Nga Puna O Waiorea

Newsletter No.7, July 24th, 2007


ERO Review Report
We have this week received the unconfirmed report following the Education Review Office team’s review of the college last month. The report will be cleared for publication in a fortnight at which time we will place it on the college website; it can also be accessed on www.ero.govt.nz from that time.

The report is one which will please the school community. Some of the findings highlighted in the report are:

  • the outstanding NCEA results in 2005 and 2006;
  • the very high achievement of Maori students in Nga Puna O Waiorea
  • the positive relationships between students and teachers
  • the very good teaching practice
  • the holistic development of students
  • the increased sporting opportunities
  • the very supportive school community

Paid Union Meeting: Early Finish, 7 August
Auckland secondary schools will finish early on Tuesday, 7 August, to enable teachers to exercise their statutory right to meet and discuss the progress of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement negotiations with the Ministry of Education. Accordingly, Springs students will be released at 12.35pm on that day. They will, however, miss only one lesson, given that Tuesdays are normally a four period day at WSC.

I do hope that during this award round the Government will demonstrate that it understands well how vital provision of attractive teachers’ salaries is for the health of a quality state education system.

Year 9 & 10 Report Interviews, Tuesday, 31 July, 4-7pm
Parents and caregivers will have received the junior student mid-year report in the current mailout. I would like to urge you to make appointments to see your daughter or son’s subject teachers next Tuesday afternoon / evening. Note that on this occasion a bell will signal the expiry of the interview and that it is important to allow the next family immediate access to the teacher.

Yong An City Chinese Teachers’ Visit
Springs is currently hosting the visit of a group of teachers of English from Yong An in China. The teachers, who will be with us for six weeks this term, have been assigned in pairs to associates in the English, ESOL and Media Studies departments. We look forward to establishing close and enduring personal ties which will be of long term benefit for staff professional development and intercultural understanding.

Springs To Host Te Ahurea Maori Festival, Saturday, 13 October
Preparations are well advanced on the part of the Nga Puna O Waiorea Marae Committee for the hosting of this intersecondary school cultural group competition on the first weekend of term four. The organisers are keen to recruit parents and teachers to assist on the day with the running of this big event which is expected to attract visitors in their thousands.

Ken Havill

Media Department News:
Media students represent NZ in Sydney
Following the success of the LA trip last year, Media students again represented New Zealand at the 2nd International Media Youth Summit. Nicky Edmond and Romain Mereau attended the summit with Media teacher Nici Green in the July holiday break. The summit brought together students from around the world to focus on important issues such as environment, poverty, youth empowerment and violence and created short films to highlight the issues and begin to suggest solutions. The team worked hard all week learning more about the issues and developing ideas that culminated in finished 1-2 minute films. Organisers praised Nicky and Romain, stating that ‘the New Zealand delegates yet again continued their reputation for excellence’.

The Media department is proud of the team and thank Nici, Nicky and Romain for all their hard work and enthusiasm.

All three Year 12 classes completed their production of 5 minute films in term two. They have done well to produce some very entertaining films and we look forward to seeing the selected Merit and Excellence films at the film evening at the TAPAC theatre in term four.

The two Year 13 classes have started preparations to complete 6-10 minute long ‘mock’ or documentaries this term and we look forward to seeing the end products which will also been screened at the film evening.
Jane Hall

Mathematics Department:
Holiday workshops
The Mathematics Department yet again hosted a range of revision workshops over the past holiday period. Workshops covered a range of topics over all three levels and were aimed at not only filling gaps, but also challenging students to move toward the next level of achievement. The turn out was great with around 50 students making use of the opportunity. A big thank you to all the staff involved who invested time in not only hosting the relevant sessions, but also preparing material ahead of time.

The department will be hosting workshops during the second week of the term 3 holidays in preparation for the final exams. Students will receive timetables before the end of the school term.

The Mathematics Gifted and Talented programme is currently in full swing with students working on a variety of different projects. All selected students have received the necessary information to pass on to their parents/caregivers. If you have any questions concerning this programme, please feel free to contact me. We look forward to students presenting their work at Maths evening in term 4.

Maths Publication
The Maths publication is yet again thriving, this year under the leadership of Hannah Cleverly. We look forward to the publication at the end of this term.

Maths week
This year we will celebrate Maths week from 13th to the 17th of August.

We are pleased to yet again be entering 4 junior teams in the annual Mathex competition. Teams are currently being finalised with students eager to begin preparing for the big event scheduled for Wednesday the 15th of August at the ASB stadium.
Thea Kilian

Geography Fieldtrip to Samoa:
Final touches are now being made to the itinerary for our fieldtrip to Samoa from 10th – 16th August. We will be completing a Current Geographic Issue worth 3 credits, as well as enjoying the sunshine and beautiful surroundings.

Students are reminded to fill their red folders with refill, pens, pencils, books etc to give as presents to the school we will visit.

We look forward to meeting at Auckland International Airport at 04.30am on 10th August!
Jenny Jones & John Ward

Art News:
The Art rooms are continuing to buzz with creative energy and have a reflective impact on some of the exciting and innovative works that senior students are beginning to develop towards their folio submissions. It is worth noting that this year we are planning to display all three NCEA levels in the library – to celebrate the success and artistic strength of the Visual Arts at Western Springs College.

