WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE
Nga Puna O Waiorea
 

Newsletter No.9, September 14, 2007

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

ERO Review Report
This week we received the confirmed Education Review Office report for Western Springs College. As announced previously, it is a report that all in the school community can justifiably take much pride in.

We have enclosed in this mail-out the two page summary prepared by ERO for parents and community members. The full report is about to be placed on the school website at www.westernsprings.school.nz ; it can also be accessed at www.ero.govt.nz from the first week of the term break.

School Review
You should also find in the current mail-out the Quality of Service Delivery Parent survey along with a reply-paid envelope. It is important for the reliability of this self review work that we receive a large number of responses from parents, therefore I urge you to spend 15 minutes processing the survey before mailing it back to us, preferably by the end of the first week of the new term.

The survey, which is also done by the students and the staff, is administered every two years to enable us to gauge satisfaction levels within the school community. The data generated assists trustees and managers to identify strategic school development issues and directly informs planning for the year(s) ahead. Note that it a confidential survey.

Po Fi’a Fi’a Performance Evening, Thursday, 20 September, 6-8.30pm
Families are invited to attend the annual Fi’a Fi’a Night next Thursday evening in the college hall. We can promise you a truly entertaining evening featuring performances by a wide range of well-rehearsed cultural groups. Note that tickets to this popular event are limited to family members of our school community.

Te Ahurea Rangatiratanga Festival, Saturday, 13 October
I would like to urge families to make time to visit Western Springs College on the Saturday of the first weekend of the new term to enjoy the Auckland Regional Kapahaka competition hosted this year by Nga Puna O Waiorea.

The Rumaki students have been in preparation for this competition for many weeks. They will be heartened for their performance by a large turnout of supporters.

Arts Ambassadors
I would like to acknowledge and thank the musicians, dancers, actors and film-makers who represented Springs at the Ponsonby Intermediate Arts week on Tuesday this week. Under the pressure of senior examinations week and a planned teachers’ strike on Wednesday I would also like to commend the teachers – Margaret Robertson, Barnaby James, Chloe Davison, Jane Hall and Ivan Davis – who supported our students.

Talent Quest, Friday, 21 September, 12.30-3.00pm
Springs will conclude term three in traditional style by staging the annual student talent quest next Friday afternoon. There have been a record number of entries this year and considerable anticipation about the abundance of talent on show

Ken Havill

English Department News
Kim Catran, acclaimed New Zealand author of over 40 books for adolescents and writer in residence at Massey University, visited Western Springs College last month. Two Year 10 classes and other interested budding writers enjoyed his workshop.

The English Department has celebrated New Zealand Book Month with a daily form class quiz testing student (and teacher) knowledge of Hone Tuwhare, Janet Frame, Margaret Mahy, James K Baxter and other NZ literary greats. Results are yet to be collated and will count towards house points.

Students are reminded about the upcoming writing and speech competitions. Entries for the writing competition must be given to English teachers as soon as possible. This year’s judge is parent and journalist Nick Bollinger. Students interested in the speech competition should register with their English teacher by the end of the term. The competition will be held in Week 1 of Term 4. Good luck to all entrants for both competitions and thanks to the Parent Action Group for the generous prizes.

Art News
Well, spring has definitely sprung and so too it seems have the senior students, as they recoil from the grip of winter to bound energetically through the last quarter of the year.

As a motivational incentive a large number of students participated in the successful Winter Art series that was held in TAPAC recently. It featured a range of artisans and lecturers from industry and tertiary education, with some specialised workshops allowing students a valuable opportunity to learn and work alongside the visiting experts. To coincide with the Arts Festival programme, a prominent display of student work was also installed to showcase the high calibre of senior Art in Design, Photography and Painting.

The junior programmes are also working extremely well and some of students’ creative efforts can be seen in the Library displays, Art room walls and in the Term IV Arts Festival. A special mention must also be acknowledged to the Yr 10 class, who are currently involved in the visual promotion of the prestigious ‘Te Ahurea’ competition that Nga Puna o Waiorea will be hosting later in the year.

The Art department would like to encourage parents and guardians to support their children in maintaining consistent homework time to complete their Art work. The good habits that they learn in the Junior school will benefit their comprehension and confidence as they continue to develop and learn more skills.

To extend students’ efforts even further E3, E5, F4 and the darkroom will be open during the second week of the holidays from Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 12.00 noon for senior students only. Senior Design students will need to see Lisa Jagusch to arrange times through the booking sheet, and the Yr 12 Painters will need to collect their materials for the holiday homework before the end of term. This will be a necessary requirement for many students, as there will be limited time available in term 4 for them to develop and resolve their works. The deadlines for folios are listed in all of the Art rooms and the actual time remaining is 9 class hours for Level 1, 13 class hours for Level 2 and 17 class hours for Level 3.

