vogel and Wenyi Yi 2008
Three Roskill Students in Chemistry Olympiad Training Squad
Three Senior students, Victor Xie, Cindy Ou, and Mark Yep, have been chosen to take part in the final selection process for the New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Team. They will join 25 other students in a squad selection process which will produce a final team of four to represent New Zealand in the 45th Chemistry Olympiad in Moscow in July. Each year a group of around 30-35 secondary school students is selected to form a Training Group. The selection is based upon performance in a selection test held at the end of October, or the beginning of November. The selection test assumes knowledge of only Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) Chemistry.
The inclusion of this year’s three students continues a tradition of Roskill involvement over the years.
Previous Roskill students selected for the final team:-
- 2011: Aaron Li (Reserve )
- 2008: Tim Vogel, Wenyi Yi
- 2007: Chuan-Zheng Lee
- 2005: Daniel Chan
- 2004: Tony Chiu, Aritra Ray
- 2003: Aritra Ray
- 2002: Peter Lam
- 2000: Dony Wong
Auckland Philharmonia Secondary School Scholarship
Aminiasi Latu, a student at MRGS, has been awarded one of the 7 APO Scholarships this year. The student will receive a series of 8 mentoring sessions from a Philharmonia musician in preparation for performing in concert with the orchestra. The education concert by the APO is called “Kiwi Capers” and will be performed on August 28th and 29th. The sessions will start in June with Samy from Finland who is action section leader for the orchestra’s flutes. Aminiasi will be able to experience all aspects of the professional orchestra environment in the course of his mentoring and performance.
MRGS Trustee Elections
In May this year the School Trustee Elections will be held. Board members are entrusted by the community to ensure the success of our schools and a bright future for our children. We need an education system where all children are expected to succeed and one where we all take shared responsibility in ensuring this happens.
- 8th April Call for nominations
- 15th April Evening for our current Board to meet prospective candidates at 4.45pm in the Conference Room (main Administration Building).
- 10th May Nominations close
- 17th May Voting papers issued
- 21st May Meet and greet the trustee candidates 7.00pm in the school Library
- 30th May Midday voting closes
- 5th June Votes counted and results declared
- 6th June New BOT takes office
Classical Studies Trip to Sydney
During the weekend of 22-24 March, 20 students and 6 teachers went to Sydney to see the exhibition on Alexander the Great.
Alexander the Great was the leader of Macedonia, a country to the north of Greece, in 340BC. While he was in power, he took his armies and conquered over half the known world – Turkey, Persia, and a large part of India. In the years since then stories have been built up around Alexander’s ability as a military leader, his personality and his qualities as a decisive yet merciful man. These stories have inspired a great deal of art over the centuries in many forms – painting, tapestry, drawing, coins, carving in stone, gold, bronze, brass, ivory and bone.
People have collected this art and a museum in St Petersburg in Russia has put together an extensive exhibition of these works. This outstanding exhibition has been brought to Sydney; giving us a once in a life time chance to see it.
The group arrived at Auckland Airport at 6.00am (no one was late!) and the bus delivered them to the Sydney Youth Hostel at the Rocks about midday. The group caught the ferry across the harbour to Manly where many swam in the surf (with lots of seaweed and surfers).
On Saturday morning the group walked to the exhibition at the Australian Museum, and after lunch went to the markets in Paddington. Jewellery, clothes, souvenirs, food and presents for family and friends took money out of wallets and purses.
The group went back to the Hostel until later when they went to dinner in Circular Quay followed by a walk around the Opera House. Sunday morning was spent packing, checking out and them walking to the Westfield Mall in Pitt St to look at the expensive shops. The group walked home through the market at The Rocks spending the last of their money. The bus delivered the group to the airport and they arrived home slightly late at 10.30 on Sunday night.
Thanks to Miss Mayne, Mr Lett and Ms Cranch for organising the trip. Students were positive, friendly and represented MRGS with pride and humour.
