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Assessment and Reporting

National Standards at MHP

The National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics provide signposts that give teachers, students, parents, families and whanau a clear idea of where students are at in their learning and what they have to do next.

The National Standards documents provide a nationally consistent means for considering, explaining, and responding to students’ progress and achievement in years 1 – 8. It helps teachers and schools make informed decisions about where our learners are, and what our next targets for their learning should be.

Reporting to parents and caregivers

Since 2010, Year 1 to 6 students at Mission Heights Primary (MHP) are assessed in relation to the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Teachers report to parents, families and whanau in writing at least twice a year on their child’s progress and achievement in these areas, in relation to the National Standards.

Upon entering school, learners will need to attend school for 12 months, before being measured against the standard for the first year of school. This will happen for the first three years. Following this all students will be measured at the end of each year level.

English Language Learners will not be measured against the National Standards until they have achieved an appropriate level of academic English to be able to communicate their ideas.

How National Standards fit with MHP’s vision

We use the National Standards to help teachers to make judgements about their students’ progress, so that the students and their teachers, parents, families, and whanau can agree on the next learning goals.

Other reporting including goal setting meetings in Term 1,  3 way learning conferences in Term 2, summative and end of year e-reports and informal and formal teacher observation in class testing also contribute to student achievement or reporting data. These reports rely on a wider set of data and observations as they include the necessary assessment of the key competencies and core literacies. These methods fulfil our commitment to provide innovative, holistic and personalised learning opportunities to enable students’ all round development to be confident, active, reflective and high achieving independent learners, as students will have a good understanding of where they are achieving and where they need to head to next.

Assessment at MHP

The term ‘assessment’ refers to the processes of gathering, recording, analysing, interpreting and using data about student’s achievement. Assessment processes, both formative (on-going) and summative (end-point), are viewed as a critical component in the school’s facilitation of learning and achievement for all students.

At Mission Heights Primary School the primary purpose of Assessment is to improve students’ learning and teachers’ teaching in response to the information that assessment provides.

We believe that effective assessment supports teaching and learning goals, involves and benefits students, is planned, communicated and fair.

Types of Assessment

Teachers assess students’ learning every day by observing students’ responses to tasks (either oral or written). Throughout the term and year other types of assessment are undertaken, such as e-AsTTle (for reading, writing and maths); PROBE and PM Benchmarks (reading); and GLOS and Basic facts tests  (maths). These assessment tools help teachers form OTJ’s (over all teacher judgements) about each student and how they are progressing towards the curriculum expectations.


Parents are asked to telephone or email the school reception (email or phone 09 277 7888) in the morning if their child will be absent from school. An answer phone service operates at all times for parents’ convenience.

If your child/ren are going to be absent from school for an extended period please inform the office prior to the absence by providing a letter or email. We are required to have written evidence of an absence for audit purposes.

Students who arrive late or who leave school during the day must be signed out at the office and signed in on return. Students who arrive at school after 8.40 am should report to the reception before going to their learning zones.

Students who leave the school grounds for any reason during the day must provide a note from parents, be signed out at reception, accompanied by an appropriate adult, and signed in again if they return to school during that day.

Any leave from school for overseas travel during term time is classified as truancy.  Special permission needs to be requested by email and/or appointment with the Principal, well before any travel arrangements are made.  The school takes any leave from school during term time seriously as it causes a backward slide in the students learning and social skills.

Family and Friends

Mission Heights Family & Friends (MHP F&F) is a voluntary organisation that works collaboratively with the school’s Principal, Management Staff and the Student Council to lead approved fundraising and social activities that unite the School community.

MHP F&F aim is to provide a link between the school and its parent community whereby exchange of ideas and sharing of information can take place to enhance a sense of community and where required raise additional funds for a wider range of facilities and resources to support the great work that goes on at Mission Heights Primary School to ‘Grow Excellence’ in teaching and learning.

New members are welcome to join the working committee anytime during the year or to just simply become a friend of the MHP F&F and help out with specific school and social community event/s and activities such as the Disco, Movie Night, distributing uniforms to needy families or an annual fundraising initiative.

We value every contribution made by our families and community organisations to MHP F&F fundraising activities throughout the year.

Community meetings are held regularly in the Meeting Place (holidays excluded) 7.00pm – 8.00pm.  Parents will be advised of the meetings in the weekly updates.

You are most welcome to join our facebook page MHPS Family and Friends,  send us an email at, or just come to our next meeting.

Board of Trustees

The MHP Board of Trustees meets every fourth Thursday in the Administration Building in Meeting Room 1 from 5.00pm onward.

MHP Board of Trustees

All of New Zealand’s state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance of Missions Heights Primary School. The board is responsible for establishing the School’s charter, which sets out the aims and objectives of the school and ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students.

