No.6 2nd August, 2006
end of term 2 and the start of term 3 have been a busy time
indeed. A number of events, involving significant numbers
of students, took place, notably
event took place over 6 nights, furthering the vision
to involve all arts at TAPAC. The event was a first for
the school: drama, dance, media, music, visual arts, theatresports,
catering, wearable art, visual art, poetry readings, speech
and poetry readings. Interest was high. This will be followed
up with a junior arts festival in November.
was a great success, largely due to the effectiveness
of the organizing committee. Tickets were provided for
families (rather than open access) which contributed to
the genial atmosphere in the hall. Colourful costuming
was a particular feature of this years event, as
well as superior performances.
the first time WSC made the finals. The group gained two
awards, one for best costuming and a second award that
recognized the school that most embodied the spirit of
Stage Challenge. The competing schools vote to select
the recipient of this award. The student organizers, and
the full cast, are to be congratulated on their vision
groups/performers were selected from this school to participate
in the regional finals, a significant achievement. Two
groups, "The Incident and Kinky Wizards",
will perform in the final on August 4th at AGGS, Dorothy
Winstone Theatre, 8pm. $20 door sales.
parent-teacher interviews held on 25 July were a second
opportunity for parents to consider their son/daughters
progress, in anticipation of examinations at the end of this
term, and career decisions that students need to make. An
evening for parents (2007 Y11-12 students) to meet
HODs, careers staff and tertiary providers is scheduled for
24 August. Parents of Y11 (2007) students will meet with deans
on that same evening to find out about NCEA. Students will
begin deciding about courses for 2007 towards the end of this
open days, Tuesday Thursday, have attracted
a lot of interest. Enrolments have begun strongly; the closing
date for out of zone enrolments is September 1.
3 is also the time for the annual ball; this year the
theme is rock n roll. Planning is
well underway for the August 26 event. On August 18 there
will be a teacher only day, a necessary time for teachers
to reflect on and refine their practice. While students will
not be at school there will undoubtedly be much for them to
work on, to prepare for upcoming examinations or to complete
have been some staff changes. Dorothy Fernandez has
been appointed to a maternity leave position to replace Susan
Landrey. Li Zheng (Jasmine) the ESOL teacher aide, has resigned
to dedicate herself to her Buddhist studies full time, and
Ada Wong, a mathematics teacher of 3 years standing, has relocated
to Sydney, to join family there. Robyn Tuuhetoka, the
new finance officer, and Barnaby James, the new HOD Drama,
have commenced duties, and Gerry Victor returned from maternity
leave. And, of course, Ken Havill has departed for far parts.
Ken has visited a number of schools in Melbourne, excited
by his observations of selected differentiation programmes
which he will share with staff on his return in January.
reports in the press suggesting that schools are pushing up their
internal assessment pass rates to enhance their schools reputation
have raised questions about the validity of NCEA results. These
assertions are based on the NZQA acknowledgement that 29% of the
2005 internally assessed standards sent in nationally for checking
were found to be incorrectly marked. Associated claims have been
made that schools have resorted to the practice of loading courses
with internally assessed standards in order to boost their results.
local community can be confident that the integrity of NCEA assessment
procedures here at Springs is intact. Heres why,
an analysis of Western Springs College pass rates compared to national
rates for merit and excellence grades shows that while the college
exceeds national rates for externally examined standards
at all levels, this difference disappears or reduces significantly
when comparisons are made for internally and externally assessed
standards combined. This tells us in fact that Springs internal
marking is harder, not easier than the external.
and closely related to the above finding is the fact that less than
10% of moderation reports for WSC internally assessed work sent
in for checking is judged to be incorrectly marked relative to the
standard being assessed.
the claim in the press that students in some schools are gaining
University Entrance qualifications without having to sit an external
examination does not ring true for Springs where for Level 3 courses
the overall ratio of externally assessed to internally assessed
standards is 6:4.
parents and students can be reassured that Western Springs College
teachers are managing NCEA assessments with professionalism and
FROM THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT
As has become tradition over the last four year, the Mathematics
Department yet again offered Level 1, 2 and 3 achievement standards
students the opportunity to attend a range of revision workshops
during the term 2 holiday period. As in the past, the workshops
were well received with around 60 students taking advantage of the
opportunity. Parents and Caregivers are reminded that workshops
will again be scheduled during the term 3 holiday period and that
workshop timetables will be available as from the start of week
10. We look forward to even more student attending in the future.
The Maths Publication hit the press over the holiday period as is
currently in the process of being distributed. Under the student
leadership of Catharine Roberts, student mentor, and Tom Wilson,
student editor, the publication has yet again maintained its very
high standard and is a definite worthwhile read. Below are a few
extracts from maths Uncensored 2006.
