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Okonomiyaki – Year 10 Japanese

Okonomiyaki – Year 10 Japanese 150 150 Simon Whitlock

On Wednesday 25th of May, our Year 10 Japanese class went to cook Okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese style savoury pancake. Due to a Covid restriction last year, we were not able to participate in any cooking activities. Melody and Paris put on a performance prior to the cooking day to encourage the class to take part in the cooking. Everybody enjoyed the food and said they had lots of fun during the class.

Some people poured in a small amount of the mixture and it was easy for them to flip the pancake without burning it or being too overcooked. However, some students poured too much batter and the pancake was unfortunately unable to be flipped over.

Overall, this experience was a lot of fun and all the students had a wonderful time. We are very grateful to our amazing Japanese teacher Ms Kojima for agreeing to let us cook Okonomiyaki.

Melody Liang

Pasifika Homework Centre

Pasifika Homework Centre 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Samoan Language Week

Samoan Language Week 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Year 9 Japanese Kimono Experience

Year 9 Japanese Kimono Experience 150 150 Simon Whitlock

As we were walking to class, we knew that we would meet people from the Japanese Embassy. I thought that we would learn about the basic things about Japan, for example, some types of Japanese food, geography, pop culture, etc.

We met three staff members from the Consulate General of Japan. I also noticed there were magazines on everyone’s desk.

I volunteered to be a model for how to wear a Yukata and after I was done getting dressed, it was honestly the most comfortable clothing I have ever experienced.

Then later on, everyone in our class was wearing them and they all looked fascinating and gorgeous! There was also a robotic seal, called Paro! Paro is an emotional support pet and has all the qualities a normal pet would have. I was surprised that Paro costs about 5,000 NZ dollars! I would love to buy one if it weren’t so expensive. We watched a video about Japan, and I loved the nature parts of it. It’s like our country, New Zealand, but there were also many different parts too. Japan is more digital than New Zealand and the cities that light up were fabulous to see.

On that day, I really felt like I’ve learnt a lot more about Japanese culture than I did before! It was very exciting to see the staff members talk about Japan to my class.

(Chloe Matenga– Y9)

Filming ‘Peer Mediation Video’ at Roskill

Filming ‘Peer Mediation Video’ at Roskill 150 150 Simon Whitlock

On Tuesday 10th May, 14 AMAZING advanced Peer Mediators were involved in creating the new Peace Foundation’s Peer Mediation training video. This video will be used to train all the new Mediators throughout Aotearoa and many other countries in the world.

The last Peace Foundations mediation training video was made at MRGS back in 2008.

The Mediators worked hard, creating three relevant scenarios that many young people face. They demonstrated the mediation process with heart and precision, resulting in a positive outcome for all parties.

A big thank you to the dedication, unwavering commitment and creative collaboration of our Mediators!

Katherine Alajas, Caroline Aleki,  Ansh Angurala,  Joshlyn  Iyekekpolo, Pranav Kumar, Sylvia McDougall, Zannat Miah, Aamina Mohamed Azhar, Aydin Mustahib, Hamzah Naeem, Lucy Palu, Amonica Pau’u, Rishi Shanthosh, and Karen Wang.

Also a big thank you to the Peace Foundation for this great opportunity and to the CORE filmers.

Two things to mention:

  1. If anyone is in conflict at school and needs some support in resolving this, please come and refer yourself to the Peer Mediation Service at STUDENT SERVICES. Confidentiality assured.
  2. If you are in Year 11 or 12 and would like to train as a Mediator, there are still some spaces for the upcoming June Peer Mediation training. Please contact Donna or Jan at Student Services.

Te rangimarie me te aroha.



Pasifika Parent Fono

Pasifika Parent Fono 150 150 Simon Whitlock

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Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Tongan Homework Centre

Tongan Homework Centre 150 150 Simon Whitlock

MRGS Success in the 2022 Education Perfect Languages Championships

MRGS Success in the 2022 Education Perfect Languages Championships 150 150 Simon Whitlock

In Term 1, Mount Roskill Grammar School competed in the 2022 Education Perfect Global Languages Championships. This is part of the Education Perfect World Series.

There were around 3,000 schools worldwide who competed and MRGS came 7th in NZ and 36th in the World. This represented many hours learning languages and revising material in a fun way.

There were a large number of impressive results with:

  • over 65 MRGS pupils gaining awards
  • and more than 375,000 questions answered by MRGS Languages pupils

The very top students in this competition gained an ELITE Award & Badge because they gained over 10,000 points. They were in the top 0.2% of all competitors. Banujah Balagiritharan (1st in MRGS), Riley Mara and Christopher Mara deserve a special mention for their dedication to gaining outstanding results worldwide. There were also 5 pupils who gained an Emerald Certificate for over 5,000 points, and 6 pupils gained a Gold Certificate with over 3,000 points.

The 3 pupils who gained an Elite Award & Badge (10,000+ points) are: Banujah Balagiritharan, Riley Mara and Christopher Mara.

The 5 pupils who gained an Emerald Award (5,000+ points) are: Natalie Hu, Frances Damu, Catherine Zhao, Inshirah Diwan and Maaiasepi Samuelu.

The 6 pupils who gained a GOLD Award (3,000+ points) are: Hetavi Sheth, Janie Lai, Christina Ah Ken, Onethra Deniyage, Lucy Palu, Akain Wittachchi.

MRGS also gained:

  •  SILVER Award (2,000+ points) = 8 students
  •  BRONZE Award (1,000+ points) = 16 students
  • *CREDIT Award (500+ points) = 27 students

Well done on all the AMAZING results – LEARN, COMPETE, WIN

MRGS Library eBooks

MRGS Library eBooks 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Need a novel for English or to help with lockdown boredom? Don’t forget about the great MRGS eLibrary! Hundreds of eBooks – all genres! check it out! – (login with school ID number and password)