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Vision and Values

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 involves:

  • 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.
  • teaching students to take personal responsibility for mistakes and learn from them from an early age.
  • teaching students to care about people and to think about the effects of their actions on others and the environment.
  • 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.

School Song

Our school song was written and sung by New Zealander Niki Kennedy, who now lives in Toronto in Canada. Niki visited our school to present our school song at a formal school assembly in 2009. The lyrics of the school song are meaningful and of great importance to each and everyone at Mission Heights Primary School.

This is my future
This is my key
This is my chance to fulfill my destiny
Working together teachers and friends
Growing excellence that will never end

We work real hard so we improve
In reading writing maths and science too
We try our best to learn and grow
Expanding on everything we know

This is my future
This is my key
This is my chance to fulfill my destiny

Working together teachers and friends
Growing excellence that will never end
We like to play and jump and run
Supporting each other and having fun
We love our music drama and art
And after all this is where our future starts

This is my future
This is my key
This is my chance to fulfill my destiny

Working together teachers and friends
Growing excellence that will never end

School Council

Student leadership at Mission Heights Primary involves creating opportunities for students to have a meaningful influence over what happens to them and around them. At MHP this happens in a variety of ways, both formal and informal, and involves students as leaders, advisers, ‘helpers’ and decision-makers, as well as consulting with them by asking their opinions and advice to improve the quality of all school learning events and programmes.

The MHPS Student Council is a group of students who undergo a rigorous selection process. They represent all students in the school and organise ways for their schoolmates to participate in school activities and decision-making.

Student councillors are selected for their positive attitude to serving their classmates and the wider school; ability to consult with other students and actively seek out and represent their views; and, show an acceptance of views and ideas that are different from their own.

The role of a Student Councillor is to give feedback and opinions in relation to school events, issues and process; and to feed-back the views of their class mates to the Council and the Senior Leadership Team. Thorough training and preparation takes place at the beginning of the year so that Councillors are aware of their responsibilities of representing their classmates as well as the responsibilities that the position entails.

Each year, 6 to 8 students are selected from Year 6 classes to be on the MHP Student Council. Once selected the students along with the four school House Captains serve a full year as a member of the MHP executive Council. The MHP Executive Student Council is convened by the Principal and meets regularly each week during term time to discuss and plan school wide social, cultural and academic events which also includes their own Graduation event at the end of the year.

Our Staff

Principal

Mrs Caroline Bush (cbush@mhp.school.nz)

Deputy Principals
Mrs Carol Norton (cnorton@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Jenny Keber (jkeber@mhp.school.nz)

Junior Learning Community
Ms Nadine Fiebiger – Assistant Principal

Water Studio
Mrs Manjula Bhattacharaya, LZ1 (mbhattacharya@mhp.school.nz)
Mrs Rozleen Khan, LZ2 (rkhan@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Stephanie Thompson, LZ3 (sthompson@mhp.school.nz)

Earth Studio
Ms Teagan Bartlett, LZ4 (tbartlett@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Mikayla Taiapo, LZ5 (mtaiapo@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Nadine Fiebiger, LZ6 (nfiebiger@mhp.school.nz)

Fire Studio
Mrs Sharon Garimella, LZ7 (sgarimella@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Helena Kim, LZ8 (hkim@mhp.school.nz)

Air Studio
Ms Svetlana Banerjee, LZ11 (sbanerjee@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Ruth Cooper, LZ12 (rcooper@mhp.school.nz)

Middle Learning Community
Mrs Renuka Lal – Assistant Principal

Whenua Studio
Ms Brittany Griffiths, LZ17 (bgriffiths@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Emma Passmore, LZ18 (epassmore@mhp.school.nz)

Ngahere Studio
Ms Marcella Djongianto, LZ25 (mdjongianto@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Kelly Jarvis, LZ 26 (kjarvis@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Renuka Lal, LZ27 (relal@mhp.school.nz)

Forest Studio
Ms Xin Lit, LZ 28 (xlit@mhp.school.nz)
Mr Richard Campbell, LZ29 (rcampbell@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Renlen Bolland, LZ30 (rbolland@mhp.school.nz)