extract from Bistromathics Tom Wilson
The first curly number in the bistromathics canon is defined thus,
and I quote from the Guide: 'The first non-absolute number is the
number of people for whom the table is reserved.' That seems reasonable
on the surface, but this definition makes no allowance for anyone
who cannot be bothered to get anything out of the freezer, or those
who are so cosmopolitan they don't have a freezer, preferring to
gatecrash someone else's dinner party and leave quickly to avoid
payment of the bill. This first number is highly likely to change
multiple times during the course of booking a table for the restaurant,
and more often than not has no apparent relationship with the final
number of people who turn up for the meal. This is because most
professors tend to be notoriously absent minded and often forget
who they've invited, opening a convenient loophole for anyone who
fits into the above categories of freezer-related apathy.
Magicosity Of The Number Nine - Nicky Edmonds
Heres a neat trick. Explain to someone that the universe is
based on the number nine, and that although most examples of this
are too complex for them to understand, there is one very simple
illustration that proves it. Ask your victim their age say
they are 16. Add the digits of their age together (1 + 6 = 7) and
then subtract this number from their age (16 7 = 9). You
are always, always going to get a number divisible by nine. Say
the person is 48. 4 + 8 = 12. 48 12 = 36. If there is any
doubt in your victims mind add the digits together (3 + 6
= 9) for irrefutable proof. It gets even more exciting when dealing
with really really old people, for example, someone who is 103 years
old. 1 + 0 + 3 = 4, and 103 4 = 99 (for the non-believers,
9 + 9 = 18 and 1 + 8 = 9) but whats more you can split 103
into 10 and 3: 10 + 3 = 13 and 103 13 = 90. There you have
it. The universe is based on the number nine.
extract from Sir Isaac Newton Eva Gregory
Newton is reputed to have invented the cat flap! So he would not
have to be interrupted by his cat wanting to come in or out, he
invented and installed a cat flap into his study. This allowed him
to remain buried in his thoughts!
We would like to welcome Dorothy Fernandez to the English Dept.
this term. Dorothy is relieving for Susan Landrey's classes as Susan
has left on maternity leave. Dorothy is an experienced teacher of
English and we are very happy to have her join the team.
During the Arts Festival in Week 8 of last term there were two events
that were organised by the English Dept that need to be acknowledged.
the Senior Speech competition was held. All entrants had to speak
on the subject of "In an ideal world..." Six students
entered the competition and performed their speeches on the first
night of the festival. Parents and friends were entertained and
enlightened by the content and delivery of the speeches. The competition
prize of $100.00 was won by Hannah Clark (Yr 12). Congratulations
to Hannah and to all the entrants. In particular to Ardeena Scott
and Nicci Edmond who also performed great speeches.
the School Writing Competition was held. This year there were several
categories with differing levels of award attached to each. The
poetry prize of $100.00 was won by Zarah Butcher McGunnigle,
(Yr 11). The '50 Word Story' and the '2000 Word Story' categories
were both won by Kate Peirse-O'Byrne (Yr 12). These netted
her $125.00. The final prize of $50 for the '500 Word Story' category
was won by Morgan Cannon (Yr 11). Congratulations to all
winners and entrants in the competitions. Special thanks to the
Parent Action Group that funded the prizes for the festival.
is our intention to publish a booklet of the best student writing
this year that would be available for parents and friends of the
school to appreciate the calibre of student writing at WSC.
I would also like to acknowledge the Debating teams and coaches
that have competed in the inter-school competition this year. We
had a record number of teams in the Junior Grade two of which made
it through to the octo-finals before being knocked out. There were
no entrants in the Senior Grade this year, but the Advanced team
made it through to the quarter-finals before being knocked out of
to all teams and participants.
special congratulations and acknowledgement to the Advanced team
members - Eva Gregory, Alix Jansen and Wasan Forsyth who
have debated together for four years and have made it through to
the finals of their grades twice in that time. They have been a
fantastic example to the school. Thanks also to their coach Jane
Hall who has also been with them over this period.
