No.1 - 17th February 2006
from the Mathematics Department
A big welcome back to all staff in the Mathematics Department with
a special welcome to Bryony West, a fabulously talented and experienced
teacher joining us all the way from the United Kingdom. We had an
exceptionally successful year in 2005 and look forward to more of
the same in 2006.
are reminded that a scientific calculator is an absolute must for
all students studying Mathematics. These are available from the
front office as well as stationery stores such as The Warehouse
stationers. The cost is around $20. Senior students studying achievement
standards courses will be required to have a graphics calculator.
More information on this will be provided by the relevant classroom
will again be a very important part of Mathematics teaching and
learning at Springs. Parents should expect students to receive homework
on a regular basis and to be notified in the event of students not
completing the required work.
range of activities are yet again on the calendar for 2006. Students
will have the opportunity to join the Chess Club, Maths Publication
team or enter a variety of competitions throughout the year. More
information re these will be posted in the daily Bulletin.
look forward to yet again working alongside parents and caregivers
to ensure the best possible outcome for all our students in 2006.
1. Book Returns.
This is an urgent plea to parents and students to return any novel
or book used in English last year. Unfortunately there are still
a large number of books that have not been returned from last year
that are needed for classes this year. We are asking all parents
of students who did English last year to look in their son/daugther's
rooms for any of our books. All of the books will be covered and
labelled as belonging to WSC English Dept. Often students think
they have returned them when they haven't so please have a quick
look in their rooms yourselves!
The inter-school debating competition starts now with the first
debates occurring in March. The students have been notified about
the need to sign up to get involved in debating over the last 4
days of school and teams will have been formed by the time you read
this newsletter. We hope for a similar level of success as we had
Year 11 Student Published.
Congratulations to Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle who has had some of
her writing accepted for publication in the annual Re-Draft competition
for teenage writers. Zarah competed against other writers between
13-19 years of age to have her work accepted for publication. This
is a great achievement and is testament to Zarah's talent and dedication
students interested in writing should keep an eye out for notices
about the school's Writer Club and competitions and workshops that
will be held during the year.
Sean Hawthorne HOD English
OPENING OF 'S' BLOCK- Thursday 9 February
The day dawned perfectly clear contrary to the rain that had been
forecast. Last minute cleaning and landscaping was hastily arranged
to meet the 11am opening deadline. Many thanks to Richard Corbett,
our new Property Manager, and Dave Luttrell, our grounds man.
guests, teaching staff, support staff and the year 9 and year 13
students were lead through the block by Chris Selwyn and Rawiri
Walker who carried out the blessing of the building. We all gathered
in the foyer and S2 and on the deck to listen to speeches honouring
chairperson, Rick Pearson, acknowledged the striking architectural
features of the building in a tribute to the work of architect,
Lloyd Ellis. Other acknowledgements were made to project manager,
Paul Styles, and construction company manager, Mike Astley. Karl
McGuirk, a year 13 student who is currently studying senior History
and Geography, spoke of his fascination for the social sciences
and their contribution to the understanding of ourselves as people
and the society we live in. I am sure that he inspired at least
some of the year 9 students in his excellent address. Finally, our
special guest, Ian Carter, Professor of Sociology at the University
of Auckland, officially declared the building open.
and teachers fortunate enough to be timetabled in the new block
are looking forward to using the new facilities. We certainly are
the envy of the rest of the school! There are special features of
the design which are impressive. On the west side, for example,
the large windows look directly to the fields, and the central foyer
can also be used as a shared teaching space. I must say one could
not ask for a better teaching and learning environment.
We welcome Tania Secker (MA First Class Honours) to the department
from Christchurch. Tania has a wealth of skills and knowledge and
I'm sure her classes will benefit immensely from her teaching.
James has also joined us. He has significant experience in the class
room and his students are responding positively to his enthusiastic
and conscientious approach to teaching.
Reading Mentor Scheme
Some Year 9 and 13 students will be involved in an exciting new
reading mentor scheme. Thank you to all senior students who have
expressed an interest. It is a great way to get involved in the
school community and is mutually beneficial for juniors and seniors.
Juniors will be invited to participate and it should be up and running
by Week 4. It's not too late for Year 13's to sign up.
Geography Fieldtrip to Fiji 9-15 August 2006
Planning is well underway and an important meeting for parents/caregivers
of any Year 11, 12 or 13 Geography students who want to participate
in this trip will be held in the school library at 5pm on Wednesday
22nd February, before the new parents'barbeque.
X Team 2006
Year 9 students selected for our Gifted and Talented students philosophy
class (the X team) will be catered for in 2006 by an option class
in Terms 2 and 3. The selection process will take place in Term
1 with intermediate recommendations, interviews with our DP, Linda
Dillon, a WSC assessment, PAT's and teacher recommendations taken
into account. Year 9 Maths extension students will be withdrawn
from their Maths class for 1 of 4 classes each week. Parents will
be notified of these student selections over the next few weeks.
10 Philosophy and Maths students from last year will be assessed
again and their performance last year evaluated. If they are selected,
they will be withdrawn from class for one period a week maximum.
The period will be rotated as much as possible and Philosophy students
will be withdrawn only to set up a project, which they will then
complete in their own time.
the term progresses we will keep you informed and notify you if
your son/daughter is selected for the X Team or any other extension
Paris Goddard who has been selected as a member of the NZ Junior
(U18) Ice Hockey team competing in the World Division III Championships
in Metulla, Israel, against teams from Romania, South Africa, Israel,
Turkey and the qualifier between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia.
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