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School Closed Under Level 3

Dear Mission Heights Whanau,

As per the announcement from our Prime Minister yesterday evening, Mission Heights Primary is CLOSED from Today 12 August – Wednesday 26th August. 

Online learning will continue from 9am tomorrow, your child’s teacher will email you details. We are lucky to have such talented and well prepared teachers who are ready to go again with online learning. 

Mission Kids will not be running.  We can ONLY ACCEPT those children of ESSENTIAL WORKERS as per Alert Level 3 requirements (which was around 10 children last time).

These children will need to line up with two metres distancing at the gate on Jeff’s Road, as per previous Alert Level 3 requirements, from 8.50am. No parents/caregivers are allowed onsite, so prepare your children for a ‘kiss and go’. You will need to stay with your child at the gate until we welcome your child onsite.

Children onsite will be in ‘Bubble Classrooms’, with social distancing and strict hygiene and safety guidelines and no more than 10 children in a class. Siblings will be placed together.

I reiterate, we are only expecting the children of ESSENTIAL WORKERS and at Level 3 previously we only had around 10 children onsite. 

Please email if you require your child to be in school as you are an essential worker with no other childcare options.

We have done this before and we will do this again. Let’s work together, be kind and stamp this out!

Stay Safe – Kia Kaha

Caroline Bush
Principal | Tumuaki


Enrolments are welcome for students living in the Mission Heights Primary School home zone at all Year levels

We are now accepting enrolments for students living in our home zone who will be in Years 1-6.

Please note, Mission Heights Primary School’s zone is different to Mission Heights Junior College in some areas as both schools are independent of each other.

We regret that no out of zone enrolments will be accepted until further notice.  Please call the school office on (09) 277 7888 to confirm you are in the school zone before proceeding with the enrolment and to confirm which documents are required to show proof of address.

To download an enrolment pack click on the links below.




ICT Parent User Agreement

ICT Student User Agreement

Alternatively contact us to receive enrolment forms and information by mail.


2020 Newsletters

2019 Newsletters

Junior Learning Community

Middle Learning Community

Senior Learning Community


Our school uniform which is worn with pride by all Mission Heights Primary School students and is available from John Russell Schoolwear, 9 Moore Street, Howick, telephone: (09) 534 9373.


We would appreciate every item of clothing being named clearly so that lost items can be promptly returned to the correct owner since we do not store lost property.


Ear studs (plain, and only one in each ear) and watches are allowed but no other jewellery is permitted as it can be dangerous or a hazard.


We would appreciate students coming to school in a clean, well groomed state. Make-up including nail varnish and skin adornments are not allowed. Black hair ties are to be used to put up  hair of collar length or longer. Hair should be tidy, appropriately groomed for school, and free of hair colourings, gel and extreme styles.


We are a sun smart school and all students are expected to wear their school hat before, after and during school time when outside particularly in Term 1 and Term 4.


Uniform shoes must be plain black, flat and have laces or a strap.  Please ensure that they are polished on a regular basis.

Sports shoes can only be worn during PE and Fitness and only while wearing the PE uniform. Sports shoes can be any colour but must be appropriate for physical activity.


The boys are to wear the school socks. The girls are to wear plain black ankle socks, plain black knee length socks,  or black opaque tights.  This does not include footless tights/leggings.

Additional Information

Religious headwear is permitted but must be plain black.  Students are not to wear long sleeved tops that can be seen under their school uniform. Please see the office if you have any questions regarding this matter.

Please refer to the Enrolments section for a full description of the school uniform.

Term Dates

2020 Term Dates


The first day of school for all students for the 2020 academic year is Tuesday 4th February.

Mission Heights Primary School will be open in 2020 during the following periods:

Term 1 Tuesday 4 February to Friday 27 March* altered due to school closure
Term 2 Wednesday 15th April *altered due to school closure to Friday 3 July
Term 3 Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4 Monday 12 October to Friday 18 December

2021 Term Dates

The first day of school for all students for the 2021 academic year is  Tuesday 9th February.

Mission Heights Primary School will be open in 2021 during the following days:

Term 1 Tuesday 9th February to Friday 16th April
Term 2 Monday 3rd May to Friday 9th July
Term 3 Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October
Term 4 Monday 18th October to Thursday 17th December



School Donation

To maintain the excellent standards already established at the school, and to give all students the benefit of the ever-changing, current and effective e-learning and information technology resources, specialists staff and personalised learning programmes, Mission Heights Primary School Board of Trustees request that parents make an annual donation of $200.00 per year, per student.

We ask that you support the school, its forward thinking vision for education and the specialist programmes we run for your child by paying the donation promptly and early in the New Year. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued.



Parking for parents/visitors  is limited on the school grounds to ensure the safety of all students and to avoid congestion during peak school traffic hours. There is no drop off zone on the school grounds.  If a sick child is being collected from school, the parent will be given a code to enter the school grounds.

The school gates are generally open in the morning prior to 7.15am for parents to drive in to drop their child at MKids for the breakfast club. The school gates also open after school from  4.00pm to 6pm for parents who are collecting their child from MKids.

Gates also open during special events for both schools and parents to park on the school grounds for these special events.


When can we enrol our children at Mission Heights Primary School?

Enrollments are accepted from students who live in the school’s home zone at all year levels daily from 8.30 to 4:00pm. Enrollment forms are available at the school reception at 103 Jeffs Road, Mission Heights Schools.

Are out of zone applications be accepted at Mission Heights Primary School?

We regret that no out of zone applications are being accepted at Mission Heights Primary School at this time.

