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Tom Ale (2013)

Tom Ale (2013) 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Tom made his first grade debut for the Warriors against the Raiders on Sunday 20 September. He has been described as having worked towards his sporting dream from a very early age. He moved from MRGS to Wesley College and then on to Rotorua Boys’ High School. Ale is on a development contract to the Warriors this season, but has been upgraded to a full squad member next year. Interim Warriors coach Todd Payten says of Tom…he’s seeking out the coaches for information on how to get better and the different parts of his game he needs to improve.” Warriors forward, Jazz Tevaga, says as well as his skills Ale has a great work ethic!
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Mathematics Success

Mathematics Success 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Congratulations to Australian Mathematics Competition Winners:

  • Christopher Mara, 100th percentile, prize winner
  • Baraa Zara and Grace Xu, 98th percentile, High Distinction
  • Saahir Saheb, Jessica Huang, Ishraq Mahir and Tousif Kabir, Distinction.

Well done to Miss Yang and to everyone who entered this challenging competition.
Congratulations to this year’s World-Series Education Perfect Mathematics award winners:

  • Elite Award 10,000 + points: Baraa Zara, Jordan Fuller, Vraj Shah, Hebah Ali, Christopher Mara.
  • Emerald Award 5000+ points Chanakya Yamalapalli.
  • Gold Award 3000+ points: Andre Chan, Stella Huch, Aamina Mohamed Azhar.

MRGS School Holiday Activities

MRGS School Holiday Activities 150 150 Simon Whitlock

MRGS Peace Week 2020

MRGS Peace Week 2020 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Celebrating ‘Peace & Diversity’ Week at MRGS: 3rd August- 7th August

With our Covid environment, our ‘Peace and Diversity’  17th International  Peace Week has been even more important than ever before.

Bringing people together as human beings fighting against a deadly virus, uniting together…  no matter what culture, race, sexual orientation, gender, disability or any other difference, we need to work together, challenging  inequity, racism, prejudice, division, shame or blame.

At Roskill we believe in the important values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga,  and Tūmanakotnaga demonstrating and standing for equality, equity, kindness, inclusion, respect, peace and hope for all.

We continue to ‘walk the talk’ and that’s exactly what the Mediators and MRGS did during Peace Week!

The Mediators organised a number of exciting activities throughout the week:

Random acts of kindness; peace quote competitions; face painting; peace badge making; peace rock painting and the wearing of white ribbons for peace.

Our banners highlighting the importance of embracing “ Diversity” & standing for “Black Lives Matter” were particularly amazing this year. As well as our gorgeous Diversity t-shirts designed by Mr.Carter.

  • On Monday we had Peace Foundation’s Youth Peace Ambassador Tamkeen Saeid run a workshop on “Hope for the Future”.
  • On Tuesday we had face painting, rock painting and badge making in the Quad.
  • Wednesday was “ Embracing Diversity & Anti- Violence Day” where the Library was full of informational stalls from agencies like Rainbow Fale, Fonua Ola, RPE, Youthlaw and the Puketapapa Youth Council. We also had our amazing student led stalls on ‘Violence is not ok campaign’; SHINE, NETSAFE, PSSP, Amnesty, Live4Tomorrow, BILS, SYNC, Skittles and our peace crane makers.
  • On Thursday we had a sausage sizzle (including vegetarian and halal sausages) raising funds for our Roskill families affected by Covid. We raised $780 from the sales of our sausages and tshirts. Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude goes to Nick Tuialii and his Team who have been providing food hampers and other necessities to our Mt Roskill families since before the first Lockdown.
  • On Friday, we had our joyous Peace march around the Roskill community chanting for peace and social action.

We cannot thank the Mediators enough for their social justice leadership, respectful collaboration, creativity and determination in working for Rangimarie and Aroha at MRGS.

Kia tau tō rangimārie

Ki runga i ngā iwi o te ao

Let our peace reign

On all the people of the world

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MRGS Ball 2020 Cancelled

MRGS Ball 2020 Cancelled 150 150 Simon Whitlock

18 August 2020

Dear Year 12/13 students

2020 has been a year unlike any other. The impact that Covid has had across the globe is one thing that no one would have predicted and the nature of the virus has caused disruption to the daily lives of everyone, from the moving of the election to the cancellation of numerous community events. You will know first-hand how this has impacted on our school and in particular the final year of study for Year 13 students.