The following dates are posted in the Art rooms and students will be required to submit their works accordingly. Any alteration to the timetable will need to be addressed to the HOD Art and will comply with WSC policy.

LEVEL 1 NCEA Visual Art folio submission 1.3
Due Wednesday 24 October 4.00 pm to the teacher in charge
Library display Friday 26 October 9.00am – 3.15pm

LEVEL 2 NCEA Photography, Design and Painting 2.3
Due Wednesday 31 October 4.00 pm to the teacher in charge
Library display Friday 2 November 9.00am - 3.15pm

LEVEL 3 NCEA Photography, Design and Painting 3.3
Due Friday 9 November 4.00 pm to the teacher in charge
Library display Monday 12 November 9.00am – 3.15pm

The department is offering Monday and Thursday lunchtimes for the Level 1 students in E3 and E5 for students to keep extending their folio works. Likewise, Level 2 and 3 students have access to the rooms and equipment outside of normal classroom time in consultation with the teacher in charge. Parents and guardians are also encouraged to support their children to attend these times as required to enable them to meet the criteria for assessment.

This term also sees the return of the successful Winter Art series featuring two ex Springs staff members, Toni MacKinnon and Dieneke Jansen. They will both be giving talks on their Art practice with some workshop time available to a small group of Year 13 students. Keep an eye on the notices for confirmed times and dates.

We are also pleased to announce that the prestigious 2007 ‘Friends’ of the Auckland City Gallery nomination is Year 13 Art student Ember Winslow. As the Western Springs College nominee Ember will receive a two year membership to the Gallery and entry to associated events, exhibitions and lectures.

Lastly, the Art department would like to thank all parents and guardians who have paid their children’s art fees, and remind others that it is not too late to pay at the office.
Ia Manuia
Lily Laita

The Winter Series Artists Show ‘n’ Tell
The Arts Winter Series begins on July 31 with a week (or two) of workshops and seminars at TAPAC:

Jeremy Poi, ex-Black Grace dancer and WSC student, will teach 2 beginners workshops on Contemporary Dance. Open to all students. Lunchtime on Wednesday August 1 and Thursday August 2.
See Chloe Davison at Tapac to sign up.

Toni Mackinnon, former HOD Art at WSC, will talk about her art practice to any students that are interested. She will also take a painting workshop for Year 13 Art students.
See Lily Laita to sign up for the talk or the workshop.

Linda Cartwright, voice and Shakespeare expert, will turn the Year 12 Drama students into Titanias and Oberons. The Mid Summers Night’s Dream workshops will take place during the Year 12 Drama option.

Dieneke Jansen, AUT lecturer, will give students an insight into the world of digital manipulation. All students welcome. Lunchtime Friday August 10.

Music workshop to be confirmed.
See Chloe Davison, Lily Laita, Barnaby James or Margaret Robertson for more information.

English Department News:
University English:
Each year two or three Yr 13 students are enrolled in a stage one English paper through the University of Auckland. This year Hannah Clark, Kate Peirse-O'Byrne and Wasan Forsyth were enrolled. I am pleased to report that they have each done very well. Congratulations to them on their efforts.

Shakespeare Performance:
On August the 9th a visiting drama troupe will perform scenes from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to Yr 12 and 13 English students. We hope this will be a great performance and reinforce students' curriculum studies.

School Writing Competition:
Look out for information about the school's writing competition in the next couple of weeks. Entries will be in poetry and short stories and will be due in just before the end of term.
Sean Hawthorne

Heath Education:
Year 9 Health classes will begin their sexuality education this term. If you have any questions regarding the content of this topic, the Junior Parent Evening is an opportunity for parent/caregivers to discuss the course with their child’s Health teacher or you can contact the HOD Health, Karalee Green. Year 10 students will start their sexuality education near the end of this term.

Year 12 Health, Senior Sports Academy, and Gateway students completed their Intermediate First Aid Certificates with Corporate Safety Limited in term 2. Students should have received an Intermediate First Aid Certificate. If your son/daughter has not received their certificate, they need to inform their subject teacher.
Karalee Green

International & Exchange Students:
Western Springs College had its largest ever intake of new International and Exchange Students at the beginning of this term.

Last week we welcomed 33 new students - from Germany, Brasil, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Peru and Thailand. It did not take long for some of our new students to join the social whirl of the College and 12 attended the Ball on Friday night.

Western Springs College has a good reputation overseas for providing International and Exchange Students with an interesting social and cultural experience of living in NZ’s largest city.

The Dean of International Students said he was impressed by the number of new students who commented favourably on the College website, and by how many students had looked at the College and surrounding suburbs on "Google Earth" before coming to NZ.
Dal McGuirk

Just a quick note whanau that this term is extremely busy with the lead up to Te Ahurea, Kapa Haka Live In’s, Senior Exams, Manu Korero, Wharekura Sports Tournaments and Prizegiving and the list goes on. Please ensure you have a copy of the Term 3 Calendar and are getting your regular panui from your children.
Chris Selwyn

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