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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School Map

(Last edited: Wednesday, 4 August 2010, 9:00 AM)
School Ground Floor
Ground Floor

School Map First Floor
First Floor

School Uniform

(Last edited: Monday, 9 May 2016, 2:45 PM)

When you wear your uniform you represent Mission Heights Junior College. We hope you will wear your uniform with pride and we expect you to wear it correctly, both in the school and in the community. The uniform can be purchased at John Russell Menswear, Howick.

Please ensure that all items are regulation items including shoes, sandals' and socks (plain white ankle socks for girls, plain black business ankle socks for boys).

Detailed information is available in the school prospectus (please find this uploaded in PDF format on the right-hand side of this entry) or you can check with your Assistant Principal.

Your hair must be worn tidily and must not be in your eyes. Natural hair colours only are allowed and hairstyles must be moderate.

Makeup is not to be worn at school and we do not allow any visible facial or body piercing. You may wear one small plain gold or silver stud in each ear. The only other jewellery that can be worn is a watch. No other visible jewellery including facial or body piercing is permitted.

The Principal and Deputy Principal may determine what is appropriate and their decision is final.

Schoolbag Storage

(Last edited: Tuesday, 22 June 2010, 7:22 PM)
Cupboards are provided to secure your bags and belongings in all classrooms. You will have the opportunity to secure your bags in the bag cupboard which will remain locked during interval and lunch. Your bags will also be secure in bag lockers during PE lessons. All bags will be in cupboards during class. Be ready to learn with all the equipment you need on your table.


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Back to School stationary are available from the School Website.  These lists are also available from Reception.

Please check your year level list to ensure you have all your stationery before school starts.

Student Leaders

(Last edited: Thursday, 7 February 2019, 8:51 AM)

You will have a range of opportunities to become a leader within our school community e.g. as a librarian, road patroller, ICT crew member or monitor with specific responsibilities. Some of you will want to mentor and work alongside younger students, some will take on service roles in our community. Students will be selected as class representatives in February and will be involved in the Whanau Council for the year. In addition, at least two senior students from each Whanau will be appointed to the Executive Council, who will meet regularly with the Principal. 

Sunsafe Sunglasses and Suncream

(Last edited: Monday, 17 February 2020, 2:46 PM)

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. We expect you to be responsible and wear a hat at morning tea, lunchtime and other times when you are outside. We encourage you to wear sunglasses and use effective sunscreen. It is a requirement to have a sunhat term 1 and 4. Please be sun safe.