No.7, July 24th, 2007
We have this week received the unconfirmed report following
the Education Review Office teams 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.
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
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
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.
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
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 sons
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This year we will celebrate Maths week from 13th to the 17th of
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.
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.
are reminded to fill their red folders with refill, pens, pencils,
books etc to give as presents to the school we will visit.
look forward to meeting at Auckland International Airport at 04.30am
on 10th August!
Jenny Jones & John Ward
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
the Art department would like to thank all parents and guardians
who have paid their childrens art fees, and remind others
that it is not too late to pay at the office.
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:
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.
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.
Cartwright, voice and Shakespeare expert, will turn the Year
12 Drama students into Titanias and Oberons. The Mid Summers Nights
Dream workshops will take place during the Year 12 Drama option.
Jansen, AUT lecturer, will give students an insight into the
world of digital manipulation. All students welcome. Lunchtime Friday
workshop to be confirmed.
See Chloe Davison, Lily Laita, Barnaby James or Margaret Robertson
for more information.
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.
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'
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.
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 childs 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.
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.
& Exchange Students:
Western Springs College had its largest ever intake of new International
and Exchange Students at the beginning of this term.
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.
Springs College has a good reputation overseas for providing International
and Exchange Students with an interesting social and cultural experience
of living in NZs largest city.
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.
Just a quick note whanau that this term is extremely busy with the
lead up to Te Ahurea, Kapa Haka Live Ins, 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.