Awards and Prizes

(Last edited: Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 12:21 PM)

At MHJC students can aim for special awards throughout the year and at prize giving. Students will be recognised for their effort and achievements during Whanau assemblies (usually 2 per Term). We offer many opportunities for students to participate in competitions and many of our students have already been winners.

Students are acknowledged in different forums such as virtually, Whānau Assembly, end of term Champions Assembly, end of year Whānau Assembly and Prizegiving.


At MHJC we promote our values of Pono, Āwhinatanga and Whakamana

1. Kia Mana Ake recognition
At Prizegiving this award acknowledges students who have grown their greatness - the qualities and values promoted as important at MHJC.

2. Kōtuku Award
At Prizegiving we acknowledge an outstanding Māori student who best exemplifies our values. One Māori proverb says, "He kotuku rerenga tahi" which means "A White Heron flies once" - this is used on an occasion when something very special takes place. It is a symbol of prestige, purity, and uniqueness.

3. Tautua Award
At Prizegiving we acknowledge an outstanding Pasifika student who best exemplifies our values. There is a Samoan proverb which reads "O le ala i le pule o le tautua' which means 'The way to leadership is through service'. Tautua means 'service'.

4.GREAT Learner Awards
Each year we recognise students who have completed  the various stages of being a Great  Learner at MHJC. Students will be awarded a physical and electronic badge for the stages. We also recognise students who attain the highest stage of the Great Learner Progression at Champions Assembly.

At MHJC we promote excellence by recognising and awarding students through:

1. Top Scholar recognition
Our highest awards are our Top Scholar Awards. At Prizegiving this award is presented to only a small number of Academic Excellence Award winners who also have achieved and participated across activities from the 4 cornerstones. When a student can combine this level of elite academic achievement with extensive achievement across the four cornerstones we are truly looking at the best of the best. Students will demonstrate a commitment to the MHJC vision. They will be GREAT students. They will have participated and achieved extensively across the 4 cornerstones. The range, commitment level and the level of achievement will be considered and measured against that of their peers.

2. Champions Awards (please see Champions Award Criteria for detailed clarification of legibility) 
Each term we recognise students who have achieved at the highest level for their age group in our Celebration Assemblies, where we present Champions Awards. These recognise those students who have, for example, won a whole school event or placed in the top 3 in local regional or national competitions in sport, academic or cultural activities (4 cornerstones). We also recognise students who have achieved at a high level internationally. Students who have achieved Distinction or High Distinction in more than one competition are also recognised as champions.

3Elite Award
At Prizegiving this award is presented to students who have attained a Champions Award in every cornerstone in same year

4Academic Excellence
At Prizegiving this award is presented to those students (Top 10% of each cohort) who achieve the highest grade point average across all their assessments in all subjects for the whole year.

5. Leadership recognition
We also recognise our elite leaders, our Executive Student Council and exceptional leadership within the other cornerstones.

6Top performance in Common Assessment Tasks (CAT)
At Prizegiving this award acknowledges Year 9 and 10 students who attain the Top Rank in each subject

At MHJC we promote progress and participation by recognising and awarding students through:

1. Top 10 participants in cornerstones
At Prize giving we recognise students whose participation has been the most significant across all 4 cornerstones.

2. Most Improved
At Prizegiving we acknowledge two students at each level in a Whānau who have made the most significant Academic Progress.

3. Academic Achievement
At end of year Whānau Assembly students who have achieved 'Beyond' cohort curriculum expectations in specific Learning Areas are acknowledged.

4. e-badges
All year students are awarded e-badges for participation in a cornerstone activity and is reflected on the students MHJC Profile.

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