Do Mission Heights Primary School students have automatic right of enrolment at Mission Heights Junior College?

No.  Only those students who live in the Junior College’s  home zone are entitled to enrol at Mission Heights Junior College in accordance to their enrolment policy for the current year . Please contact the Junior College reception for the most current information regarding their enrolment policy.

Where can we order the school uniform?

The uniform supplier is John Russell Schoolwear in Howick. They will take your orders for all uniform requirements. You can order the uniform online at

Will the Year 1 and Year 2 students require a PE uniform?

Yes, all students from Year 1 to 6 require a PE uniform. Year 4 to 6 students are encouraged to have two sets of PE uniforms as these are used daily for PE and sports programmes.

Why is the school called Mission Heights Primary ?

The Board of Trustees consulted with the local community to ensure the school name reflected the history of the area.

When did the school open?

Our school opened on Wednesday the fourth of February, 2009.

What year levels does the school cater for?

Years 1 – 6

What facilities and buildings are there?

There are a total of 32 Learning Zones (classrooms), 10 Learning Studios (flexible learning environments) , an administration block, a multi-purpose hall, the Sir William Manchester Library and fields. There is also a junior and senior playground, beautiful gardens, two  tennis courts, a soccer field, rugby field, and an all weather cricket wicket.

How is the school governed and managed?

A parent elected Board of Trustees, Principal and Staff Representative form the Board. Their role is the school’s governance.

The Principal’s role is to manage the school.  The Principal operates within the approved policies direction.

How do I enrol?

Check the enrolment zone map and street addresses on MHP Online to see if you live in the zone (or call the School Office on (09) 277 7888, if you need clarification)

Complete the Enrolment Forms attaching a copy of either a Birth Certificate or Passport, Immigration Documentation, (Residence Permit, Domestic Student Permit & Supporting Work Visa etc) and a copy of the Immunisation Certificate.

To support your enrolment, please also attach two of the following three documents:

a) An electricity invoice with your address etc.

b) A Rental Agreement or

c) Sale & Purchase Agreement

Return this information to: Mission Heights Primary School, P.O. Box 64448, Botany, Auckland, 2163. by mail, or drop into the school office.

Does the school have an enrolment scheme? Yes.

This was determined by the Ministry of Education after consultation with neighbouring schools and the community.

Our school is obliged to apply the scheme and we are required to obtain proof of residence.

Included in the enrolment pack is a detailed description of the zone.  Please do not hesitate to contact the School Office if you need clarification.

What happens if I live out of the enrolment zone, can I enrol?

The Board of Trustees will closely monitor enrolments to determine the number (if any) of out of zone places annually, usually in September. Currently the school is not accepting any out of zone enrolments due to the housing  development and growth within its school zone.

How do I know the priorities of the school?

Please check the web site under “Charter” this sets out the priorities for the current year.

What is the School’s Vision for Education?

Mission Heights Primary School is committed to providing innovative and evolving personalised learning to enable students to be confident, active, reflective and high-achieving independent learners.

What is the Learning and Teaching programme?

The New Zealand Curriculum and its values, principles, key competencies and learning areas underpin all learning, teaching and assessment at Mission Heights Primary School.

How will the school be able to cater for my child?

When each student is enrolled we:

Provide pre-entry transition meetings for new parents’ induction into the school each term.

Talk with families about their specific needs.

Screen the learner with a series of tests.

What stationery will my child need and how do I get it?

All stationery is ordered through MHPS Reception and the pack is sent to your child’s LZ when it has been paid for.

Who do I see if I am not sure what is happening?

For matters relating to your child please see the teacher, often a quick word may be all that is necessary to clarify things. However, if you feel like you need more time, please make an appointment. Please note that teachers have staff meetings on Monday and Tuesday afternoons after school as well as other meetings during the week, so will not always be available. Emailing the teacher is a very efficient way of communicating. They will respond to you within 24 hours.

If communicating with the teacher does not solve the issue, please feel free to contact the Assistant Principal, and then if necessary the Deputy Principal, then Principal. The email addresses for all staff are available on the Staff Page. If matters are not resolved then the school has a formal complaints policy, which is available from the School Office.

For other school matters (i.e payment of accounts or other school organisation) the reception staff will happily deal with any queries.

The school has a complaints policy which is available on request from the office.

How will I be able to be involved in the school?

We are currently reviewing how MHP interacts with our community and we are most happy to hear from you if you would like to offer your services or if you have an idea about how the school involves the community. Please contact Jenny Keber ( with your ideas.

Where might students go when they leave at the end of year 6?

The natural transition of our students is to Mission Heights Junior College for their Years 7 – 10 academic studies on the condition that all students are living in zone at the time of starting at Mission Heights Junior College.

On graduating from Mission Heights Junior College, students will typically enrol at Ormistion Senior College for their Year 11- 13 academic studies.

Is there a compulsory School Uniform?

Yes, this is detailed in the Enrolment Pack.

 How can I keep up to date with information on the school?

Keep checking our website, this is updated regularly. Parents of students who are enrolled at the school will receive an independent log in access to the school’s website from the school’s reception.

The school also has a Facebook page and sends weekly updates to parents about what is going on.



There are no management vacancies at present.

Teaching Positions

There are currently no teaching vacancies available at Mission Heights Primary School.


Mission Heights Primary welcomes relief teachers to be part of our dynamic team.
Those interested in relief teaching at our school, please email Jenny Keber, Deputy Principal in charge of relievers. Please include a current CV with your application.