Newsletter No. 3, March 31, 2009
Nga Puna O Waiorea Excel at the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Cultural Festival
Congratulations to the Nga Puna O Waiorea kapahaka group which placed second
at the annual cultural festival on Saturday, 21 March – an outstanding result. As a
result the students will represent the Auckland region at the national kapahaka
Nga Puna O Waiorea brought back trophies for best waiata, best costume and
most improved school. Notably, leaders Norbryn Vaiula and Daniel Watkinson
gained second place in the manukura wahine and manukura tane sections. See the
Leaders’ Voice item below for further details.
At the same festival on Friday, 20 March, Western Springs College was also
represented by the Niuean group who gained second place in the singing section of
the competition. The students received a warm and appreciative response for their
captivating performance from the huge audience gathered around the Niuean
stage. See below also for Newton Cook’s deservedly proud account of the event.
China Expedition, 5-21 April
Best wishes to the teachers and students travelling to China on Sunday, the first
Western Springs College group to visit that country. The group, made up of 17
senior art and media studies students, will be led by Associate Principal, Linda
Dillon, and includes HOD English, Ali Geursen, HOD Art, Peter Coxon, and
International Students’ director, Joanne Qiao.
The group will visit two secondary schools (Jingying High School in Shijiazhuang,
and Ningbo No. 2 High School in Ningbo ) to further develop links with schools with
whom WSC has a partnership agreement. Students will be hosted in these two
cities by local families and will also spend time visiting attractions in Shanghai and
The schools’ agreements envisage regular student and teacher exchanges: WSC
hosted teachers and students from Jingying last August, and we expect to receive a
visit from a Ningbo High School group later this year.
WSC Newsletter Distribution Change
This issue of the school newsletter will be the last to be distributed in hard copy
form to all families. Henceforth, the newsletter will be published three times per
term on prescheduled dates as notified on the school website. Note that those
families who are not able to access the school website will continue to be provided
with a hard copy on request to the school office.
This decision has been made in response to the large paper and printing costs
incurred by current practice and takes into account the almost universal internet
access enjoyed by families in the school community.
Sadly, we will be farewelling our French teacher, Elodie Tempest, at the end of the
term. After two years of excellent teaching service at Springs, Elodie will
accompany her husband to London where he will take up employment. Elodie’s
replacement, Cecile Bourgeois, will not take up teaching duties until the beginning
of term three; Margo Koppany has been appointed to the vacant position for term
WSC Physical Education Department News
|Team B takes out the Challenge!
|Year 11 Physical Education students at Mangawhai Forrest
Year 11 Physical Education Camp
The Year 11 Physical Education students headed to Mangawhai Forrest for 3 days in Week 6 for a
‘Challenge’. The event was a huge success giving the students an opportunity to achieve a Level 1
Achievement Standard. There were 6 teams in the ‘Challenge’ with the winning team “Team B” taking home
the shield. A big thanks to Matt Clayton, Graeme Massey and Nick Grieve for their help and well done to
the class for an enjoyable teaching experience and what we hope was a very valuable learning experience.
Year 13 ‘Aquathon’ Training
In 2 weeks time the Year 13 PE class will be travelling to Waihi to participate in the annual Year 13
Aquathon which consists of a 400m ocean swim and 5km run. This is part of an Achievement Standard
assessment that the students have been working hard towards in class and training even harder outside of
class. Best of luck to the students in their final 2 week preparation for the event. With that in mind here
are a few words of advice from one of New Zealand’s great Triathletes:
“The pain of regret (failure on race day) is far worse than the pain of pushing
yourself (training hard now).”
Senior Sports Academy
The Senior Academy students have been very busy this term. Many of the students competed
successfully in both the Athletics and Swimming sports. The students also assisted staff in the running
of these sports days. Their help was greatly appreciated by the staff, competitors and the sports day
The major focus for the Senior Academy students this term has been preparing for the Auckland
Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships. This year we will be entering two social teams and one
competitive boys’ team. They will compete in the first week of term 2. We wish them the best of luck
and look forward to hearing of their success.
Congratulations to those students who have participated at provincial and national level this term. Of
special note were Cahon McCarthy and Patrick Marsh who were members of the Piha Boat Crew
‘Underdogs’, along with Wyatt Bell (Y13 Western Springs College), Nicholas McKenzie and ‘Bugsy’. The
boat crew competed at the NZ Surf Life-Saving Championships in Gisborne in both the short and the long
course Under 19 events. They achieved first place in both events, so now have two national gold medals!