There are a number of expensive Art books missing in action. As these books are a particularly important resource, we will be operating a total amnesty if they are returned as soon as possible. Otherwise we will be forced into the position of sending an invoice home to recover the loss of school property.

Lastly, thank you to all the families who have contributed to the Art department thus far by way of recycling containers, newspaper and cardboard drops, and other materials. We also appreciate the support of those who have paid, or are about to pay the Art fees for the various courses. This is an important factor in what and how we maintain and buy resources for the department. A reminder notice will be sent out at the beginning of next term regarding outstanding fees and the separate senior board costs, along with the Year display times and dates to be held in the school Library.
Ia Manuia, Lily A Laita

Social Studies Department News
Asia-Wise Competition
This extension activity in Social Studies was supported by some of our year 9 and year 10 students. They had the opportunity to test their research skills to answer the 50 multi choice questions based on New Zealand, Australia and Asia. I was pleased with the number of entries and thank the parents for their support in this extension opportunity. All the junior Rumaki students have again entered, due to the encouragement of their teacher, Tere Tamarua. The school will be notified of the results in term 4. The students will receive a certificate, which will be presented to them at their House Assembly.

Local Body Elections
Western Springs College is one of a number of schools participating in these elections next month. This is a Ministry initiative to encourage students to take an interest in local government and to experience an authentic voting experience. All year 9 students will be encouraged to vote. The electorate will be the Western Bays Ward and students will vote for Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members.

Linda Cooper from Waitakere City will be a guest speaker at a special assembly next week. Students will be given an opportunity to ask questions about her role as a councillor and the functions of our city councils.

We hope to hold the election in the first week of next term, prior to the actual elections on Saturday 13 October. We will be asking students to assist with the election process.
Sharda Patel

News from the Mathematics Department
Holiday Workshops
The Mathematics Department will yet again be hosting a range of revision workshops over the upcoming holiday period. Workshops will cover a range of topics over a range of levels. It is thus imperative that students, very carefully, consider their current level of understanding in order to choose workshops which will first and foremost assist in filling current gaps, and secondly challenge them to move toward the next level of achievement.

Staff invest a huge amount of time and effort in making these workshops worthwhile learning experiences. We would therefore appreciate your support in encouraging your student to attend.

If you require any further information, or would like advice in determining which sessions your student should attend, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s classroom teacher. Alternatively, feel free to e-mail me at kiliant@westernsprings.school.nz.

Date Time Level Topic Venue Teacher
Monday
1 October
10:00 am
To
12:30pm
1 Excellence level:
This workshop will give students the opportunity to attempt and discuss excellence level questions across 5 different topics. The main focus will be the thought processes and strategies involved in solving excellence level questions rather that the knowledge required.  Students must collect the required preparation material from their teacher prior to the end of term.
B9 MS
Tuesday
2 October
10:00 am
To
11:15 am
  Merit Level Algebra:
This workshop will focus on the key skills required for achieving at merit level. A must for accelerate level students.
B11 To be confirmed
Tuesday
2 October
11:30 am
To
12:45 pm
1 Merit Level Graphing:
This workshop will focus on the key skills required for achieving at merit level. A must for accelerate level students.
B11 To be confirmed
Monday
1 October
9:00am
To
10:15am
2 Achievement to Merit level Algebra:
This session is recommended for all students sitting this standard at the end of the year.
B11 KN
Monday
1 October
10:25am
To
11:40am
2 Achievement to Merit level Graphing:
This session is recommended for all students sitting this standard at the end of the year.
B11 KN
Monday
1 October
12:00pm
To
1:15pm
2 Achievement to Merit level Calculus:
This session is recommended for all students sitting this standard at the end of the year.
B11 KN
Monday
1 October
1:25am
To
2:40pm
2 Achievement to Merit level Sequences and Series:
This session is recommended for all students sitting this standard at the end of the year.
B11 KN
Monday
1 October
12:00pm
To
1:15pm
2 Achievement to Merit level Co-ordinate Geometry:
This session is recommended for all students sitting this standard at the end of the year.
B12 HY
Monday
1 October
9:00am
To
10:15am
3Calc Achievement to Merit level Complex Numbers:
This session is recommended for all students sitting this standard at the end of the year.
B12 HY
Monday
1 October
10:25am
To
11:40am
3Calc Achievement to Merit level Differentiation:
This session is recommended for all students sitting this standard at the end of the year.
B12 HY
Tuesday
2 October
9:00am
To
10:15am
3Calc Achievement to Merit level Integration:
This session is recommended for all students sitting this standard at the end of the year.
B10 KN
Tuesday
2 October
10:25am
To
11:40am
3Calc Excellence level Complex Numbers:
This session is recommended for those students actively working towards achieving at excellence level. Material will need to be collected from KN on the last Friday of term and completed before attending the workshop.
B10 KN
Tuesday
2 October
12:00pm
To
1:15pm
3Calc Excellence level Differentiation:
This session is recommended for those students actively working towards achieving at excellence level. Material will need to be collected from KN on the last Friday of term and completed before attending the workshop.
B10 KN
Tuesday
2 October
1:25am
To
2:40pm
3Calc Excellence level Integration:
This session is recommended for those students actively working towards achieving at excellence level. Material will need to be collected from KN on the last Friday of term and completed before attending the workshop.
B10 KN
Monday
1 October
9:00am
To
10:15am
3Stats Solving Equations – all levels:
This is an absolute must for all students sitting the external at the end of the year.
B10 MI
Monday
1 October
10:25pm
To
11:40pm
3Stats Confidence Intervals – all levels:
This is an absolute must for all students sitting the external at the end of the year.
B10 MI
Monday
1 October
12:00pm
To
1:15pm
3Stats Probability distribution models – all levels:
This is an absolute must for all students sitting the external at the end of the year.
B10 MI

