WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE
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 Newsletter No. 6, June 22, 2009  

Newsletter No. 6, June 22, 2009

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

Teacher Only Curriculum Development Day, Thursday, 25 June
A reminder that the Ministry of Education-authorised staff-only day for work on the implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum is on this Thursday, 25 June. Accordingly, there will be no classes for students on Thursday, meaning that parents will need to make alternative arrangements for our students. The day has been set aside to enable subject teachers from across Auckland to attend workshops designed to better equip them to deliver the new curriculum in their subject.

Years 9 & 10 ( Junior Students ) Parent / Teacher Report Interviews, Tuesday, 30 June, 2.00-7.00pm.
The junior reports will be mailed out to homes on Wednesday this week in readiness for next week’s parent / teacher interviews. Once again the mail-out will also contain information about how to book appointments on-line with subject teachers, form teachers, deans and senior managers; alternatively, parents can telephone or write a note to the school office staff with appointment requests.

On Tuesday parents will be invited to fill in and leave in the box in the hall foyer a survey providing feedback about the current report format and the extent to which the report achieves the purposes of reporting a) students’ achievements and attributes as learners; and b) identifying the next best steps for further development as a learner.

WSC Community Education Programme Faces Termination
The Government’s decision to cut night class funding from next year has prompted the formation of a pressure group committed to convincing the Government that we should maintain, not terminate, this long ( 100 year ) tradition of easily accessible education across the country.

If you share the belief that the decision should be reversed in the interests of ongoing community education, for ideas about what to do go to http://stopnightclasscuts.org.nz

Fia Fia Night, Thursday, 2 July, WSC Hall, 6pm
Enjoy the essence of Pasifika! Come and be entertained by the Samoan, Tongan, Niuean, Cook Island cultural groups and the Maori kapa haka group at this heart-warming, annual end-of-term celebration of cultures.

NEITA Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership
Nominations are now open for these prestigious awards which provide parents, parent organisations, boards, and student councils with the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of teachers to the school. Nomination forms are available from the school office; the closing date is 31 August.

Stage Challenge, Aotea Centre, Friday, 26 June
The Seven Deadly Sins have inspired the creation of this year’s Stage Challenge production with the largest cast ever assembled for a Springs show. For tickets go online to The Edge at www.the_edge.co.nz

A Change of Date for the School Ball

Students were informed last week of a change of date for this year’s school ball to Friday, September 18th. 

The decision to change the date was made due to the uncertainty surrounding school closures as the swine flu pandemic escalated.  Parents will be aware of the news reports regarding Year 12 students from Westlake Girl’s High School being in doubt about attending their school ball because it fell within the seven day quarantine period ordered by the Ministry of Health at that school.

We felt that the timing of our ball at the end of the first week back from the term 2 vacation was fraught with potential disruption due to the fact that a number of students and staff will be travelling overseas during the school holidays and may be required to undergo a quarantine period on their return.

In this climate of uncertainty students have been reluctant to purchase tickets because we have been unable to offer guarantees that the ball would not be cancelled. Had we been forced to cancel our contract would have obliged us to pay all monies due – some $22,500!  I am sure that all would agree that this would have been irresponsible given the warnings coming out daily from the Ministry of Health, hence the decision to re-schedule the ball. 

We have been able to secure this year’s preferred venue – the Aotea Centre, on September 18th, which is week 9 of term 3 and have opted for the change to enable us to run this year’s ball with a degree of confidence.
Ivan Davis
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

Leaders’ Voice

All things cultural:
A massive congratulations to WSC band ‘Bandicoot’ for winning the People’s Choice Award at the Rockquest Regional Final on Saturday. This means that they are through to the next (video) round. Good luck guys!

Stage Challenge is almost upon us! We are in awe of what has been accomplished to date and will definitely be there on the day (in one capacity or another), on Friday 26th June, to help support the group of students from WSC. We hope to see as many other supporters there as possible!

Search for the Stars was a raging success, with two groups from WSC getting through to the national competition! Congratulations to Tetoki Tepaki, Newton Cook, Krystal-Lee Brown, Matt Walsh, Auhtoa Lanefale, Chaz Brown and Tarniora Rangi.

Po Fia Fia Night is also happening very soon (Thursday 2nd July). Everyone is welcome to attend this event. Tickets are available FREE from Waiora, the Student Services Centre. There will be a gold coin donation at the door on the night. Tickets are limited so get in fast!
The opening of our brand new music department is scheduled to take place next term. We are all extremely excited and are awaiting the announcement of the exact date with anticipation.
ADDaM, the new Arts Dance Drama and Music Newsletter, is inviting students to nominate items they would like to see featured in ADDaM . Please contact Leon, Clare or Tetoki.
Finally.... Talent Quest is next term.... Be prepared....
Clare, Tetoki and Leon
Cultural Leaders

Sports at Springs

The Western Springs College sports teams, this year, are yet again excelling, with 8 of our teams currently ranking within the top 3 table positions for their grades.  Congratulations to those included in these teams:

Junior Girls Soccer, Senior Girls Soccer, Girls Premiere Netball, Rumaki Rugby League, Junior Boys Rugby, Senior Girls Hockey, Senior Girls Water Polo and Basketball Under 15 Girls.