With the onset of the cold weather and the challenges of the external
folio submissions, the Art rooms have become a buzz of productive
creativity with senior students utilizing their interval and lunchtimes
to further develop and complete their course works for assessment.
department is also offering Tuesday and Thursday after school times
for the Level 1 students in E3 from 3.30 5.00 with Lisa Jagusch
and Chloe Davison. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to support
their children to attend these times as required to enable them
to meet the criteria for assessment.
are also pleased to announce that the prestigious 2006 Friends
of the Auckland City Gallery nomination is Year 13 Art student Claudia
Jowitt. As the Western Springs College nominee Claudia will
receive a two year membership to the Gallery and entry to associated
events, exhibitions and lectures.
the Art department would like to thank all parents and guardians
who have paid their childrens art fees, and remind others
that it is not too late to pay at the office.
(acting HOD 2006)
Year 9 students will begin their sexuality education in the first
few weeks of Term 3. They will revise Puberty and then cover Decision
Making, Relationships, Contraception, Reproduction and assessment;
then they will do a unit of work on Marijuana and Other Drugs before
beginning their sexuality programme in the second half of term 3.
If you have any questions regarding the sexuality programme, please
contact the HOD Health.
A Phedder is defined as an individual who absolutely
loves Physical Education! A passion for sports, fitness and the
body are just some of the dimensions that encompass these fine people.
am pleased to report that all of our own WSC Phedders have
been working extremely hard this year. All of our senior programmes
now have an outdoor education experience included in the course.
The year 11s had a survivor type retreat at Mangawhai
Forest in term 1 and arrived back at school feeling both invigorated
and fatigued. The students were kept busy with challenges ranging
from shifting huge bails of hay to firing catapults at kayakers!
Thanks to all students and staff for a great trip. The year 12 students
will embark on their annual snow camp in term 3.
year 13 Phedders have had a very challenging year so far.
Term 1 was spent training for the inaugural 13PE Aquathon which
consisted of a 500m ocean swim and 5km run. The students trained
several times a week both in and out of class time at the Mt Albert
Aquatic Centre, and also ran countless kilometres around the Western
Springs area. The students applied their knowledge of physiology,
principles, and methods of training to write a personal exercise
programme to train for the event. By the time the event came around
the students were in top shape and eager to get the job done. The
class travelled to Waihi beach for 3 nights where they participated
in a range of activities such as golf, surfing, and sea kayaking.
The Aquathon was held on the last day of camp under beautiful sunshine
and calm water. The students raced their hearts out and some great
results were achieved. Special congratulations must go to Catherine
Roberts and Conor Lorigan, the top female and male student
year 13 students are now making an impact in the community by running
activities with year 7 and 8 Pasadena Intermediate students twice
a week. The Pasadena students look like they are having a lot of
fun and their love of physical activity is certainly prominent!
Thanks to Pasadena Intermediate School for letting us come and work
junior Phedders have been very impressive this year.
Their enthusiasm is much appreciated. The year 9 students
are currently in the middle of their winter sports programme
and the year 10 students are finishing their experimentation
with Australian Rules football which has certainly attracted
some fans this year! A reminder to all parents to help your
son/daughter remember their PE uniform and get their homework
in. Efforts in both of these areas have been great this year.
great to see all of the students getting involved in school
sports teams this year and we wish you all good luck for the
TAPAC was abuzz at the end of Term 2 with a week-long Arts Festival.
WSC Dance, Drama and Music students performed a variety of evening
shows complimented by a visual arts projection and a selection of
short films. Food Technology students provided audiences with gourmet
nibbles and delicious fresh baking.
of the many highlights of the Arts Fest include the play Top Girls,
the Sp[rings Battle of the Bands (7 altogether!), a German short
film about a girls love affair with a lamp, Year 10 Stomp
and Hip Hop dances, and guest performers Pointy Dog Dance Company.
Look out for the Winter Series and the Junior Arts Festival in November.
This term the Kelmarna Centre, (Catholic Family and Community Services),
are offering three courses.
8-12 year olds
Wednesdays 2, 9, 16 & 10 August. 7.30-9.30pm
Women Parenting Alone
Wednesdays, commencing 2 August. 9.30-11.30am.
2 ,9,16 & 30 August. 7.30- 9.30pm
courses are held at our premises, Kelmarna Centre (Catholic Family
and Community Services), 2 St Benedicts St, Newton