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Head Prefects 2015

2015 School Prefects have been selected and formally introduced to the school and presented with their badges and ties. These 43 young men and women strengthen the student leaders of the school bringing their particular service, commitment and energy to their new roles. We look forward to their ongoing demonstration of excellence, respect and responsibility. Mr Watson also announced the Head Prefects for this year: Pearl Lazaro and Glen Lewis are Head Girl and Head Boy respectively; they are ably supported by Parneet Kohli and Mandie Galea who will be their deputies.

Alphabetical List of 2015 Prefects:

  • 'Akau'ola, Perpetua
  • Allan, Grace
  • Alphonso, Jonathan
  • Bell, Cameron
  • Bell, Ethan
  • Bingham, Mark
  • Brown, Zoe
  • Busby, Bryan
  • Cao, Alex
  • Dakwale, Ankur
  • Deverell, Ben
  • Dhungel, Salina
  • Edmonds, Luke
  • Ferencz, Conor
  • Fernandes, Ritika
  • Galea, Mandie
  • Haigh, Chloe
  • Haunga, Eddie
  • Havea, 'Aisake
  • Judd, Heidi
  • Kohli, Parneet
  • Lazaro, Pearl
  • Lewis, Glen
  • Lewis, Scott
  • Li, Vilia
  • MacDonald, Usha
  • Mallela, Balu
  • Mascarenhas, Juhaina
  • McDougall, Nathan
  • Pala, Kaaj
  • Parulkar, Aryaman
  • Pillai, Ayushi
  • Power, Josef
  • Puertollano, Pia
  • Raju, Yvette
  • Rosario, Korine
  • Sapoi, Nightingale
  • Smith, Keren
  • Smith, Shaden
  • Varela, Pebble
  • Wang, Raymond
  • Wong, Joyce
  • Zamani, Tamana

Meeting for Parents of New Students

Tuesday February 10th at 7.00pm in the School Hall.

This meeting will be an opportunity to find out about the school organisation, values and the learning opportunities which exist within the school.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team, Academic and Pastoral Leaders, will be present to meet with you and answer any questions. Tea and coffee will be served after the meeting.

The school leadership looks forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the school as part of this evening.

First Day Powhiri 2015

For the first time both new students and staff were welcomed in a combined powhiri. After gathering on the field in their house groups, the new students were led into the hall in the company of the new teaching staff. They were given a haka by the present staff and year 13 students before taking their places in the gathering. After a hymn and karakia, Mr Watson spoke in his welcome of the proud tradition they were joining at Roskill. His words were followed by a waiata and then Y13 student Luke Edmonds spoke. Responding whaikorero and waiata were next delivered by representatives of the newcomers. After the ceremony new students made their way to house meetings and their day of orientation at the school.

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E-Learning Update

The school ran a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trial last year. Feedback from this trial has been very positive. The potential for improved learning outcomes for students has led us to roll out student BYOD to all students in 2015. During term 1 we will be issuing access codes and Google Drive accounts to all students starting with Year 10, then the Senior students (Yr11 – 13) and finally our new Year 9 students on the completion of their full digital citizenship course.

The advantages we see for our students from increased access to e-leaning through BYOD include:

  • Anytime, anywhere access to class resources, support and extension activities through 'iLearn';
  • The ability to develop “digital” folders, portfolios and e-books for their classes; (that can’t be lost, and never need replacing) through the use of 'My Portfolio', Google apps and office 365.
  • Greater ability to communicate with teachers, parents and peers to support their learning through instant access to their student e-mail and other online tools;
  • Anytime, anywhere safe access to unlimited resources and information on the internet;
  • The ability to draft, redraft and publish their work at the click of a button;
  • Allowing students to become active participants in their learning, students who manage themselves and are responsible digital citizens.

In 2015 it is optional for students to bring a BYOD capable device.

The ideal device for school use:

  • has built-in wireless capability
  • enables word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, image manipulation, video and audio editing
  • is lightweight, but robust enough to handle daily use
  • has a protective carrying case
  • has 4-8 hours of battery power (or preferably more) and easy options for recharging
  • has a common web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox).
  • offers sufficient storage for documents, photos and videos
  • has some form of keyboard for typing (built-in or external)
  • has some form of antivirus/anti-spyware protection

If you have any further questions please contact Lorraine Vickery (E-Learning Director – lorraine.vickery@mrgs.school.nz)

First School Day 2015

Thursday 29th January Y9, Y13 and all other new students

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

Friday 30th January = All students

  • School closed Anniversary Day - Monday 26th January
  • School closed Waitangi Day - Friday 6th February

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