No.1, 16th February 2007
Western Springs College students have matched the high standards
achieved by our students in NCEA in 2005, again placing the
college in the top echelon of decile 7 schools in New Zealand.
is particularly noteworthy that our Level 2, Level 3 and University
Entrance results have all improved markedly, and that we have
again excelled with our Level 1 numeracy (95%) and literacy
(90%) standards pass rates.
most impressive results are in University Entrance ( 70% pass
rate ) where Springs students have achieved at 20% above the
national decile 7 average. (This result would have placed
WSC first among decile 7 schools in New Zealand in 2005; rankings
for 2006 will not be possible until NZQA releases individual
schools results in April.)
gender analyses reveal some interesting findings:
U. E. pass rate for female students at Springs is over 10%
above that for decile 7 girls schools;
the U. E. pass rate for male students at WSC far exceeds
that for boys in decile 7 boys schools ( by 23.6%
) and co-ed schools ( by 26.5% ),
confirming that boys and girls are achieving extremely well
at our college.
is also worth noting that WSCs University Entrance pass
rate is well above that for decile 8 ( by 17.6% ), decile
9 ( by 9.7% ) and decile 10 schools ( by 8.1% ).
have yet to undertake our ethnic group analysis of last years
NCEA results, however, we have received the Ministry of Educations
Benchmark Indicators report for 2005 which provides the following
12 Qualification or Higher (%)
or no formal attainment
parents, in particular, may be interested to note the negligible
differential for Springs compared to other schools.
of Trustees Elections
Please give serious consideration to making a significant
contribution to our school community by serving as a trustee.
Your life experience, expertise or energy are all likely to
equip you to play an important part in helping to steer the
schools development during the next three years.
will receive a nomination form in the mail by 1 March for
the upcoming board of trustees election. Forms are also available
from the school office. Nominations close on 15 March.
papers will be issued prior to 20 March and the poll will
close on 29 March if the number of nominations exceeds the
number ( seven ) of parent representatives places on
the board. The results will be published on 4 April.
The school roll has this month reached 1,000 students, including
43 international feepayers. We are monitoring class sizes
closely, however, there are still a few comings and goings,
meaning that it may not be until the end of next week before
we make any final decisions about additional staffing.
The year has started well in the English Department. Sean Hawthorne
is on study leave for terms 1 and 2, and we welcome Tim College
and Amber de Boer.
you to parents for support in returning owing books from 2006 and
for the payment of invoices sent; please ensure that any book or
money is given to the school office as soon as possible.
is historically strong at WSC and we hope that 2007 is another successful
year for us. The competition gets under way in the next fortnight
and we wish our teams well.
writers are invited to join the Writers Club which will begin
soon; listen out for meetings in the notices. There are already
a number of speech and writing competitions advertised in English
classrooms and on the English Department notice board in D block.
Students should ask their teacher for details.
Next week all senior students will receive an Assessment Handbook,
which will provide information about the procedures to follow in
the event of illness, missed assessments, extensions etc.
and parents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with all the
information in this handbook.
& Talented Students
Philosophy is now an option in Terms 1 and 2 for Year 9 students
and in Terms 3 and 4 for Year 10 students.
2007, I hope to run cross-curricular withdrawal groups in Terms
2 and 3, and in Term 1, I will interview individually Year 10 students
identified last year about their individual learning needs.
The Learning Centre is intended to provide an inviting and stimulating
environment where students from any year level can come individually,
or in groups, to seek assistance with almost anything related to
their learning. Ours is a learning partnership in which we work
alongside students to identify and assess their learning needs;
encourage them to set learning goals and develop action plans; and
then help them work towards developing the skills and strategies
needed to achieve those goals. We are not so much about teaching
subject content, as helping students to develop strategies that
they can take back into the classroom with them, to assist them
in becoming more independent and successful as learners.
our interventions are negotiated with the students themselves and
may involve as few as one or two sessions, or as many as a series
of regular sessions over an extended period of time. Students from
year 9 -13 are encouraged to refer themselves for help and many
do. Ours is a revolving door policy, where students are able to
move in and out of the Centre as they feel necessary.
2006 Learning Centre staff assisted students with senior and junior
essay writing, senior and junior exam preparation, junior literacy
and numeracy, study skills and general organisational issues, as
well as specific subject and assignment support. Students were encouraged
to ask questions, to develop strategies for finding out information
and for clarifying meaning when they encountered concepts they found
challenging. Some junior students benefited from working closely
with senior students as part of the Centres Peer Reading and
Peer Mentoring Programmes. In 2007 we will be continuing these interventions
and also providing targeted programmes as listed below.
operating in 2007
Right study skills sessions,
covering: organisation, time management, effective learning strategies,
exam preparation and exam technique.
Senior essay writing for History and English
Senior English groups run to gain necessary literacy credits
missed in 2006
Year 9 Literacy and Numeracy
Small groups attending Learning Centre during either English or
Year 10 ASDAN Programme
Selected students will be invited to take part in this exciting
Centre Homework/Study Sessions
The Learning Centre is open from 8.00 a.m. Monday to Friday, Monday
and Wednesday after school until 4.30pm and every lunchtime. Students
can use our computers for research and call on Centre staff for
assistance in a range of subjects.
