No.7 21st August, 2006
mid point of the term has been reached already. The winter
sports season is almost over, the ball is almost upon us,
senior exams begin in three weeks time, and students are beginning
to consider their plans for 2007!
the last 2 weeks a number of students have enjoyed successes
in external competitions, and we were named one of the Top
25 schools. While such ranking lists are a source of debate,
what is encouraging for us is that a variety of measures and
feedback reinforce that the school is doing well.
One way in which we can maintain momentum and continue to
improve is through the training of staff. This Friday 25 August
is our Teacher Only Day. Teachers will focus on the
differentiation project that has already begun, and we will
also hear from Joseph Driessen who has done a lot of research
in the area of boys education.
you are unable to make satisfactory alternative arrangements
for your son/daughter on that day and would like him/her to
come to school, please contact the school office and inform
us so that we can organise supervised study.
The school ball is on Friday 25 August. We are very fortunate
in the choice of venue; the Hilton staff have gone out of
their way to make us welcome. With the theme of rock and roll,
the superior facilities, the salsa/rocknroll classes
that have taken place, and high student interest this promises
to be a successful event.
ball is a school event so usual school rules apply: smoking
and drinking alcohol are not permitted. Students who are affected
by pre-ball activities may not be permitted to enter the venue.
note that any pre-ball or after-ball activities are not school
events; supervision at these times is a parent responsibility.
There are legal implications, and large fines, relating to
attendance at events, particularly those which are large scale
and where alcohol is supplied, even by a ticket system. The
school does not endorse these events and urges parents to
advise students wisely.
We are in the process of consulting the community about proposed
changes to the school zone. The Ministry has given approval
for this stage of the process. The proposed zone is included
on the back page of this newsletter: the hatched area is the
proposed change. Feedback and comments should be directed
to The Board Secretary.
& Course Choice Information Evening
To assist students to make informed choices about their plans
for 2007, whether they are leaving school or returning next
year, we are holding a careers/ course choice evening on Thursday
24 August, 6.30-8pm. Students have already received a
notice; this serves as a reminder to Y10-13 students and parents
to join heads of department, careers staff and guests, deans
and directors in the hall. Y10 will first be with their deans
in S Block to receive an introduction to NCEA.
Represent NZ in LA
13 students Charlotte Drayton and Finn McGowan were selected to
travel with me to Los Angeles to represent New Zealand at the Irmas
International Youth Media Summit. The summit brought together students
from 26 countries around the world to work together for ten days.
The aim was to produce public service announcements promoting seven
issues womens rights, poverty, racism, violence, the
environment, health and youth empowerment. The students investigated
issues in each country, shared information, formed relationships
and understanding and worked towards solutions.
and Finn shone as they represented the school and the country. Charlotte
presented her report on Womens Issues in NZ to the summit
and Finns prepared PSA on Poverty was presented at a theatre
night screening. Both worked with their groups during the week to
produce another PSA. It was an extremely rewarding experience that
made me proud to be associated with such creative and mature young
out Listen Up! site for pictures: www.flickr.com/photos/71975588@N00/
left to right Finn McGowan, Jane Hall, Charlotte Drayton
GEOGRAPHY FIELDTRIP TO FIJI:
WSC students have experienced the traditional Fiji and the tourist
Fiji, have completed an internal achievement standard at Levels
1, 2 and 3 and have had a trip to remember! Thanks to the wonderful
staff and students who made it such a success. John Ward and I look
forward to planning next years trip!
It was with much pride that I attended the Auckland regional finals
of the smokefreerockquest competitions recently. There were 14 bands
from the region and two were from WSC a great effort.
Kinky Wizards played with great energy not to mention dress
and hair style and The Incident took the audience by surprise
with an intelligent medley of several pieces that included an ever
changing style. Unfortunately neither band was placed but they both
did the school proud.
Also making us proud was the group of musicians who responded to
a request to do a performance at Ponsonby Intermediate as part of
culture week. A huge thank you to Kate, Wasan, Eamon, Alex, Harry,
Jesse, Xian, Tawa, Vincent, Tom, Cameron and Kathryn.
Over the next few weeks the orchestra and the jazz band have their
chance to shine at the annual band and orchestra festival in which
they get to play at the Concert Chamber and the Town Hall
listen out for more details of this.
week we have Rodger Fox coming to take our jazz band rehearsal
we are expecting to be challenged!
Itinerant music lessons continue to be well attended this term.
I would like to remind students and families that they must communicate
with their tutors if they are unable to attend a lesson due to a
clash, for example with a classroom assessment. There are still
students on waiting lists for lessons who will snatch up any places
Thank you to families for your support of your students at these
evenings it makes the assessments much more meaningful. The
next evenings are in week two of term four and I welcome your attendance.
