No.4, 2nd May 2007
of senior students will find the Record of Learning enclosed
in this mailout. Note that many standards which began last
term are yet to be completed and will be reported next term.
This is particularly true for some Year 13 students who may
not have completed any standards to date. If the current Record
of Learning indicates that more than one standard has not
been achieved, it is imperative that this is discussed with
the house dean ( for year 11 students ) or the academic director
( for year 12 or 13. )
Parent Information Meeting, WSC Library, 9 May, 7.30-9.00pm
are reminded about next Wednesday evenings NCEA Information
Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to clarify reasons
for the schools continuing confidence in the national
qualification, to inform parents about WSCs assessment
policy and procedures and to offer guidelines about ways parents
can assist students successfully manage the demands of NCEA.
Review, Term 2, Week 8
Education Review Office has informed the Board of Trustees
that its review of Western Springs College will begin later
this term on 11 June. During the review the reviewers will
focus their attention on how student achievement is linked
to effective governance, professional leadership and quality
teaching. In doing so they will endeavour to identify both
good practice and strategies for school improvement.
Alive and Well Beyond Springs
would like to express the schools gratitude for the
dedicated efforts of HOD Languages, Renae Liao-Marsden, and
Careers Advisor, Margaret Ruland, in managing the visit to
Japan of 15 of our senior Japanese language students during
the recent term break. It is a huge responsibility to undertake
a venture of this nature, involving many hours of painstaking
Geography ( Tongariro National Park ) and Physical Education
( Waihi ) students have also been recent beneficiaries of
excellent opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
In August, the geographers will travel to Western Samoa and
Year 12 Physical Education will visit National Park.
Examinations, Friday, 25 May Friday, 1 June
first preliminary examinations this year will span six days,
finishing on Queens Birthday Weekend.
term Springs will host Year 8 students from Pasadena Intermediate
( Wednesday, 16 May ) and Ponsonby Intermediate ( Wednesday,
20 June ) for the annual workshops mornings. Open Week has
been scheduled for week two of term three (23-27 July).
Quiz Night, WSC Hall, Friday, 4 May, 7.30pm
reminder about this Parent action Group fundraiser on Friday
night. The promise of an evening of fun and madness has seen
nearly 200 tickets ( $10.00 each ) already sold. There will
be live music along with spot and grand prizes.
from the Mathematics Department
1. Mathematics Competitions
We are currently looking forward to the ICAS assessment which is
scheduled to take place on Wednesday 23 May. Entries are open for
the Westpac Awards Competition which is scheduled to take place
in July. Students will be given the opportunity to enter via their
Maths teacher but are welcome to see Mr Henley directly in B12.
Mathematics Department GAT Programme
The 2007 Mathematics Gifted and Talented Programme will kick off
over the next fortnight. Students will be invited to register interest
with their Mathematics teachers. Where possible, we will withdraw
selected students from their normal Mathematics class one lesson
a week, for the duration of a term. Students will use this time
to work on, and receive feedback regarding their projects, which
will be presented to their families, teachers and peers at a presentation
evening in term 4.
Parents of selected students will receive written notification.
We are looking forward to yet again another fabulous edition of
Maths Uncensored . Leadership for the 7th edition will
be provided by Tom Wilson and Hannah Cleverly. Participation is
open to all year levels and skills are sought in all areas from
cover design to proof reading and photography. Interested students
should keep a close eye on the notices.
This term the Year 9 Health classes will have a lesson taken by
the Guidance Counsellors. The counsellors will be introducing the
Peer Sexuality Students (PSS) to the classes. The PSS students will
be explaining their role as a support group for students within
the school. The counsellors will also be introducing the Travellers
Programme to the classes and the students will be completing the
Travellers survey. Information regarding the Travellers Programme
should have been received in the January mail-out by the parents/care-givers
of all Year 9 students. If you have questions regarding the Travellers
Programme, please contact Sue Poupouare here at school.
Year 10 students are beginning the Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS)
unit of work this term. This year selected Year 10 classes will
be trialling some of the lessons from the up-dated KOS Kit. These
students will evaluate the lessons and decisions regarding the inclusion
of these lessons in next years Year 10 programme will be based
on their responses. If you have any questions regarding the KOS
programme, please contact the HOD Health.
The College needs to find new host families for a number of international
students arriving to start in Term 3. Can you help? If you think
you may like to host an international student (from China, Japan,
Germany and Italy) or if you have a friend or neighbour who may
be interested, please contact the College.
