WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE
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 Newsletter No. 7, August 3 2009  

Newsletter No. 7, August 3, 2009

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

National Excellence in Teaching Nomination for Tupe Tai
Congratulations to Tupe Tai who has been nominated for a National Excellence in Teaching Award. Tupe has taught English at Springs since 1992, was the Moana House dean from 1997-2004, and has held the Pacific Island Student Achievement management position for the last four years. We can think of no one who is more deserving of this nomination!

Farewells for Fa’avesi Talamaivao & Esther Mayari
After 10 years teaching service at WSC Vesi Talamaivao is travelling overseas with his family to take up a position at an international school in Doha, Qatar. Vesi will be farewelled this Friday, 7 August.

Certainly, it is an understatement to say that Vesi will be missed from Springs. During the years since his appointment he has established a reputation as a fine classroom practitioner. In recent years he has successfully undertaken management positions as assistant head of Mathematics and as the founding dean of Kapura House. He has also made a significant contribution to the sporting and cultural extra-curricula activities programmes. Vesi’s time at Springs was distinguished by two prestigious awards, both in recognition of his stature in the teaching profession: he received a New Zealand Teachers’ Study Award in 1999, and a New Zealand Mathematics Fellowship in 2004.

Coincidentally, Esther Mayari has also decided to accept an appointment to a position teaching Mathematics at an international school in the Middle East. Esther successfully completed her registration as a beginning teacher at WSC in 2007-2008 and has during this time established herself as an able teacher across all levels, Years 9-13. We have also appreciated greatly Esther’s contribution to sport at WSC; she has done an excellent job of managing our tennis teams each summer she has been with us.

See the Maths page below for news about the three recent appointments to the Mathematics department.

Site Remediation Funding Approved
After almost five years of lobbying the Ministry of Education has finally decided to approve the funds required to address the effects of subsidence on the campus and put in place an ongoing mitigation programme.

The Ministry’s decision to allocate $2.4 million for this work, $1.5million of it immediately, will allow us to attend to the site health and safety issues, such as trip hazards, which have afflicted us for so long. We can also now anticipate the long overdue renovation of the western field as well as the levelling of the paths, driveways and lawns which have been badly affected by subsidence-related ponding. Other associated works will include drainage repair work.

We expect the works to commence in November and continue through the summer and autumn.

Enrolments for 2010
Deputy principal, Ruth Roberts, is currently scheduling enrolment interviews for Year 8 students and their families. I would like to urge families planning to enrol for next year to do so as soon as possible in order to assist us put in place the necessary staffing arrangements.

The Board of Trustees has stipulated at this stage that, apart from the Rumaki special programme, there will be no out-of-zone enrolments in 2010. This decision has taken into account that current Ministry of Education policy is to provide per capita classroom accommodation property funding for in-zone students only. An ongoing increase in the ratio of in-zone students will enable WSC to qualify for the classrooms warranted by the school roll size.

Geography News

Python man is now the nation's First Geographer. And he has a delicate task ahead of him.

Some of you may have read the interview with Michael Palin in a recent Weekend Herald. Below are a few extracts that I have read to my Geography classes.
Jenny Jones

As the Royal Geographical Society's new head, Michael Palin is a man with the world in his hands.

In some people this might eventually induce a cynical world-weariness: in Palin, very much one of life's optimists, it has done the opposite and sparked an enthusiastic devotion to the idea of geography, which of course has always been a Cinderella of a subject academically, as he himself acknowledges.

"For some reason, geography is not seen as a popular subject in school. It's seen as very unglamorous. Yet when I was at school, I can remember geography offering me the chance to get out and go on field trips and go on walks, and I loved maps, I loved atlases, I loved learning about other countries and places where things were different from our own – and that's all covered by geography."

Geography, says Palin, "teaches us so much about how we live, from what we eat, to our transport systems, to population problems, diseases, global warming, all these sort of things," yet he feels that in Britain there is simply too little interest in the outside world. "Somehow we've got to make sure that geography itself isn't a turnoff. 'Cos you know, it shouldn't be. We maybe have to rename it."

What might you rename it? "Oh... Adventure!" He says with a laugh. "I think it is an adventure. It's learning about how the world works. Everything you do, even if it's research in a laboratory, is adding to that knowledge, and that's all part of the adventure. I don't think adventure should necessarily mean going out there with the shorts on, across the desert. It can mean a lot more than that."

