No.4 - 9th May, 2006
A Parents Perspective
was interested to read the Principals comments on the student
walkout. To give another parental perspective, I assume most
of the parents who commented were unhappy as thats the way
it usually goes, that is, happy parents wont usually take
the time to comment. As a parent whose child took part in the demonstration,
with permission, I was proud of the number of students from Springs
taking part, seeing this as evidence of a school that is able to
foster creative thinking, young people who can organise to do something
about an issue they believe in. Sure, they made mistakes, but we
need to make mistakes to learn and Im sure those involved
learned a lot. The walkout fallout raised many interesting
discussions at home, about, for example, the role and accuracy of
the media, the notion of an angle in news reporting,
the role of the police in society, fantastic stuff. Anyway, I hope
this gives another perspective, many parents that I have spoken
to thought that the organisers parents should be absolutely
Putting parents to the test:
A normal duck has two legs. A lame duck has one leg. A sitting duck
has no legs. There are 33 ducks with a total of 32 legs. The total
number of normal ducks and lame ducks is twice the number of sitting
ducks. Find the number of lame ducks.
A collection of sheep and turkeys have a total of 99 heads and legs
between them. There are twice as many turkeys as there are sheep.
How many of each are there?
Present at Julians birthday party were a father-in-law, a
mother-in-law, a daughter-in-law, two sons, two daughters, two sisters
and a brother, four children, three grandchildren, two fathers,
two mothers, a grandfather and a grandmother. However, family relationships
can be complicated. One mans brother can of course be another
mans brother-in-law, and at the same time, someones
son. With that in mind, what is the smallest number of people needed
at the party for the above relationships to exist?
will be printed in the next newsletter
Zealand Flag Competition
Last term 9WE and 9WU studied the module entitled OUR PEOPLE. National
and cultural identity are both significant themes and I am pleased
to say our students were well informed on the unique features which
make our country special. In previous years students have used their
creative skills to produce some excellent displays of Kiwiana. This
year the focus was our flag, which has recently been given much
media attention. The students were asked to draw their own version
of a New Zealand flag. The students from both classes voted for
the 10 best flags which were displayed in the Library. Library users
were given the opportunity to vote. The best flag was drawn by Ariella
Balmforth of 9WE. I congratulate her on a wonderful effort.
I welcome Kirsty Hartley to the department. She replaces Neil Barnett
as the Social Studies teacher of 9AE. Kirsty is keen to continue
the standards set by Mr Barnett and Im sure the students will
benefit by her positive approach to teaching and learning
Thursday, 4th May, Year 10 and 11 Dance students visited the town
hall for an incredible performance of "Acquisitions 06"
by mixed ability dance company Touch Compass. The students said:
dancers made wonderful connections, even with their difference in
ability. The show was great, I loved it."
unique choreography explores the different relationships between
dancers and between dancers and wheelchairs."
was overwhelmed. The dancers looked past their disabilities. They
talked about it as an impairment, and created moves around their
term Dance teacher, Chloe Davison, has started teaching Year 7 and
8 students from Ponsonby Intermediate.
is offered at Years 9, 10 and 11 at WSC. The Bring It On Hip
Hop Dance group are in the midst of rehearsing for the competition
on May 13th. Wish us luck!
Year Arts Festival at TAPAC
Term marks the preparation for the Arts Festival. A team of keen
seniors is underway with planning for dance, drama, music and musical
shows to perform in TAPAC Theatre between 18 and 23 June. We also
have wearable art and catering contributions from Technology and
displays of artwork from the Art department in a projected form
in the foyer. Theatresports and stand-up will double-bill and we
have a school-wide battle of the bands lined up as well.
English department is running a literary festival of its own with
free verse, sonnet, haiku, short and short short story competitions
with prizes donated by the Parent Action Group. Please encourage
your young writer to make work.
a film festival which will include work entered in the Student Film
Societys competition. If your student-child exhibits secret
video behaviours channel them to enter the competition which closes
absolutely on Friday 12 May.
will be an event to catch your attention so be alert for the programme
coming out in the near future.
to Kylie Ross who received a scholarship from the Performing Arts
School at TAPAC for a term-long youth theatre course.
to Alida Breitag and Anthea Hill who were chosen to represent Auckland
central at the Sheilah Winn National Festival of Shakespeare in
Schools in Wellington over Queens Birthday.
