Nga Puna O Waiorea

Newsletter No.9– 27th September, 2006


The term ended well - examinations proceeded smoothly. Senior students will have received most of their results. The purpose of the term 3 examinations is to provide students with an opportunity to practise their exam technique, and show their subject knowledge and skills.

Students are expected to review the effectiveness of their preparation and make the required changes. They should begin now to prepare themselves for the external examinations which begin on 20th November.

I know that staff members have been running workshops during the holiday break, and that these will continue during term time, both at lunchtimes and after school. Homework centres operate after school in the library. The learning centre is available to assist students to ‘brush up’ on essay writing, exam techniques and so on. I should like to express my thanks for the extra efforts made by the teachers, a significant feature of this school.

Talent Quest
Our annual talent quest was a treat, and as usual, a combination of solo and group performances, lip synch and original works, humour and serious endeavours. Much fun was had by all, not the least when the staff appeared to present their version of “Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye” by the Manhattans.

Subject Choices
In this mailout returning students will receive a subject choice grid (blocking sheet), based on the initial choices they have made. It may be necessary for some students to alter their choices based on the way the subjects are blocked, which can be upsetting or frustrating. It would be helpful if parents can discuss these decisions with their son/daughter.

Please don’t hesitate to ring deans/directors/careers staff for advice. The choice grid is due back at the start of term 4. Guidance staff will review and discuss students’ choices with them.

BB Guns
These are not permitted at school. Two weeks ago a student made an error of judgement and brought a BB gun to school. This resulted in police action and the possibility of a criminal charge. Parents are asked to discuss this and provide good advice to their children; often young people do not see the potentially serious consequences of their actions.

Chas Duffield and Nicole Sciaroni leave us after a period of between 3-5 years at the school. The staff recognised their contribution at the end of term. We have been lucky to secure the services of two quality teachers: Clive Falconer and Amber de Boer to replace them, and ensure a smooth transition.

A major purpose of this newsletter is to alert you to the prize giving and other events that are to take place this term. You will see that this time of the year is very busy, and there is much to do. We look forward to a productive term, and one of celebration of successes.

Linda Dillon
Acting Principal


Western Springs College
:: 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
:: Phone (+64 09) 846 8197
:: Fax (+64 09) 815 6740

:: Email admin@westernsprings.school.nz