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Term 1, Friday Mail Out

Traditional Japanese Clothing

On the 15th of March, students taking Japanese this year were fortunate enough to get a visit from two Japanese Embassy representatives led by Mr Hayasaka. We received an insightful introduction to the traditional clothing of Japan; the Yukata and the Kimono. After this, we were told that we were going to be trying on the Yukata which is only worn during the summer in Japan. We went through the complicated process of putting on the “obi” sash with which a majority of us struggled with but luckily, Mr Hayasaka’s assistant, Fumiko supported us and we were done in a jiffy! 
We then went to show off our Yukatas to our peers and received a booklet regarding the beautiful and interesting history of Japan. It was a very memorable experience and I am sure many of us can definitely say that it was the first time trying on such an elegant yet complicated piece of clothing! 
Jackie Lu


Year 13 Drama Production

The 13Drama Class of 2018 have been working hard on an epic version of Noughts and Crosses (by Malorie Blackman/Dominic Cooke). Tickets on sale Week 9 from accounts! We expect to sell out as it's in the PFA room with intimate seating! 
Thanks to Pansy Ou for this awesome poster design and to Riley Mara for the ticket design.

Polyfest Diversity Stage Results

Well done to all of our four Polyfest groups! What a crazy but wonderful week.

Results for Diversity Stage are as follows....
Indian Group placed 2nd equal in Choreography category! 
A huge award as it is across all continents on the diversity stage. Sira, Sachin and Abhi, we thought you might win something for your choreography - some of the best we've ever seen for an Indian group at MRGS.
Ethiopian Group placed 2nd in African Continent category! 
A huge win for our Ethiopian group as many students in the group are new to Performing Arts; we are happy to retain our 2nd placing for the second year running!
Looking forward to the Term 2 assembly performances.
Congrats to all students and staff involved!

MRGS Rugby Season Sign-up

Mt Roskill Library to Visit

Two librarians from Mt Roskill public library will be in the MRGS library Friday 23rd March during lunchtime to talk about ebooks/eaudiobooks, joining the library, homework help, job opportunities, and how the library can benefit us – please come along to this fun event and see what the local library has to offer!

Congratulations to Mrs Collins

Deputy Principal Karen Collins received a TeachNZ study award for 2018 and will be on study leave from March until November.
I became a teacher because I like learning. I am grateful for what I have learned, alongside both colleagues and students, over the past 20 years at MRGS – as a Deputy Principal, English teacher and dean.
I am looking forward to learning in a different capacity this year; completing my Post Graduate Diploma, and starting my Masters in Educational Leadership, at the University of Auckland.
I am constantly reflecting on how I can improve what I do to benefit both students and staff and appreciate the support of Mr Watson and the BOT enabling me to take up this opportunity.
I will miss MRGS this year as I genuinely see it as not just a place to learn but a place to be nurtured. Look after each other.

…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feelMaya Angelou 

2018 Polyfest Prep

This year we have two groups competing on the Polyfest Diversity stage. The Indian group had lots of students turn up to the audition and the student leaders, Sachin Dutt, Siraanika Govindu and Abhishek Ravichandran, are looking forward to choreographing and teaching the group. The three styles of dance they will be showing are Classical Indian dance, Bhangra and Bollywood.
The African group, representing Ethiopia, is being tutored by Fathe Tesfamariam, an all-round performing artist out of the East African part of the Continent. In 2017, he had a leading role in On Transit, a show about African people's journeys to New Zealand. He is a graduate of South Seas Film & Television School, and has been working independently running community dance classes since 2012. The group is already working extremely hard in their rehearsals, with high intensity movement and energy. We are looking forward to the performance day and can’t wait to see if we place as well as MRGS did last year. 

International Badminton Honours

Lucas Mitchell (Year 9) won through to the second round of Yonex North Habour International men's singles. This is a great result for Lucas at such a young age particularly as it is the first time he has played in international tournaments. Lucas was also selected into the U15 National team by Badminton New Zealand. He will be travelling to Indonesia with the team for Pembangunau Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix and training camp in early April.

Lucas is top row, fifth from the left. 

