This term has continued to be a busy and exciting one!
Our recent parent workshops were a great chance for us to share with you what learning is like for your child at school and how you can help at home. We really appreciate you making the time to be part of this. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child's class teacher.
Recently Mount Roskill Grammar School held their ‘Excellence Awards Evening’ to honour students who achieved excellence at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 at the end of 2013. Of the proportionately large numbers acknowledged at the Awards evening, 70% of the students achieving excellence at Level 1 came through Mount Roskill Intermediate School. It was a night where we felt so proud as a school to have been part of the educational journey for so many of these students. The way that we work together as a Campus, allows students to build on their learning through aligning the way that we teach and the language that we use. Congratulations to all of the students who achieved this prestigious endorsement.
The inaugural ‘Being Roskill Literacy and Football Academy’ is a new programme developed by Mount Roskill Grammar School and seeks to develop footballing skills of talented Year 7 and Year 8 players at MRI, while at the same time improving the reading and writing skills. This is a good example of the type of collaboration that occurs across the campus schools to support and raise achievement.
This Thursday is our first Pasifika Fono for the year - we would love to see you there. Other exciting developments:
- Softball—Our Year 7 Girls team are the undefeated Auckland Region Interzone Champions for 2014. Special thanks goes to Mr. Bedwell who sponsored their Trophy and medals. Congratulations also to Year 8 boys who also reached the finals of the Interzone Championships
- Chess—Our teams continue to experience great success with Chess Power Interschool Championships held recently at MRGS. We place first and Second in the Intermediate School division as well as First Place Team in the overall competition, including against secondary schools. Overall first place Individual honour was given to Daniel Gong and second place, as well as Overall Female honour to Caroline Yan. Special thanks go to Mr McDougall for his ongoing coaching and support.
- I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our House Captains who are doing a wonderful job. A new highlight of the week for me is listening to them encourage and motivate their peers.
We are looking to establish a Parent Fundraising Group that can help organise events including a school “Family Fun day Fair” later in the year. If you are interested in being involved, please contact us; we would love to work with you to make MRI an even better place for your children!
Coming up early next term, Tuesday 3rd June - Friday 6 June we will be holding an ‘Art Week’. We are looking for people in our community who have the time and passion to be involved in this. Do you have weaving skills?, Tapa making skills etc., and have the time to be involved working with a small group of students on a special project for the week? We really would appreciate your input to our special week. Please let us know if you would like more information or are keen to be involved.
Finally, you will find a lovely piece of writing (a Reversible Poem) by Ethan Fraser in Room 7. Writing is such an important skill in life to develop. Over the year we will share more lovely examples of students writing with you.
Whãia te iti kahurangi, Ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei
Pursue excellence - should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain.
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