WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE
Nga Puna O Waiorea
 Newsletter No. 8, August 24 2009  

Newsletter No. 8, August 24, 2009

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

Early Finish: Paid Union Meeting, Tuesday, 25 August
Further to the letter distributed on 17 August, a reminder that school will finish at 12.35pm on Tuesday, 25 August, to enable teachers to attend the paid union meeting scheduled to discuss details of their proposed new employment contract. There is a legislative requirement that this time be set aside for this purpose.

Tuesday’s timetable has been amended so that only one lesson will be missed. Our regular bus services have been rescheduled to pick up students at 12.35pm.

Senior Examinations: Wednesday, 26 August – Wednesday, 2 September
Given that these are the only preliminary exams prior to the November NCEA and Scholarship finals, it is vital that senior students take full advantage of this opportunity to hone their revision and examination technique skills by preparing as well as they possibly can.

It is important that students sit all of their examinations.  Students who are too ill to sit an examination on the day scheduled should contact Ruth Roberts to arrange to sit it on another day during the examination week.

Please note that international students are expected to sit subject examinations and attend practical workshops timetabled for the week.

Course Selection for Years 10, 11 & 12 Students
Students and parents will have access to the 2010 WSC Course Book from week 8. The course book can be accessed on the school intranet from 7 September; alternatively, a hard copy can be obtained on request from the school office.

The annual WSC Course Evening for students and parents is scheduled for Tuesday, 15 September, at 6.00pm in the hall. This event will provide an opportunity to discuss subject options with department heads and specialist teachers. The term 3 preliminary selection round will enable the 2010 timetable to be blocked prior to final subject choices being made early next term.

Senior Reports will be mailed home on Thursday, 17 September, in time for the Parent/Teacher Interviews on Tuesday, 22 September.  On-line bookings can be made from this week by accessing the link on the school website; the school code password on this occasion is FMUZ 2; alternatively, you can go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz

Teacher-Only-Day, Friday, 18 September
The annual teacher-only-day has again been scheduled to coincide with the day of the School Ball on Friday, 18 September, in week 9. The day has been assigned for departments to work on planning and preparation for the implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum.

Parents who are unable to make alternative arrangements for their daughter or son on this day should make direct contact with the school office so that we can organize supervised study facilities from 9.00am to 3.00pm.

School Ball, Aotea Centre, Friday, 18 September
Tickets are selling now. More details of the ball will be included in the next newsletter on 14 September.

English Department News

Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards
If you have a child who is a keen short-story writer and would like to submit something for this competition, please encourage them to visit www.shortstory.co.nz for details.  There is a $1000 cash prize for the winner and $500 worth of books for the writer’s school. Entries will be accepted until August 28th.

Junior Open Debating
Congratulations to the Western Springs 1 team who made it to the elimination round of the competition this year, and special congratulations to Erin O’Flaherty who was judged best speaker in the western zone.

Practice Exams
Students have been given the following advice about exam conditions:

  • They must stay in the exam for the allotted time, and attempt all questions. The only legitimate reason for leaving would be a previous commitment, like a hospital appointment. Please email me in advance if your son or daughter will not be able to stay for the whole exam time as we may be able to re-schedule it. (Although in the actual NCEA exams they are able to leave early, we believe it is important that students develop their ability to write a certain number of essays within given time restraints)
  • They need bring only pens in a plastic bag as refill or an answer book will be supplied.

Further Assessment Opportunities for Levels 1, 2 and 3 Writing Standards.
Students who have expressed an interest in doing FAO for either Creative or Formal Writing have been given an advice sheet for parents or caregivers to read, sign and return to their English teacher.  Because we cannot commit another 12 periods of class time to this, we will be requiring students to spend two hours after school in both weeks 8 and 9, writing a draft and then we will allow them a week of class time to type it up. This will require a serious commitment on the students’ part but we are happy to supervise, provide feedback, mark and moderate their writing, if it means they are able to get those vital literacy credits!
Ali Geursen
HOD English 
geursena@westernsprings.school.nz

Leaders’ Voice

Feetbeat Results
As promised I now have the final Feetbeat results:
In first place: Moana House
Second place: Whenua House
Third place: Atea
Fourth place: Kapura
Well done to all the houses and congratulations to Moana for the fantastic effort. They put in over 110,000 km’s !

