Student Handbook


Mission Heights Junior College
Students' Handbook

Our motto is “Growing greatness/Kia mana ake!”

Our vision is to grow greatness through innovative, constantly evolving, personalised learning.

We value:

Integrity - pono or how we manage ourselves. We are confident, honest, reliable, resilient, trustworthy, determined individuals.

Compassion - awhinatanga or how we relate to others. We are kind, caring, mindful, supportive, respectful, positive contributors.

Empowering learners - whakamana or a love for learning and understanding of how we learn best. We are collaborative, independent, curious, creative, innovative, reflective, critical thinkers.

Mission - To build a culture:

of inclusion where our differences are celebrated;

of collaboration where we support and share;

of community where we work together to make a difference.


We believe that learning is a journey, and that school, as a place of learning should encourage and inspire students to discover themselves, learn what forces shape the world around them and how they can find their purpose in life.

  1. Self-discovery - to support and guide our students to look within (microscope) and discover their authentic selves, passion and purpose;

  2. Exploration - to seek beyond self (telescope) on how to become active and positive contributors to their local and wider global community;

  3. Authentic - to provide curriculum set in integrated contexts developed through co-construction and collaboration;

  4. Self-efficacy - to articulate and share a common language of learning (Great Ako) so students will be active participants in the learning process (co-construction), know how to learn, how to assess their progress and identify what support they need;

  5. Optimistic worldview - to share a positive vision of a future filled with challenges and opportunity;

  6. Global citizens - to understand the challenges the world faces including environmental sustainability, climate and digital disruption;

  7. Cultural inclusion - to embrace and celebrate our multi-cultural community, and be mindful of our obligations in terms of the Treaty of Waitangi and as citizens of New Zealand/Aotearoa and

  8. Fulfilment - to learn to appreciate and celebrate beauty, nature, justice, truth and life’s possibilities

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Champions Award Criteria

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Detailed clarification of 4 Cornerstone Champion recognition criteria

Students participation across the 4 cornerstones are recognised through the awarding of eBadges on MHOL. In the award of a badge, it is usual for students to have contributed their own time, or for the activities involved to have occurred in addition to their school work.  Enrollment in and completion external tests (eg. ICAS, Big Science, Otago Problem Solving, etc) also qualifies students for an academic participation eBadge.

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. 

At Prize giving we recognise students whose participation has been the most significant across all 4 cornerstones. We also have our 4 Cornerstone Elite Awards which recognise those students who have met the criteria to be recognised as a MHJC Champion.

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

Clarification of Academic Cornerstone Champion Award requirements:

Education Perfect (EP) - General
- 500 points to gain a participation e-badge
- In 2019 x3 Elites will be a Champions 

EP Language Competitions (Exception)
- Placing in the top 3 nationally of the larger languages (Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Māori, Spanish)
- First or second nationally in the mid-tier ones (Arabic, Latin) 
- First nationally in one of the smaller ones (Greek, Hebrew, Malay, Samoan, Korean, Russian) would be considered as one of the achievements needed to work towards the academic cornerstone.
- Any languages not mentioned - the content available is insufficient to produce an achievement worthy of being counted towards a cornerstone. 

Other Academic Competitions
High Distinction is an automatic Champions Award
Otago Problem Solving - Excellence qualifies as a Champions Award
From 2019 x2 Distinctions will be a Champions

Please note:
From 2019 EP awards and Distinctions cannot be combined. When students have not met the criteria of having 3 Elites for Education Perfect or 2 Distinctions for other categories to achieve a Champion's Award within the term,  their acknowledgement will be carried over to the next term's Champions Assembly when the criteria is met.


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Mission Heights Junior College is a CYOD environment = Choose Your Own Device. At MHJC, e-learning supports our school vision of providing authentic and contextualised learning to our students. A digital learning environment allows our teachers to integrate creative strategies and satisfy the individual learning needs of our students. This integration supports personalised and differentiated approaches, enhances academic rigour and engagement, connects our learners with global contexts, and enhance an already established collaborative learning environment.

Visit Mission Heights Junior College website's CYOD Frequently Asked Questions

Cybersafety Agreements

Whanau are able to support students if short-term maintenance is being carried out on their device. Parents/Caregivers need to contact Whanau Admin/Leaders to make arrangements.

Use these instructions to join the MHJC Wireless Network