No.3 - 5th April, 2006
Australasian English Competitions.
The annual Writing and English competitions have now been notified
to the school. Students at all levels are invited to enter these
competitions. Students should approach their English teachers for
entry form letters if they are interested.
writing competitions entries have to be in by Friday the 7th of
April and the English competition entries have to be in by the 13th
The junior debating teams have now had two rounds of their competition.
WSC has continued its proud tradition of debating success with only
one of our six junior teams being defeated in each round so far.
The Advanced team have had two debates and had one loss and one
win. Congratulations to all debaters for their commitment so far
Year 11 Speeches.
These have now been completed by all year 11 classes and have been
done to a generally high standard. There were, however, a few students
who did not complete the speech and parents will be notified.
All year 9 students recently visited our Marae, Nga Oho, with their
Social Studies teachers. Local features and their importance to
individuals and groups are an important aspect of the Local Studies
Module in year 9. The Marae was the meeting place at the Powhiri
for all new students and their families at the beginning of the
year so it was timely that we give students an understanding of
the functions of this building.
thanks to Chris Selwyn, Neil Barnett and Hana Aranga who enlightened
both staff and students with an excellent talk about Nga Oho, which
is the name of the Wharenui, and its significance to the students
of the college and the community. Our students learnt that Nga Oho
is not just a building but is a living entity and therefore should
be respected. I believe we are now better informed and have a greater
understanding of this prominent local feature.
from the Mathematics Department
Year 9 Banding.
We are pleased to inform parents and caregivers that all year 9
classes have been banded since the start of week 6. Student are
quickly settling into their new environments with staff making the
most of the new opportunities this brings in terms of better catering
to the needs of all their students. Letters have been sent home
with the students, informing parents/caregivers involved of their
students new class as well as the processes involved in placing
students. If, however, there are any concerns or questions, feel
free to contact me, preferably via e-mail.
The first school wide tournament was held on Tuesday 28 March. The
main aim of the event was to give as many students as possible the
opportunity to try their hand at competitive chess. Considering
that there were 60 students battling it out for the better part
of 2 hours, I would say mission accomplished.
A big thank you to Bryony West and student leader Catherine Roberts
for organising the event.
National bank Maths competition.
This competition is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 5 April.
29 students have entered and we wish them the best of luck. Thank
you to Simon Henley for co-ordinating the event.
Junior Maths extension groups.
13 students are currently involved in researching the role of Mathematics
in everything from CSI to Basketball and Snooker while still finding
the time to play Soduko and solve Haunting riddles. The current
programme will be completed at the end of the second term after
which another 15 students will have the opportunity to take part.
As has become tradition in the department, students will have the
opportunity to present and display their work at a Mathematics evening
which will take place early in the fourth term. I am looking forward
to finding out who killed the butler in the kitchen with the rope!
11 are doing Commedia plays for public showing in TAPAC Theatre.
Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 April at 7pm. $2 entry.
Year 12 will be up this week in TAPAC Theatre Tuesday 4 and Wednesday
5 April at 7pm performing scenes from Shakespeare. Hear the story,
watch the drama. $2.
showings are work for assessment of student knowledge of theatre.
Year 11 studies Commedia dellArte by doing a show in that
style. Year 12 studies the theatre of Shakespeare in the same way
by doing it.
Bruce De Grut
dates for the Fiji Fieldtrip have now been confirmed as Saturday
12th August Thursday 17th August 2006. A payment of $500
is due by Friday 7th April at 3.15pm. Before a deposit is paid to
the travel agent, students behaviour and work records will
be reviewed with senior management and a final decision will be
made as to which students will be allowed to participate in the
trip. Letters will be sent home to inform parents if a student is
not allowed to participate and deposits will be refunded.
is being organised by Anne Millan, John Ward and Debi Jacka. Thanks
to them all for their hard work.
clean-ups at Ericsson Stadium have been booked for the weekends
2-4 June, 16-18 June and 19-21 May. A desert evening is also being
10 students from last year are attending two withdrawal groups,
one period a week, to study P4C (philosophy for children) with Jenny
Jones. Letters have been sent home. At present, they are researching
a philosophical idea and its relevance to our lives for presentation
next term. Withdrawal periods are rotated as much as possible to
avoid hitting the same option each week. A selection process is
under way for any new students.
9 students are in the process of being selected for a philosophy
option of 3 periods per week to be run in Terms 2 or 3 by Helen
Thorpe. Students selected will be interviewed individually and letters
will be sent home to parents informing them of their childs
choice and details of the programme for the term.
extension is organised by Thea Kilian. In Year 9, students are involved
during their Maths classes and in Year 10, students are withdrawn
from classes but withdrawal is minimised and the period hit is rotated.
photography department is calling to anyone in the community with
old unused camera bags no longer wanted. We need 4 camera bags large
enough for 35mm SLR cameras. If there are any available for donation
to us we would be most grateful.
Credits for Families
Up to 85,000 more New Zealand families
will become eligible for Family Assistance from Inland Revenue from
1 April, 2006. Higher income limits and a new In-Work Payment for
eligible working families will mean that families who werent
previously eligible for Family Assistance may now find that they
are. Anyone who thinks they may qualify for Family Assistance can
go online to <http://www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz/>www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz
or find out if they qualify by calling 0800 257 477
Great Gladstone Gala
Gladstone Primary School
Seaview Terrace, Mt Albert
Sunday 9th April 2006, 10 2pm
stalls, dunk the teacher, gumboot throws, entertainment, raffles,
auctions, lucky dips and much much more. Bring lots of
good coins. Rain or shine, Eftpos available.