Japanese Restaurant Trip
On the night of the 28th of March amidst the bustling environment of the Nishiki Japanese restaurant, 11 students of the MRGS Year 12 Japanese class plus their teacher Miss Kojima enjoyed a delicious authentic Japanese meal. The set menu was attractively presented and offered the opportunity for every individual to taste the various delights of Japanese cuisine. On offer were of course trademark Japanese foods like sushi, teriyaki chicken, takoyaki (on a stick!) and other different items like a lightly grilled beef tataki , salmon and avocado spring rolls and many more! Not to mention a choice of ice cream for dessert! Of which many chose to opt for either green tea or red bean, both quintessential Japanese desert flavours. Overall the memorable culinary experience was Sugoi! (Super! in Japanese) and many left with their taste buds wanting more!
On the 21st March the school held its annual Excellence Awards evening when our high achievers in last year’s NCEA examinations were congratulated. All those who achieved an Excellence Endorsement at NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 were given a special certificate and badge by our guest presenter RT Hon. Phil Goff—MP for MT Roskill. It was a proud evening as over 250 family members joined the 140 award winning students. The event opened with a rousing Haka Powhiri for our guest and concluded with a supper where students and families were able to share their moment and have their picture taken with Mr Goff and the Principal Mr Watson. Each of these students have gained 50 or more credits at Excellence level to achieve their endorsement award. At all three levels of this qualification our results exceed national figures and at levels 2 and 3 we achieved our best results ever. These figures are a tribute to the powerful learning focus of our seniors and the school as a whole.
Months of practice and support came to a successful conclusion with our cultural groups’ performances at Manukau in the ASB Polyfest. In the evenings before their competition appearances the Maori, Samoan and Tongan groups demonstrated their talent in front of parents and the school community in a series of Fia Fia events. These drew large appreciative audiences and their goodwishes and congratulations sent the students to the Polyfest in positive mood. Each group performed with enthusiasm at the event and were warmly received by the large crowds.
Senior Report Evening
Senior Report Evening
4-7pm Thursday 4 April
You can make an interview time by logging onto www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and entering the Event Code of 7N4ZH
Bookings close 8am Thursday 4 April.
Fashion Fanatics Club
A ‘fashion fanatics club’ runs in T3 on Wednesday lunch times. Each week there are different fashion / sewing related activities that any student can come and participate in.
Our first three weeks were a “newspaper challenge” – teams of students came in and competed to create a piece of clothing out of only newspaper. The teams were judged by a panel of 3 judges including Greg Watson, and a group of 3 year 12’s (Twinkle, Meghan, Bella) won the prize. There were about 50 students all crammed in to T3 competing!
Kiwanis Club Catering
With the Kiwanis Club, over the last six years, we have been regularly catering for large numbers of children and family staying at the Ronald McDonald House, which houses and supports the families of hospitalised children.
The Kiwanis club provide the money for the food and help serving and cleaning up on the night. At the Food & Hospitality department we plan, shop, cook and transport the food to the beautifully appointed kitchen of the Ronald McDonald House, where we complete the preparation, serve our guests and clean at the end before returning back to school, generally by 8pm.
The students thoroughly enjoy being able to give their time for this worthwhile cause and meeting people there.
ECE Play Days
Our 2013 Early Childhood Education classes have got off to a fantastic start with a great bunch of warm, friendly students. So far we've had two Play Days when students brought in younger brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews for a three-hour play session at MRGS. Our vision is to provide a collaborative space where we can have fun, encourage our children's endeavours and be inspired by their own particular efforts.
Year 13 Camp
During the last week of February the annual year 13 camp took place on Motutapu island. This very special part of the senior year is eagerly awaited by students and it gives them a great opportunity for leadership and team building. Staying in the barrack style accommodation of the island and the routines that accompany group living and eating are a new experience for many. They have the opportunity to take part in orienteering, confidence course , raft building, ropes courses and a range of other challenges that test their resilience and develop their learning. After the intensive five days our seniors return tired but exhilarated by the opportunities offered.