2018 Prefects

Congratulations to our 2018 Prefects and in particular to Zane Chaudhry (Head Boy), Kiana Damu (Head Girl), Hana Galea and Ainsley Lim (Deputy Head Girls) and Chrsitian Turner and Yusuf Guessous (Deputy Head Boys). 

List of All 2018 Prefects

Senior Girls´ Volleyball - Auckland Champions

Following on from their success in the division championships our senior girls' volleyball team moved on to the Auckland Championships.
After some strong play in the group stages, the girls took out a comfortable semi-final win against Kelston Girls to set up a title match against Howick. In the words of one spectator, “It really was a nail biter of a final game, with one out with injury and only one sub!
Howick won the first game. Roskill regained their composure, with some serious pep talking from their coach, and won the second game. This gave our girls the confidence to go into the final game. They were ahead 14-11 then Howick equalised. A fantastic tussle ensued with a lot of shouting and cheering as each team went one up, until the deadlock was broken by MRGS who showed a great deal of composure, pride and strength to eventually take out the final set by 2.

A huge congratulations to the girls, the coaches and all those that came along to support. 

2017 Excellence Endorsements

Once again, the school achieved high numbers of Excellence endorsements and continued the outstanding achievement across a range of subjects that the endorsements represent. A student’s NCEA will be endorsed with Excellence if they gain 50 credits at Excellence. In 2017 a total of 187 MRGS students achieved at this highest level across NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3. These results once again attest to the committed, resilient and engaged learning within our student community.

Year 13 with NCEA Level 2 or Higher

Excellence Endorsement Wall of Fame

The following students were awarded overall excellence endorsement for 2017.
Level 1 Excellence
Janice Ah Sam, Isope 'Akau'ola, Wanya Ansari, Amra Arshad, Emaan Asad, Kerwyn Bennett, Kate Bonnici, Akash Boppana, Dhiraj Bora, Joel Castelino, Krisha Chandnani, Asif Cheena, Ano Chitando, Parth Desai, Skanda Deshpande, Ishita Dwivedi, Jessica Fang, Glorielle Filisi, Gwyneth Garcia, Catharine George, Saakshi Hegde, Emily Huang, Abdullah Islam, Wooyoung Jang, Christine Fangzhi Jian, Dezil Jojo, Akash Kanamala, Simran Komalan, Jenice Kuzhikombil, Youxiang Lei, Ima Li, Jojo Liang, Caitlin Low, Jacob Madgwick, Sean Malone, Niharika Man-dadi, Neil Mario, Sarah McKenzie, Asem Mohamed Arif, Amnashara Mohamed Shuraik, Vinodhini Murali, Manasija Nandagiri, Justin Ng, Max Noller, Kunj Patel, Tayla Pennell Tupou, Amisha Prasad, Shameer Prasad, Lovely Pulotu, Aruni Ramalingam, Pranav Rao, Adithi Rathnayake, Manav Rathod, Rinesh Rattan, Jessica Rigg, Gianlucca Salva-Bascur, Sangavi Shanthinathan, Fahad Shehzad, Snehal Sibi, Susan Su, Anna Sue, Nadia Suhaimi, Jack Sun, Daniel Torrey, Lillian Tualau, Ala Vailala, Lauren van Laarhoven-Hargreaves, Carlton Varela, Sheng-Ya Wang, Kevin Wu, Caroline Yan, Julie Yi, Abdullah Yousef, Cindy Yuan, Jabez Zeleke, Nancy Zhang, Wendy Zhao, Rebecca Zhao, Sophia Zhou
Level 2 Excellence
Deesha Bhatia, Akash Boppana, Matthew Carey, Mahir Chand, Carmen Chen, Cathy Chen, Kinsh Chhabra, Amanda Chow, Jenny Chung, Rae Cruz, Michael Dang, Chantal Deverell, Zara Deverell, Thea Dickson, Alison Huanzhu Dong, Rebecca Fergu-son, Isabella Fong, Dion Fonseca, Hana Galea, Pankaj Ghodla, Jamie Gibson, Anna Greaves, Ayla Hawthorne, Selena He, Aa-ron Huo, Abdullah Islam, Stephaan Jacques, Christine Fangzhi Jian, Syed Kazmi, Adam King, Youxiang Lei, Liam Liang, Maha-lakshmi Manthramoorthy, Vakhtangi Mestvirishvili, Miguel Mitra, Alexander Nicholson, Pansy Ou, Rocky Parsons, Krupa Patel, Meghna Patel, Ellen Peng, Emily Power, Elizabeth Qian, Axl Rada, Aashna Rahi, Janna Rana, Pranav Rao, Khushi Sehaj-pal, Jill Shukla, Gunjan Soeny, Dilsha Sudu Dewage, Ann Maria Tomy, Kelis Tosala, Tania Tribhuvan, Lillian Tualau, Sheng-Ya Wang, Davis Wu, Sachi Yamamoto, Sarah Yan, Hannah Yu, Rebekah Yu, Cindy Yuan, Wendy Zhao, George Zhou
Level 3 Excellence