Given the current Alert Level and the uncertainty that we will be back to Level 1 by September 18, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Mt Roskill Grammar School ball this year.

We were very keen to keep the school ball in place as it is a significant event on the school calendar and one that students look forward to. Preparation for this event, including the organisation of theming, DJ, tickets, advertising and photography was well underway.

The reason this decision has been made is that there would be a significant financial cost to you personally should the ball be cancelled after today, and also the venue would not be able to cater for the number of students wanting to attend unless we are guaranteed to be at Level 1. If you have already purchased tickets you will be refunded your money through accounts when this is possible.

Many of you will be disappointed by this news although for Year 13 we still plan to hold the Graduation dinner at the end of the year. We look forward to seeing you all back at school as soon as possible.

Greg Watson                                                             Russell Cornes
PRINCIPAL                                                                YEAR 13 DEAN

Message from the Library

Message from the Library 150 150 Simon Whitlock

While the school and library are closed please do not worry about any books you have on loan that are overdue – simply return/renew them once school re-opens. In the mean-time, and in-between-time, why not borrow a book from our eBook platform – we now have access to a new collection https://mrgs.wheelers.co/browse/compilation/19001 – simply have a look, choose a book or two and then click on ‘borrow’ – then login with your school ID number and password.

Noho ora mai koutou 🙂

 

Year 13 Production “Love and Information”

Year 13 Production “Love and Information” 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Nothing can prepare you for the randomness of this show. Caryl Churchill’s masterpiece is a selection of mostly unrelated scenes which explore the ideas of love and information in a montage of humour, curiosity and poignancy. Be prepared to re-examine your own thoughts on love and information as you are thrown into the world of the play by our Year 13 Actors.
Mt Roskill Grammar School is excited to present by special arrangement with Play Bureau “Love and Information’. It’s been a long time coming, but we are so excited to be back on stage after lockdown and to be able to perform for you in our Studio from the 6th-8th August.

  • RECOMMENDED AGE: Best suited for audiences ages 13 years and over
  • PARKING: Best parking for the PFA studio is via the gate 1 entrance. Follow the driveway and utilise the parking beside the field and outside the Butler Hall
  • TICKETS: Tickets will be available on iTicket and from the school office for $10. Note: iTicket charges a $2.50 booking fee, with a maximum of $7.50 booking fee when buying in groups

MRGS Chess

MRGS Chess 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Old rivals Mt Albert Grammar and new rivals Western Springs College were among the schools challenging us at the Central Auckland ChessPower championship. Scores were equal going into the
5th round, but our greater depth of talent meant we could surge ahead in the last two rounds and win comfortably. We have now qualified for the Greater Auckland ChessPower championship. All our chess players performed well, exceeding expectations.
Congratulations to Joe Wang, undefeated on 7 wins out of 7, and to Baraa Zara, our new Year 9 star, who only dropped half a point with one draw. Sylvia McDougall was the top female, sharing 3rd place with Euan McDougall, Aydin Mustahib and Saahir Saheb (also year 9). Our new young talent bodes well for the future.
Congratulations to Crystal Chanwong and Celia Chanwong, just behind Sylvia as the top females, and all in training for the Auckland Girls’ Chess Championship. All are welcome to continue training any lunchtime in E9 as we prepare for more tournaments.

Full results are online here

 

 

 

Sustainability

Sustainability 150 150 Simon Whitlock

As part of our Pathways programme, a group of MRGS students started work experience at The Urban Farm on Symonds St recently. They are learning about sustainability and urban gardens.

Pasifika Young Leaders

Pasifika Young Leaders 150 150 Simon Whitlock

On Monday 27 July, the Pasifika Learning Centre hosted an event called Community Pasifika Talanoa. The event was held to celebrate our Mt Roskill Grammar School Pacific Young Leaders and
acknowledge their leadership positions. It was also an opportunity for the Puketāpapa Local Board to share with us about the draft plan for the area. The evening was a beautiful celebration of our Young Leaders with whanau, dance and food. We are extremely proud of our students and their journey ahead. A huge thank you to Peter and Tili Leilua and their team for hosting this event and supporting the Pacific Young Leaders group.