Health Education

JUNIOR SEXUALITY EDUCATION
Year 9 classes will begin the sexuality unit of work in the coming weeks.  The first topic is ‘puberty’ which, for most students, will be revision of the work done in their Intermediate schools.  Later topics in the unit are relationships, contraception, STI’s and reproduction.   Year 10 classes will begin their sexuality unit near the end of this term or the beginning of term 4.  If you have any questions regarding the sexuality unit, please phone your son/daughter’s Health teacher or the HOD Health, Karalee Green.


Exam Tips from the WSC Learning Centre

Exams are looming. Develop good habits of mind now!
They will bring you long term benefits.

The relevant habits of mind for exam preparation are:

Managing impulsivity – make a revision timetable and keep to it. Follow the advice given below. Work at it.

Persisting – don’t give up. Every bit of work you do now will pay off later.

Before the exam – Eliminate the element of surprise. Prepare yourself! Talk to your teachers! Visit the Learning Centre for help and advice! Do some work!
If you know what to expect you will be less likely to panic or to be thrown by the exam.

Know where and when the exam is
Know what the exam will be like
How long will it be?
How many questions will there be?
Will you have to do all the questions or will you have choices?
What topics will be covered?
What types of questions will be asked?
a) Essay questions
b) Short-answer questions
c) Multi-choice
d) Practical Or a mixture
e) Or a mixture
Work out a plan for how you will divide up your time
Look over old exam papers and try them
If you get stuck ask for help. Fill those gaps. Visit the Learning Centre
Practice, practice, practice
As you get familiar with the exam set yourself time limits
The night before
Get a good night’s sleep
On the Day
Have a good breakfast
Arrive in plenty of time
Make sure you have everything you need
Take a watch
Starting the exam
Remain calm. Breathe
Keep your eye on the time and spread it fairly across questions
Check the structure of the exam. Read through the instructions carefully to check what you must do.
a) a) How many questions to be answered?
b) Are any or all compulsory?
c) Do questions carry equal marks?
• Read through the whole exam before you decide which questions to do if there is a choice
When you are allowed to start writing go through and mark all the questions you will have to answer
Read each question carefully at least twice and allow time to think. Highlight key words. Number the different parts of the question if it is asking you to do more than one thing
If you have to write essays, maybe do your plans first so you have your thinking done early
At the end of the first hour, take a couple of minutes to rest, relax, and eat to keep your blood sugar steady
Keep to your allotted time for each question. It’s easier to score the first few marks for a question than the last few marks
Maybe tackle the harder questions first while you are fresher
Use the entire exam period rather than rushing.
Above all take the process seriously. Focus and persist!

Helen Thorpe


Media Studies Department News

The students in the Media Studies department are busy making short films, documentaries, animations and short news items as part of their coursework. You’ll be able to see a selection of the senior student films at a film festival later in the year, and junior animations will be shown at the junior arts festival. We like to encourage our student film makers (including those not taking media studies) to enter into competitions – all of which have fabulous prizes, and allow the students to get their products seen by a wider audience. Here are some current competitions students can enter:

TV3 Sustainability brief
Pitch a 'good news' story about any aspect of sustainability that interests you
TV3 will assess all the entries and the winning idea will be filmed and then screened as part of Sunrise. The winners will be able to join the crew as they film the story, be part of the item and be credited with the story idea.
http://www.tv3.co.nz/EducationResource/tabid/913/Default.aspx
Due Date: August 7th

‘Cut’ Video Competition
Make a 4-6 Minute video
Prize pool:
All finalist entries will receive a CUT! certificate and a DVD of the final entries. There will be a public screening of the finalist films at an award ceremony and the winning school will receive a prize. Last year’s main prize was an Apple iMac with Avid Media Composer editing software. Other prizes included Ricoh digital cameras, Media Arts scholarships, an 8g iPod Touch and a selection of filmmaking books courtesy of Focal Press.
http://www.wintec.ac.nz/applications/cut/main.htm
Due Date: September 25th

The Outlook for Someday – a sustainability film challenge for young New Zealanders
Make a video on a sustainability theme up to 5 minutes. Prize Pool to be announced
http://www.theoutlookforsomeday.net/
Due Date: 15th September

Fair Go Ad Awards
Make an ad for an unpopular school subject (and I just know it won’t be Media!!!)
Prize pool: The winning school will each receive a $2000 cash prize plus a Canon HF20 High Definition video camera.  The second placed school will receive a $500 cash prize plus a Canon FS21 video camera. The rest of the finalists will each receive a Canon FS21 video camera.
http://tvnz.co.nz/fair-go/2009-student-ad-awards-2778525
Due Date: Friday 21st August