Shristi Anand, Caleb Baptista, Yasmin Bell, Catherine Benny, Ellen Bingham, Tessa Brown, Winnie Chen, Shuen Shuen Chu, Dhanada Dave, Sheldon Desa, Ruba Firowze, Ding Gao, Sannan Hafeez, Jay Kuang-Yi Huang, Naomi Inoue-Rajapaksa, Hiromi Inoue-Rajapaksa, Vyshni Ishwaran, Breearna Johnson, Pranavan Kailainathan, Gajanth Kanakaratnam, Shivam Kapoor, Vibhasrita Kasha, Cindy Ko, Youfei Lei, David Lin, Vanros Jiarui Lin, Josephine Mavaega, Callum McKenzie, Mihika Mehta, Karthik Menon, Arshiya Mohamed Arif, Sam Anhad Paul, Priya Prakash, Madhulika Ravuri, Shaineel Reddy, Thuluksiga Shan-thinathan, Ojas Shukla, Anna Sin, Bineprit Singh, Elizabeth Tan, Natalie Tan, Tushar Thakur, Alan Thomas, Srishti Toora, Jahnvi Trivedi, Siosaia Tuitupou, Alice Wang, David Wong, Jaime Wu, Felix Yang, Kevin Yang, Elvin Zhang 

Scholarship Examination Succeses

Our school’s record of achievement in the premier national examination continued as MRGS students gained 63 scholarships. Our congratulations to all the scholarship recipients. Among these, Tushar Thakur will receive New Zealand Outstanding Scholar Awards. Scholarships were awarded across 16 different subjects with 18 scholarships and 4 outstanding scholarships achieved in Accounting. In addition, students achieved two outstanding scholarships and four scholarships in Chemistry plus one outstanding scholarship and five scholarships in Statistics. 33 students gained at least one scholarship and eight students gained three or more scholarships. 

2017 NCEA and Scholarship Results

Once again, Mount Roskill students demonstrated their powerful learning in the NCEA and scholarship examinations. We often say that a little country like New Zealand always punches above its weight on the international stadium and in NZ, Mt Roskill Grammar punches above it weight in the education sector. The Board of Trustees congratulates students, their families and the staff of MRGS for these outstanding results. The big increase in pass rates are a result of considerable thought, planning, time and effort by all and are reliant on a strongly formed three way partnership between students, families and teachers. We all know that a strong team brings in the results. A student’s success is enjoyed by families and staff who have also invested heavily in the student’s education.
This is the biggest yearly increase in pass rates that MRGS has ever seen. Congratulations to the Mount Roskill Grammar School community.
Some details and graphs are given below:
Whole school
Pass rate for Level 1 was 86.2%, the best ever results at MRGS.
Pass rate for Level 2 at 85.0% and shows a significant increase on previous years and, as with the Level 1, represents the best ever results at MRGS.
Pass rate for Level 3 at 75.2% is the best ever, which is considerably higher than the national average and completes the record year for MRGS with the highest Level 3 results in the school’s history.
The percentage of Year 13 students gaining at least Level 2 is now 96.3%.
Level 1 Numeracy and Literacy achievement rates remain at very high levels with literacy at 92.6% and numeracy at 97.8%.
Key points
There is a sustained trend of improvement in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 pass rates resulting in the highest pass rates in MRGS history at Level 1, 2 and 3! The results of our Maori and Pasifika students continue to rise. Our Maori students continued to exceed previous years’ results in level 1 and 2 and our Pasifika students recorded their highest results across all levels in 2017. Level 3 and University Entrance remain good with the UE results of our Pasifika students more than doubling over the past year.
Endorsement rates at all levels continue at high levels.

