Last week we welcomed Year 6 students who are enrolled to come to Mount Roskill Intermediate School next year with orientation days. Our current Year Seven students did an amazing job acting as mentors for these students. They will continue to look out for them and support them next year.
Term four is a busy time for the performing arts. Last week we celebrated Diwali as a campus and community. Our dancers were a real highlight of the special night, doing us proud as a school.
This week our Choir performed at the Auckland Town Hall, as part of the APPA choir festival. It was a stunning night of tight harmonies and choral arrangements. I felt very proud watching and listening to our students perform in such a special venue.
Next week is another celebration of the arts, with our annual Production ‘Tales of a Superman’. The show will be a wonderful feast of talent. On a couple of occasions this week, I have been compelled to run into the hall, drawn by the fantastic sound pulsing through the walls of the administration area! Tickets are still available through the school office.
In my last newsletter, I mentioned the success of our outstanding Chess team, but missed out on congratulating Daniel Gong, who was also awarded the title of Junior Chess Master. This is a fantastic achievement!
As you will be aware, beginning with Year 7 students next year, we are introducing a new uniform that is warmer and of a higher fabric quality for durability. This will be phased in over the next two years. In the past we have provided a second-hand uniform exchange for incoming students, to relieve families of the financial burden of purchasing a new school uniform. A number of our families also pass uniforms down to younger siblings. With the introduction of a new uniform, neither of these options will be possible. Because of this, we have been seeking sponsorship that we can use to provide support to some families who may be under financial pressure.
Finally, I would like to congratulate the many past students who were acknowledged in the Mt Roskill Grammar Senior Prizing Giving last week. We are proud to follow your continued development as learners, leaders, artists, musicians, sportspeople and citizens. Special congratulations to former MRI students Joyce Wong, who was awarded 2015 Academic Dux and Proxime Accessit, Balu Mallea.