Announcements : 

Happy New Year! School starts back on 4th February 2021.  School office opens from 27th January.

Announcements : 

Happy New Year! School starts back on 4th February 2021.  School office opens from 27th January.

MRI Newsletter – November 2020

Whakapuāwai – To Thrive

 Term 4, November 2020

Key Dates for Term 4 2020:
MRI Maori Graduation – 6.30pm 3rd December
Year 7 & 8 Award Ceremony – 1pm 10th December
Year 8 Graduation Ceremony – 1pm 14th December
Year 8 Graduation Celebration – 5pm 14th December
Year 7 & 8 Pools Day – 15th December 2020 
Last Day of School for all students – 15th December 2020

Message from the Principal / Tumuaki

It has been my privilege to attend both the Y13 and ECE & Year 6 Māori graduations recently.

Mãori Graduation is a really special annual event where we celebrate and honour the journey, the mahi and achievement of all our Māori students across the campus in completing a new or final stage in their schooling. Due to our unprecedented year of COVID, each school has held these events individually this year to help keep our school and community whānau safe.  We hope to be able to come back together next year. Our school Māori Graduation will take place later this week.

We also look forward to having whānau join us for our upcoming Awards and Year 8 Graduation next week. If your child is receiving an Award, we will let you know beforehand.

As a School we recently acknowledged Diwali with a variety of activities.   Special thanks to the students who led and shared their culture and celebrations with others.  We have had a beautiful Rangoli in our entrance way as a depiction of strength, good luck and generosity.

Year 8 EOTC days were also held recently.  In our repeated rescheduling of the original Camp experiences, due to COVID, we were able to offer a small taster of activities that we were able to access and provide.  (Please see report in Highlight section)

We are so proud of the resilience our students have all demonstrated, time and time again.  They have risen above the disappointment of constant rescheduling or cancellation of activities and events and looked for the silver lining.  They have been selfless and hopeful, making the most of the squashed in activities and opportunities that have been able to occur and finding unique ways to learn and have experiences.  

Next Monday will be a ‘moving day Mufti Day’.  Classrooms and teachers who need to move learning spaces will take place on this day.  

Finally, I would like to congratulate the many past students who were acknowledged in the Mt Roskill Grammar Senior Prizegiving giving held recently.  We are proud to follow your continued development as learners, leaders, artists, musicians, athletes and citizens.  

Ehara taku toa, he toa takitini. 

My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective 

Aroha nui,
Kristen Walsham
Principal – Tumuaki

Highlights & Celebrations

Athletics Day 
On Friday 6th November we held our annual school Athletics day.
All students were able to participate in Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump and High Jump. Semi-finals and finals were held for the 100m and 200m sprints.
Despite a few showers, everyone participated with enthusiasm.
The day finished with some exciting track finals and very close finishes. 
34 students were then selected to represent the school at the Central Zone Athletics tournament at Mt Smart Stadium which was held on Wednesday 18th November. The students all performed really well, especially Haaris Bhutta who placed 5th in the Year 7 Boys 100m final and Hibeam To’a who won the Year 8 Boys Shot Put.
An outstanding achievement!

Click HERE for all the results

Rotation 3 Specialisation Awards
Congratulations to all of our award winners from the Specialisation classes for Rotation 3.
Click HERE for a full list of award winners.

Year 8’s Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) Activities
Outdoor education is an important part of the curriculum at Mt Roskill Intermediate and we are proud of the activities we offer students.  The programme is usually action packed with a wide range of activities including a camp each year.  Unfortunately, due to COVID we had to restructure the programme but we still managed to offer students a selection of exciting opportunities.

On Wednesday 18th November, 91 students took part in a water safety programme at the Wero Whitewater Park, Manukau City. They participated in activities that focus on water safety, teamwork, risk-taking and personal excellence.  Students experienced the power of water first hand when they had to do a river crossing before learning how to paddle a raft down a grade 2 river. 

On Friday 20th November, 100 students were given the opportunity to take part in The Croc Tower, high ropes experience at Rocket Ropes, Manukau City. Students participated in a range of activities aimed at building confidence through overcoming challenges in a high ropes climbing environment.

Over the two days other students took part in numerous activities at school including: Team Building, Team Challenges, Archery, Camp cooking, Games and Rock climbing.

The students had two days of challenging but enjoyable activities and went home at the end of each day feeling tired but happy.