Lycee Jean XXIII French Exchange
Our school has continued its successful exchange relationship with the French school Lycée Jean XXIII. For over ten years the languages department has established a contact which sees a group of Roskill students journeying to Normandy for a two week homestay in the town of Yvetot. The process is reversed when the same French students visit New Zealand and are hosted by students and families. The event has always been one of a rich exchange of culture and experience. This term’s visit of the French school was no exception. Friendships were renewed and host families met the young people with whom their sons and daughters had stayed on the French leg of the exchange late last year. We would like to thank the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund for their support of this exchange.
On their arrival here the French party was welcomed with a stirring Powhiri from the school’s Kapa Haka group, and then the visitors gave the school assembly an amusing introduction to some aspects of French life, singing and dancing. During their first week the twenty-one students and staff visited Rotorua, taking in the Waitomo caves on the way. They had the full Waikarewarewa village experience as part of their overnight stay including a hangi which gave them a real taste of Kiwi ‘Kai’. On another day they visited Tiritiri Matangi with our own MRGS pupils —witnessing the sanctuary’s wonderful bird and marine life. During their stay they also had further trips around Auckland including a morning tea at the historic Alberton mansion. Throughout the time they took a full part in the home lives of their host families immersing themselves in daily use of English and enjoying a full taste of Kiwi hospitality. There were some fond and tearful farewells when the French group left for their return home but their time with us, like the exchange as a whole, has been a positive learning experience.
A group of 15 year 12 students, accompanied by Naomi Dekker, Julie Collis and Bill Collis, undertook the ‘Adventurous Journey’ portion of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award by hiking the 45 km Tongariro Northern Circuit. The hike certainly turned out to be adventurous as the students experienced the challenges of long days, steep slopes, mountain weather and the rugged terrain of Tongariro National Park. The trip had previously been planned for December 2012 but had been postponed due to the volcanic activity from Te Maari Crater the week before we planned to go.
With anticipation the group set off from Whakapapa Village on Thursday afternoon with a 3 hour walk over easy going country to Maungatepopo Hut. On Friday the students experienced firsthand what ‘mountain weather’ can be like as they walked up to Red Crater and then into low cold cloud which swept the track at 40km/hr on the ascend towards Mount Tongariro. The winds and cloud abated after lunch and left all amazed at the beauty of the park. The day continued and the difficulty of the terrain was felt by many as we traversed the steep and rough path down to finally arrive at Oturere hut. Saturdays hike to Waihohonu was supposed to be an easier day but Mr Collis set the task of finding Waihohonu Springs, ultimately though lunch and the very cold spring water was enjoyed by all. The terrain again proved challenging for some in the afternoon as the side of a ridge had to be climbed in the heat of the day; one student aptly describing it as “I’m going to die of steepness”. Ultimately all arrived at the new Waihohonu hut and enjoyed a relaxing splash in the cold stream. In anticipation of getting home on time the students were up at 5:30a.m. on Sunday morning (yes parents, believe now that anything is possible) and left at 6:45 on the final leg of the journey which took us back to Whakapapa Village; enjoying the sunrise as Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu came into light along the way. The sore feet and tiredness were temporarily set aside when the Chateau at Whakapapa came into view and an hour later all but a few students were asleep in the vans on the way home.
Art Costa, a professor of education in the USA, identified 16 ‘Habits of Mind’ (patterns of behaviour) that highly successful people tend to fall back on when they face challenging problems. A goal of mine as a teacher has always been to seek opportunities to help students build their capacity, not just in facts and skills but in these significant attitudes as well. An adventure such as this goes a long way towards developing many of these habits of mind: ‘perseverance, accuracy, precision, questioning, listening to others, managing impulsivity, applying past knowledge to new situations, thinking with clarity and precision’, but perhaps the one I love the most as it is closest to my own passion for hiking, ‘responding with wonderment and awe’.
Feb 21 to 24, 2013
Head Prefects 2013
At the school assemblies in week 2 the school was introduced to the Prefect group for 2013. These 45 young men and women from Year 13 were presented with their badges and ties and congratulated by the student body. They are conscious of the demands of this particular role and though they have already shown their potential for leadership we look forward to seeing them embrace positively the task of representing the values of our community. At the same assemblies our Head Prefects were also announced. Hannah Yang and Viliami Tutone are Head Girl and Boy, while Theresa Carbines and Asheer Ahmad are their Deputies.