Toshiba Multi-Media Challenge
Make a website or an animation or digital video or video game
See the media notice board upstairs in D block for details
Prize pool: 5 computers to be won! Adobe software, Ipod dock, some digital photo frames, LCD monitors, USB sticks, over $1000 worth of books and much more
www.tvnz6netguidemultimediachallenge.co.nz
Due Date: September 25th

N.A.M.E. - Panasonic School Video Competition 2009
Create a 4-8 minute video. Prize pool to be announced
www.name.org.nz
Due Date: October 17th

‘Beyond the Camera’ – film makers course
A live-in six day television and film experience in Christchurch in the September holidays. Sunday Sept 27th – October 3rd –  See the Media Studies noticeboard or Ms Thompson in D12 for details.
Enrolments at www.beyondthecamera.org.nz or e-mail swilliams@stac.school.nz

Deb Thompson
H.O.D Media


2009 Marks the 60th Anniversary of New Zealand Citizenship

To celebrate this anniversary, The Department of Internal Affairs is running an essay competition for Year 11-13 students on the topic “What New Zealand citizenship means to me”.   Essays should beno more than 1,000 words and entriesmust be in by 5pm Friday 25 September

An overview of the Competition, Entry Forms, and a full list of Terms and Conditions can be found on the Department’s webpage www.dia.govt.nz (follow the links to “Citizenship” and “Celebrating 60 Years”). 


The History Trip to Wellington

When the idea of a class trip to Wellington was first suggested I was happy to agree that yes that was a very good idea – and there I thought it would remain: a very good idea. I had not counted on the extraordinary organisational skills of Sophie Edwards and the group of students she enlisted to help in the planning and execution of the journey south. And so it came to pass that 42 excited Year 13 students, a smiling group of parents and an anxious teacher met at the airport for the flight to Wellington.

Any anxiety I might have had at the prospect of taking a large number of teenagers away was quickly dispelled. Thanks to Sophie, Lucie, Seb, Clare and Bridget’s meticulous planning the days passed without a hitch. We visited Parliament where we attended Question Time, and where List MP Phil Twyford and two of his colleagues met us for an informal question and answer session in one of the Caucus rooms. The National Archives were visited along with a morning in Te Papa and an afternoon in the Wellington Museum.

Our trip was not confined to museums as we also visited Peter Jackson’s Weta Studio while others of us visited the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. There was also time for shopping and movies, and on our final evening we were treated to a wonderful meal planned and prepared by Karen Edmond.
Our days were certainly full and the journey back on the Overlander allowed some of us to catch up on sleep as we made our way through the North Island and home. While it was for me a relief to pass on the responsibility of 42 teenagers to waiting parents at Britomart, there was also a degree of regret that a journey filled with lots of laughing was at an end.

So big thanks to all of Year 13 for helping to make this trip such a pleasure, and special thanks to those students whose enthusiasm and energy went into the planning of our journey and so ensuring that our days passed so happily. My gratitude, too, to those parents who accompanied us whose support, kindness and willingness to be such an important part of our trip helped make this time away such a success.

Graeme Moran
HOD History


Notes from a Recent History Trip

First of all, I would like to acknowledge what a progressive school Western Springs College is. We had the support of staff in our student-initiated History trip from the beginning, which planned to get forty-two 17 year olds to Wellington and back (safely).

We hopped on a plane on Thursday morning. After a smooth landing in windy Wellington we checked into our accommodation on Tory Street and spent the afternoon roaming through Parliament, watching Question Time and talking to politicians. Friday was our day to explore the National Archives, where our study of the Treaty was given tangibility, the Museum of Wellington and, of course, Te Papa. On Saturday morning, we had the option of visiting Weta Cave or Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. During the afternoon, students had time to brave the city on their own. Some spent the afternoon, along with the mums, cooking a three course meal for 45 people, which was a great (and delicious) way to end our trip.

Oh, but I am forgetting the 14-hour train ride back to Auckland, which gave us a chance to see the beautiful landscapes of the North Island and listen to some of Graeme’s stories, and not to mention, almost being left in Ohakune. When we finally pulled into Britomart at 9pm on Sunday, the rest of the train was sleeping while our carriage was filled with loud voices, hilarity and rubbish, a lot of rubbish. I’m not sure whether Graeme will ever fully recover.