The Health Promoting Schools team would like to say thank you to all the deans and student leaders for supporting us with activities and a huge thank you to everyone who participated.
Apurva Bhatt

School Ball
The Western Springs College Ball for 2009 is set for 18th September and with our colourful Moulin Rouge theme it is sure to be a night full of fun and excitement. It will be held at the spacious Aotea Centre and doors will open at 7pm. Tickets are available to all year levels at $90.  Students are able to laybuy tickets with a $10 deposit.

Congratulations to Nikki Goodson, whose ticket entry won our Ball Ticket design competition. She will receive two free Ball tickets for her efforts.
Seb Clarke

Maths Week in the Animal Kingdom:
Last week (from the 10th to 14th August), it was the annual Western Springs College ‘Maths Week’ with this year’s theme as ‘Maths in the Animal Kingdom’. The week was filled with maths quizzes in form classes, maths ‘bad to the bone’ canteen vouchers for exemplary work, animal stickers and posters galore. Oh, and how could we forget the sporting of some very trendy beanies. These beanies imprinted with ‘pR8’ (pirate) or ‘QTp’ (cutie pie) have been very popular and are continuing to sell like wildfire (with the incentive of a free pizza lunch I hasten to add). All proceeds from the sale of these beanies go towards the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), considering the week’s theme. In charcoal, pink and black, the beanies are still on sale at $10.00 each until Friday 21st August, so get buying!
Hannah Cleverley

Bin It Environmental Leaders working on their projects

Bin It!
The environmental leaders have been working on a bin-painting project for the last two terms. We made a movie to promote it and ran 2 workshops around the psychology of waste. With the panels cut out and paint organized, we were really excited when it finally came together last Sunday. Jarrod was here bright and early to help us set up for the 32 students who came to paint 24 panels for our new waste stations. With slots for food scraps, compost and landfill rubbish, it was important to create some colourful signage. From handprints to cartooning, we painted all day - house leaders came along and even Ms Kilian’s children helped out. Panels will be judged.  Look out for their release during EcoWeek (week 8).
Greer Rasmussen

Message from the Library

Library Week
This was a huge success and all activities were well supported.  Many students entered the daily question once they realized the winner received a canteen voucher.  The form class quiz which was written by Lucie Irwin-Whitney and Sebastian Clarke was challenging for some form classes and there were several with 100% correct. Congratulations to Robert Forster’s form class who won the quiz award and to Moana for winning the most house points for the quiz.

The following students received library vouchers for borrowing the most books from the library. It was indeed a pleasure to announce their names at the school assembly.
Year 9: Andrew Arona, Jeremiah Timaloa and Faiza Buksh
Year 10: Muhammad Khaukha and Katrina McComish
Year 11: Mac Stephenson and Sophie Dyson
Year 12: Loren Bailey and Troy Friedman
Year 13: Hannah Dyson and Te Toki Tepaki

Students have enjoyed our current display of photographs (“A Visit to our Past”) taken during the early years of our school when it was located in Wellesley St.
Sharda Patel

Mathematics News

On Wednesday 19 August our two main mathematical competitions for 2009 coincided.

16 students took part in the international UNSW Education Assessment in Mathematics (formally known as the ICAS Mathematics Competition), testing themselves against others throughout New Zealand and overseas in a special 1-hour assessment. We’ll be waiting for the results when they arrive in Term 4, to see if we can beat our great performances from previous years.

On the same day, Western Springs College took part in the annual Casio Mathex Quiz Competition. We were very ably represented by teams at each of Year 9 and Year 10 level, competing against more than 100 other teams from schools throughout the greater Auckland region.  All teams put in a huge effort on the night, and achieved great scores in a competitive, fun and exhausting event.  Congratulations to all the participants for their enthusiasm, energy, determination and mathematical thinking under pressure!  Special mention goes to Marycarol for outstanding running, and to the Y10 team of Caleb, Lucy, Hannah and Margot for the highest ever result achieved by a Western Springs team.

Year 9 Teams: Khelan, Kieran, Alexander, Geordie, Kyle, Jade, Sakura, and Sam
Year 10 Teams: Caleb, Lucy, Hannah, Margot, Marycarol, Harvey, Michael, and Jesse
Year 13 Coaches: Nicholas, Sophie and Hannah

Casio Mathex Quiz Competition participants

Maths Week
This year we celebrated Maths week from the 10th to the 14th August with the theme “Animals”, in line with the soon to be published Maths Publication. Students were given opportunities to gain yummy prizes throughout the week through daily challenges and other activities run in classes. If students were exceptional they were rewarded with “Bad to the Bone” food vouchers which they could exchange from the tuckshop.  (See Hannah Cleverley’s Leaders’ Voice item in this issue.)

