WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE
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Newsletter No. 10, October 20, 2007

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

Western Springs College Recognised For Exemplary Practice
Western Springs College has been chosen by the Education Review Office to assist with the publication of a national report, Staying at School, designed “ to contribute to the work of all secondary schools as they endeavour to improve outcomes for students. ” ERO has identified Springs as evidencing “ good practice in supporting and engaging senior secondary students. ”

A team of reviewers will visit the school for two days (29-30 October) to talk to staff, students and parents.

Early Finish, Tuesday, 30 October
We have been informed that the Post Primary Teachers’ Association has scheduled a P.U.M. (Paid Union Meeting) for Tuesday, 30 October to enable teachers to consider ratification of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement. Students will be dismissed at midday after period three. The school buses have been arranged for this time. Given that WSC normally has a four-period day on Tuesdays, we do not believe that the P.U.M. should have an adverse effect on attendance on 30/10.

School Decile Review
The Ministry of Education has informed us that Western Springs College’s decile rating has been increased from 7 to 8. The review employs data produced from the most recent (2001-2006) census.

There has been considerable disquiet in the education sector about the late notification to schools on the part of the Ministry of Education. The consequent reduction in WSC’s operational funding – estimated to be at the level of $25,000 – is likely to require trustees to consider increasing income from alternative funding sources such as the school donation paid by parents.

NEITA – National Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations
Congratulations to Dorothy Fernandez, Helen Hogg, Kate Meade and Graeme Moran who have been nominated from within our school community for this prestigious award.

Anthea Hill: Globe Theatre Scholar
Congratulations to year 13 student, Anthea Hill, who is one of two students in New Zealand selected to travel to the United Kingdom in 2008 to study Shakespearian theatre at the Globe in London and at Stratford-Upon-Avon. Anthea won plaudits for her impressive work at the Sheilagh Wynn Shakespeare Festival in term two earlier this year and was chosen as a member of the Young Shakespeare Company.

Anthea needs to raise $7,000 for the trip. Members of the community who can assist her in this regard should contact her through the school office. Anthea will follow in the footsteps of actor and former student, Madeleine Hyland, who won the same award in 1998.

Principal Ken Havill and Dr Nigel Evans, Secretary of the Woolf Fisher Trust

Board Chairperson’s Report
The trustees and staff wish to congratulate Ken Havill on receiving a Woolf Fisher Fellowship for 2008. This is a very prestigious award and indicates acknowledgement of the success of Western Springs College.

The fellowship provides funding for ten weeks of international travel and study. Ken will visit a range of leading schools in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe during the period April – June. He will also attend a two-week residential leadership course for principals at Harvard University in Boston.

At the presentation of the award at a staff meeting this week Ken stated that he was hugely appreciative of the opportunity and that the award was in recognition of the outstanding academic success of Springs students made possible by an exceptionally dedicated and talented staff.

Ken Havill

English Department News
School Writing Competition Winners:
The school writing competition was judged this year by parent Nick Bollinger who, as many of you will know, is a journalist who writes for The Listener magazine.  On behalf of the entrants I would like to thank Nick for his help in making judgments that are never easy.  The winners were:

Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle who won both the 50 word story and 500 word story categories which has earned her $75.00 in prize money.
Phoebe Balle who won the poetry category worth $75.00 in prize money.
Anthea Hill who won the <2000 word story category worth $100.00 in prize money.
Congratulations to each of the winners and also to all of the entrants who made the effort to enter.  Without you there would be no competition.

Also I would like to thank the Parent Action Group who supported the competition by providing the prizes.  The winning entries will be published in the school magazine.

Senior Speech Competition:
This is a final plea for Yr11-13 students to enter the annual Senior Speech Competition.  This year's topic is "Freedom is a state of mind".  Students need to speak for between 6-8 minutes and need to register their intention to enter by Friday 19th October with Ms Meade or Mr Hawthorne.  The speeches will be held after school on Thursday the 25th of October.
Sean Hawthorne

Revision and study workshops for all senior English students run on Wednesdays 3.30-5.00 in F4. Ask your English teacher for details. All welcome.
Kate Meade

Art News
In regard to Weeks 3-6 please be advised that once the senior students have completed their folio submission, they are expected to continue working on resubmitting for internals or study for their examinations. No student will be permitted to be out of class during normal class time, unless in consultation with us permission from another teacher has been granted.