News from Languages Department
International Languages Week
The annual International Languages Week was held in week 6 (August 20th to August 24th) this term. Several events took place in the week and all went successfully. We had a quiz competition focusing on a different culture or country daily. Atea House came top in the House ranking, but the overall winning form class is DUM from Moana House.

Maggie, our food expert from the canteen, provided special cultural cuisine throughout the week, such as sushi for Japanese day and spring rolls for Chinese day. This year we consumed about 72 pieces of Black Forest cake on Friday (German language day). Thank you, Maggie, for supporting the week and preparing all of this delicious food.

Our highlight of the week was the annual Cultural Dress Competition on Tuesday. Students and staff dressed up to represent one particular culture or country of their choice. This year Moana House came top in the House ranking. We had over 35 students who entered the individual competition this year, and a lot of teaching staff also dressed up. The winners were announced and presented with a prize in the school assembly. The winners in the teachers’ category were the Physical Education Department, all dressed up as Fred Dagg, Joanna Qiao in Chinese traditional dress, Petronella Townsend in Bangladesh costume, and our very own French teacher, Elodie Tempest, dressed up as Marie Antoinette. Elodie attracted huge attention on the day with her costume and her white wig. The student winners were: Hannah Clark and Nicky Edmond (Mexican), Yen-yu Chen (Japanese), Madeleine Smith (French), Ezaiah Unasa (Samoan), Naweed Ahmadzai (Afghanistan), NgaIvi William (Cook Island warrior), Joel Marlen (Egyptian), Eva Woodward (Singapore Air girl), Onyx Ross (Nuien/Raro)

Elodie and I would like to thank everyone who helped and participated for making the International Languages Week successful this year.

Dress-up Competition - Students Dress-up Competition - Teachers

After School Tutorials
The department has been providing after-school tutorials for our senior students both in French and Japanese this term. The tutorial will continue in Term 4 as well and detailed information will be given to the students at the beginning of Term 4. Please encourage your child to attend the tutorials. Renae Liao-Marsden

Congratulations
In the North Island Secondary Schools’ Championships of Synchronised Swimming, Leslie Hansen (Yr 12) competed in the solo event and won a silver medal. Leslie worked diligently all year to develop her skills and deserves her achievement at this competition.

Te Rumaki Reo o Nga Puna o Waiorea

Kia Ora Whanau
Kaiako Reminders

Whaea Tere
Website - Rumaki information for whanau and tamariki is now available on the school website
www.westernsprings.school.nz. Things that may be of interest: Photo Gallery, Course Outlines, Term Calendar, Whanau Ropu etc.

General Reminders
1) Kapa Haka Practices and Kai – It was decided during the urgent Hui which was held for parents recently that due to lack of participation of some whanau, kai would no longer be provided on a Wednesday. The format for Wednesdays will now be; 3.30pm to 5pm Homework Centre, 5 to 5.30pm Students will be able to eat kai that they have brought in from home. (Please note whanau that no student will be allowed to leave the school grounds to purchase kai, so please ensure they have something) 5.30pm to 8.30pm Kapa Haka. We only have 3 more Wednesday practices plus the Live In in week 2 of the Holidays. If you have any queries about this decision whanau, it will need to be addressed to the whanau hui next week.

2) Wharekura Sports Prizegiving – a wonderful evening had by all with over 250 students/whanau and Kaiako from the different Kura attending. Congratulations to 5 of our students who were selected in the tournament teams – League – Trent, Danny, Brad / Netball – Norbryn, Moeawa. This has been an extremely successful event for the Rumaki. The impact it has had on our relationships with other Kura not only administratively but for our tamariki has been immense. It is because of this we would like to publicly thank Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Piripono for their invitation to us to participate and for the excellent way in which the round robin, tournaments and prizegiving were run.

3) New Whanau – welcome to the Kearns Whanau and their daughter Taina who started with us recently as a Yr 12 student.

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