College pays host families $200.00 per week and our full-time Home-
stay Co-ordinator Joanne offers students and families full support.
For more information phone the Dean of International Students, Dal
McGuirk, at the College weekdays on 8156743 (DDI) or at home on
6254844 (evenings and weekends).
Careers Centre - Wahi Rapu Umanga
UK Study Information Evening - Wednesday 9 May
Sinclair Room, Level 5, Quay West Suites Hotel, 8 Albert Street,
Run on a drop-in basis between 4 7 pm with a presentation
at 5.30 pm (visa and application procedures, costs, benefits etc)
SCI-TECH experience July 3 5 2007
Three day hands on Science and Technology Experience!
Aimed at Year 11 students who are interested in science, technology
It will be held on AUT. It is organized by Rotary, Unitec NZ, AUT
and Manukau Institute of Technology. Closing date for registration
is 28 June 2007. To find out more and enrol check out the
TECHNICAL ADVENTURE CHALLENGE 9 13 July 2007
Venue: Devonport Naval Base
The objective is to challenge 40 high profile students (Years 12
and 13) who are interested in a technical career using modern apprenticeships
to grow into future technical managers and leaders with the Navy.
It will suit those students who are interested in gaining technical
qualifications in Electrical Engineering, Maintenance and Diagnostics
or Electronics Technology (Radar and Communications) and Engineering.
need to fill in an application form by Friday 1 June. A CV is also
required and a 200 word statement indicating why you should be selected.
Forms at the Careers Centre.
from Languages Department
A group of fifteen Yr 11-13 students from Japanese classes and 2
teachers went to Japan for 13 days during the Term 1 break. The
group departed in the early morning of April 5th and returned safely
to NZ on the 17th of April.
travelled from Tokyo down to Osaka and Hiroshima by Shinkansen (bullet
train). In the first week, the group stayed in youth hostels, and
explored the similarities and differences between Japanese culture
and NZ culture. Our itinerary included sightseeing in Tokyo and
Osaka, a Universal Studios visit, Peace Park, Peace Museum and Atomic
Dome in Hiroshima, homestay with Japanese families and a Japanese
school visit. Our students had wonderful experiences exploring the
modern and traditional sides of Japanese society.
the hostel stay, our students experienced a Japanese-style bath
for the first time! They were uncomfortable to do it Japanese way
at the beginning, but they enjoyed it once they tried and couldnt
stop loving it. Both the students and teachers had strong feelings
after Peace Park and Museum visits. The students had great opportunities
to live with Japanese families and experienced Japanese school life,
seeing how Japanese students learn and spent their day at school.
Our students also got to experience some traditional Japanese activities,
such as Calligraphy (Shodoo), Kendo and the Tea ceremony (Sadoo)
is the first time that we organised a Japan trip, and the students
practised their Japanese any time they could. I am sure that the
students would agree with me that the trip was very successful.
We all had great fun and good experiences. It was a memorable experience
for everyone involved.
1: Departure Day at the airport
2: Day 7 in Hiroshima
Writing on the Japanese Trip
the 5th of April we (15 students and 2 teachers) left for Japan.
We landed at Narita Airport in Tokyo at 4:30 pm in Japan. We were
all very keen to get some sleep. On our first day in Japan we went
shopping in Harajuku and Shibuya. Later on that day we travelled
to Osaka by Bullet Train. While we stayed in Osaka we went to Universal
studios Japan. The following day we travelled again by Bullet train
to Hiroshima. Once there we were lucky enough to visit Hiroshima
University and meet some Japanese students studying English. We
also visited the Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum, which was extremely
emotional. We also went to Miyajima Island, where we saw many shrines
and feed the deer.
most amazing part of our trip was attending a Japanese school (Doshisha
Kori) for three days while living with a home stay family. This
was an amazing experience as we got to learn about Japanese culture
and the way they live. It was very sad to leave behind all the new
friends that we had made, especially Takase Sensei who had organised
for us to attend his fabulous school.
All in all we had a fantastic trip, we learnt so much and we all
feel extremely homesick for Japan. We can not wait to go back again.