Cahon also competed in the Open Mens’ Relay where his team gained Bronze. Rhye Jacka was a finalist in
both the Under 19 double ski and the Under 16 single ski. Congratulations also to Tom Jacka (a Senior
Academy member from 2007/8) who gained silver in the Under 19 double ski.
Also gaining national recognition are Kate Livingston (Senior Academy) and Renata Gottgtroy (Y10
Academy), who have both been selected in the NZ Junior Womens’ In-line Hockey team. They will be
competing at the Oceania In-Line Championships in Australia during the up-coming holidays – we wish them
the best of luck. Hannah Winter has been selected in the Premier Women’s Netball team for the Glenora
Club – well done Hannah!
Congratulations also to the Sports Director, Peter McIntyre. Peter has been appointed as the NZ Men’s
Touch coach for 2009 through until the 2011 World Cup. A well deserved appointment – we are all very
We look forward to continuous improvement (kaizen!) and significant achievements by Academy students
over the remainder of the year.
What a start we have had in sport this term, with our biggest ever swimming sports day. It was a great
day at West Wave with some outstanding individual swimming results and very competitive house relays.
Thanks to Jane Clabrough and Gary Lane for their fantastic support in helping on the day. The teacher
and student help was fantastic - well done house leaders and deans.
GIRLS – Brittany Lane, Molly McLaren, Sophie McIntosh, Amy Edwards, Charlotte Clabrough, Georgia
Edwards, Amelia Brown, Ella Constable, Marycarol Holdaway, Clare Corbett, Priya Mistry, Antoinette
Jowitt, Helen McLean & Evelyn Warden.
BOYS – Shaan Mistry, Mathison Watt, Keanu Michaels, Lewis Booth, Cassidy Laurie, Adam Tapsell,
Amokura Heather-Kingi, Gareth Clabrough, Hugo Norton, Mohammed Shekhumia, Matthew Lane, Patrick
Marsh & Rory Clarke.
Unbelievable! It was the best sports school event that I have been involved in, with approximately 700
athletes on the day trying their best. To all the students, student helpers and staff – big congratulations
for making this one memorable day.
Congratulations go to: Marycarol Holdaway for coming 6th in the intermediate girls 400m Auckland
Champs of Champs final. The most memorable performances though went to Tulsa Saumamao - placed 2nd
in junior boys 100m, 2nd in junior boys 200m and 1st in junior boys' high jump. What a fantastic effort and
along with Sam Hutton’s 2nd in the junior boys high jump, gave Western Springs a one-two finish in this
event, which was awesome.
Sophie Mcintosh; Kimberly Adams; Shannen Millan; Renata Gottgtroy; Helen Mclean; Marycarol Holdaway;
Tessa Hodder;Tulsa Saumamao;Thomas Robson; Jared Selwyn; Sam Hutton.
Western Springs College sent a small team through to the Auckland champs. The boys did the school
proud by getting through to the quarterfinals in both the doubles and singles. Juniors - Theo McClennan-
Elliot; Jack Tapsell; Intermediates - Hugo Norton; Tom Monro.
This is fast becoming one of the school’s biggest sports with very passionate people involved. The college
sent two teams to the North Island Division Two champs - senior boys, coached by Cris Brown and
managed by Debbie Jacka. Senior girls were coached by Shreya Slaway and managed by Jan Milne. This
tournament attracts very good teams and is of a very high standard. Both teams acquitted themselves well
and gave their all. With that experience under their belts, this sport is looking very good for the future.
Big thanks to all the parents who went along to support and help.
Western Springs College is now taking orders for the new school sports track suit which is on display at
school reception, costing $95.00 each. Check out the new design and wear the new tracksuit with pride!!
If we have any parents, care-givers and/or ex-students who would like to help out in coaching or managing a Western Springs team, please ring (815 6730) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Soccer; rugby; hockey; netball; basketball; rugby league; lacrosse; hockey; badminton; squash; underwater hockey.
Pacific Parents’ Meeting: There will be a Pacific parents meeting in the Western Springs College
staffroom, Wednesday 1 April at 6pm. If you want to know more about assessment for juniors and
seniors, please make the effort to attend.
Parents also wanting to discuss their child's recent progress report are encouraged to come.
