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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 – 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 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.

Unitec Manaaki Whenua

Unitec Manaaki Whenua 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Some of our Year 11 Te Reo Māori class along with Mr Syme spent the morning out at Unitec Marae as part of a manaaki whenua (working bee). They were able to learn about tikanga pā harakeke (sustainable environmental practices) and how to help take care of our natural resources and wāhi tapu (sacred sites). Ka mau te wehi!

The Roskill Cup – Debating Tournament

The Roskill Cup – Debating Tournament 150 150 Simon Whitlock

During the term break between terms 2&3, the Mt Roskill Grammar School Phoenixes hosted ‘The Roskill Cup’ two day open tournament for Roskill debaters. The tournament was open to students of all year levels and experience.
All debates were “limited prep” debates with only thirty minutes allowed for preparation. Nine teams competed on the first day, with the best four teams qualifying for the finals on day two. Due to draw strength team LTZ (Laurentiu Teca, Tisha Wadhwa and Zach Alajas) and team Pickles and Mayonnaise (Sneha Bhati, Nicole Sue and Mahreen Dossa) missed out on breaking into the finals. The finalists are listed below:

In the semi-finals on Day 2, debating the motion “This house prefers a world where marriage doesn’t exist”, The Premiers successfully negated against the The Debatey Baiters, and The Golden Trio successfully affirmed the motion against The Three Wheels.

In the grand final, debating the motion “This House World require employers to interview candidates in a way that conceals appearance, gender, ethnicity, and age”, The Golden Trio successfully negated the motion in a 4-1 judges split to be crowned the inaugural Roskill Cup champions.

Top speaker awards (average speaker scores throughout the preliminary rounds):

1. Hannah Armstrong 74.5

2. Nesil Satani 73.75

3. Simar Bains 72.5

4. Lydias Yong and Karen Wang 72.33

5. Sonam Bagwe 71.5.

Congratulations to The Golden Trio (Simar Bains, Nesil Satani, Hannah Armstrong), first ever winners of The Roskill Cup!

A big thank you to our adjudicators, draw creators and scorers:
– Roskill alumni Anotidaishe Michael Chitando, Vinodhini Murali, Maitreyi Chakrapani
– current students Mohamed Ihsanullah (P A), Huthaifa Ibrahim.

A huge thank you also to Mr Singh for taking the debating Phoenix’s to new heights!

Spoken Word Competition

Spoken Word Competition 150 150 Simon Whitlock

MRGS competed in the Auckland Spoken Word Competition, with the Advanced Team qualifying for the semi-finals.

Advanced Team: Joshlyn Iyekekpolo, Sarah Shawish, Fatema Al-Ali, Fateecka Farook.

Junior Team: Mary Vao, Preenal Kumar, Hadia Rehman, Layba Zubair