AS A PHEDDER:
always the Physical Education students of Western Springs College
are as busy as an army of beavers building a dam.
Year 9 Phedders have finished the testing phase of their fitness
unit and now move on into group fitness. Some fantastic results
came out of the tests further emphasising the up and coming athletes
we have within this group. The purpose of the fitness testing was
to firstly look at the different components that contribute to someone
being labelled as fit, and secondly to allow students
to see where their own fitness levels are during the winter sports
season. Congratulations to all of the students who put so much effort
into their tests. There will be an opportunity for students to improve
their result at the end of the term.
Year 9 students have since been planning a 10 minute warm up lesson
for their classmates which aims to get everybodys heart rates
up and most importantly promotes fun!
year 10 students are currently involved in one of two units of work.
Some Year 10 students are learning the basics of volleyball, while
the other students are starting a level one achievement standard
which focuses on team dynamics. The students have an opportunity
to earn some valuable credits in this unit to carry through into
next year so you can expect to see some homework! The students will
swap units once finished.
12 Physical Education students have just finished working towards
their Kiwisport Leadership Award. They were involved in teaching
Year 7 and 8 students from Westmere Primary. The Year 12 students
worked in pairs and had a group of twelve-fourteen students to teach
over four periods. It was interesting watching how the Year 12 students
dealt with the younger students enthusiasm and energy. They
soon found out that their attention span only lasted for about three
minutes before they got bored and wanted to try something else!
I would like to say a big thank you to all my Year 12 students.
You did an awesome job in the way that you acted in terms of being
a positive role model and the way that you were focussed on ensuring
that they improve their skill levels as well as having fun. Lets
hope this experience has given some of you the motivation and desire
to become Physical Education teachers!
to the cancellation of the snow camp, Year 12 students will not
be involved in two Outdoor Education days on Wednesday 30 August
and Friday 1 September. They will be going to Waipu to do caving
and abseiling and head to Woodhill Forest to mountain bike and tree
swing! A reminder to get your money and medical forms in as soon
year 13 students are spending the term studying the influence biomechanics
(the study of forces and their effect on the body during movement)
has on sporting performance, in our case volleyball. The students
were filmed performing a chosen shot in which they had to appraise
using their biomechanics knowledge. A video interview was set up
in which the students answered questions and commented on their
technique. The class will now plan and participate in a series of
training sessions which aim to work on their technical weaknesses.
as you can see we are all very busy in this neck of the woods. We
would ask you all to bear with us as the courts go through their
renovations. On rainy days the gym can become a busy place so we
appreciate your patience during this time. The department has lunch
time detentions that run all week for those who forget their equipment.
Should a student fail to turn up to their detention they will receive
a letter notifying you at home that they will be spending Wednesday
afternoon with us. So this is just a friendly reminder to make sure
your son/daughter is planning ahead.
the winter sports season winds down, we look forward to more inviting
weather to give us all an excuse to release those endorphins which
are longing to put a smile on our face and a spring in our step.
Megan Murdoch/Matt Corbett
THE SPORTS DEPARTMENT:
|We are nearing the end of our winter sports season
with some great results so far.
Junior A Girls Soccer placed in top 6 in the Champs of
10 Netball Girls won their competition at Te Pai Courts.
underwater Hockey won bronze medal in the Inter-Schools
17 Girls Basketball won the final of the Auckland Zone
19 Girls Basketball won the final of the Auckland Zone
First X1 Soccer Boys achieved highly heading for a 1st
Boys Soccer are heading for a 1st 2nd finish.
First XV Rugby won the semi final against Aorere College 29
3, playing the final on 26th August at Sacred Heart College.
Sport starts Term 4,Touch, Cricket, Volleyball, Softball.
Dinner November 10th at 6 9pm. Venue to be confirmed.
Opening of our new tiger turf multi purpose surface scheduled
for Week 1 term 4.
to all those who participated in our sports programme.
FROM THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT:
Western Springs College yet again celebrated Maths week with a range
of fun activities and puzzles for all to enjoy. The daily challenges
again proved extremely popular with students racing their answers
to the appropriate teacher in order to receive the top prize of
and Thursday saw all junior students competing in three legged maths
races, while 4 junior teams competed in the annual Mathex quiz night
on Wednesday. Our main focus for the week, was however raising money
for the Child Cancer Foundation.
Child Cancer Foundation is a voluntary organisation relying entirely
on donations from private individuals, corporate sponsors and community
organisations, bequests and other fundraising initiatives. They
are a separate organisation from the Cancer Society, unlike stated
in our initial letter to parents and caregivers.
have been encouraged to raise funds for this very important organisation
through a sponsorship process. We are expecting students to start
paying funds raised into the main office on Monday, and will inform
you of the final results of our efforts in the next Newsletter.
would like to thank the mathematics Department staff for the great
amount of time end energy invested in making Maths Week and enjoyable
event for all.
exams a few weeks away.
