There is an ever-increasing range of opportunities available for students at MRI. New initiatives and ideas are included each year that reflect the interests of students and the talents of staff.
We have a strong chess club that has been in operation for many years. Our wonderful coach Mr Wayne McDougall trains students weekly. Students are given great opportunities to gain valuable gametime in real life competitions. We participate in all of the Chess Federation and Chess Power Competitions locally and nationally.
Our well-resourced coding and robotics clubs operate weekly. A range of programmes, kits and bots are used to make and create technology challenges.
We are a Travel Wise school that has a student-led team that works with the local Council to promote healthy travel (walking and riding bikes) to and from school. There is also the opportunity to get involved in student-driven clubs and projects.
Students opt into electives (term at a time). Programmes include:
- Coding and Drones
- Film Making
- Garden to Table
- Bucket Drumming
- NZ Sign language and BMX riding
- Annual Production, giving students the opportunity to perform for large audiences. They can also be involved in the many different aspects of a stage show including dance, actions, singing, playing instruments, creating props and working backstage
- Choir, performing for different audiences
- Orchestra, practising and performing for different audiences
- Band, writing, creating and practising music and performing for different audiences
- Dance Groups, working with different choreographers and Dancers to create work
Celebrating diversity is important to us. Many students choose to be part of Kapa Haka, Culture Groups, Bollywood Dance Group, Indian Dance. The groups perform for our school, overseas exchange visitors, and during community events.
As a school and campus we celebrate a wide range of significant cultural events and language weeks. Students are given the opportunity to both lead and learn from the richness of other cultures
Along with the opportunity to be involved in art extension, each year we celebrate an ‘Art Week’ where all students are given the opportunity to work in small groups on art projects, sometimes with local artists. A school exhibition is held to display and celebrate the work. Examples include wearable art, environmental projects and mixed-media film making.
These are for students selected from previous class-rotation programmes and include:
- Extension of abilities
- Working on specialised programmes such as Oakley stream project, electronics, Science Fair investigations, EPro8 training
- Orchestra & Band
Academies – Hockey, Football, Badminton
Central Zone competitions
Science and Technology
- Science Fair investigations and participation in the NIWA National Science Fair
- EPro8 training and competition (engineering, problem solving, innovation)
- Robotics and coding
- Electronics, e-gaming
- Rich learning programme with Maths Specialist
- Write Club – writing extension
- School magazine
Other than learning Te Reo, opportunities are available for all students to learn introductory Japanese and Mandarin and then opt into higher language learning of Mandarin, Japanese and Korean language. We are supported by the Korean Education Centre.
A wide range of opportunities such as the annual Ski Trip to Queenstown and the annual Japanese Exchange Programme where students can host and travel to Japan, are available. More information can be found on the Outdoor Education page.
Public Speaking opportunities include Interschool speech competitions and participation in the Korean Education Centre speech competition.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in national competitions that include ICAS and Otago Problem Solving challenges.