Senior Learning Community
Adam Tamariki – Assistant Principal

Wai Studio
Ms Montana Taogaga, LZ13 (mtaogaga@mhp.school.nz)
Mr Bill McCutcheon, LZ14 (bmccutcheon@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Nicole Dennis, LZ15 (ndennis@mhp.school.nz)

Hau Studio
Mr Adam Tamariki, LZ19 (atamariki@mhp.school.nz)
Mr Edward Gee, LZ20 (egee@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Shareen Goundar, LZ21 (sgoundar@mhp.school.nz)

Ahi Studio
Ms Liz Hicks, LZ22 (lhicks@mhp.school.nz)
Mr Kiran Solanki, LZ23 (ksolanki@mhp.school.nz)
Ms Nina Fachbach, LZ24 (nfachbach@mhp.school.nz)

Classroom Release Teacher
Teacher – Mrs Karen Hishey (khishey@mhp.school.nz)
Teacher – Mrs Rita Sew Hoy (rsewhoy@mhp.school.nz)

Music Specialist
Mrs Yun-Pai Hsu – Tane Studio (yhsu@mhp.school.nz)

Technology Specialist
Mr George Church (gchurch@mhp.school.nz)

Administration
Receptionist – Mrs Kyra Edwards (admin@mhp.school.nz)
Finance/Accounts – Mrs Kathryn Pullar (finance@mhp.school.nz)
Librarian – Mrs Sibylle Townsend (stownsend@mhp.school.nz)
Library Assistant – Mrs Debbie Mc Dermott (dmcdermott@mhp.school.nz)
ICT Managers- Mr Ben Doughney (bdoughney@mhp.school.nz), Mr Mark Chang (mchang@mhp.school.nz)
Caretaker – Mr Marcus Revell

Teacher Aides/Learning Assistants
Mrs Tracey Currie, Mrs Sally Cutfield, Mrs Flora Goody, Mrs Mayada Yagot, Mr Kalebh Parata, Mrs Felicia Singh, Mrs Puna Lowrey, Mrs Masumi Lo, Mrs Jenan Alwan, Mrs Jennifer Shi, Mrs Kelsey Lofts

House System

Our School Houses and colours are Hillary (Red) , Batten (Yellow) , Walker (Green) and Blake (Blue) . Students are allocated a House on enrolment. As parents we encourage you to enter into the spirit of House competitions, projects and events to motivate your child.  Each house is managed and led by a House Captain (Yr 6) and Deputy House Captain (Yr 5) who also form the membership of the school’s Executive Student Council. House leaders are elected at the end of each academic year by house members for the following year.

Principal’s Message

Growing Excellence’

‘Kia Hiranga Ake’

through innovative, constantly evolving, personalised learning

Kia Ora 

It is a  privilege to warmly welcome you to Mission Heights Primary in Auckland, New Zealand. We are a large urban primary school situated in the suburb of Flat Bush. We have a richly, diverse cultural mix of children who are motivated and keen to be actively involved in their learning.

At Mission Heights Primary School, we strongly believe that every child matters. 

As a school we strive to grow excellence. Our aim is to guide and nurture each child to reach their potential in all areas of life. Integral to achieving this aim,  is having a close partnership between home and school. 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, Kia Hiranga Ake’.

Caroline Bush

Principal | Tumuaki | Mission Heights Primary School

Enviro

We are a Green Gold Enviroschool! We take this accolade very seriously and continue to look into ways to demonstrate we care for  our people, programmes, practices and places.

Here we are with the certificate that we were presented at the Enviroschools awards in 2017.

This is us – the Enviro Council 2020 just before we left on our Restorative Planting day at the Otara Creek. Mrs Bush wanted to ensure we knew what we were setting out to do. We assured her that we did!

This was at the end of the day. We learned a whole lot of new planting skills. The rationale behind the Restorative Planting was that it stops erosion and provides a Tree Belt for our insect and bird life.

Our Principal flagged us off on our Cockle Bay clean up. As a follow up activity on Sea Week we decided to do our bit by picking up tiny pieces of plastic, metal, nylon and glass. We found loads of cigarette butts and bottle tops as well.

Here we are at Cockle Bay all set to go with our cotton gloves and paper sacks.

We are a part of the Howick Fruit at Schools Project and we take good care of our fruit trees. We know how to mix the plant food thoroughly in with the water.