Centre Staff 2006
Helen Thorpe LC manager
Helen Hogg literacy/numeracy
Trina Sellers LC support (part-time: Thursdays)
Right Study Skills Workshops
This year the Learning Centre will periodically be offering one-off
study skills sessions, each with a specific focus. These sessions
are targeted at Year 11 students who are new to NCEA, but are open
to any senior students who feel they would benefit from improving
their learning strategies. The sessions will be advertised in the
daily bulletin and on the school intranet. Each session will be
run twice, (on two consecutive days), to try to accommodate students
who are involved in other school activities. Students may attend
as many of the sessions as they choose. We strongly recommend these
sessions to those students who seriously want to take charge of
their own learning and achieve success in NCEA this year.
1: Planning for Success
Wednesday 21st February, repeated on Thursday 22 February
Learning Centre at 1.30pm.
The focus will be on effective planning and organization for your
year of study.
2: Taking Charge of Your Learning
Wednesday 28 February, repeated Thursday 1st March
The focus will be on strategies for taking charge of how you learn
in and outside the classroom.
The Mathematics Department for 2007 has been through changes over
the summer break. The most significant being the birth of Aleksi
Kilian, on the 11th January, weighing in at 3.5kg (thats 7lbs.8ounces
for the old schoolers). Mother and baby are doing extremely
well with Thea already itching to get back to us. NOT!
holidays have allowed us to return to an updated and expanded resource
room. A big thank you to Nigel and David (builders) for doing an
awesome job in such a tight time restraint.
would like to welcome back the staff in the Mathematics Department
with a special welcome to Esther Mayari, and also Jasmine Paulkutty
while Thea Kilian is on maternity leave.
are reminded that a scientific calculator is an absolute must for
all students studying Mathematics. These are available from the
front office as well as stationery stores such as The Warehouse
and Warehouse Stationery. The cost is around $20. Senior students
studying achievement standards courses will be required to have
a graphics calculator. More information on this will be provided
by the relevant classroom teachers.
will again be a very important part of Mathematics teaching and
learning at Western Springs. Parents should expect students to receive
homework on a regular basis and to be notified in the event of students
not completing the required work.
range of activities are yet again on the calendar for 2007. Students
will have the opportunity to join the Chess Club, Maths Publication
team or enter a variety of competitions throughout the year. More
information about these events will be posted in the daily Bulletin.
look forward to yet again working alongside parents and caregivers
to ensure the best possible outcome for all our students in 2007.
Welcome back to all our students. It is lovely to see so many fresh
and returning faces. Students seem positive about the year ahead.
a reminder that students should have by now purchased the necessary
equipment for their art course:
9 and 10 - $3.00 for an A3 Manila wallet and pencil
12 and 13 - $7.00 for an A3 Visual Diary
(except Year 13 Painting who will be working on an A4 Journal $4.00
and Year 12 design will need a felt nib pen also, $5.00).
are welcome to supply their own equipment.
Talofa lava, Kia ora, Kia Orana, Malo e Lelei, Taloha Ni, Ni san
bula, Namaste, Greetings.
Pasifika greetings to all Pasifika parents and students of 2007.
A special welcome to all the new students and families who have
joined us at Western Springs College.
is just a reminder that the Pacific Island Homework Centre runs
every Monday from 3.30pm 5pm and will start on Monday 26th
February in the WSC Library. All students are encouraged to attend
will be a Pasifika BBQ for all Pasifika students and families at
Western Springs College on Thursday 22 February at 6.30pm. This
will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce new parents and meet
up with the old. Please make this a must in your busy schedules.
We would love to see you all there!
Tupe Tai Pacific Island coordinator.
The PAG is a friendly, loose association of involved and interested
parents which gets involved with Western Springs College issues
in a positive way. The PAG meets for working bees when required,
and runs things like the New Parents and Students Barbecue
(this year, Wednesday 28th February).
PAG meets once a month and spends a considerable amount of effort
raising funds. These funds are available, after consultation to
meet criteria, to the school and student groups for things like
outdoor shelters, money for our Smoke Free challengers, sports team
and cultural group requirements, outings etcetera.
PAG meets informally in the staff room at 7:30pm once a month, usually
on the first Tuesday, and always welcomes new parents. The first
meeting is Tuesday February 20th, 7:30pm in the staff room.
PAGs principal source of funds is the contract for cleaning
up after Rugby League games at Mt Smart Stadium. You will hear more
about this as the year progresses, when we start looking for parent
and student volunteers.
PAG has raised more than $150,000 for Western Springs College in
the past decade.
more information, you can see our web pages at www.westernsprings.school.nz/PAG.html
might also like to join the WSC PAG email list just email
Mark Webster at email@example.com
and ask to be added.
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Auckland Area Girls Brigade
Girls Brigade is for girls aged 5 18. Our programme
features a variety of fun activities designed to educate, inspire
meet at the Old Homestead, 92 Pt Chevalier Rd on Wednesdays during
school terms, 6 7.30pm for Juniors (Years 1 4) or
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