Remember the Pacific Island Homework Centre every Monday from 3.15-5pm
Congratulations for a wonderful effort from the Niuean Group who performed at this year’s Polyfest.
They did us proud!! Special thanks to Pepe Siligi for her expertise in tutoring this group. Thanks also to
Margaret Ruland, Mema and Tufa for their tireless support. Any queries, please don't hesitate to contact
or email me on email@example.com
Polynesian Festival 2009
Nga Puna o Waiorea
Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nona te ngahere
Te manu e kai ana i te matauranga, nona te ao
The bird that eats the miro berry, his is the forest
The bird that eats education, his is the world
Kia ora e te whanau,
On Saturday 21st March Nga Puna o Waiorea Rumaki Reo students performed at the ASB Polynesian
Festival held out in Manukau. This event is the secondary schools regional Kapa Haka festival. It was an
awesome occasion for everyone and the group gave an outstanding performance. Waiorea achieved the
Non aggregate items:
1st Kakahu (Uniforms)
2nd Manukura Tane - Daniel Watkinson (Male leader)
2nd Manukura Wahine – Norbryn Vaiula (Female Leader)
2nd Maurakau (Weaponry)
2nd Mita o Te Reo (Language Pronunciation)
3rd Waiata Tira (Choral)
1st equal Waiata Tawhito (Traditional song)
2nd Whakaeke (Entrance)
3rd equal Haka
3rd Waiata-a-Ringa (Action Song)
Overall placings in Division 1:
1st Kahurangi ki Maungawhau (Auckland Girls Grammar)
2nd Nga Puna o Waiorea (Western Springs College)
3rd Te Kapunga (James Cook High School)
4th Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae
Congratulations to all students in the Rumaki. As this year was a qualifying year for the Nationals, Nga
Puna o Waiorea has qualified to enter the 2010 Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Nationals that will be held in
Rotorua. Nga mihi nui ki nga kura katoa mo nga mahi i runga i te ataamira mo nga ra e toru. He mihi mahana
kia koutou katoa. Mahi tika ana koutou ma!
Special thanks to Matua General and Whaea Marissa for all their hard work as tutors, to Pa Chris, Whaea
Tracey and Matua James, the kaiako Whaea Jas, Whaea Hana, Whaea Lorin and Whaea Kau, the whanau
from Te Arawa and all the parents of the students. We couldn’t have done it without you all! Ko koutou te
Poutokomanawa o Nga Puna o Waiorea. Mauri ora!
We arrived at school bright and early on Friday morning, ready to jump on the bus and head out to
Manukau. On the way there, we had a bit of a warm up session singing a Niuean song, Si ue ue mai, which
Pepe, our tutor, had taught us. Spirits were high and this was only the bus ride!
As we drew closer to the venue, and nerves started to take hold, we quietened down in order to hear the
beautiful sounds coming from the Polynesian stages. It was amazing to think that soon we would be part of
providing the entertainment. Mr Talamaivao, Ms Tai, and Ms Ruland, organised us into groups of
performers and supporters before entering the venue. We were extremely eager to get inside and check
out our competition.
Finally inside, we made our way over to the Niuean stage where we could hear our competition screaming
out to us for a challenge. We were determined to oblige, nervously rehearsing and finalising those last few
movements backstage. We were in full costume and ready to show them what we had been practising for
at least a month leading up to the competition.
“And here we have Western Springs College” We stepped onto the stage, savage as can be, doing every
single move to the best of our capabilities. Jumping in the meke like there was no tomorrow, our aim was
to show both our competition and the audience that we are not only entertaining, but that we can deliver
at the same level as the more experienced schools like Avondale, and even Niue High.
We did our stuff and as a result of it all, came 2nd with our Hymn. None of this would have been possible
without the help of our tutors Mema, Tufa, and Pepe, so a big thank you to them from all of us.
English Department News
First, the good news! Our junior teams all won their debates in the first round of the Auckland Schools
Debating contest last Monday. Congratulations to teams and coaches. The seniors and advanced teams
were beaten, but not because of a lack of effort or commitment! Competition at these levels is quite
fierce, so congratulations to those teams for stepping up to the plate.