Year 11 deadline is Wednesday 24 October

Display in the library Friday 26 October
from 9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Year 12 deadline is Wednesday 31 October

Display in the library Friday 2 November
from 9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Year 13 deadline is Friday 9 November

Display in the library Monday 12 November
from 9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Also, not to be missed – keep an eye out for the exciting Junior Art Festival in Week 7 Thursday 22 November.                   
Ia Manuia, Lily A Laita

Social Studies Department News
Local Body Elections
Year 9 students voted in these elections on Friday 12 October.  Our student journalists interviewed many students during the election process.  The level of enthusiasm was quite high although about 30% said they would not necessarily vote when they were eligible. One major concern was lack of knowledge about the candidates.  It was clear that appearance and name were some reasons for selecting certain candidates.

The students voted privately in the 4 booths placed in the corners of S2.  For the position of Mayor Scruff Ralph was unanimously voted with Dick Hubbard in second place. Graeme Easte and Steve Crow were the two Councillors elected by the students.

Our journalists believe that 18 is a reasonable age to vote because “many students decided on a person with the coolest name or had the most tattoos rather than focus on ideas and policies”.  “Although most of us do not realise, this exercise has been extremely beneficial for us, as it has let us experience the election process which is essential to Democracy.”

I would like to thank the following students for their assistance in running this election – Rochelle Peckham. Linda Palavi, Eva Woodward, Kieran Wilding, Daniel McBride, Zoe Dunster, Asher James, Chris Payne, Jim Philpott, Sophie Wagner, Nick Short, Shaheen Patel, and Zoe Dunster.  It was a pleasure working with you all.
Sharda Patel

Paid Union Meeting
A second paid union meeting for teachers regarding their current contract negotiations is scheduled for Tuesday October 30th at 1.00pm.  The meeting will be held at Kelston Boys’ High School.  WSC students will be released at 12 noon to enable staff to travel to this venue.  Our Tuesday timetable will be modified as indicated below, with period 4 only being cancelled.

FORM PERIOD 8.50 – 9.00   

PERIOD 1: 9.00 – 9.50

PERIOD 2: 9.50 – 10.40
INTERVAL: 10.40 – 11.05
PERIOD 3: 11.10 – 12.00

STUDENTS DISMISSED

Parents requiring their children to be supervised at Springs until the normal closing time of 2.50pm should contact Beth in the school office.
Ivan Davis

Media Studies
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s film competition.  The films were as impressive and imaginative as ever.  The 1 minute category went to Sophie Blazey and Kenah Trusewich and the 5 minute category was won by Ethan Scarlett.

Senior Film Evenings:                     
Yr 12 - 30th October 7pm in the Hall
Yr 13 – 31st October 7pm in the Hall

This year we have decided to give each year level their own night as there are so many films reaching the Merit and Excellence level.
Jane Hall

Community Notices
Pt Chevalier Twilight Craft and Farmers Market 6-9pm.  1st & 3rd Thursday of the month throughout daylight saving starting 18th October.  Pt Chevalier Bowling Club, 25 Dignan Street.  Indoor and outdoor stalls.  Your community market.  Come and browse for fresh produce, Gourmet food, high quality crafts and gifts.

TOUGHLOVE. Parents are you being troubled by your child’s behaviour and want change?  Don’t feel alone any more.  TOUGHLOVE.  We understand parenting.  Phone for details of a weekly support group nearest to you Ph 624 4363 anytime.  www.toughlove.org.nz

Catholic Family and Community Services are offering three course:
Parenting Teenagers
Women Parenting Alone
Challenged by Parenting Teenagers
For further information please phone 378 9650

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