NCEA Level 1 Pass Rates

NCEA Level 2 Pass Rates

NCEA Level 3 Pass Rates

Year 12 Rafting Trip

As part of their Year 12 P.E programme our Exercise Prescription class went rafting at the new Vector Wero Whitewater park in Manukau. Vector Wero is New Zealand’s first artificial world class river (only opening last year) and provided the perfect setting for students to demonstrate their risk management strategies in a challenging outdoor activity for their current internal assessment. The teamwork/leadership and support amongst students was fantastic as they worked together navigating the thrilling but challenging white water. With plunging drops, raft capsizes and swirling eddies much fun was had by all and made for an exciting start to Year 12 P.E.  

Japanese Tea Ceremony

On the 7th of March, the Year 10 students of Miss Kojima took part in a tea ceremony. Miss Kojima showed us a part of her culture by allowing us to make traditional Japanese tea. First, we were told to eat a little cube of Kumara jelly called Yookan to help balance out the bitterness of the tea. Putting the water on the kettle to boil, we were told to clean everything beforehand to bring purity to our tea. Using a bowl for drinking tea, the tea powder was put into the bowl using a Japanese Tea spoon (A long wooden handle with a hook at the end). Hot Water was then added and a Japanese whisk made of bamboo was used to make it into a light green frothy texture. Before drinking, we had to turn the bowl twice and then we drank it (it tasted of seaweed). It was a fun experience making tea and learning more about a different culture.

Corrin Ansin 


Three Kings School Jubilee

Opportunities for Maths Students

Opportunities for keen Mathematics students – all levels

Australian Mathematics Competitions (AMC), ICAS and/ or Casio Mathematics Competition, Auckland Mathex Competition - Entries open soon

Competition preparation lessons

To join the competition preparation lessons, students need to sit a 15 minute long test during one lunchtime from 2nd March and 8th March, except for 5th March. Those that pass the test will be given the first lesson question sheet. Students are expected to solve as many questions as possible so the teacher will teach only difficult questions. Lessons every Friday after school from 3:20 to 4:00 ish in R11. The first lesson will start on 9th March.

Mathex Training

To join the Mathex training, please make a team of 3-6 students who are enjoy Mathematics and see Miss Yang in R11 to organise weekly training. During training students will share their ideas and compare their answers. We will send 2 Year 9 and 2 Year 10 teams to represent MRGS at the annual Auckland Mathex Competition in August.

Plus lots of Education Perfect Competitions. Both School-wide and Worldwide.

EP Volvo Ocean Race Challenge Mar 8 – 18 and World Championships Maths, June 12-19

Please see Miss Yang in R11 for any inquiries. Broaden your knowledge and have fun in Maths! 

Volleyball Champions

The year has only just begun and we have our first champions. Congratulations to our Senior Girls Volleyball team who took out the Central Zone Division 1 competition beating EGGS in straight sets. They will be competing in the Auckland Championship and we wish them all the very best. 

Excellence Awards Evening

On Thursday March 8th at 7pm we will host our Excellence Awards evening in the school hall.
Students, and their families, who have received an overall excellence endorsement at level 1, 2 or 3 have received an e-mail and hard copy invitation. There is also a list of all
those who are receiving awards in the Dean’s centre for student reference.
The evening is a recognition of academic success, which is one of the fundamental bedrocks of a great school like MRGS. This year students attained the highest NCEA results at level 1, 2, and 3 in the school’s history and the evening promises to be a fantastic celebration of this achievement.

Scholarship Success at MRGS

Following on from the news earlier that this year saw the highest NCEA results at level 1, 2 and 3 in the school’s history, recently we received the exciting news that 63 students gained scholarships. These came from an impressive 16 different subject disciplines.