Many parents wish to know our policy on junior deadlines so I have included it below. As stated in the
rationale, our aim is to encourage students to see the importance of managing their time and their
workload in preparation for the demands of NCEA.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POLICY ON DEADLINES – JUNIOR SCHOOL
Because NCEA assessment policy is increasingly rigorous, it is important that students in years 9 and
10 learn to meet deadlines. Each term they have three or four major assessments, each of which
covers an important curriculum strand. These assignments are designed to develop the skills
required for success in the senior school and so it is important that students take the work, and the
due dates for completion, seriously.
- If a student is unable to complete an assignment by the given deadline, he/she must bring a note
from a parent or caregiver, explaining the nature of the emergency that has prevented the work
from being completed or handed in. Given that students are given plenty of warning of due dates,
we do not believe that personal appointments or problems with computers or printers should be
considered as an excuse. (Should a problem occur with a printer, we suggest the assignment is
emailed to the teacher.)
- If they know beforehand of a family holiday or some other reason for their child’s absence,
parents or caregivers must organise an extension with the teacher in advance of the deadline.
- A student who does not meet a deadline, nor have an explanatory note, will be required to attend a
detention, or several detentions, until the work is completed to the teacher’s satisfaction. These
will probably be held at lunchtimes. The dean will be notified, and follow-up action will be taken, if
there is a pattern of late or inadequate work.
- If there are any ongoing concerns, parents or caregivers are encouraged to discuss their child’s
progress with the teacher.
Science Department Message
Year 9 Zoo visit
This week the Year 9 students are off to learn how the Auckland Zoo is taking care of our endangered
birds and animals. The classes from each house accompanied by their Dean and Science teachers will go
over on separate days:
Monday 30/3 (Whenua House) WH, WE and WU - Wednesday 1/4 (Kapura House) KA and KU - Thursday
2/4 (Moana) MN and MO - Friday 3/4 (Atea) AE and AT.
They will spend the first part of their visit learning about specific programmes aimed at increasing the
numbers of our endangered animals such as the Tuatara. Then after lunch they will get to investigate all
the unique New Zealand flora and fauna found around the zoo.
|photos by Ryan Satyabrata and Keira Howat
Year 12 Biology Field Trip - Leigh Marine Reserve and Tiritiri Matangi Island
Our year 12 Biology Trip to Goat Island started at 7 o’clock on a cold morning. Even though many students
appeared to be still asleep, spirits were high as there were nearly 60 students excited about the trip.
When we arrived at the marine reserve we were briefed on our task. Then we hopped on a glass bottomed
boat which gave us fantastic views of the life beneath us. The skipper and guide kept us amused and
scared with his finger-eating Snapper stories.
The day was over and it was back on the bus for the short drive to our
cabins at Pakiri. Most of us spent the trip discussing the perils of
treating the banana with disrespect. The fun didn’t stop there, later
on that night we went for a swim with the teachers at Pakiri and
played spotlight around the camp.
The early starts weren’t helped by the food but everyone was excited
to go snorkelling. The girls expressed their excitement by singing
Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” hundreds of times whilst the boys cringed.
Luckily the day was warm and everybody struggled into their wetsuits
to get close up and personal with the local inhabitants of the reserve. While half of the group were in the
water, the rest were up at the University of Auckland research laboratory. There we conducted
experiments into how Whelks locate their prey.
The afternoon was spent collecting data for the internal assessment
on the distribution of animal and algae species on the rocky shore.
Everyone worked hard under a mixture of sunny and rainy conditions.
They showed that hard core biologists do care about the weather
when they are doing biological work.
That evening after dinner the group was treated to a lecture by Dr Bill
Ballantine. Dr Ballantine is a world-renowned expert on marine ecology
and marine reserves and we were very lucky to hear his arguments for
more marine reserves.
Other highlights included a visit to the beautiful Tiritiri Matangi bird
sanctuary. It was here we made friends with Greg the Takahe and his
wife Cheesecake who both tried to eat our lunch.
All in all it was a great trip with great students who gave everything a
go and stepped out of their comfort zone. And a huge thank you to the
staff who can along, Robert Forster, Linda Dillon, Fa'avesi
Talamaivao, Whaea Lorrin, David Okey, Logan Coleman, Gerry
Victor Allayne Ferguson, and Sue Cameron-Brown. And we
thoroughly recommend that all Year 11’s take Biology next year.
Yr 12 Students: Grace Kennedy and Ella Newell
Our thanks go to Robert Forster for all the hard work he put into making this trip successful and to the teachers for volunteering to accompany the students.
FINALLY: Thanks for the return of a few books found under beds - keep searching!!!