So after planes, trains, buses, cable cars, taxis and skateboards, we all made it back to Auckland. The people who made our trip possible (and deserve a medal) include the ‘mums’- Karen, Tina and Julie, Anne, who did our finances, and Graeme Moran, who bravely agreed to lead us to Wellington. Thank you so much!

Sophie Edwards

Year 13 Students outside the National Archives and touring around the Beehive

Technology Week Wrap Up

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Technology Week activities.  We hope you had as much fun as we did.  There was a great response to our three quizzes, the paper aeroplane challenge, and fantastic designs for the Egg Drop Challenge.

We had lots of students participating in our folded paper aeroplane competition, and lots of onlookers cheering them on whilst enjoying some delicious ice-cream – thanks Miss Hewitt!

Helen McLean – Year 13, Matthew Omeara-Pesce – Year 10 were the winners who went through to the egg packaging competition.  They each received a kit containing limited, miscellaneous materials such as string, paper and scraps of fabric.  They had one week to research and design a package which would protect a raw egg from a drop of one storey and not break.

It was certainly interesting on the day to note the entirely different approaches to the product design that each student had.  This certainly demonstrated the benefits of working in groups as each individual brings a different viewpoint to a challenge.

On the day, it was Matthew’s design which most adequately protected the egg, and therefore best met the brief.  Congratulations Matthew, we hope you enjoy your $100 voucher from Gordon Harris.

Also, congratulations to form class HGM who enjoyed a morning tea courtesy of the Technology Department.  This was to reward them for winning 2 of the 3 quizzes and achieving the highest average across all three quizzes.

Also, special thanks must go to Anne Varley and Sally Bollinger who designed some eye catching and detailed posters which were put up around the school advertising Technology Week.

We are now looking forward to building on the success of our inaugural Technology Week, next year.

Jill Hewitt & Matt Clayton with the winning design after it was disassembled Watching egg transport devices being projected from a second storey balcony

Year 11 Philosophy – The Libertarian Perspective

Sally O’Brien from the Libertarian Party

Throughout the last two terms Year 11 Philosophy students have been investigating different worldviews.  In the first term they focussed on religious worldviews, and in the second on secular ones, such as Marxism and Libertarianism.  They have also investigated political spectrums - Right/Left and Libertarian/Authoritarian.

Towards the end of last term Sally O’Brien from the Libertarian party came into class to give a presentation and to answer students’ questions.  She started off by questioning whether “Libertarianism” could be described a ‘worldview’, or whether it was a perspective which people from a range of worldviews could access and utilise.  The Libertarian perspective challenged many students’ own assumptions and led to an intense question and answer session after the presentation.  As usual, when the bell went there were still a lot of questions unanswered.

The school would like to thank Sally for taking the time to come into school, for preparing a detailed power point presentation, and for stimulating the lively debate that followed.  As well as being interesting in itself, the talk was also of immediate use for students in their next NCEA assessment, which dealt with the possibility of the state banning smoking in New Zealand.

 


Message from the Library

Book Club was launched by a small group who met for a first meeting last term.   They decided to read a book during the holidays, which they will discuss at the next meeting in term 3.  If you would like to join this club you are welcome to the next meeting.  Many thanks to Lucie Irwin-Whitney and Sebastian Clarke for their support for this new project.

Speed Booking
“What a great way to encourage and assist students to find books,” said a teacher who trialled speed booking with her class. The class is divided into groups of 4.  At 3 minute intervals they move around tables looking at a wide selection of books.  They enjoyed the experience and were exposed to books they would not normally pull off the shelf.  Although in its early stages it seems Speed Booking may be here to stay as a book-selection process.

Library Week
The dates are August 10-14. Again we will have a range of activities some of which will be awarded a prize. Students should be watching the library notice board for details. The highlight of the week will be prizes for our top readers at each year level.

Sharda Patel


International Languages Week Events & Responsibilities

International Languages Week (ILW): Week 5 (August 17 to August 21)

Events When Details People in Charge
Canteen Food

Languages Week

Monday to Friday

1. Maggie prepares food according to the promoted language daily.

2. Clare informs Maggie about the daily promoted language in Week

3. Clare checks with Maggie about the food and puts it in the daily bulletin during ILW.

Clare Hannam
Quiz

Languages Week
3 days

(days when the form classes don’t have house assemblies)

1. Languages Department prepares the quizzes and the answers.

2. Student leaders collect the answered quiz at the end of Form time, and check the answers.

3. Winning form classes from each house will be announced in the assembly after ILW.

Clare Hannam

Yen-Yu Chen

Maki Omatoi

Dress-up competition

Languages Week

Monday (17/08)

1. Clare puts the notice in the daily bulletin from Week 3 onwards to remind students about it

2. Decide on the judges and inform them

3. On Monday 17/08, the students who dress up report to B4 during lunch time to get participation prize, photo taken then parade around the school.