We are careful about pouring the plant food along the drip line so the roots can take it up to nourish the tree.

As part of our Flatbush Cluster initiative we cleaned up the Tane Forest with the MHJC student team.

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At Mission Heights Primary we pride ourselves on our environment! Being a digital school means we’re big on conserving paper. Our school has many environmentally friendly features that include recycling procedures and rain water tanks.

Our lights and most our taps turn off automatically.

We switched from paper towels to hand driers as well. We have a well established orchard now and our students enjoy feeding and tending to it.

We do our bit for the dwindling Monarch population by having a healthy and well looked after Butterfly Garden.

Our portable worm farm takes care of our fruit scraps.

Solar panels and our special window glass ensure optimum energy efficiency.

Here we are planting and feeding our fruit trees. It is so exciting that we are a part of the Howick Fruit Trees at Schools Project. Students get to observe the progression from seed, to tree, to flower, to fruit and back to seed again.

Four of our team members will attend the launch this year which is sponsored by Kings Plant Barn. They gift us fruit trees and the stakes and compost too! Thank you Kings Plant Barn and Auckland Council for inviting us to join in this wonderful initiative which is an ongoing and valuable learning experience.

Because we are a rubbish free school, we encourage our students to bring in wrapper free morning teas and lunches. This is what we have in mind when we say wrapper free. It means no cling film or foil or chip and muesli wrappers that simply end up in landfill. Take a look at an ideal lunch box. It is wrapper free and illustrates healthy choices too!

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Enviro Trophy

The Enviro Council rewards the Enviro effort across the school. They look for tidy bench tops, zero litter on floors, bag cupboards that are kept shut, tidy maths and reading stations and publishing that is neatly displayed. The individual, Learning Zone or Studio that demonstrates the greatest effort is presented with the Enviro trophy which they get to keep for a fortnight.

The MHP Global Sign Post is a celebration of our diverse cultures. It is the legacy of the School Council of 2013.

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And here’s the legacy of the school council of 2014. It already looks great and we are very excited about it. We have these neat little bridges with a board walk that just so perfectly frames our Butterfly Garden. It’s a favourite spot for students during break times. But wait – there’s more… the hand prints of our foundation students and staff have been immortalised in our logo.

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Check out our school values and house heroes signpost.

The wonder of fruit trees right here on our doorstep.

Just chilling on our Friendship Benches – yet another legacy project of our outgoing Student Council.

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We  are signed up with Paper4trees who provided us with our grey bins made from recycled light-proof milk bottles. We earn indigenous trees each year for our recycling effort.

We continue to have a busy time with worthwhile, authentic projects!

Assemblies and Prizegiving

Assemblies

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

Learning Community assemblies are held once a term on Fridays at 8.50 am in the 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.

Prizegiving

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

The Junior Learning Community and Middle Learning Community have a Celebration Assembly.

There is an Awards and Service to the School assembly for Years 5 and 6.

The Year 6 students have an evening Graduation ceremony.

ACE

“ACE” stands for curriculum enrichment activities that cater to the Abilities, Curiosities and Essential learning needs of students.  The ACE programme allows for personalisation of learning across all areas of the curriculum. ACE runs from 11:30am-12:40pm. MLC and SLC students choose 3 different ACEs to participate in each term (Wednesday-Friday) while JLC students choose 2 different ACEs (Thursday and Friday).

The ACE programme caters for all students and teaches them how to be proactive in managing and taking responsibility for their learning. Learning opportunities include learning a second language, project based learning, training for sport, preparing for academic competitions or cultural events, and pursuing personal passions and interests. The ACE programme is used to help boost students who are struggling in a particular area, and also to extend those with strengths.

ACE meets the needs of students, and is based on their interests.  As such, it is flexible in nature and scope, and students have input into its design.  The programme allows the school to make full use of the strengths and interests of teachers, other staff, and members of the wider community.

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Kung Fu

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Netball

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Badminton

Hockey

Skateboarding

Football

Gymnastics

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Orchestra

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Bollywood Dancing

Chinese Dance Fusion

Contemporary Dance

Irish Dancing

Kapa Haka

Art

Science

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Food Technology

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Knitting and Crochet

3D Printing and Robotics

Makerspace

Stop Motion Animation