No.8 8th September, 2006
a busy time! 2006 is still proceeding, and planning for 2007
is already underway. The school ball went very well, fun was
had by all, and the Hilton staff commended our students on
their excellent behaviour and manner. They have even invited
have received good feedback about the careers/NCEA information
evening we ran in August: this is likely to become an annual
Senior students will be on study leave from Tuesday 12
Wednesday 20 September. Examination times are : 9am -12 pm,
2 5pm. You can assist your son/daughter to prepare
by helping them to:
a programme of study
reduce hours of work, if they have after school jobs
the correct equipment
in plenty of time
their stress levels
the examination schedule.
your son/daughter is sick a medical certificate is required.
Please let the school know that s/he is away.
Students are in the middle of making decisions about courses
for 2007. They have received a course book, listened to teachers,
and have worked with careers staff. Initial choice selections
are due Friday 8 September. Once we analyse student responses
a final choice will be made at the start of term 4, using
the option choice grid. Please dont hesitate to ring
deans/directors/careers staff for advice.
We have reviewed and revised the complaints and attendance
policies. These will be posted on the website or are available,
on request, from the school office. These points are worth
There is a direct relationship between good patterns of
attendance and student academic success
Parents are required to
the school on the day of absence via the absence line
up the absence with a written note
a medical certificate if absence longer than 3 days
permission from the principal for any period of extended
leave from school
Leaving school at any time during the school day will
consent from a senior manager
a note from home or appointment card
student to sign out in the book held at the front office,
once permission has been given.
Y13 students have permission to be absent for study periods
and break times, on the basis of reasonable conduct. If
there is a form period at the start of the day an arrangement
with the form teacher needs to be made
Students may be excused for lateness or non attendance
if they bring a note or if the parent comes in to explain.
Attendance will be recorded and data collated by the assistant
principal for reporting to the board of trustees, regular
review, and audit by MOE as required.
teacher/dean referral/contact with home
and other support
Attendance officer visits
Interventions for continual lateness or poor attendance
Unless there is a valid reason for non attendance those
students who do not attend for more than 21 consecutive
days will be removed from the roll.
We would endeavour to resolve matters of dispute in a fair
and reasonable manner, but, at times, there are issues, of
a serious nature, that require specific attention. The steps
are detailed in the policy document.
Complaints will be made in writing or in person; anonymous
complaints will not be registered.
Complaints, of a serious nature, involving
members will be directed to the principal.
principal will be handled by the BOT Chair.
parents will be directed to the principal, and if necessary,
will be directed to the principal, and if necessary the
students will be handled in accordance with the Code of
Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.
are requested NOT to cross the road on the blind corner at
the bottom of the hill outside of the school. This is a serious
safety concern at present; we need your cooperation. There
are temporary footpaths between the barriers and marked crossing
points for students to use. The work will continue on the
road area for another six weeks and the tramway extension
due for completion at the start of December.
The Minister of Education has granted schools a consultation
day to consider the new curriculum document. The school has
selected Friday 15 September. Y11-13 students will be on study
leave; Y9-10 students should remain at home.
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.
New Zealand Curriculum Draft for Consultation 2006:
and their communities are at present engaged in consultation and
discussion on the new curriculum proposed for all schools from Years
1 to 13. Parents and students of WSC are to be included in our consultation
round so I thought it would be useful to give some initial perspectives
for our community to consider.
new curriculum is centred on a set of key competencies:
Relating to others
language, symbols and texts
is a move that simplifies what was previously complex and should
enable us at Springs to focus on the development of programmes to
suit our students and their educational needs. These key competencies
have arisen out of the OECDs Defining and Selecting Competencies
project and who could argue against them?
Middleton at Manukau Institute of Technology points out in his early
comments on this new curriculum, and these key competencies in particular,
that the line between simple and trite can be quite thin.
He challenges us to give these clear statements rigour and
some meat. This we will certainly do as we discuss the integration
of these competencies into the programmes that we deliver at WSC.
the values which the curriculum statement encourages
our students and their communities to support will spark a greater
debate? These are:
enquiry and curiosity
for the environment
curriculum document urges dialogue between the schools and their
communities to find specific ways in which these values will find
expression. At WSC they should be evident in our schools philosophy,
structures, curriculum, classrooms and community of relationships.
the curriculum document moves on the issue of languages by establishing
this as an 8th learning area. The others are: English, Mathematics
and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences, Arts, Health and Physical
Education, Technology. This has to be a good move if we are to encourage
a language learning culture in New Zealand.
from the Mathematics Department
Term 3 Workshops
We are all very much aware of the need for continuous revision in
Mathematics. Students must practice new skills on a regular basis
in order for them to master these to the expected level. As students
do find it difficult to structure worthwhile revision sessions for
themselves, especially during the school holidays, we would like
to invite all Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Achievement Standards
students to take part in the revision workshops as set out in the
achievement level workshops provide the ideal opportunity for students
to catch up on those basic skills that are still getting the better
of them, while the Merit and Excellence Level sessions are ideal
for consolidation and extension.
look forward to students making use of this very worthwhile opportunity!
