No.2, 14th March 2007
Puna O Waiorea Hosts Te Mana Relaunch, 13/3/07
Rumaki staff, students and parents were thrilled to host the
Ministry of Educations relaunch of the Te Mana programme
on the school marae on Tuesday morning this week. The Minister
of Youth Affairs, Nanaia Mahuta, unveiled the new programme
initiatives and paid a tribute to the Heroes who feature
in the radio and television commercials which promote messages
about the advantages of persevering at school and seeking
new initiatives include a redesigned magazine, a new look
website and a study guide. Heroes Farah Palmer, Mike McRoberts,
Stacey Morrison, Warren Maxwell ( and Michael Campbell, by
video ) all spoke in a moving and inspirational manner about
their own school experiences, urging young people to commit
to lifelong learning and encouraging whanau to support them
in this endeavour.
Review of Springs Later This Year
The Education Review Office has notified us that a review
of Western Springs College has been scheduled for the second
half of term two or during term three. We will again invite
the review team to focus on our progress towards the goal
of providing consistently high quality standards of teaching
across all curriculum areas.
Welcomes Chinese Delegation
Last Monday morning ( 5/3 ) Western Springs College hosted
a visiting party of education officials and principals from
Ningbo city in China. Springs was one of three schools selected
for the visitors itinerary in Auckland.
south of Shanghai, on Chinas east coast, was visited
by international students director, Dal McGuirk, in
June last year, and by principal, Ken Havill, in October.
It is planned to establish a sister school partnership with
one of the prominent secondary schools in the city, leading,
it is hoped, to opportunities for future student and teacher
exchanges between our schools.
of Trustees Elections
A reminder that nominations for the board elections close
on Thursday (15/3).
Student Achievement at Springs
NCEA Results, 2006
Analysis of Maori Student Achievement:
Rumaki & Mainstream Maori Students
Enrolled at 1 July
Male & Female
Male & Female
Male & Female
Male & Female
Pass rates for University Entrance and Level 2 indicate
that Maori students at Springs who are retained for years
12 & 13, especially those in the Rumaki, are succeeding
at levels more than comparable with students overall.
Maori male students who stay on at school until years 12
& 13 are achieving at high levels.
Rumaki Maori pass rates are impressive at all levels
Start Right Study Skills Workshops
The Learning Centre has just completed the first two of a series
of Study Skills Workshops. The workshops are specifically aimed
at Year 11 students new to NCEA, but are open to any other students
who feel they could and should be doing more to improve their learning.
The first 2 workshops focused on:
- Planning for Success: Goal setting, planning and organisation
- Strategies for taking charge of your own learning - part1: Looking
at myself as learner. What helps me and what gets in my way?
If your child was unable to take advantage of either of these workshops,
but you feel they would benefit from finding out what we have to
offer, ask them to come and book a session with us during the week.
We are happy to take students through the workshops, individually
or in groups.
The next workshop will be in week 7 and will be advertised
in the school bulletin and on the Intranet.
Workshop 3 Taking Charge of Your Learning
- Part 2
will look at practical strategies for optimising
learning in the classroom.
We strongly encourage students to come along and find out if there
are strategies that they could be using to make their classroom
learning more effective and more productive.
Peer Reading, Peer Mentoring and Peer Tutoring
Learning Centre staff are about to begin training a large number
of year 13 student volunteers as peer reading tutors, peer mentors
and peer tutors. The training will take 5-6 hours over several weeks,
but it is hoped that all three programmes will be underway by the
end of Term 1. We know from our experience last year that these
programmes brought great benefits to all the students involved and
we have high expectations for 2007.
The Learning Centre is here for everyone. Encourage your child
to seek help early, before the problem becomes unmanageable or the
deadline is missed. They can approach us at any time to make
an appointment. If they are ready to take action, we are ready to
The new school year is underway, and so is our planning for Geography
Fieldtrips. Our overseas trip in 2007 is to SAMOA 10 - 16 August,
and deposits should already be paid to the school office so that
airline bookings can be made.
11 are also visiting the Volcanoes Exhibition at the Museum
on the 12th or 14th March, Year 12 are preparing to
walk the Tongariro Crossing at the end of the term to study their
Natural Landscape and Year 13 will spend a day at
Piha on 28th March, studying Coastal Processes.
Jones and John Ward
Studies Department News
All classes are well into their modules. I have visited some classes
and I can say there is much positive engagement in the topics.
9KA/9KU Movement of People
All year 9 students recently visited our school Marae, Nga Oho.
Local Features and their significance to individuals
and groups are an important aspect of the Local Studies Module in
year 9. The Marae was the meeting place at the Powhiri for all new
students at the beginning of the year so it is important that we
give students the opportunity to visit the Marae. The Rumaki staff
explained the origins of Nga Oho and described the significance
of the various parts of the building. Our visit ended with all students
learning to sing the school waiata.
thanks to Tere Tamarua and Rawiri Walker for giving their valuable
time and sharing their knowledge with us.