Kapa Haka Group welcomes new Warehouse store
On Saturday 2nd February our Kapa Haka group joined local MP Rt Hon. Phil Goff , Warehouse founder Stephen Tindall and local council members to celebrate the opening of the new ‘Red Shed’ on Stoddard Road. Our students gave a stirring haka as the ribbon was cut. Later in the day members of the 1st XV ran a sausage sizzle fundraiser. The school’s performance and presence continues our strong links with the wider Roskill Community.
Year 9 Powhiri
On Thursday 31st January the school formally welcomed the 2013 year 9 students and all those who are new to the school. The ceremony marks the start of their journey of learning and citizenship in our educational community. The new students assembled on the main field and were then called into the hall where the Kapa Haka group and the year 13s performed a haka powhiri. They were then given a korero by our Kaumatua Ted Ratana who reminded them of the proud educational and social whakapapa of Mount Roskill Grammar School. The Principal, Mr Watson then spoke to the students welcoming them also to our whanau. After speeches and a reply from the Y9 Manuhiri represented by the Acedemic Dean Mr Hays and a year 9 student, they were directed to their first house assemblies of the year where they met their form teachers and House Deans. Together with the Y13s in their form class the new students then spent the rest of the day becoming acquainted with school systems, buildings and teachers.
Diamond Jubilee August 2013
MRGS Diamond Jubilee - Saturday 17 August 2013
CELEBRATE WITH US
- Tours of the School - Visit your favourite school space - Meet fellow students/staff.
- Morning Tea - Share tea and talk.
- Sport - Support our teams.
- Displays - History as you made it.
- Celebration Diamond Jubilee Dinner - At Alexandra Park
Register online here
You will receive news, details, developments and updates. Details updated on this website February 2013.
Student Wins Science and Technology Award
Sohail Abdullah, a year 12 student, was awarded the American Ambassador’s award at the Genesis Energy Realise the Dream awards function in Wellington on Friday 14th December. The award, one of those celebrating the most talented New Zealand secondary school science students, gives Sohail travel and accommodation to attend the Intel International Science Fair in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2013.
Sohail was one of 20 students selected nationally by the Royal Society of New Zealand to be finalists in this prestigious event. He had designed a robot that cleans windows. The inspiration for his work was seeing his father struggling to clean windows at home and this led to his invention that he hopes may be adapted for use on high rise buildings in the future.
Another Mount Roskill student, Conor King, was also selected to attend the event for his cellphone linked database, ‘blurb’, which enables your cellphone to communicate information on areas like your music preferences or shoe size to a shop that you enter. He hopes that his design will allow people to have their own choice of music played by retailers rather than random tunes.
Roskill grammar was the only Auckland school to have two representatives at the award ceremony. Their work is a tribute to the strength of Electronics at the school and the support and dedication of teacher Mr. Bill Collis.
2013 Start of the Year Information
Mount Roskill Grammar School - 2013 Start of the Year
The School Administration Office opens on Tuesday 15th January
Returning Students – course confirmations
- 2013 Year 12 – Thursday 24th January 9.00am (H block)
- 2013 Year 13 – Thursday 24th January 11.00am (H block)
- 2013 Year 11 – any students wishing to make option changes – see website for details
First School day:
Thursday 31st January = 2013 Y9, Y13 and all other new students –
- Y9 and new students 9.45am on school main field (for Powhiri and assemblies)
- Y13 9.30am in school hall for Powhiri preparation.
Friday 1st February = All students
- 8.40 am (students to form classes)
School closed Anniversary Day – Monday 28th January
School closed Waitangi Day – Wednesday 6th February.
Enrolments – All new enrolments must be completed by Tuesday 22nd January for students wishing to start on 31st January
Uniform and Stationery Shop – on Campus in D6 ( entry by Gate 3 )
- January 17th - 24th : 9.00am to 5.00pm
- January 29th to February 5th : 8.00am to 4.00pm