Child Cancer Foundation fundraiser:
Thank you to all students and parents who have made a fantastic
effort in supporting this very worthwhile fundraising project. Students
have been requested to pay all sponsorship money in to Beth at the
front office by Friday 8 September, after which raised funds will
be donated to the Child Cancer foundation.
Congratulations to Rory Clarke, Yr 9, who gained a medal in the
ICAS English competition. This means Rory shared the highest score
in New Zealand for year 9 students. A fantastic achievement. Two
other year 9 students also gained High Distinction Awards: Liam
O'Dwyer and Hector McKay. The high distinction awards are given
to students in the top 1% of participants in the competition - another
Publication of Student Writing:
This year the English department is going to publish a booklet of
the best student writing in three categories: Poetry, Short Story
and Formal Writing. Students who wish to submit a piece to be considered
by the selection team should give it in to Sean Hawthorne or their
English teacher before the end of term. Entries in term two's writing
competition and students who gained excellent grades for in class
writing will also be considered by the selection team.
department would appreciate hearing from any parents with contacts
for publishing or possible sponsorship of the booklet to help us
get the project off the ground (contact Sean by email - firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is our intention that this becomes an annual publication of the
best student writing in each year. It will be designed and edited
by a team of students. If any student is interested in being involved
and they haven't already expressed interest please see Sean Hawthorne
or their English teacher a.s.a.p.
plea from the photography department : We are still searching for
missing books and equipment. Sadly a number of books and other items
have escaped the photography department this year which is a huge
loss to us. I would like to ask for parents support. If you have
a son or daughter who takes Photography in year 12 or 13 could you
please check that there arent any of our books or equipment
items at home? Book borrowing from the department has had to cease
this term as too many books have disappeared. The books that I am
certain are missing are :
Essential Duane Michels ( Large grey hardback book )
Ralph Meatyard ( Small PHAIDON book.)
Robert Frank ( Small Photofile book.)
Jorge Molder ( Luxury Bound - Medium sized black book with
Crimson spine )
books are covered in clear duraseal, marked with a WSC stamp and
have a card in the back.
are also missing one tripod. It is a lightweight black Cullman tripod
with a name on the leg in the form of a label BARRAR. Any
items or books that can be returned to the photography department
will be welcomed with open arms.
will also be workshops running until the end of term on Thursday
afternoons from 3.15pm 4.30pm. This is an excellent time
for photography students to catch up. External deadlines are fast
approaching and the darkroom will be quite full up until the external
deadlines so photography students should make use of this time.
The darkroom will also be available to ALL photography students
during exam week. Make use of this time and get on top of your print
load! See Ashra during exam week to use darkroom facilities.
has been much performing from the department recently. The WSC Chamber
Orchestra performed with passion on the Concert Chamber stage as
part of the Auckland Schools Competitions. It was a great
thrill for me to be in the audience feeling so proud of our students
up there. Sam Loveridge and Helen McLean were particularly impressive
in their parts in the Bach double violin concerto arrangement. Thanks
go to our orchestral tutor Vigdis Relph.
as part of the competitions, our Jazz Band played in the fringe
festival for emerging bands. We were not eligible for competition
with 3 staff members in the band but given how well we performed
I would not be surprised if next year the students insist on a student
only band so they can compete! As part of the fringe the adjudicator
spent half an hour with us on stage in a workshop situation which
was very successful. Thanks to our tutor Trude Lile and congratulations
to our soloists Hannah Pierce, Eamon Edmundson-Wells, Tom Bannister
and Rowan Brooks.
to Harry Peirse who won the Music Association of Aucklands
quartet composition competition. Harrys piece for piano, violin,
cello and erhu (Chinese fiddle) has a definite jazz influence
and it was a pleasure hearing the rehearsals. We look forward to
hearing more of Harrys compositions.
Talent Quest is approaching!! On the last afternoon of term we will
hold our annual Talent Quest in the school hall. Entries are looking
good and students are reminded to get those rehearsals under way
because the competition will be strong.