Thank you so much Liao Sensei for giving us this once in a life
Hannah Neville and Dexter Henderson (Yr12) and Victor McKenney (Yr13)
had outstanding success in the North Shore Piano Competitions during
the holidays. Harry came first in Senior Scholarship, Sightreading,
Piano Duo and Double Piano Duo (with ex-student Samuel Gavin). Well
Performance Assessment Evenings are underway again and the
Year 12 music class set off in style on Tuesday night. Families
are reminded that these evenings are for assessment purposes and
all students must attend. A reminder of the dates for the remaining
and 2nd May
& 25th July
& 17th October
contact me if there are any concerns about these evenings.
music lessons continue this term all classes are fully subscribed
and there is a substantial waiting list. Students who miss three
lessons without excuse will lose their lesson.
are the Rock Quest bands?? Entries close on May 4th
and despite early interest no completed entries have been received.
Where is all that Springs talent? Dont miss out.
love and condolences have been with cello and orchestra tutor Vigdis
Relph this year. Vigdis husband of 40 years, Rex, died last
term. Staff and students look forward to her return to full time
from the Art Department
to the recipients of the Principal Certificates we are pleased
to have had so many keen and diligent students come through the
Art rooms last term and look forward to this terms creative
energies. We would also like to remind past students to collect
their works and assessment grades from their teachers as soon as
that Year 11 students need to be working at home approximately 2-3
hours per week to keep up to date with their school work. We are
currently completing two of the three internal standards and will
begin the folio work in week four. The next assessment deadline
is Friday 11 May for the 1.1 Research standard (and also for the
1.2 Drawing standard resubmission).
12 and Year 13
senior students are reminded that the Art rooms are available for
some teacher directed and independent working during lunchtimes
and some after school times in consultation with the Teacher in
Charge. This is particularly important for Y13 students who are
considering the Scholarship option for Level 3, however all Art
students are encouraged to develop and extend their ideas and works
for the internal and folios submissions.
next assessment deadlines are:
Year 13 Photography 3.2 Drawing Standard (summative)
Year 13 Painting 3.2 Drawing Standard (summative)
Year 11 Visual Art 1.1 Research Standard (formative)
11 Visual Art 1.2 Drawing Standard (resubmission)
12 Photography 2.1 Research Standard (summative)
Year 13 Painting 3.1 Research Standard (summative)
Year 13 Photography 3.1 Research Standard (summative)
Year 12 Photography 2.2 Drawing Standard (summative)
Art department will also be participating in the annual Pasadena
Art Festival at the end of May keep an eye out for the selected
students whose work will be representing excellence levels from
the Junior and Senior school.
the Art department is calling on all household recyclers of icecream
containers and jars with lids. We are currently collecting plastics
and containers for the Level 1 and Junior programmes to use for
printmaking and casting all contributions will be gladly
Thanks in advance
This year the school show is Dracula Spectacula. We will be producing
a souvenir programme for the show. The programme will be professionally
produced and printed. It will be A5 in size and have 12 pages. We
are selling half page advertisement space. So any parent who owns
or runs a business who might be interested in advertising in the
school production please get in contact with John Cummins ph 846
8197 ext 723.
Rumaki Reo o Nga Puna o Waiorea
1) At next Wednesdays Homework centre Reanga Tuawhitu invites
all Whanau & Friends to the inaugural "Hotoke" Lectures
on King Lear - in the library 3.30-5pm. Nau mai, Haere Mai Koutou
1) Manu Korero All speakers have now chosen their
topics and should be working on their outlines. The Competition
will be held on the 18th May at Hoani Waititi for those parents
interested in coming along to support.
"MAUI" An excellent time had by all with everyone
enjoying the performance. Thank you whanau for allowing your child
Term 2/3/4 Calendars have now been posted to everyones
home addresses, expect it in the mail either Tuesday or Wednesday.
If it doesnt arrive copies will be available at the whanau
hui. If you have any questions please give me a call.
ERO That time again. FYI the Ministry of Education
will be at the school during Week 8 of this term (June 11th) doing
Training Open and U15
Sport - Rugby & Netball trainings now started. They are on Mondays
and Thursdays 3.30-5pm.
All enquiries for Netball need to be directed to Whaea Kau.
you have any take please do not hesitate to contact
Pa Chris at kura
DDI 815 - 6742 (marae) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEAN/TUMUAKI: NG_ PUNA O WAIOREA
te Manu e kai i te miro, Nona te Ngahere
Ko te Manu e kai i te Matauranga, Nona te Ao!
[The bird that eats of the miro berry survives in the forest
The bird that partakes of knowledge owns the world]