We are also raising funds for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), through the sale of “QTπ” (cutie pie) and “πR8” (pirate) beanies. The World Society for the Protection of Animals relies on the generosity of people like us for its funding. Please support this worthy cause by promoting this initiative to friends and family alike. Order forms have been handed out to students in their Maths classes. Order forms are also available at reception. We have decided to change the cut-off date for ordering to Friday 28th August.
Bella Pomare

News from Physical Education

Year 10 Physical Education
Over the last 4 weeks Year 10 Physical Education students have been training towards the annual Cross Country event. This will be taking place on Friday the 4th September from 1.45- 3.15pm.  The course will start on the school field, heading up Jaggers Bush and back through Seddon Fields, totalling approximately 3km.  Any parents/caregivers are more than welcome to come along and support the students during this time.
Note to Parents/Guardians
If your child has a medical condition that may stop them from participating can you please let their Physical Education teacher know.

Student Achievement
Congratulations to Brenna Magee-Watling, Kate Livingston and Amelia Brown for making the Under 19 Lacrosse squad that will be travelling to the World Games in Germany in 2011. Make sure you buy a wrist band off these girls for $3 to help fundraise for this trip.

Y12 Physical Education
The Year 12 Physical Education classes are heading to Mt Ruapehu in Week 9 to complete one of their internal assessments. They will be participating in snowboarding/skiing and analysing the risks involved in this activity in order to plan for a safe and enjoyable trip.  We wish them luck for their adventure.

Sports
Our sports teams have had great success over the winter period so far. There are a number of teams playing in semi finals and finals over the next couple of weeks. We wish all those people involved the best of luck.
Colette Shearer

Sports Results

What a winter season we have had with some great results.

Highlights
Senior Girls’ Soccer won their final against Kelston Girls  3 – 0.
Junior Girls’ Soccer finalist winners against Lynfield 5 – 0.
Junior Boys’ Soccer Championship winners: played 7; won 7 in the championship round robin.  Result – unbeaten.
Junior Girls’ Basketball were finalist winners against St Mary’s 29 – 12.
Yr 9 Gold Netball finalist runners up; lost final to Massey High 22 – 20.

Netball
Netball is our biggest participation sport with our top girls’ team making the Premier 2 final.  This is to be played at the Trust Stadium on Tuesday 25th at 6pm.  All welcome.

Rugby
For the first time both rugby teams have made the ASSC Finals Day at Sacred Heart. 
Semi final results are Junior Boys vs Aorere 19 – 0.  Senior boys vs Selwyn 25 – 7.
Congratulations to our junior rugby team for going through the season unbeaten and joining our senior team at Sacred Heart this Saturday 29th August.
Peter McIntyre

Measles Outbreak

There has been a rapid rise in the number of measles cases reported around the country, with the number of notified cases so far this year already seven times higher than the total number of cases last year.

It is important to stop the spread of measles by keeping infected children at home.  Immunisation is free and is the best way to prevent measles. 

If you have any worries you may call our nurse, Margaret Meyer, or contact the Ministry of Health.

News from Languages Department

The Languages Department has just had its big event of the year – International Languages Week Celebration. The International Languages Week was in Week 5 (August 17 to August 21), we had events such as a quiz competition, greetings and canteen food for different cultures. On top of that, our main attraction was the culture dress-up competition, which took place on Monday 17th of August. We had about 50 students and 25 staff dress up for the competition and the winners were announced in the school assembly. From the staff category Ms West, Mr. Alford, Mr. Dunn and Mr. College were awarded prizes and from the students’ category Olivia Sefuiva (Samoan dress), Caspar Connolly (Mexican) and Rosie King (Bavarian) also were awarded prizes. This year we had overall winners.  The top boy was Matthew Edmond (Spanish) and the top girl was Danielle Bolton (Persian Belly Dancer).

Thank you so much to all the participants and judges for making this year’s events such a great success. The results for the quiz are still coming so keep an eye on the next issue of the newsletter.
Renae  Liao-Marsden & Cecile Bourgeois

WSC Staff dressing up for Languages Week | Tim College (Eng Dept)

Bryony West (Atea House Dean) | Olivia Sefuiva (Samoan Dress) | Rosie King (Bavarian) | Casper Connolly (Mexican) | Matthew Edmond (Spanish) | Danielle Bolton (Persian Belly Dancer)

Next Board of Trustees Meeting

21st September @ 6pm in the staffroom