Rūpeke – a performing arts showcase

Rūpeke – a performing arts showcase 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Senior Mentoring Day, Thursday June 30th, 2022

Senior Mentoring Day, Thursday June 30th, 2022 150 150 Simon Whitlock

The conferences are on Thursday June 30th from 8.30am to 7pm. Click on link below to book online.

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Peer Mediation Training

Peer Mediation Training 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Against the odds of Covid and school building projects, we still managed to train 79 new Mediators and 30+ Advanced Mediators in June.

The Peace Foundation spent three days with us teaching our Mediators the important life skills of effective communication, conflict resolution, rapport building, ‘listening to understand’ and mediation skills.

One cannot learn to help others without becoming more aware of themselves, and this training provides the opportunity to do both.

It also builds communities so that we can all support each other and look after each other.

A BIG Thank you to all you incredible students who put yourselves out of your comfort zone to embrace these incredible skills and work together as a community.

A heartfelt thank you to not only the Peace Foundation, but to Iti Peraua and Jan Pace who without their support, this training would not have happened.

We have also had informative Advanced Mediation Training sessions on ‘Positive Race Relations’ and NETSAFE this term. A big thank you to our YAS ( Youth Action Squad) leaders who supported the NETSAFE Facilitator on how to keep safe on the internet.


This year’s theme is “ The Power of Unity”: 8th – 12th AUGUST! Be involved in this great week of spreading Peace, Kindness, Inclusion and Understanding throughout our school community.


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Japanese Trivia Championships

Japanese Trivia Championships 150 150 Simon Whitlock

On the night of Friday 17th June, eight students from our Year 10 Japanese classes went to compete in New Zealand secondary schools Japanese Trivia Championships. Two of our senior students of Japanese, Ansh Trivedi and Racey Ferris were there as MC at the Auckland venue. One Y10 student came as a spectator but she ended up in another school’s team as the team was short one person. The Japanese Trivia Tournament is an annual competition among junior students, where teams of four compete against other schools and their teams, across five rounds, to test their knowledge of Japan. Over 100 school teams nationwide at eight different venues across New Zealand competed at the same time to answer a variety of Japanese questions. Both MRGS teams practiced and studied prior to the Championship. All the team members and Kojima Sensei took this opportunity to dress up in yukata (summer kimono) to take pride in our study of Japan and its culture.

MRGS came 5th place overall in Auckland – Team 1 with 34 points placing 7th and Team 2 with 35 points placing 5th, although they only had 1 point apart.

This experience was a lot of fun and the students all had a wonderful time. We are very grateful for our wonderful Japanese teacher Ms Kojima, as this event would have never been possible without her as she was the national organiser of the event.

Melody Liang

Open Day 2022

Open Day 2022 150 150 Simon Whitlock

We look forward to welcoming future students and their whānau to our Open Day – Tuesday 14 June.

The principal will be speaking with students and families at 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm in the Butler Hall. Choose a time that works for your family and following each presentation, we welcome you to go on a tour of our school – meet our expert teachers and speak with our fantastic students and student leaders.

See you here!

Samoan Language Week

Samoan Language Week 150 150 Simon Whitlock

This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa – Samoa Language Week was Fa’aāuāu le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai – Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean.

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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)