Following the success of WSC students last year we have high expectations
for this years candidates in the ICAS English and Writing
tests. Students should listen carefully to the notices for meetings
and ask their English teacher for further information.
The facilitators for Writers Club this year are Dorothy Fernandez
and Nicola Green. An inaugural meeting was held on the 28 February
with a group of keen student writers and plans were laid to launch
a Writers Club broadsheet. Copies will be available for the
wider school community via the intranet. The Writers Club
welcomes all interested writers to participate in this project with
We have had a busy start to the year in the Media and are pleased
to welcome Tim College into the department. Tim is teaching a Year
9 Media class and students are already benefiting from his enthusiasm
Freeman has also began meetings of the Film Society. Students have
had the opportunity to view Dr. Strangelove and have plans
for many more challenging and interesting films to view. This year
viewing afternoons will rotate from Monday through to Wednesday
to allow for students who have commitments on those days. We are
also considering introducing a practical element to the society
where students may have the opportunity to film and then edit short
13 students are in the process of applying for this years
Youth Summit which will take place in Sydney. We wish them luck
and hope that they too will be able to take advantage of this rewarding
experience as Charlotte and Finn did in LA last year. Photos and
news from last year have now been posted on the Western Springs
Year 9 Banding
Over the next week Year 9 students will be banded into their mathematics
classes. Your children will be coming home with a note from their
teacher indicating the band in which they have been placed. Please
sign this and return to their teacher as soon as possible.
We have some upcoming events that students may be interested in.
Come one, Come all.
Date: Tuesday, 20th March
Time: Periods 3 & 4 (there will be a break for lunch)
Entry fee: $2:00 (this will go towards the chess club fees for the
Permission: Is needed by your classroom teacher for absence during
those periods no permission, no entry.
Eligibility: All students
Teacher in Charge: Ms West
See your mathematics teacher for a registration form.
Registration closes: Monday, 19th March at the end of lunch.
ICAS (International Competition and Assessments for Schools)
Date: Wednesday, 23rd May
Venue: B12 (to be confirmed)
Time: To be confirmed
Entry Fee: $6:50 (to be paid at the office)
Eligibility: All students
Teacher in Charge: Mr Henley
See your mathematics teacher for registration form.
Registration closes: Thursday, 5th April (last day of Term 1)
The informal opportunity to meet, eat and chat at the new parents
barbeque was enjoyable. Luckily the weather favoured the evening.
Just another reminder about the upcoming parents evening.
On the first weekend back at school, 24 student leaders attended
the 'Prefects that Peak' course run by AUT. We are part of a new
initiative at Springs made up of different portfolios - Board of
Trustees Representatives, Academic, Cultural, Community, Sports,
International and House leaders.
The first day was about getting comfortable with each other - human
knots, team skipping, hugging, group massage, etc. We stayed at
Youthtown in the city which was truly wild and exciting with its
recreational equipment and very hygienic accommodation.
Our days started at 6:30 with breakfast on the AUT city campus
marae, and our workshops ran 'til dinner time. There were courses
in team building, event management and business plans. We planned
what we wanted to do this year as leaders, with projects such as
getting new equipment for the music department, putting art murals
up around school and organising stage challenge.
We did a full-on police obstacle course, participated in early
morning aerobics and had a crump battle which was a right royal
laugh. The course finished with more group massage and water bombs.
Everyone thought the camp was hugely worthwhile in getting to know
each other and planning what we're going to do this year as leaders.
We were also given an ANZ bank account with $100 to start us off,
which will be spent on sausages for our student leaders and
Board of Trustees BBQ.
Thanks to Shannon, Taff and Linda from AUT.
Colling and Hannah Clark
Summer of Rowing
On the 12th February 2007 at the North Island Rowing Championships
regatta, held at Lake Karapiro near Cambridge, the West-End Rowing
Club Womens Novice 8 crew came 5th in the finals against a field
of 9 crews competing from all over the North Island.
The West-End Womens Novice 9 squad comprised 4 students
from Western Springs College. These were Ella Newell, Ana de Pont
van Schie, Rhiannon Hooper and Zoe Butcher-McGunnigle.
For these students this was the culmination of many months of dedication
waking at 5.15am in the morning, three or four times per
week, to train on the Waitemata Harbour before school. During the
final weeks of summer training they rowed up to eight times a week
and attended a week long rowing camp.
The Novice 8 squad competed in four other regattas
over summer, in Karapiro and Rotorua, gaining a 2nd place in three
of these regattas. The Western Springs students have very much enjoyed
interacting with rowers from other schools at the West End Rowing
Club and at the regattas. The whole experience has made them tougher
in many ways and not just the calloused hands!
Western Springs Association Football Club
Enrolments and registrations for the 2007 football season at Western
Springs Association Football Club are now open. Just go to www.wsafc.co.nz
for more information.
The club has many new things in the pipeline and the first game
is in April. Club soccer should not interfere with school soccer
its great to do both.