Congratulations to Anna Sibi for placing 2nd in the International School Division of the Korean Speech Competition run by the Korean Education Centre and Korean Consulate.

We had two teams make it to the final for Epro8: one Year 7 team, Eva McKinlay, Tilly Clark, Ewan Gibson and Isla Kennedy who did well but were not placed, and one Year 8 team Phineas Ou, Pratyush Khatiwada, Colin Loke and Spike Murray who came 3rd equal.

Well done to all!

Does your MRI Child have any Highlights or Celebrations, that you’d like to share with our school community?  If so, please email the details through to and we would love to share in the celebrations with you and your whānau!


Māori Graduation  – 3rd December 6:30 to 8pm in the MRI School Hall
Graduates to assemble in front of school office. Invitations have been sent out.

Year 7 & 8 Award Ceremony – 10th December, 1pm 
Our whole school Award Ceremony / prizegiving, will be held in school gymnasium.  Parents of major award winners will be notified beforehand.

Year 8 Graduation Ceremony
On Monday 14th December, we will be holding our Graduation Ceremony for our Year 8 students. This is from 1:00pm in our Hall and will go until approximately 2:30pm. All students will be presented with their Graduation certificate on stage.  Parents / Caregivers are welcome to attend.

Year 8 Graduation Celebration
In the evening of Monday 14th December, the Year 8’s are invited to attend a celebration of their graduation. This will take place from 5pm to 6.30pm.  Invitations will be sent out shortly.

Year 7 & 8 Pools Day – 15th December 2020 
All students will be traveling by bus to spend the day at the Lagoon Pool and Leisure Centre in Panmure.  A letter will be sent out shortly with all the details.

Key Messages

Last day of school:  Our last day of school for the year, for all students will be Tuesday 15th December.

Download our NEW free School App: Keep up to date with all the goings on and key messages from the school through our new Kiwischools Connect School App. This App is also a great way to inform the school of your child’s absence from school, update your contact details if they change, view key dates for the school, or to easily contact us.
Click HERE for details on how to upload the App

Ezy Lunch orders
The last day for Ezy Lunch orders is Friday 11 December 2020.

Check out our new look Website: !! 
Same web address, but new look!
 – Did you know you can use the translate function, located at the top right of the homepage, to translate the website into one of the many Google Translate languages on offer.
 – Did you know that through our website, you can report your child’s absence from school, or update your contact details if they change

The Athlete’s Foot School Rewards Program, in partnership with Mt Roskill Intermediate School.  For every pair of shoes you buy through The Athlete’s Foot, our school receives $15 of sports equipment!  For more details, please click HERE

Community Notices

Mt Roskill Grammar School enrolments
Dear future MRGS families

If you are still planning to enrol your child, please ensure that you bring in your form or enrol online as soon as possible.  This is so that we can work to allocate your child to their first choices of options for 2021 as we are organising class placements.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact

Ngā mihi nui
Karen Collins
Associate Principal

Freeland Reserve Stormwater Upgrade Project
Kāinga Ora is working with Healthy Waters (Auckland Council) to deliver the Freeland Reserve Stormwater Upgrade Project, which is due to start on 2nd November 2020.

Please click HERE to read a letter which outlines some of what you can expect to see in the coming weeks and months as this exciting project gets underway.

Piano and Keyboard lessons
Learn to play the piano or keyboard at MRI. Individual lessons are available after school and are for half an hour.  The cost is $30 per lesson (one lesson per week)

For enquiries or bookings phone:
Mrs Glenda Gordon 817-3498

GKR Karate
GKR Karate has non-contact classes for all ages 5 and up. Karate is based on self defence and is great for discipline, focus and fitness!  Our classes are fun for the whole family.
For more information call Callum on 021 2999560 or 09 947 6656. Classes – Monday at Mt Roskill Intermediate School.

Lion Budokan Karate International
Lion Budokan Karate International holds classes for age 6 years and above on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm at Mt Roskill Intermediate.  Enrolments are open now!     
To enrol or for more information, call 09 972 2215 / 021 188 7250.

Term Dates 2020
Term 4 : Monday 12th October – Tuesday 15th December

Term Dates 2021
Term 1 : Thursday 4th February – Friday 16th April
Term 2:  Monday 3rd May- Friday 9th July
Term 3:  Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October
Term 4:  Monday 18th October – Thursday 16th December

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