Be sure to keep an eye on the ASB college sports website; there are some not-to-be-missed games coming up

Lastly, thank you to all the coaches and supporters and their continual dedication and encouragement towards sports teams. Sports at Western Springs College would be a non-event without you.
Antoinette Jowitt


THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENT OF THE YEAR IS BACK!!!!!!!!

YES, IT’S MARKET DAY!

When: Wednesday, 1 July (Period 4 & Lunchtime)
Where: Hall

SEE YOU ALL THERE


Health Promoting Schools’ Message

AN EASY RECIPE EVERY TEENAGER CAN MAKE! A GREAT LUNCH OR DINNER

Punky pizzas

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
4 wholemeal pita breads
4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
220 g can of pineapple pieces in natural juice, drained
1 banana, sliced
1 cup low-fat cheese, shredded
handful of spinach
4 slices shaved chicken breast

Method:
1. Preheat oven to hot (220 C or 200 C for fan forced).
2. Spread each pocket with 1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce.
3. Place pocket breads onto oven tray. Top with spinach leaves, shaved chicken, pineapple pieces, banana pieces and grated cheese.
4. Cook uncovered for about 12 minutes or until cheese melts and is browned lightly.

ENJOY
Health Promoting Schools

News from the Maths 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 across all year levels. In our opinion, it is imperative that students carefully consider their test results to date, in order to decide which workshops they would benefit from most. Workshops are designed to, first and foremost, assist in filling current gaps, and secondly challenge students to move toward the next level of achievement.

Staff invest a huge amount of time and effort 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 Level   Topic Venue Teacher
Monday
13 July
9:15 am
To
10:15 am
1 Achievement and Merit Level Number: This workshop will focus on the very basic achievement and merit level skills. It is recommended for all students. B10 WT
Monday
13 July
10:20 am
To
11:20 am
1 Achievement Level Algebra: This workshop will focus on the very basic achievement level skills only. It is recommended for all students. B10 CM
Tuesday
14 July
9:15 am
To
10:15 am
1 Merit and Excellence Level Algebra: This workshop will focus on the key skills required for achieving at merit and excellence level. A must for accelerate level students. All students welcome. B10 WT
Monday
13 July
9:15 am
To
10:25 am
2 Merit to Excellence level Coordinate Geometry: This session is recommended for students with a sound understanding of the basic Level 2 Coordinate Geometry skills. B11 HK
Monday
13 July
10:30 am
To
11:30 am
2 Achievement Level Algebra: This workshop will focus on the very basic achievement level skills only. It is recommended for all students. B11 WT
Tuesday
14 July
9:15 am
To
10:25 am
2 Merit to Excellence level Algebra: This session is recommended for students with a sound understanding of the basic Level 2 Algebra skills. B11 KN
Tuesday
14 July
10:30 am
To
11:40 am
2 Merit to Excellence level Graphing: This session is recommended for students with a sound understanding of the basic Level 2 Graphing skills. B11 MI
Tuesday
14 July
11:45 am
To
12:55 am
2 Merit to Excellence level Sequences and series: This session is recommended for students with a sound understanding of the basic Level 2 Sequences and Series skills. B11 MI
Monday
13 July
10:30 pm
To
11:40 pm
3 Statistics: Merit and Excellence level Confidence Intervals. This session is recommended for students entering the external standard. B12 HK
Monday
13 July
10:45 pm
To
12:55 pm
3 Statistics: Merit and Excellence level Probability distributions. This session is recommended for students entering the external standard. B12 HK
Tuesday
14 July
10:30 am
To
12:30 am
3 Calculus: Complex Numbers: All levels This session is recommended for all students. B10 KN

Study Passes:
Study Pass revision packs contain a set of summary notes as well as a comprehensive revision guide based on previous external examination papers. It is a well established resource which we highly recommend to all students sitting external examinations in Mathematics.

Study Passes may be purchased through the Mathematics Department at $20 each. Students wishing to do so, will need to pay $20 to Beth at the front office. Beth will issue the student with a receipt which needs to be handed in to the student’s Mathematics teacher by Tuesday 30 June.
Thea Kilian

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Community Notices

WESTERN SPRINGS ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB INC .
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME JULY 2009
7 years old to 15 years old (girls and boys)
Monday 6th July to Thursday 9th July at Western Springs - Seddon Fields -9.00am till 1pm
(Coaches will be onsite from 8.45am to 1.15pm) All enquires to Glenn Sheppard: 021 509 974
or email Glenn at glennsheppard@xtra.co.nz  for a registration form.

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Next Board of Trustees Meeting
6pm June 29th
All Welcome

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Next Parent Action Group Meeting
7.30pm June 30th
All Welcome

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Please Note
OUR PHONE NUMBER IS 815 6730