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Travelwise

Mission Heights Primary is a Gold Travel Wise school and our focus is sustainable and safe transport for our students and families. We will be looking for ways to further reduce our carbon footprint by encouraging students to walk to school. Our big focus this year will be reminding our community that wearing seat belts is critical to safety and getting the message out there that texting while driving is a big no-no.

Meet Team Travelwise 2020

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Here we are with our Principal in the very first week of school.

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We ran the February Bike Challenge and 18 students rode their bikes or scooters to school for the required number of days to win a prize. Here is the team monitoring the number of rides.

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On Tuesday 24th March all students are encouraged to join the Walking School Bus. We will assemble opposite 28 Mission Heights Drive at 8:15am to walk to school with the Dog Squad. Do please join us!

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Our Walking School Bus students were rewarded with a Milo and doughnut treat on arrival on a cold and wet morning. They added bright accessories to their uniforms to acknowledge Be Bright Be Seen day.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is hBtPGC1VT5ymRuo7lSmGZw_thumb_70d-1024x817.jpg

Our Middle Learning Community enjoyed Scooter Training sessions with our Community Transport Coordinator. The session began with helmet safety checks. They learned how to slow down, brake and how to identify hazards. Most importantly they understood the importance of taking care while sharing the road with others.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Scoot-1024x886.jpeg

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This year biking to school seems to be the preferred mode of transport. This is what our bike stands look like on most days. Students are welcome to scooter or bike to school and use their own locks to secure their wheels. Students must wear helmets – these are to be worn with the pointed end at the back, two fingers above the brow, one finger between chin and chin strap and straps around the ears in a V. They need to be alert for sneaky driveways and wheel their scooters across roads and crossings.

We have just one Walking School Bus this year and would love to have more routes operated by parents. If you are interested and think you have the time and commitment we would love to hear from you. Just let our School Reception know and we’ll get back to you.

We celebrated our Walking School Bus by having a Milo and donut morning. Here are a couple of pictures from that day.

Safety at the School Gate  is a partnership programme run with Auckland Transport. The aim is to improve safety around the school gate for students who are put at risk by drivers who park illegally. Please be aware that parking officers will be on patrol and you must park safely. They will not be issuing warnings and will be ticketing  drivers who are illegally parked. Thank you parents for your commitment to keeping our students safe.  

Please use the school crossings when crossing Jeffs Road and Valderama Drive. Parents please remember to drop your speed to below 40 km during drop off and pick up times. Please note the road patrol on Jeffs Road is on patrol from 8:00am till 8:30am. Then again from 3:00pm till 3:15pm.

Mission Heights Walking School Bus Map January 2020.  Please click on the link below for the map and contact details of our wonderful parent helper. We have one Walking School bus that starts at Beros Pl.

Mission Heights WSB Map Jan 2020

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This map provides a bird’s eye view of parking spaces around  our school at drop off and pick up times. The spaces are marked by the black dots.

The map above gives you an idea of how long it takes to walk to school from various points in our community. The red zone takes 5 minutes, the green takes 10 minutes and the blue zone takes 15 minutes. Our students actually walked these distances and timed themselves to provide you with this map.

Parent Helpers

The school encourages the involvement of parents through helping in the classroom and is appreciative of their valuable time and contribution. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are available to support the school’s programmes in any way. Training for Parent Helpers is also offered from time to time about the protocols that parent helpers need to follow when working in a learning zone.

An information booklet regarding protocols and expectations is available from the school office if parent helpers wish to work regularly in a learning zone. Parent helpers, depending upon the type and regularity of help given, may have to undergo police vetting in accordance with the Vulnerable Childrens Act.

Mission Kids

This programme is provided by ‘Mission Kids’ and is owned and managed by Paul Schlachter as a privately-run business. It operates from 7:00 – 8:00am  as a Breakfast Club and 3:00 – 6:00 pm after school in the MHP  Hall. The  programme also runs through school holidays and term breaks. Details of holiday programmes are available from the school reception.

Students attending MKids programmes are expected to follow school guidelines at all times. The reception holds further information about the programme. Please let the Deputy Principals know if you have any concerns about students’ behaviour or any other matter relating to this service.

For more information about this service, please visit the Mission Kids Website

MHJC Links

The natural transition for students from Mission Heights Primary School is to Mission Heights Junior College. The two schools are situated on the same campus and share many facilities which include the administration bock, the school library, ICT infrastructure and the school fields.

Please note, we are two legally separate schools situated on the same campus, which means we have two different zones. Students transitioning from MHP to MHJC need to live inside the MHJC zone at the time of enrolment to MHJC. However, from time to time MHJC do take out of zone enrolments. Please see the MHJC website for more information on their zone and enrolments.

More information about Mission Heights Junior College can be found on their website: http://www.mhjc.school.nz/

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 Caroline Bush – Principal

Mr Ajenesh Lal – Chairperson & Finance 

Mrs Sian Grant – Deputy Chairperson

Mr Paul Hale – Finance 

Mrs Jenny Wang – Property

Mrs Anne Singh – Property

Mrs Karen Hishey – Staff representative 

 

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.