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2020 Japanese Trivia Quiz Championship – 3rd in NZ!

2020 Japanese Trivia Quiz Championship – 3rd in NZ! 150 150 Simon Whitlock

After school on the 5th of November, eight selected students from the Year 9 and Year 10 Japanese classes went to Epsom Girls Grammar School for the annual National Japanese Trivia Night Championships. They were MRGS Team 1 (Ansh Trivedi, Racey Ferris, Lily Mao, Andy Pham) and MRGS Team 2 (Raina Singh, Amie Mao, Jessica Huang, Sumayyah Parker).  We were competing against teams from other Auckland schools and also against schools nationwide, in other regions of New Zealand. Along with two other Auckland schools, the Mount Roskill Grammar School Team 1 gained the highest number of points in the country, scoring 39 out of 50 which put them in a tie breaker with two other schools in Auckland. Mount Roskill Grammar School Team 1 ended up gaining 3rd place in the Auckland Region, which also placed them 3rd in New Zealand. The second team also did their best in order to try and achieve great heights. They scored 30 points which was also very commendable!  It was a night to remember for the students participating in the Trivia, also knowing that they came home with an achievement they could talk about to all their peers, family and friends. The prizes were handed out by Mr Hamada, the Consul-General of Japan.

Special thanks go to Miss Kojima for her organisation of this special event, and for helping and encouraging the students behind the scenes, including providing costumes and food.

By Racey Ferris (10 CHUL)

Netball Head Coach

Netball Head Coach 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Mount Roskill Grammar School is widely regarded as one of the most diverse schools in Auckland. We are seeking a proactive and passionate leader to inspire our Senior Netball Team for the 2021 season. The Head Coach will be expected to create a positive, inclusive culture that fosters individual player development. The ideal candidate would set the bar high with a strong work ethic and would be comfortable demanding the same from their team whilst creating and maintaining strong relationships with the players, support staff and other adults.

The successful candidate will have sound technical and tactical knowledge of the game as well as experience in coaching Netball at senior Secondary School level. In addition to training sessions and game days, the successful applicant will be expected to design and deliver a strong pre-season programme as well as attend the Winter Tournament Week (UNISS) and the annual exchange fixtures. The Head coach will be supported by the sports department team and other staff at the school. This is a paid position and remuneration package is dependent on the candidate’s qualification and experience.

Coaches that align with a holistic coaching philosophy are strongly preferred.

This position will be open until a suitable candidate is appointed.

To apply, please send your Coaching CV and cover letter to:  Tarun Nethula, Director of Sport via email to Tarun.nethula@mrgs.school.nz

1st XI Football Head Coach

1st XI Football Head Coach 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Mount Roskill Grammar School, widely regarded as one of the most diverse schools in Auckland, seek a proactive leader to inspire our 1st XI Boys Football Team for the 2021 season. The Head Coach will be expected to create a strong inclusive culture that fosters individual player development. The ideal candidate would set the bar high with a strong work ethic and would be comfortable demanding the same from their team.

A fantastic opportunity to coach in the Secondary School Premier League, the Head Coach will work with a fantastic group of student-athletes and will be able to influence the wider football programme.

The successful candidate will have sound technical and tactical understanding of the game, experience coaching at a secondary school level and C license or above is preferred. The successful applicant will be supported by an assistant coach and together will deliver pre-season programme, weekly trainings and attend game days (including regular season, KO Cup and Tournament Week). This is a paid position and remuneration package is dependent on the candidate’s qualification and experience.

Coaches that align with a holistic coaching philosophy will be preferred.

This position will be open until a suitable candidate is
appointed.

To apply, please send your Coaching CV and cover letter to:

Tarun Nethula, Director of Sport via email to Tarun.nethula@mrgs.school.nz

MRGS 2020 Roskars

MRGS 2020 Roskars 150 150 Simon Whitlock

The English & Media Department would like to warmly invite you to the Roskars Media Film Awards. The event is a celebration of the short films, documentaries, music videos and TV opening sequences made by senior Media students in 2020.

The event is FREE to attend and our students would love to see you there!

The details are:

  • Date:  Wednesday, 11th November
  • Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Venue: Hodge Learning Commons

Park and Walk Promotion

Park and Walk Promotion 150 150 Simon Whitlock
  • Project: Mt Roskill Safer Communities
  • Date: Thursday 5 November
  • Location: Keith Hay Car Park – Rainford Street (100 car spaces)
  • Promotion time: 2.30-3.30pm
  • Distance: 9-10 minute walk to Mt Roskill schools compound via bridge

Swing By Coffee Cart will be onsite to provide a free hot drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) to all parents/care-givers who park in this zone on the day. Please note, that the promotion is for ADULTS only.

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!
If you have Roskill stories about the success of current or past pupils, please share to: alumni@mrgs.school.nz or message the MRGS Facebook page.

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

Start-Up Info for 2021

Wednesday 3rd February

  • 9.40am new students to field
  • 9am all Year 13s & peer mentors to hall

Thursday 4th February

  • ALL students start school! (form time first)