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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)

Peace Symposium

Peace Symposium 150 150 Simon Whitlock

On Friday 13th August, 38 MRGS Mediators attended the exciting Peace Symposium generously organised by the Peace Foundation.

The theme of “ Inner Peace for Outward Action”  was captured incredibly well by the inspirational speakers:

  • Jase Te Patu (TedX speaker, wellbeing advocate and founder of M3)
  • Genevieve Mora (Co-founder of Voices of Hope and Love Your Kite, an app to support those struggling with eating disorders) and
  • Talei Bryant (Founder of the Find Your Fish movement that supports Rangatahi to find their ‘why’, develop practical life skills and realise their potential).

As well as this, we had awesome presentations from all nine Secondary Schools, including MRGS!!

A Big thank you to Nico, Caroline, Hebah, Ansh, Clara, Suvatiga, Harshita, Layla, Hunter, Cynaika, Neron, Shevon, Joshlyn, Aliza, Adil, Pranav, Mell, Shravya, Riley, Michael, Aamina, Lucy, Anannya, Aarya, Amonica, Dalia, Rishi, Diya, Shreya, Faadhilah, Aaron, Eli, Sharikh, Damien, Mika, Ruth, Amy, and Layba for being such great Peace Leaders.

You did Roskill proud once again!

 “Inner Peace for Outward Action” i.e. the importance of looking after ourselves as well as others, is even more important now than ever before with the challenges of the Covid Lockdown and the uncertainty it brings.

Please be gentle with yourself and reach out to others to offer and receive support.

Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective.  

Auckland Schools Debating-Quarter Finals

Auckland Schools Debating-Quarter Finals 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Mount Roskill Grammar School will be hosting the quarter finals for Auckland Schools Debating Senior Open and Advanced Open grades tonight (Tuesday, 17th August) at 6 30pm and 8pm.

  • MRGS 1 Senior Open (6 30PM in H8)-Joshlyn Iyekekpolo, Rishi Shanthosh, Riley Mara
  • MRGS 1 Advanced Open (8pm in H6)-Simar Bains, Layba Zubair, Lydias Yong

Basketball Semi-Final Results from Friday Night (13th August)

Basketball Semi-Final Results from Friday Night (13th August) 150 150 Simon Whitlock
Boys won against Northcote 70-54. Into the final. Details to follow so we can all go and make some noise!
Girls lost to St Kents in semis by 1 point in extra time – so close! We are proud of you all!

Rua – A Performing Arts Showcase

Rua – A Performing Arts Showcase 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Come and see some of the best dance and performance work from years 9 – 13 in Terms 2 and 3 with a focus on creativity and storytelling. The show is performed twice, on Wednesday 18 August
and Thursday 19 August starting at 7pm each night in the Butler Hall. The show is likely to be 1 – 1.5 hours long. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door by cash or eftpos – there are no pre-sales for this show. There will be a small selection of chips and drinks available for purchase.

Peer Life Mentorship Training

Peer Life Mentorship Training 150 150 Simon Whitlock

On Sunday 13th June and Monday 14th June, 36 enthusiastic and dedicated Mediators were trained by Julie McCracken in peer mentorship skills.

For us to be able to support others we need to be able to understand ourselves better. This informative, engaging, fun, interactive course supported students to become more self aware, develop better people skills and to understand the psychology of human behaviour.

Students reported:

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH Donna for the awesome training yesterday and today. It was an amazing opportunity and by far my most favourite of all! Definitely do not regret doing it Please send my regards to Julie as well. I really appreciate her effort and service, and will definitely try my best to incorporate the skills learnt today, to our everyday lives. In all honesty, my friends and I really look forward to doing this next year as well!! Thank you
  • Thank you for this incredible opportunity!!
  • It was amazing, really valuable :))
  • Had so much fun!

A great time was had by all students and now these Peer Mentors are available to support younger students one-to-one.

If any student would like some support or mentoring from an older student please contact us at Student Services. Confidentiality assured.

A big thank you to Julie McCracken for the wonderful training and to Louise Fisher and Peter Maher for their generous donation in covering the costs of the training for the last 13 years!

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MRGS Open Day

MRGS Open Day 150 150 Simon Whitlock

French Café Trip

French Café Trip 150 150 Simon Whitlock

On the morning of Monday, the 17th of May, Year 10 MRGS French students went on a “trip” to room A3. They were served some French café food and needed to order in French. The students could choose from different French foods and drinks, including un pain au chocolat, un croissant, un pain aux raisins, du flan, un chausson aux pommes, et un chocolat chaud. French music provided a good ambiance. Afterwards, the students worked together in groups to try to score the highest marks in a French general-knowledge quiz created by Miss Robertson. The students all enjoyed themselves, and enjoyed the French café.

Senior French Dinner

Senior French Dinner 150 150 Simon Whitlock

« Le Boeuf Bourguignon, la Salade au chèvre chaud et la Mousse au Chocolat »  – just a few of the options on the menu at ‘Le Garde Manger’, a French restaurant located near the top of Queen Street. On Monday 12th of April, the Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 MRGS French students got to experience all this on their French dinner trip for 2021.

Arriving outside the restaurant, students got their first chance to have a look inside the windows of the restaurant. Once inside, the atmosphere was what can only be described as truly French, with red checkered tablecloths and French music playing in the background.

Soon after we were seated, we ordered in French, and the first course was served, followed by the main course a while later. In between courses, some students chose to make use of the piano at the restaurant and played some music, adding to the lively French atmosphere. Halfway through the night, Mr McAlpine and Miss Robertson began the prize draw. There were a number of prizes available, including French keyrings, CDs of French pop music and some “Bonne Maman” jam – a French brand. Names were drawn out of a hat, the person chosen was allowed to come up and choose a prize. Soon after the prize draw, the desserts were served. Students were able to choose between a Crème Brulée and a Mousse au Chocolat – both were delicious! After the dessert, the night came to a close. Everyone said their goodbyes and returned home after what was a truly memorable night.

Anna Duesing 11SWNS