With senior exam just around the corner, staff in the department
will be asking students to complete relevant and necessary revision
material over the next few weeks. Parent and caregiver support will
be much appreciated in this regard.
(Education Outside The Classroom)
Our Year 12 French, NCEA Level One Spanish and both Year 11 and
Year 12 Japanese have done their urban trips to town or to a café
for their EOTC programme which involves topics like Getting Around
Town, Eating and Drinking. The students were able to use the languages
they have learnt in real situations. It was a very good experience
for the students. The Year 11 French class will have their café
visit in Week 6 and Week 7.
The International Languages Week this year is in Week 6, 21 August
to 25 August. To celebrate the languages and the culture this year,
we have canteen specials daily, with a formclass daily quiz. We
also have cultural dress-up day on Tuesday and run a competition
for the staff and the students to show certain culture through costume.
Last year this event went successfully. We are sure this year will
be even more colourful. The winner/winners will be announced at
the next assembly.
Nuestra clase de español fue a un restaurante que se llama
Los Incas le jueves de la semana cinco.
restaurante está en Devonport y fuimos en furgonita hasta
la calle Rattray. Estaba a treinta minutos del instituto. Los Incas
es muy precioso y muy interesante y hacía muchos artifactos.
Fue estupendo! El cocinero es mexicano y muy simpático.
problema? Tuvimos que pedir todo en español! Hay un menú
especialmente para los estudiantes. Hacía muhos platos en
el menú y la comida fue fantástica. Hacía las
tortillas, los nachos, los burritos. Era muy dificíl hablar
un día muy buena y la comida fue estupenda!
La clase de español.
Our Spanish class went to a restaurant called Los Incas,
the Thursday of week 5.
restaurant is in Devonport and we went by van to Rattray St. It
was 30min away from school. Los Incas is very beautiful and very
interesting and there were lots of artefacts. It was great! The
cook is Mexican and very nice.
problem? We had to ask for everything in Spanish! There is a menu
especially for students. There were lots of dishes on the menu and
the food was fantastic. There were tortillas, nachos and burritos.
It was very hard to speak in Spanish!
was a very good day and the food was wonderful.
The Spanish class
THE ART DEPT:
from the ART DEPARTMENT this term
Art Department would like to extend an invitation to parents
of senior painting, photography and year 11 art students,
to view an informal display of In progress Artwork
as part of the Course and Careers information evening. The
evening will commence on Thursday 24th August from 6.30pm
till 8pm. The schedule for the evening follows :
11 Art in progress E3 & E4
Year 12 & 13 Photography in progress E5
Year 12 & 13 Painting in progress E2
friendly reminder to all parents of Year 11 Art students : there
are workshops for year 11 art students currently running in
E3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays both at lunchtime and after school
from 3.15 5pm.
for year 12 / 13 design students Thursdays 3.15 5pm in
Department is also desperate for your old newspapers and ice
cream containers all donations welcome!
are a number of books that have gone missing from classrooms
this term which is a major concern to us as they are an invaluable
teaching resource and are also worth large sums of money! If
you notice any books at home that belong to the Art, Photography
or Design departments could you please send them our way? We
will be very pleased to see their return!
Arts Series Artists Show n Tell
August 22 (Wk 6)
September 6 (Wk 8)
August 22, Wed 23 (Wk 6)
dancers to be confirmed
2 and Interval
to be confirmed
Chloe Davison, Lily Laita, Barnaby James or Margaret Robertson
to Tania Secker and members of the Year 11 History team who won
the annual Year 11 History quiz. Tom ODonnell, Verne Wilson
and Sylvie Thrush Marsh were the members of the winning team
who took on the forty three other teams that met at Diocesan School
in this hotly contested event.
team members are to be congratulated on a fine win. Teams had travelled
from the upper North Island to contest the quiz crown and Western
Springs College were regarded as the outsiders in a team event that
is traditionally dominated by the private Auckland schools. This
evening was to see tradition overturned as in a closely fought final
WSC emerged as well-deserved winners.
Lice Anyone can catch head lice it is not a sign
of poor personal hygiene, in fact lice prefer clean, non-greasy,
scalps. Head lice are not regarded as transmitters of any disease.
Head lice can spread wherever groups of people work, play or
live together. Head lice usually occur amongst school children
before spreading to adults in their families. Although there
is no sure way to prevent head lice the problem can be managed
effectively. Your local pharmacy can help with products that
will cure the problem.
Defence for Girls aged 13 15 years. Saturday 9 September,
10am 4.30pm, fee $30. Auckland Womens Centre, 4
Warnock St, Grey Lynn, Phone 376 3227.