Eight students will be added to our honours board having achieved three or more scholarships. They are:


In addition, Tushar Thakar has been recognised as an outstanding New Zealand scholar. Congratulations to everyone on their achievements.

Junior Health Curriculum at MRGS

Health is a core subject for Year 9 and 10 students. Year 9 students study Health four times per week for one term, and Year 10 have 1 period per week for the whole year. The MRGS Health curriculum is approved by The Board of Trustees and we revise our programme regularly to ensure we are meeting our students and community needs. The topics studied by our students are derived from the Underlying Concepts and Key Learning Areas within the NZ Curriculum.

Underlying Concepts for Health:

 Hauora (Wellbeing), Attitudes & Values, The socio-ecological perspective (understanding the personal, interpersonal and societal aspects and impacts on any community) and Health Promotion.

The Key Learning Areas for Health in the NZ Curriculum:

Mental Health – resilience, goal setting, peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, stereotyping, harassment, managing change

*Sexuality Education – pubertal changes, relationships, rights and responsibilities, attitudes and values, gender orientation

Food and Nutrition – general nutrition and sports nutrition 

Body Care and Physical Safety – alcohol, drugs, body image, nutrition, relationships, fitness, first aid

Physical Activity – fitness and nutrition (especially around cross country)

All units are considered and taught “holistically”, meaning they can be interrelated with other topics. Topics are not taught in isolation (i.e. only taught for unit then not mentioned again) This gives junior students ability to make connections, not just within the key concepts of health, but also within the context of New Zealand, the world, different cultures, religions, beliefs, attitudes & values. This curriculum structure gives our students better ability to analyse situations and health issues on a more critical thinking level.

*Sexuality Education is an essential aspect of Health Education in the New Zealand

Curriculum and the lessons taught are planned to ensure students are informed about necessary life skills in a safe and respectful environment. The school is legally required to inform parents and caregivers of the teaching of Sexuality Education. Letters regarding this will be going out to families of junior students later this term. Should you wish to withdraw your child from all or parts of these lessons, please follow the instructions in the letter. More information on the specific content of our Sexuality Education programme and our other learning areas within the MRGS Health programme can be found on the school website (here). An overview is also available to view at the school reception. 

Archery News

On Sunday the 11th of February, six students and one staff member of the Mount Roskill Grammar Archery club took part in a one day training programme at Cornwall Park, to become coaches for the club. The six members were, Daniel Balderrama Real, Rikkisha Raju, Davis Wu, Ali Tariq, Ann Maria Tomy and Gurnoor Mushiana. The training covered the health and safety requirements regarding Archery, along with shooting and coaching techniques. Coaches came away with confidence in how to facilitate beginning archers and manage a shooting range. Congratulations to all our members who qualified as coaches.
On Wednesday the 14th of February, our Mount Roskill Grammar Archery Club competed against a dozen other Auckland schools in their first ever Archery tournament at One Tree Hill. Our team consisted of four archers: Ann Maria Tomy, Rikkisha Raju, Daniel Balderrama Real, and Zane Chaudhry. Overall, the team put in great effort and performed exceptionally well for their first time. The experience of taking part in our first ever competition was nerve racking, seeing all the other schools that had already been competing for years. However, it was also an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for our team to take part in. The team have many other matches in the coming weeks ahead, and we look forward to competing further.

MRGS Book Club

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


We began the school year with a Powhiri for those new to MRGS. We extend a very warm welcome to all the students and families this year. In addition to new students we also have 11 outstanding new members of staff joining our community, they are: 
  • Mrs Tamati and Mr Syme in ESOL
  • Mr Chida in Mathematics
  • Mrs Prasad and Mrs Nelapati in Computing
  • Mr England in Technology
  • Ms MacIntyre, Mr Bluck and Mr Singh in English
  • Ms Wright in Art


Paul Seideman Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story by David Zwartz

Start Up Information 2018

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

Late enrolments

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

Returning Students – 2018 course changes only

Students must attend in uniform in the school hall

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

First School day:

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

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

Friday 2nd February = All students

  • 9.00 am (all students to form classes)

School closed Anniversary Day – Monday 29th January

School closed Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6th February

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

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

Opening hours:   

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

The shop will return to normal term time hours:

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

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