MRI Update, Tuesday 31 May

Whakapuāwai – To Thrive Please note; this Friday 3rd June, Mt Roskill Intermediate School will be CLOSED for a Teacher Only Day. The following Monday 6th June we’re also closed for Queens Birthday Holiday. Please also note that Friday 24th June is Matariki holiday, so school will be closed. Tālofa!Happy Vaiaso

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Announcements : 

MRI’s Culture Group will be performing a concert, 3.30pm on Tuesday 29th November, in our hall.   All welcome to attend.

Announcements : 

MRI’s Culture Group will be performing a concert, 3.30pm on Tuesday 29th November, in our hall.   All welcome to attend.

MRI Update, Tuesday 13 September

Whakapuāwai – To Thrive

Kia ora koutou, 

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is this week. This year is extra special as this Wednesday, 14 September, marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition.  This was an event that led to many of the kaupapa we have today, including Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

As a school we have a number of initiatives taking place over the week, celebrating the Māori language and culture, including daily house Haka Battles with the final challenge taking place on Friday.  Nga mea pai katoa! (All the best!)

Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. Te reo Māori is undergoing a resurgence and more people speak the language.

Yesterday the Government announced their New long-term strategy for COVID-19 

You’ll be aware that at 11.59pm last night, New Zealand moved to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.

This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.

The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.

Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health  

Mask wearing is no longer required at Mt Roskill Intermediate, except when visiting the school office.

Masks will be worn by some as a choice and we will support this fully. We will still have masks available at the office and supplies in classrooms.

All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
As announced by the Prime Minister, New Zealand will have a one-off public holiday to mourn the death of the Queen on Monday 26th September.
School will be closed on this day.

Next week we are hosting our annual Book Fair week.  We have a flyer below with all the details.  This is a great opportunity for our students and families to pick up some great deals on books, all while also helping the school boost its reading resources.

The countdown is on to our production show, Hook.  This is going to be performed next week for two nights only, on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st.  Tickets are still available and at only $5 each they are selling fast, so get in quick so you don’t miss out.

It always makes me very proud to hear of our students’ successes.  In this newsletter we mention more of the great achievements our students have been involved in.

Toku reo, Toku Ohooho,

Toku reo, Toko Mapihi Maurea

My language is my awakening,

My language is the window to my soul

Ngā mihi nui,

Kristen Walsham
Principal – Tumuaki

Fiafia Night

Last week on Wednesday 7th of September, we held our Campus FiaFia night, where groups performed from Mt Roskill Primary, Mt Roskill Intermediate and Mt Roskill Grammar School.  There were various dances and songs from the different Pacific Islands, with standing room only in the MRGS Butler Hall.
We are so proud of all of our students who performed on the night. It was fantastic to celebrate our Pasifika students and it was made even more special to have been held during Tongan Language Week.

AIMS Games 2022

Last week was the AIMS games.  This is a massive sporting event for Intermediate aged competitors from all over the country, based down in Tauranga.  After the past two years being cancelled due to COVID, it was wonderful to have this take place this year.

This year MRI had a number of students participating across various sports including Swimming, Mountain Biking, Cross Country and Football.

All our students represented MRI superbly showing great sportsmanship, encouragement of each other, and they all brought their healthy competitiveness and strong desire to do their utter best in their chosen sport.

Well done to:

Edward Freeman for beating his personal best in the 100m Backstroke

Bianca Chan came away with 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals from the nine swimming races she competed in.

Our four mountain bikers showed their resilience and all gave 100% effort, stamina and courage when competing in their 10km muddy, steep, fast paced, challenging and high risk race.

And our Boys Football team did us proud by playing superbly as a team throughout the tournament and placing 3rd in the Plate round.

An extra mention goes to two of our students who represented MRI in two sports.  Daniel Mulvaney competed in both the Mountain biking event and also played within the football team.
Anas Zara competed in the Cross country event as well as playing with the football team.  

Well done to everyone.  Thank you to the families of these students, for making this happen!  You have all made us very proud!

Epro8 Competition

On Thursday 1 September we had three teams compete against other schools in an Epro8 competition. One of our teams, (Luka Stuart, Edna Sly, Selena Meng and Tayyiba Mangka) came 2nd and will go onto the semi finals. 

We wish you all the best for the semi finals taking place next week.

Community Notices

Jazz School, school holiday Big Band workshop

This will be an exciting three day school holiday workshop where year 6, 7 and 8 students will learn to play in a Jazz Big Band and then perform a concert for family and friends on the final afternoon. The Big Band is for Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Clarinet players plus Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums. The music we play will range from jazz standards to modern pop classics with an emphasis on having fun while producing music at a high standard. This workshop will be run by Drew Hutchinson. Students must be playing at grade 2 level or higher, or have had two years of lessons. The workshop is on October the 3rd, 4th and 5th from 9am – 3pm at Remuera Primary School, 25 Dromorne Road, Remuera. To register for the workshop please visit or email for more information.

Term Dates 2022
Term 3 : Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September
Term 4 : Monday 17th October – Thursday 15th December

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