No.5, June 6th, 2007
Review: Parent Participation
The Education Review Office team leader has asked that parents
be notified that they are welcome to contact the reviewers
during the review ( 11-20 June ). Contact information will
be held by Beth Parker and Christine Goodes at the school
are also able to respond to the parent survey on the ERO website
until 30 June. This survey will inform the national Families
Report, not the Western Springs College report.
the review the reviewers will meet the following Springs parent
groups at the times designated below:
Maori Parent Group Tuesday
Parent Group Wednesday
Action Group Monday
The WSC Board has recently reviewed the school complaints
policy and procedures. The policy rationale states that:
is expected that all members of the school community ( staff,
students, parents, other community members ) will endeavour
to maintain high standards of operation and/or interaction
in their daily practice.
there is a perceived breach of such practice the school aims
to respond to complaints in a fair and consistent manner,
in accordance with employment contracts, legislation and the
schools code of conduct.
policy guidelines and procedures are designed to enable all
complaints to be dealt with according to set procedures and
resolution to be achieved as a result of clear guidelines
and practices. If you would like a copy of the WSC complaints
policy and procedure, please either telephone Beth Parker
or Christine Goodes at the school office ( ph 8468197 ) or
Production The Dracula Spectacular Opens Next Week
I would like to encourage the school community to attend a
performance of the annual school production on one evening
next week. The show has been in rehearsal for many weeks and
promises to be highly entertaining. Director Barnaby James
is beaming, " I know its going to be great! "
are on sale now from the school office ( students, $10.00;
adults, $15.00 ). The show runs for six nights at TAPAC from
Monday, 11 June until Saturday, 16 June at 7.30pm.
Challenge, Aotea Centre, Thursday, 7 June
Best wishes to the cast and support crew of the Springs Stage
Challenge production which performs on Thursday evening this
week. This student choreographed and directed show has also
been in rehearsal for months and deserves strong WSC audience
support. Tickets are available from Ticketek
from the Art Department
Firstly, an important mention for former HOD Toni Mackinnon who
has successfully been awarded her Masters of Fine Art from Auckland
University of Technology. Toni has been on LTR whilst she finished
her final year en situ, and although she is a weekly presence in
the staffroom, it is significant that we as a staff and community
mark and acknowledge her achievements. So, congratulations boss
is also good to see the students own works on display, especially
when they have been selected to represent some of the programmes
that are taught at Western Springs College.
annual Local Arts Festival opened on Tuesday night at Pasadena Intermediate
and was a good opportunity for junior and senior students and their
supporters to value and appreciate their work in context of a formal
exhibition. As a department we would like to congratulate and thank
all of the students who have taken part and remind them to collect
their participation certificate as soon as practicable.
Art rooms are starting to become very busy and productive, now that
examinations for the seniors have ended and the reality of the
folio looms large. Students are reminded that they should
continue utilising the interval, lunch and after school times so
that they can better manage their practical Art responsibilities.
As a department we will be posting the holiday workshop times closer
to the date this will allow students to work to a higher
level of completion and ultimately lift their grades. However, a
consistent weekly homework timetable is a more efficient and effective
way for students to organise their time and prioritise their work.
year the Art department has appointed two students to work part
time as ancillary staff congratulations to the Year 13 students
Nova Matthewson and Ember Winslow who have already started work
organising and preparing resources.
Lastly, a big thank you to those who have been bringing in jars
and ice cream containers we are still collecting them so
please feel free to drop them off at the office and they will be
gleefully accepted. Thanks in advance.
Lily A Laita
all Pasifika Parents
We had such a successful meeting on the 15 May that the parents
were keen to have another meeting in Week 9 of this term - Tuesday
19 June at the Western Springs College Library.
meeting will include discussion of your child's report to be sent
to you later on this term. It will also review the support systems
available to help your child succeed, and other items of importance.
Show you care, be there! The meeting will start promptly at 6.p.m.
Refreshments will be available.
Warm Pasifika greetings to you all,
The College has received a request from the family of a German girl
aged 16 years who would like to arrange a student exchange with
a student from Western Springs. The German student could come to
Western Springs College either in Term 4 2007 or Term 1 2008. The
NZ student from Western Springs College could choose any 2 or 3
month period in 2007 or 2008 to spend attending school in Germany,
and living with the family of the student they would have hosted.
German schools do not charge fees for attending school so the only
costs would be flying to and from Germany plus living expenses or
German family lives in Bonn, a beautiful old city located on the
river Rhine. If you have any interest in this exchange please contact
Dal Mcguirk, Dean of International Students, on 8156743 (work) or
Yr 11, 12, 13
in Hall and
for appointment times included in mailout posted home this
be posted home during Week 9 Thursday & Friday
June 21 & 22
Teenagers Self-Defence (13-15yrs)
Tutor - Morgan Libeau
The focus of this workshop is equipping young women with skills
for keeping themselves safe. This includes discussions about controlling
fear and embarrassment, awareness of safety issues (including technology
safety), making good decisions, and self esteem and verbal assertiveness.
Participants will also learn some physical self-defence techniques:
punching, kicking, blocking and escaping holds and grabs.
Sun 17 June
essential: ph 09 376 3227 or email