No.2 - 10th March 2006
The Media Department has had an exciting start to 2006. We are very
pleased to welcome Nicola Green to the teaching team. She comes
to us as an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and we are extremely
fortunate to have her. We have already benefited from her expertise.
We are proud to announce excellent results from last years
scholarship exams. Both Ella Beacroft and Eleanor Adeane-Nancarrow
received scholarships in Media. They were two of only thirty-five
students in the country that earned this award.
Both Jane Hall and Meg Freeman have been invited to be involved
in the Ministrys Beacon Schools Project as specialists in
junior media. They are both excited and looking forward to the challenge
of providing guidance and resources in this area to other schools
This year we have also introduced a Film Society. This is an extra
curricular opportunity for students to join with others who share
a passion for this medium.
Classes are off to a great start, building in numbers with students
already displaying enthusiasm and awareness of the subject.
Events to look forward to are the Arts Festival, Film Competition
and in the latter part of the year, screenings of the best of the
senior classes films.
The Learning Centre is intended to provide an inviting and stimulating
environment where students from any year level can come individually,
or in groups, to seek assistance with almost anything related to
their learning. Ours is a learning partnership in which we work
alongside students to identify and assess their learning needs;
encourage them to set learning goals and develop action plans; and
then help them work towards developing the skills and strategies
needed to achieve those goals. We are not so much about teaching
subject content, as helping students to develop strategies that
they can take back into the classroom with them to assist them in
becoming more independent and successful as learners.
our interventions are negotiated with the students themselves and
may involve as few as one or two sessions, or as many as a series
of regular sessions over an extended period of time. Students from
year 9 -13 are encouraged to refer themselves for help and many
do. Ours is a revolving door policy, where students are able to
move in and out of the Centre as they feel necessary.
2005 Learning Centre staff assisted students with senior and junior
essay writing, senior and junior exam preparation, junior literacy
and numeracy, study skills and general organisational issues. Students
were encouraged to ask questions, to develop strategies for finding
out information and for clarifying meaning when they encountered
concepts they found challenging. In 2006 we will be continuing these
interventions and also providing further targeted programmes as
operating in 2006
Study skills sessions covering exam study, organisation, time management,
Senior essay writing for History and English
Peer tutoring in Maths and Science
Senior English groups run to gain necessary literacy credits
missed in 2005.
Year 9 Literacy and Numeracy
Year 10 Literacy and Numeracy
Small groups attending Learning Centre during either English
or Maths classes.
Learning Centre Homework/Study Sessions
Learning Centre is open from 8.00 a.m. Monday to Friday, Monday
and Wednesday after school until 4.30. and every lunchtime. Students
can use our computers for research and call on Centre staff for
assistance for a range of subjects.
Centre Staff 2006
Thorpe LC manager
Helen Hogg literacy/numeracy
Trina Sellers LC support (part-time: Mon, Tues, Thurs
11 Study Skills Workshops
WSC Learning Centre is offering series of 4 workshops, for Year
11 students, which will look at what students can do to manage their
NCEA year effectively.
workshops will cover such things as: time management, planning,
goal setting, organisation, study skills and exam preparation.
workshops will be held in the Learning Centre, after school on Wednesdays
from 3.15 pm 4.30pm, for four weeks, beginning Wednesday
15th March 2006 and ending Wednesday 5th April.
encourage your son/daughter to sign up if they would find the workshops
Notes from the Library: Paanui mai te Wharepukapuka
thanks for the students who have volunteered to help out at the
Library this year. Their duties will mostly consist of watching
the issues desk for one lunchtime a week while the librarian is
at lunch. Several students have helped out in previous years: special
thanks to Bernice, Rebecca, Cathy, Amini, Nicky, Brett, Raechel,
Alex and Prue for doing another tour of duty. To Eva, Sheridan,
So Young, Kyle, Taylor, Leemay, Krystina and Lauren, welcome to
The student ID cards double as Library cards, so without them, only
returning students have been able to borrow if they havent
lost their ID cards from last year! It is really important to carry
the ID cards in a safe place, not to leave them anywhere or lend
them to other people. Students will have to pay for replacement
cards should the originals be lost or damaged beyond repair.
Now that the new ID cards have been distributed the new graphic
novels will be put out on display ready to borrow. These have proved
very popular and we are planning to expand the collection. Thanks
to the students who have contributed suggestions for new purchases.
Borrowing statistics showed a drop-off in borrowing last year, so
the Library Team is very keen to hear suggestions for new titles
that would be popular with our students.
My apologies to those of you who have been waiting to hear about
music lessons at Western Springs College this year. There has been
an explosion of numbers in the senior classes which is very exciting
but has caused problems in timetabling lessons for the rest of the
Priority for lessons always goes to those students taking music
as a subject. This year the lessons have been filled before I have
been able to offer them to the rest of the school. I will still
be putting students on waiting lists but I make no promises about
actually getting them into the lessons.
Jazz Band and Orchestra have started for the year. Band is on a
Monday lunchtime and Orchestra starts at interval on Tuesday and
runs through the assembly time. Students are reminded that they
have committed to these groups and they must attend all rehearsals.
They should not schedule other meetings or practices in this time.
Please call me at school if you have any queries.
A Big Thank You
The Art Department wishes to thank Tracey and Tina at Positive Negatives
who recently donated a large quantity of photographic equipment
to the photography department. The equipment received is of much
use to us and both the art students and department are very grateful.
Swimming: Zone Competition on February 28th
WSC has had its most successful ever zone swimming competition performance.
Participants in the Auckland Secondary Schools Zone Swimming 2006
- Event 4 Boys 14-15 50 SC Metre Butterfly.
- Event 10 Boys 14-15 50 SC Metre Backstroke.
- Event 6 Boys 16-18 50 SC Metre Butterfly.
- Event 18 Boys 16-18 50 SC Metre Breaststroke.
1st/2nd - Event 8 Boys 50 SC Metre Backstroke.
- Event 12 Boys 16-18 50 SC Metre Backstroke.
- Event 24 Boys 16-18 50 SC Metre Freestyle.
1st - Event 14 Boys 50 SC Metre Breaststroke.
2nd - Event 17 Girls 16-18 SC Metre Breaststroke.
- Event 23 Girls 16-18 50 SC Metre Freestyle.
2nd - Event 18 Heat 2 Boys 16-18 50 SC Metre Breaststroke.
3rd - Event 22 Boys 14-15 50 SC Metre Freestyle.
also had very good placings in the relays and a great time was had
by all. We look forward to the Champs of Champs to be held on 13th
March at Henderson Aquatic Centre.
Reminder: Rumaki Polyfest Dress Rehearsal to be held in the Hall
Sunday 12th March at 12 noon
Parenting 8-12 Year Olds
Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Wednesdays 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April 7.30pm to 11.30
by Parenting Teenagers
Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April 7.30 to 9.30
Where: Kelmarna Centre (Catholic Family & Community Services)
2 St Benedicts St
378 9650 for registration; bookings are essential.