Welcome back to term four!
We are the new Chess Power National Champions!
Congratulations to our talented team of players who qualified to compete in the recent Interschool National Competition held in Nelson during the recent holidays, picking up the Champions Trophy. This followed the earlier national success with the team placing 2nd overall in the Chess Federation Interschool Competition. Our competition team was made up of: Neil Mario, Euan McDougall, Zainab Aktar, Stephen Zhang, Gaurav Pahuja, Rishit Patel, Caroline Yan and Kirushni Suthakaran. Special thanks go to our talented coach Mr Wayne McDougall who continues to foster both the love of chess and talent within the school.
Our group of students who travelled to Japan as part of the Munakata Exchange Programme returned during the holidays excited by the adventure and learning that they had experienced. I always knew that the exchange was a worthwhile programme, but to be a part of it myself this year really highlighted for me the depth of the learning and worth of the experience. We were warmly welcomed into the homes of Munakata City and loved visiting Hinosato Junior High School experiencing both the similarities and differences between countries, an experience that really is unique and special. Our students were wonderful ambassadors who took every opportunity to soak up the culture and language.
Next week the Campus schools will hold our Maori Graduation, a special event where we acknowledge student achievement at the three schools and celebrate their moving to the next stage in their education.
Over the next few weeks your child will be involved in end of year testing. This will help provide important information to support our reporting against National Standards and the progress that your child has made in their learning. This will also be the Year 8 placement testing for students attending MRGS. Students will be revising their learning in class. Please talk to your child about what they are working on with their learning and what they feel they need to practise and revise at home as they lead up to this assessment time. Your child’s progress will be reported to you at the end of the term. Pease feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions you may have.
Coming up on the horizon this Friday to celebrate Diwali, is the MRGS fundraiser. Our talented dancers, along with other campus students and community will be performing, along with live Garba singers. Food will be on sale from 6.30pm. There will be heena application on the night, Rangoli to view and few stalls to purchase goods and raffles. More information is available on the MRGS website. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from the school office.
Mount Roskill Intermediate is a wonderful school. Every day it makes my heart sing to see the special place that we have here, the amazing, talented students and staff who work so hard to ensure that every child makes the most progress that they can. You only need to walk through the playground or classrooms to see engaged, happy students and feel the ‘buzz’ of learning. Thank you for supporting us by sending your child to MRI, and working with us.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!
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