Board Membership

Mrs Veena Vohra – Principal
Mr Chris French – Chairperson
Mr John Bassano – Deputy Chairperson
Mr Rohit Prasad – Finance
Mrs Sian Grant – Property
Mr Andy Pratley- Member
Mr Jing Zhang – Member
Mr Ajenesh Lal – Member
Mrs Sue Kennedy – BoT Secretary
MHP Complaints procedures

New Zealand School Trustees Association

Te Whakaroputanga Kaitiaki Kura O Aotearoa

NZSTA is an independent organisation that represents and provides services to boards of trustees across New Zealand.  Click on the link above to connect to their website for further information.

School Vision

Our School Vision is: ‘Growing Excellence through innovative constantly evolving personalised learning’.

Our Key Values are: Responsibility, Respect, Excellence and Inquiry are of great importance to us. These values are embedded in everything we do and learn at Mission Heights Primary School in our pursuit to achieve and ‘Grow Excellence’.

Our School Motto is: ‘Growing Excellence’. At Mission Heights Primary School ‘Growing Excellence’ is about developing a habit, it is not a single act. Our vision is to enable students to achieve excellence in learning and in life by providing a rigorous, engaging, challenging and future-focused curriculum. Expecting excellence for all at Mission Heights Primary School is aimed at inspiring and directing students’ best efforts within the classroom and beyond to become active, positive and productive future citizens in a rapidly changing world.

‘Growing Excellence’ at Mission Heights Primary School is:

  • immersing students in the full range of the school curriculum.
  • recognising diverse forms of excellence.
  • providing students with opportunities to learn through multiple modalities.
  • valuing subject matter as important in its own right and as a vehicle to think critically.
  • recognising that knowledge forms the backbone for creativity.
  • expecting students to achieve more than what others think is possible.
  • teaching students to apply their learning to practical, real-world problems.
  • promoting students’ ability to understand things from multiple viewpoints and to appreciate diversity.
  • developing students’ understanding that what is “true” now may not be true in the future and may not have been true in the past.
  • teaching students to take personal responsibility for mistakes and learn from them from an early age.
  • teaching students to care about people other than themselves and to think about the effects of their actions on others and the environment both in the present and in the future.
  • teaching students to use their knowledge ethically, promoting the universal values of integrity, honesty and compassion.

Supporting, emphasising and empowering all students to learn and achieve personal excellence is at the centre of everything that we do at Mission Heights Primary School.

Principal’s Message

Veena Vohra
Mrs. Veena Vohra, Principal

As the foundation Principal of Mission Heights Primary School, it is an absolute privilege to warmly welcome you to a new school in Auckland New Zealand with a “state of the art”modern teaching and learning environment where every child matters.

At Mission Heights Primary School, we strongly believe that high expectations set from the early years of schooling ensure that students are active in their own learning throughout life. With the use of flexible learning spaces, learning studios and effective learning technologies, we expect our students to understand from an early age, what works well for them as they develop a sense of their own identity in how they learn best.

Together with a team of outstanding, dedicated and talented staff, we are strongly committed to deliver an evolving and innovative 21st century curriculum shaped by personalised learning. At Mission Heights Primary the use of engaging and innovative approaches within authentic learning contexts in a digitally intensive environment remains integral to all learning programmes.

As a centre for growing excellence, students at Mission Heights Primary experience unique and vibrant learning opportunities to become confident achievers and life long learners in a positive, safe and supportive learning environment. Besides our positive school culture, the school’s curriculum will enable students to foster a love of life-long learning, develop the capacity to think and learn, and cultivate responsible stewardship for our natural environment and heritage.

Mission Heights Primary School is firmly committed to developing strong partnerships with it’s growing school community. We welcome and encourage all families to be actively involved with our school as we continue our commitment to nurture responsible global citizens, who are empowered and inspired by our motto of ‘Growing excellence’

I am excited and optimistic about the future of our school and students as together with our school community we continue to make Mission Heights Primary a great learning institution that we can all be proud of being associated with in the years ahead.

Veena Vohra (Mrs)
MEd (First Hons), AdvDipTchg, DipEdM.

Assemblies and Prizegiving


Whole school assemblies are held during odd weeks of the school term on Fridays at 8.50am.  Assemblies are held in the Multi-Purpose Hall and are formal school events where parents, visitors and invited guests are welcome to attend.  At assemblies merit certificates are awarded and successes celebrated.

Learning Community assemblies are held once a term on Fridays at 8.50 am in the Multi-Purpose Hall.  Parents will be informed prior to the assembly if their child’s Learning Community is having an assembly.  Information is also available on the school’s website calendar of events.


Our prizegiving assemblies are held at the end of each school year.

The Junior Learning Community has a Celebration Assembly.

There is an Awards and Service to the School assembly for years 4-6.

The Year 6 students have an evening Graduation ceremony with a special event planned prior to this.