The Science Team
Message From The Library
If you know a past pupil of Western Springs College who would like to have a copy of the school magazine
(formerly the ‘Seddonian’) please contact the library. We have been sorting the archives and have spare
copies available for the years 1962-2005.
NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARDS
Our current display includes most of the finalists in the non-fiction and young adult fiction section. Of
special interest is the ‘10pm Question’ by Kate de Goldi ‘and ‘Back and Beyond’ by Gregory O’Brien –a
collection of New Zealand painting.
These are also on display and include Willie Apiata’s biography by Paul Little and Barack Obama’s two
books: ‘The Audacity of Hope’ and ‘Dreams of My father’. There is something there for all readers so do
come and borrow from the display.
Parent and Former Student Database
We are keen to set up a formal database. We would like to draw on the considerable expertise and skills of the parent and former student body that comprises the extended community of this school. Parents and former students could be contacts for
- Career purposes
- Questions about a career
- Career visit
- Lunchtime or class speaker
- As an employer
- As a link to a workplace.
- Curriculum resource eg Media, English, Science, Art, Sports Academy, Drama, Music – the list of possibilities is extensive. For example,
- Speaker eg experiences as a writer, film maker, musician
- Research resource eg historical assignment
- Adjudicator eg speech competitions
- Reviewer eg book week
- Tutor/Mentor eg specific job experience: geologist, architect
- Part of online forum eg discussion about philosophical issues
- Online resource eg questions about a scientific issue
Please send details or request for further questions to David Okey (ICT development manager) firstname.lastname@example.org who will compile a register. This register will be available to staff of WSC only.
|| Industry/area of expertise
||To be contacted as: eg curriculum area, role
Student Services Centre (Waiora)
They say that all good things come to those who wait, and so it proved to be, upon the opening of the new
Student Services Centre, Waiora. This multi purpose building houses careers and Gateway staff,
counsellors, the nurse, RTLB, and there is space for visiting consultants.
The building process was characterised by strong board support, a high degree of consultation and
collaboration, and satisfaction with the outcome. Thank you to all of those involved. A particular mention
must be made of Kelvin Grant, the architect, who passed away last year who was intimately involved with
|Pictures taken at the opening of Waiora
In February 2009, I accompanied three Y11 students to Wellington to compete in a television programme
based on cooking and healthy lifestyles. The show is called Activate and will be on our televisions in the
autumn. The students were Renata Rea, Taylor Daniels and Rhiannon Dilworth. The girls were amazing and
a fantastic representation of WSC. We had a great experience filming and loved being in Wellington. If
you want to know how well they did in the competition, you’ll have to watch the series on T.V.
We are still celebrating our NCEA results from 2008. The averages were well above national decile 8
averages in terms of credits amounts gained and percentages of merits and excellents. Particular mention
should go to Sophie Blazey and Katie Milne who both achieved “excellent” averages at level 1 and level 2 –
amazing for Y11 students.
Some of our students are studying Sustainability this year, drawing inspiration and direction from the
display in Barbara Joseph’s teaching space. Check it out if you have some spare time.
They are looking at the sustainable and environmentally friendly manufacture of existing fabric fibres and
also at emerging fibres such as bamboo and hemp. Some designers have run with the idea and produce
products only using these sustainable and eco-friendly fibres. Others are selling products with seeds
embedded in the tags.
Another dimension of sustainability is utilising existing garments by up-cycling them or re-purposing them into new garments.
We will keep you posted on how these projects evolve.
Absence From Internally Assessed NCEA Standards
Internal assessment for NCEA is a high stakes affair with many hours of preparatory time being put in by
both students and staff. It is highly frustrating for staff members when on the day of an assessment a
student is absent without prior notice. Adding to this frustration is the return of the student the next
day with a note from home saying they were ‘sick’. The staff member must then put in place an alternative
assessment opportunity for that student often giving up their own time to do this.
In our Assessment Handbook issued to all Year 11, 12 and 13 students this year it is stated that ‘if you are
sick you will need to provide a medical certificate’. A parental note is not sufficient. Where it is not
possible to provide a medical certificate we have a formal attestation form which students must obtain
from either the deputy principal (Yr11) or the academic directors (Yrs 12 & 13) and parents must fill in.
Just like for external examinations at the end of the year, it is best if at all possible that the student
sits the assessment on the scheduled day.
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