4. Judges decide on the finalists’ list and then winners.

5. Inform the finalists at the Tuesday Assembly .

6. Powerpoint to show the finalists and the winners.

Clare Hannam

Yen-Yu Chen

Maki Omatoi

Languages

Languages Week

Monday to Friday

1. International student leaders to get international students to write some greetings or phrases.

2. Clare to put these greetings in the daily bulletin daily.

Clare Hannam

Yen-Yu Chen

Maki Omatoi

Culture activities

Languages Week

Thursday Period 5

1. International student leaders to announce in the International students assembly in Week 2, to ask for participating nationalities for culture games or activities.

2. Student leaders supervise the preparation before the event day.

3. Student leaders inform the Languages department about needed items for the activities.

4. Invite the P.5 Y9 teachers for participation, reply by end of Week 4

5. Student leaders or Y13 Languages. students monitor and supervise the Y9 classes involved during Period 5

Languages Department staff International students director Yen-Yu Chen

Maki Omatoi

Clare Hannam

Some Y13 student leaders or Y13 Languages classes students

Renae Liao-Marsden


News from the Maths Department

Staffing Changes
As you will be aware there have been significant changes within the Mathematics Department staffing this year. We are however extremely pleased to welcome three very dedicated, committed and highly qualified teachers to our ranks.

Shelley Trollip recently arrived from South Africa.  A highly skilled and experienced educator, Shelley will commence her teaching duties as from Monday 3 August. She has spent some time with the students familiarising herself with the content and requirements of each course and is really keen to get back into the classroom.  Dougal McIntyre will be taking over Esther Mayari’s senior classes as from Monday 3 August. Dougal is very familiar with our department having worked with us for significant periods of time since the end of 2008. Dougal will be working alongside Esther for his first week in order to ensure a smooth transition.  Craig Baily is arriving from New Jersey, USA and will take over Fa’avaesi Talamivao’s classes as well as Esther Mayari’s year 10 class as from Monday 10 August. Again, Craig will work alongside Esther Mayari for his first week.

All three staffing appointments are permanent and we thus look forward to a stable and productive second half of the year.

Maths week
We are yet again looking forward to a fun-filled week of everything mathematical starting Monday 10 August.  With plenty of opportunities for students to be creative and earn house points, we are hoping to inspire even the less enthusiastic.

We will of course be continuing with the “pi” clothing range in true Maths Department tradition. This year all proceeds will be donated to WSPA, World Society for the Protection of Animals, and thus we look forward to your continued support.


Leaders’ Voice

Feetbeat at Springs
This was the second year of Feetbeat for WSC and it was amazing. Feetbeat is a Health Promoting Schools initiative and our school HPS team was very keen on promoting it for all of term 2 to get everyone active and earning housepoints.  The student leaders did a fantastic job organising an activity every Friday lunchtime to get the whole school involved and active for 30 minutes. These activities included skipping, ballroom dancing and flipping lessons.

Whenua House also held Feetbeat activities every Thursday to earn more points. They did hula-hooping, dodge ball; egg-n-spoon races (but with macadamia nuts) and a whole lot more. The housepoints were counted by each person filling in a square on their Feetbeat Chart for every half-hour of exercise they did.

The points are being collated right now for all houses and results will be announced soon.

The Health Promoting Schools Team would like to thank the student leaders and everyone else at WSC for participating and supporting us.

Apurva Bhatt


Stage Challenge
On Friday, June 26th, over 120 Springs students journeyed to Aotea Square at 7.45am. The students were there to participate in the 2009 Stage Challenge, after many, many months of hard work. With a stunning eight minute routine, we stepped inside the Aotea Centre with fresh enthusiasm and zeal.

Inside the building the catastrophes began, as per usual. Costumes went missing, make-up got spilt, and students forgot hairbrushes. But despite all that we were all happy to be there, and fit to burst with anticipation for our performance.

Make-up freshly applied and costumes adjusted, the entire cast made their way backstage. Representatives of each of the seven deadly sins, Pride, Lust, Envy, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony and Wrath converged to form a spectacular show, with incredible makeup and costumes. The show lasted a very short time, but the energy and enthusiasm was unmatched by any other year we have experienced at Springs. Offstage the celebrations began, the whole cast came off whooping and jumping, it was a truly memorable performance.

