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French Experience 150 150 Simon Whitlock

French Experience

Year 9 Petit Déjeuner Français & Year 10 French Café experience

In Term 2 the Year 9 French classes experienced a French breakfast in class – “le petit déjeuner”. They were able to order “un croissant” and “un chocolat chaud”. Some students even had two or three hot chocolates. It was a fun and different way way to start the day. Our teachers served us the food and hot drink and we listened to French music which provided a very good ambiance. We also had a quiz on French general knowledge and trivia. There were prizes for the top teams.

For the French Café experience, Year 10 French classes were lucky to have a variety of pastries which also included “un pain au chocolat”. They were “très bon”! 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. Merci beaucoup !!

Senior French Dinner

On July 4th, Senior French students went to the restaurant “Garde Manger.” Many people tried new French foods. Year 11s and 12s ordered from a menu that had snails, onion soup, goat’s cheese salad, “coq au vin”, “boeuf bourguignon”, “crème brûlée” and “mousse au chocolat”. Some students tried some snails! They were VERY good (trust me). Year 13s ordered pancakes (Galettes and Crêpes) from the menu. One of the “crêpes” was literally set on fire before it was served!

Some students tried playing the piano there, even though it was out of tune.

At the end, there was a prize draw where students could win bags, pens, fountain pens, folders, fridge magnets, pencil cases, even a CD! It was an extremely fun evening. A big thank you to the teachers who took us there (Whaea Lee, Madame Robertson & Monsieur McAlpine) and organised the event – MERCI !!

Raphael Mara

Rūpeke – a performing arts showcase 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Rūpeke – a performing arts showcase

Congratulations Manu Samoa International – Andrew Tuala 150 150 admin

Congratulations Manu Samoa International – Andrew Tuala

Congratulations Manu Samoa International – Andrew Tuala

Course Information Evening 150 150 admin

Course Information Evening

Tuesday 5 July 6.30-7.45pm in the Hall

Subject specialists, Heads of Department and Academic Deans available for advice and to help make 2023 selection before Friday 8 July deadline.

Students and caregivers are welcome to discuss options for 2023 with subject specialists and academic deans. If your student is having trouble deciding this is a great way to be informed and make good decisions. Academic Deans can help students confirm their choices on the night, if they are ready to do so.

Lacrosse World Champs 150 150 admin

Lacrosse World Champs

Congratulations Ben and Vaughan for selection to the NZ Lacrosse Asia Pacific Qualifiers

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

Senior Mentoring Day, Thursday June 30th, 2022

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

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Week 9 150 150 admin

Week 9

Full days from Monday 27th June

  • Tuesday: House assembly
  • Thursday: Senior mentoring conferences (juniors at home)
  • Wednesday-Friday: Year 13 production
Peer Mediation Training 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Peer Mediation Training

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.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE WEEK is coming up!

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 150 150 Simon Whitlock

Japanese Trivia Championships

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

Whaea Jackie 150 150 admin

Whaea Jackie

Acknowledging Whaea Jackie who weaves our campus together.