Bruce De Grut
from the Library: Paanui mai te Wharepukapuka
2 has started happily with the arrival of new shelving to accommodate
the magazines. The Library has several magazine subscriptions (such
as NZ Geographic, Mana, NZ Listener), but we also buy individual
magazines to cater for student interest, (such as Performance Car,
Mad). The new shelving units are mounted on wheels so they can be
moved out of the main library space against the walls to allow more
room for meetings, performances or interview evenings.
new resource collections will take up residence in the space vacated
by the magazines. The DVDs and videos deserve their own space and
now have a dedicated bay. The Library buying plan supports the Media
Studies programme, Shakespeare on film for the English Department,
as well as the occasional fun flick.
remaining free bay is dedicated to the Graphic Book fan base, which
is very large amongst our students. We have adapted the term "graphic
novels" because there are several books, such as Maus, Palestine
and The Lion graphic Bible, which are non-fiction. New acquisitions
in processing now include the classic Watchmen, more of the Sandman
books, Manga and more titles in the Runaways and Ultimate series.
Something for everyone!
Careers Department-Wahi Rapu Umanga
16 May is Workchoice Day 2006. The aim of the day is for Year 12
students to gain insight into the world of work by visiting companies
and learning about different employment options. Unfortunately not
enough businesses have responded and so some of the choices we wanted
to offer eg Design, Drama, Music, Media, Advertising and Communication
were not available. We have managed to secure a Science module,
but that will be on Tuesday 23 May and the Trade modules will be
on 16 May. Year 12 students need to apply in writing if they wish
to be considered for either of these days. See Careers Centre for
10 May Waikato University
A lunchtime visit has been arranged for students to meet a liaison
officer from this university.
SCI-Tech experience 4-6 July
This event is aimed at students who are in Year 11 and are interested
in science, technology and engineering. Places are limited so students
are encouraged to apply as early as possible. There is a $75 fee.
In previous years Rotary has paid all or some of this fee for students
who are unable to meet the cost. The applicant would need to contact
their local Rotary club directly. Forms are available from the Career
Centre or from the website www.sci-tech.org.nz
Adventure Challenge 03-07 July 2006
The college is able to nominate up to 2 students (Year 12 or 13)
to participate in this event to be held at the Devonport Naval Base.
The objective is to challenge high profile students who are interested
in a career as managers and leaders within the Navy. The Navy will
cover all costs. Students should be outgoing team players with a
practical mind and a very keen desire to join the Navy. A high standard
of fitness is required. Application forms are available at the Careers
a Student for a Day
Year 12 and 13 students are able to spend a day alongside students
at Unitec or AUT on some of their programmes. This is for students
who are seriously considering enrolling at either of these tertiary
institutions. They will have the opportunity to sit in on classes,
talk to students and teaching staff. More details available at the
The Biology department would like to acknowledge the support
of Kings Garden Centre. The Yr 13 students have recently
completed an internally assessed practical study: snails, fish,
Venus Fly traps
. interesting observations, careful recording,
ethical conduct, excellent students.
Congratulations to Yr 12 student Victor McKenney who recently entered
a photograph into the College Herald Competitions and won a $100
prize and an opportunity to have his work printed in the Herald.
We in the art department would like to offer our congratulations
also to Hannah Clark, Yr 12, whose short piece was published in
todays College Herald.
Youth Week: May 15 21. Website www.youthweek.co.nz
Asthma Bus: 25th May.
Lunino Dental Van: 22 26th May.
Wanted Caring Host Families for A.F.S. Students
We have students arriving from USA, France, Italy and Spain. They
all have excellent school and character reports. They will arrive
at the beginning of July and depart at the end of August. These
are exchange students, not fee paying, and have been selected as
good ambassadors for their country. Hosting is a wonderful opportunity
to experience a new culture in your own home.
also need replacement families for a Venezeulan girl attending St
Dominics College, a Malaysian girl attending Kelston Girls
College and a Panamanian boy who is at Massey High. These students
have been in New Zealand since February and are fine students with
no problems but because of changed situations for their host families
they need new host families. For more information please call Brenda
on 818 5520.
Family and Community Services
This term we are offering three courses, "Parenting Teenagers",
"Parenting 8-12 Year Olds" and "Women Parenting Alone".
for "Parenting 8-12 Year Olds" are Wednesdays 17,
24, 31 May and 7, 14 June from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
for the "Women Parenting Alone" course are Wednesdays
commencing 17 May 2006. The courses are held at our premises, from
7.30am to 11.30am.
for "Challenged by Parenting Teenagers" course are
17, 24, 31 May and 7, 14 June from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The courses
are held at our premises, 2 St Benedicts St, Newton. Phone 378 9650.
Defence and Personal Safety Workshop for Girls in Years 9 &
Saturday 10 June 10 4.30pm, Fee $30
Auckland Womens Centre, 4 Warnock St Grey Lynn. For more information
phone 376 3227.
Energy has informed us that work on undergrounding" the
electricity supply in Motions Rd is to begin next week.
are excited about the obvious improvement this will make to the
streetscape, but we wish to take this opportunity to inform you
that this will involve some disruption to entrance/exit ways to
the school and the carpark. Drivers need to be alert with regard
to trenching and safety barriers during this project.