We received a total of 8 awards for: Costume Design, Choreography, Soundtrack, Concept, Stage Use, School Community, Performance Skill. Our success was further accentuated by being awarded fourth place out of eleven schools.

It was an incredible experience and the five of us were lucky to work with each other, and with the exceptionally talented and committed dancers. Thank you to all of you, we are very proud of what you achieved.

We would also like to thank Mr James, our hair, makeup and crew members, and all others who helped out in any way; you helped to make the show as successful as it was. A special thank you goes out to Sam, our lighting liaison, and fellow Stage Challenge leader J

Chloe Mereau, Grace Elliott, Neerali Parbhu, Newton Cook and Rose Philpott


Leadership Training
On the last Thursday of Term 2, the student leadership group met up after school in the school gym for a leadership re-focusing session. During the session we, the student leadership group, were given the chance to develop and refocus our personal leadership skills while having heaps of fun.

We kicked off the afternoon with what was to be the most ambitious jump rope game that I have ever experienced. In this activity we attempted to get all 31 student leaders under in one swing of the rope. I’m sure this made for a very interesting visual experience for Ms. Kilian who was supervising us at the time.

 After this we took a look at the goals that we had set on our initial training and were given the chance to set new ones for the coming term. Later in the evening we traversed the gym floor using only pieces of foam board in teams of around 9 which also proved to be a challenging but also rather entertaining task. We finished off the evening with pizza which, needless to say, went down a treat with the hungry leaders but also provided us with an opportunity for reflection on what we had just accomplished.

Mark Hawkins


All things Academic
Learning Survey
The Academic Leaders have been working with Graeme Moran and Rose Philpott (Student  Board Representative) on researching the endlessly fascinating subject of Western Springs students, and what makes them tick. We are trying to find out what personality traits are important to our school in terms of being an effective learner. We completed a school-wide survey last term, asking the students about themselves and what they think it means to be an effective learner. This is turning out to be a massive project, so thank you to all the students who completed our survey with honesty. We are hoping to produce and distribute a survey that focuses on teaching this term, but the results of our first survey will be in the next newsletter, so remember to take a look – we are sure they will be intriguing!

Students Inspiring Students

This year at Western Springs College some of the student leaders are working to bring ‘Students Inspiring Students’ to the attention of the school. The idea of this programme is to invite recently graduated Springs students to speak to the school about the weird and wonderful things they are up to now, and how they got to be doing them. In term one the Environmental Leaders interviewed and introduced Ilai Amir. Last term we approached Eva Gregory, and found out what she has been up to since she graduated in 2006. Studying Biomedical Science is not something many of us know about, and Eva also gave us a much better understanding of how different university will be. With her interesting (albeit slightly gory) descriptions of Biomedical Science at Auckland University, I’m sure Eva gave lots of current Springs students something to think about.

Sophie Edwards, Nicholas Priddey and Hannah Cleverley


PAG News

Counting down to Quiz Night!  Don't forget to pick up your tickets from the school office and get your team together.  Tickets are $15 and you'll need cash or a cheque.  There will be Eftpos available on the night for your refreshments.
We're still looking for sponsors so if you can sponsor a table or provide a prize for a round please email pag@westernsprings.school.nz and we'll be in touch.

We'd also be grateful for donations of items suitable for prize hampers - ponder on what you'd like to get in your prize hamper when you win on the night, and then drop something in to the office.

Don't leave it until the last minute - Quiz night is a sell-out event.


Trampolining

George Magee, Lisa Serbeh, Deanna Lauchlan. Not shown Evelyn Warden

On Thursday 23rd July a team of four represented WSC in the Auckland schools trampolining competition at Counties Manukau, Papakura.  Although not placed, the quality was excellent, and the team are now looking forward to competing in the National Secondary School competition in September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Notices

Toughlove ..helping parents help their teens

We know how difficult it can be for parents, spouses and siblings when a teen is demonstrating unacceptable behaviour and the family is in turmoil.

Toughlove can offer support, strategies and loving solutions to manage that behaviour.  We hold weekly Parent Support meetings run by trained volunteers.  Learn about detachment, manipulation, boundaries and consequences. Discover how your behaviour can influence positive changes in your teens behaviour.

Contact by phoning 624 4363 or www.toughlove.org.nz


Next BOT Meeting August 10, 6pm in the staffroom


Next PAG Meeting September 01, 7.30pm in the staffroom in the Staffroom